Six on Saturday | Welcome the New Year

December is a gloomy month I think, though November is still my worst with the sudden shock of early evenings. Now we enter a new year and a new month. January’s days increase little by little and as I type this at 16:30 the sky is still light. Light grey I might add as the…

Changing Seasons – December

“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.” John Boswell December has not been a good month for us this year. On 23rd November my 94-year-old mother-in-law passed away shortly before her 95th birthday. We were hoping to move her into a…

Changing Seasons – February

Month two of my photographer’s nature journal. February 1st was a pleasant start to the month. Blue skies, clouds and sunshine along with a bitterly cold wind. I saw eight magpies close to the house, the most I have seen at any one time. I like magpies (Pica pica). They are handsome and intelligent birds…

up on the hill

I have been neglecting ‘my’ hill for months having obsessed over it during my first year of living down here. Last year Godrevy lighthouse became the object of my obsession and so far this year I haven’t found anything to usurp the lighthouse. Last week we had a brief interlude of a day without rain…

Changing Seasons – January

I mentioned earlier in the month that I would be illustrating the natural world close to home this year – a sort of photographer’s nature journal. I have also decided to link it to the Changing Seasons Photography Challenge, hosted this year by Su Leslie. A very talented Kiwi lady who lives in Auckland. January…

day 24: stormy sky

In the middle of December when much of the country was covered in snow, we experienced several stormy days with gale force winds and sunshine and showers. Some of those showers were hailstones; listening and watching those clattering down on a skylight is quite a ‘heart in mouth’ experience. During the sunshine slots I was…

Town Trail: Porthleven

There has been a settlement here for thousands of years and by the 1600s Porthleven was a small hamlet populated by fishermen and miners. The harbour was built in the early 1800s and little has altered since then. There are many harbourside restaurants, art galleries and shops. The turquoise waters attract many visitors and the…