Thursday 31 January 2019

A Flavour Of Cornwall's Eden Project: 15 Photos

We went to Cornwall's Eden Project yesterday. It was a funny old day weather-wise, there was hail stones, blue sky and even a few dark clouds, but it was all very pleasant. Today's post, therefore, simply consists of 15 photos snapped as we walked.
Heather in flower at the Eden Project, Cornwall
Various shades of Heather
The biomes at the Eden Project, Cornwall
First sight of the Eden Biomes
Seat covered in hail stones
My wife signs her name in the hail stones
Garden and signs at Eden Project, Cornwall
Walking through the gardens, towards the biomes at Eden Project
Getting nearer the Eden Biomes
Getting nearer to the Eden Biomes
In the Rain Forest Biome at the Eden Project
Inside the Rain Forest Biome 
Rope Bridge at the Eden Project, St.Austell, Cornwall
Rope Bridge in the Rain Forest Biome
Waterfall at Cornwall's Eden Project
Waterfall in the Rain Forest Biome at Eden Project, Cornwall
The spirit of Colita de Gavilon painting at the Eden Project, Cornwall
Painting of The Spirit of Colita de Gavilan in the Rain Forest Biome
Orchids in the Rain Forest Biome, EDen Project, Cornwall
Orchids alongside bamboo in the Rain Forest Biome
Inside the Mediterranean Biome, Eden Project, Cornwall
In the Mediterranean Biome
Plants inside the Mediterranean Biome, Eden Project, Cornwall
Various plants in the Mediterranean Biome
Colour inside the Mediterranean Biome
Colour inside the Mediterranean Biome
Dionysus: Wine, fertility and festivities
The festivities of Dionysus: wine, fertility - and probably more wine
Leaving the Eden Project palm trees
Time to go: leaving the Eden Project

Wednesday 30 January 2019

Roche Rock Stories

Roche Rock, Cornwall with the old chapel
Roche Rock and the Chapel
Today we follow on from my previous post The Mysterious Roche Rock, Cornwall. Following are three legends / stories about the chapel / hermitage that have been passed down over the years.
Looking out of the window of the chapel or hermitage at Roche Rock
Looking through one of the Roche Rock chapel's windows
Tristran (Tristram) and Iseult. Tristran was a nephew of King Mark of Cornwall - in the 6th century - and he was given the responsibility of escorting the King's bride to be, Iseult, from Ireland. This seemed an easy duty to perform but Tristan and Iseult sipped a love potion - well, it's easily done - and the two fell helplessly in love. Needless to say, King Mark wasn't too pleased with the news, so the lovers took flight - and guess where they took refuge? Yes in Roche Rock's chapel, which may have been a hermitage at the time.

There are various versions of the Tristran and Iseult story. In some King Mark finds out about the relationship and sends Tristran to be hanged. Somehow Tristran escapes and the King decides to forgive the lovers - but banishes Tristran from the area, He travelled to France brokenhearted. .
Looking inside of the chapel or hermitage at Roche Rock, Cornwall
Inside Roche Rock Chapel
Saint Conan. Another story is that of the Celtic saint, St.Conan, of the 6th century. He took refuge at the chapel to commune with his God. He must have done a good job as he became one of the first Bishops of Cornwall. He left Roche Rock to install himself at St.Michael's Mount - a small island off Cornwall.

Gundred. One more brief story for today, the tale of Gundred. Her father was a leper.and had to remain separate from the local society by living in the Roche Rock chapel. Gundred tended to all of his needs. Daily she bathed him with water from a Holy Well, about mile from Roche Rock. The well became known as St.Gundred's well and is still there todayThe view from the top of Roche Rock, Cornwall The photo above shows a view from one of the windows high on Roche Rock. This is looking towards the village and church.

Monday 28 January 2019

The Mysterious Roche Rock, Cornwall

Roche Rock, Cornwall
As the evening shadows fall on Roche Rock, and it's tiny chapel, the wind howls heartily over the heath-land. It is definitely not a place for the faint-hearted. The ghost of an old tin miner casts his shadow with no earthly presence to be seen ... gulp ...
The mysterious Roche Rock, Cornwall
But luckily, while I visited Roche Rock, there was a blue winter's sky and the dangers had dissolved in the sunshine.
Showing detail of the chapel onRoche Rock, Cornwall
Okay what we know about Roche Rock is that a small chapel, or maybe a hermitage, has been built on natural rocks. Many say that these rocks are granite, but they are wrong. They are a mixture of grey quartz and black tourmaline. They are very strong and have supported the chapel since the 1400s - the chapel was dedicated to St.Michael in 1409. The rocks themselves are a little bit older - they were created some 270 million years ago!
Around the Rock is one of the last areas of heath-land locally. It probably looks much as it did a thousand or more years ago.
Heathland looking from Roche Rock, Cornwall
I'll mention some of the stories and myths about Roche Rock another day. But below is an old picture of Roche Rock together with a description (in old English) by John Norden in 1584:

A verie high, steepe and craggie rocke, upon the top whereof is placed a cell or hermitage, the walls whereof are partly wrowghte, and that with great labour, out of obdurate rock. It standeth upon the wylde Moares, farr from common societie"

Old picture showing the hermitage on Roche Rock, Cornwall

Sunday 27 January 2019

Robin Redbreast In The Sunshine

Robin Redbreast in Cornwall
Brrr! Quite chilly and windy this morning, but while out walking I saw this lovely young robin almost basking in a moment of sunshine. We had a brief chat and each went on our separate ways.

