The Mariner

Mariner Entering the Lighthouse I was quite taken with this tiny figure entering the lighthouse on the Alfred Wallis grave which is covered by an elaborate gravestone, made from tiles by Bernard Leach and depicting a tiny mariner at the foot of a huge lighthouse. Wallis was penniless when he died, but his friend Adrian…

Barnoon Cemetery

I have a somewhat odd fascination with churches and churchyards. I am not remotely interested in the religious aspects, but I find the architecture of the buildings, the craftsmanship that goes into the exteriors and interiors, the feeling of peace inside and the nature  and history that can be gleaned from the headstones in very…

Cornish beaches: Porthmeor

One of four spectacular white sand beaches in St Ives, Porthmeor is the southern-most beach protected by the ‘island’ (which is not an island) with St Nicholas Chapel on top and opposite the Tate Modern art museum. The area is famous for the loft studios still used by the many artists which St Ives draws…