I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure


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Meander around Mevagissey harbour

It was quite early on a bright Saturday morning at the end of March and Mevagissey harbour was looking very attractive.  The tide was out and the boats just lay there, waiting for the water to come and release them.

We started by walking along the east wharf, past the very sheltered inner harbour, stopping to look back towards the town. There is a little museum here but it wasn’t open, sadly.

Walking on we went right to the end of the breakwater which forms part of the outer harbour and stood for a while watching the waves.

Looking across we could see the other side of the harbour and decided to retrace our steps and then walk along the west wharf to the lighthouse which marks the harbour entrance.

On our way to the lighthouse we had spotted a sign for the coastal path and decided to go up the steps and then loop round and back into town through the houses.  From the top we had great views of the harbour and buildings.

Walking down through the narrow streets we decided that a warming coffee was needed to finish off our little outing and there was no shortage of choices of cafes around the harbour from which to choose.

I’m linking this with Jo’s Monday Walk, where you will find lots of other lovely walks.


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Weekly photo challenge: chaos

The raft race at the annual Royal Reggata in Fowey, Cornwall has some moments of pure chaos as the home made rafts navigate their way along the short course through the small boats moored on the river.

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Chaotic, but fun!

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Weekly Photo Challenge


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October: A Garden Portrait

This month Jude has asked us to share our favourite gardens.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you will probably know that I like The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall.   Some of the photos I am about to share with you I have posted before, but they bear repeating I think.

The Gardens are divided into different sections, recreating as accurately as possible how the gardens looked in their Victorian heyday.

Productive Gardens

The Kitchen Garden, walled Flower Garden and Melon Yard, where the gardening team uses the same horticultural practices as their Victorian predecessors, show us a glorious array of traditional crops of vegetables, fruit and flowers.

Pleasure Grounds

These were first laid out over 200 years ago, partly for the pleasure of the owners and partly to display their wealth.  They contain an unusual range of romantic structures and features, linked by winding paths planted on either side with a magnificent selection of historic plants.

From the Northern Summerhouse there are spectacular views to St Austell Bay.

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The Jungle

Set on a slope into a valley the jungle has its own warmer micro-climate and so many tropical plants are able to grow.  Paths and a boardwalk take you down ponds and streams, surrounded by giant rhubarb, banana plantations, palm trees and many other plants which would not normally grow here.  It is lush and green and exotic.

Woodland

The beautiful 200 acre ancient woodland has meandering paths which invite you to explore.  You might stumble upon a sleeping mud maid, or spot a giant’s head if you look carefully!

There is much, much more to Heligan than I have featured here.  There’s a farm with rare livestock and poultry, an orchard, a bird hide, formal gardens, wide open lawns and a tea garden and every part is beautifully kept.  It’s amazing to think that it lay hidden for years, covered with ivy and brambles which took over when the workforce went to fight in the trenches during the first World War (many didn’t return), but how wonderful that it has been rediscovered and can be enjoyed again.  I think it is quite a magical place.

This post is linking up with The Earth Laughs in Flowers .


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Bench Series: December – no theme

For the month of December, Jude at Travel Words has asked us to share any  benches we like,  which is very helpful because I have quite a few that are still outstanding, either because they didn’t quite fit into one of the other categories or because I took the photo after their ‘theme’ month had passed.

This quirky bench was in the tiny front garden of a little cottage in one of the narrow streets in the lovely town of Fowey in Cornwall.

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Bench Series


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Friday letters – the final August edition

Dear Cornwall,   I had a lovely break, visiting you last week, but I would like to make a suggestion for future visits, which is that the weather needs to be better.  You look stunning in the sunshine, but low cloud and rain does not suit you at all.  Apart from our first day, it rained the whole time and sometimes the cloud was so low that we could only just see the tops of the trees.  Luckily I had packed full waterproofs, so I was able to go out without getting drenched to the skin.  I hope you do better next time.

Dear weather,  This is AUGUST!!  Please sort yourself out.   We have had more than enough rain – the gardens don’t need it any more and I am sure the farmers have had enough too.  There is no danger of us having a drought now, as all the reservoirs are full, so please can you turn the water off and let us have a little warm sunshine.

Dear sign writers,  I think I may have seen (but wasn’t able to photograph, sadly) the very worst case of apostrophe misuse that I have ever seen.   Outside a bakery, in Cornwall last week, there was a sign advertising the sorts of things they sold – breads, sandwiches, pasties, scones, pastries and… gateaux’s.  I think there should be some sort of course you need to go on to learn when apostrophes should, and should not, be used – words which are already plural do NOT need an s on the end, never mind an apostrophe s.

Dear children’s shoe manufacturers,  Why do you make shoes  that light up round the edges when children walk?  It seems a strange concept – the child can’t see it, so who is it for?

Dear birthday,  Another one has come and gone – I can’t keep up!  Perhaps you could arrange to arrive just once every two years?

Dear traffic cones,  I’m wondering if my theory is correct and you take holidays in different parts of the country rather than wait, unused, in some storage facility until you are required for valuable roadwork situations.  So often you are seen during the summer, and on holiday weekends, blocking off long sections of the motorways when there is no evidence of any work being done.  Do you get any say in where you spend your summers?  Currently I believe there are huge numbers of you enjoying some time off in the northern areas of the M6.

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Cones enjoying their summer break.

Happy Friday!


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A visit to the Minack Theatre, Cornwall

Minack Theatre

When we were in Cornwall during the summer, we went to see the famous open air Minack Theatre, near Porthcurno. The Minack Theatre is the result of the determination and ingenuity of Rowena Cade, who moved to the area in the 1920s and bought the Minack Headland for £100.  She built a house there, and was part of a group which staged plays in the garden.  She thought it would be much better if the productions were performed in a stepped theatre, and so began planning, and building, one into the rocks, with a sheer drop into the Atlantic ocean. With the help of two local craftsmen it took her six months to build a simple stage and seating, and over the following seven years it was improved and extended into the marvellous 750-seat theatre we see today.

Minack theatre seating

The seats are all carved with the names of productions that have been performed here since its first performance, The Tempest, in 1932.

carved seats in the Minack theatre

What a backdrop for a play…

marvellous backdrop

You can see the lighting, ready for the next evening performance…

rugged coastline

looking down on the stage

The views are simply stunning…

stunning view from Minack theatre

I’ll leave you with one of my favourites – agapanthus flowers and the sea…

Minack agapanthus