Saturday 26 January 2019


Vintage photo from 1900 of Pentewan, Cornwall

The photo above is of of Pentewan, Cornwall and part of the harbour, circa 1900. So over one hundred years later I tried to find the same scene.
Pentewan, Cornwall
It was difficult and I was unable to get the exact view. I climbed a small path (safely) up the side of the cliff and found the very same cottage, as the photo above shows. It looks very much the same - as was the skyline. When I tried to go higher, to exactly match the 1900 photo, there were too many bushes and trees to take a photo.
I snapped a photo from ground level to show where the cottage is positioned. Unfortunately another property has been built partly in front of it - spoiling the view. I placed a red dot on the cottage.

The house directly below the red dot is the old Harbour Master's residence.

In the late 1800s, and early 1900s the harbour would have been full of tall sailing ships exporting local china clay, metals and the like all over the world. That is all in the past, it's now a quiet village during the winter, spring and autumn - but gets its share of holiday makers and tourists during the summer season.
Pentewan harbour, Cornwall
The photo above and below show how Pentewan looks nowadays - well on a sunny, blue sky day when all the holiday makers must have been on the beach!
Pentewan village, Cornwall

Friday 25 January 2019


On Wednesday's visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan it's always good to see the traditional red phone boxes. It would be such a shame to see them all disappear.

Thursday 24 January 2019


Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall in winter
Camellias at Heligan
A strange day yesterday: cold, grey but at times flashes of a blue sky. We decided to visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Not the best time of year to go to Heligan but we have a local's annual pass, so it's interesting to see the gardens through the seasons.
Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall
Not much colour this time of the year, just early flowers, like snowdrops and camillias. Only a few farm animals bracing the cold, mostly sheep at the moment.
Sheep at Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall
Sheep feeding
Lost Gardens of Heligan, CornwallThe different formal gardens are all tidy and well cared for and there are lots of woodland to walk. I like to head for the jungle and the lost valley.
Formal garden at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall
Sundial Garden
On the way to the jungle we passed the 'witches hat' (photo below) - a sculpture made of charcoal. Make of it what you will!
Witch Hat charcoal sculpture at Lost Gardens of Heligan
Witches Hat Sculpture
At last the rope bridge and jungle scenes.
Rope Bridge in the jungle at Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall
The Burma Rope Bridge
In the jungle at Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

The jungle at the Lost Gardens of Heligan
Jungle green lake at the Lost Gardens of Heligan
After walking through the jungle we made our way back to the car. The photo below shows the view from Heligan's overflow car park - not that it was used yesterday.
View across the green fields at Heligan
Heligan's Overflow Car Park

Wednesday 23 January 2019


Funny sign about trespassing
I decided it was advisable to retrace my steps - it can sometimes be a problem walking along unknown paths and tracks!
Walking in Cornwall

Tuesday 22 January 2019


St. Austell, Cornwall viaduct
Trenance, Cornwall Viaduct
Yesterday my post was VIADUCT AND TRAINS, CORNWALL and I'd like to continue this theme today. Above is another photo of the Trenance Viaduct, but from a different angle to yesterday's picture. My Internet friend, Laurent Truillet, noticed the pillars in front of the viaduct and asked if the 'previous bridge was a wooden bridge'. 

The original Cornish viaducts / bridges were indeed wooden - built on masonary piers.

I found the photo below (in the public domain) of the Truro Railway Carvedras Viaduct from 1859. This shows the wooden construction supporting the railway lines. At the time this was done to save money, but was a false economy as stronger stone viaducts had to be built in 1899.

The original stone piers remain next to the newer viaducts.
Truro, Cornwall Viaduct
The photo below shows the Truro Viaduct from Victoria Gardens - a photo a snapped early last year.
Truro Train Viaduct, Cornwall
Truro Viaduct today

Monday 21 January 2019


Trenance Viaduct, Cornwall
I had to visit someone this morning and snapped a few quick photos while on my way - nothing special but it turns out there is a theme to them.

The photo above shows part of the Trenance Viaduct, Cornwall.

A viaduct was first built here in 1858 but had to be replaced in 1899. It's quite a construction as it has ten piers and is 115 feet (35m) high and 720 feet (220m) long.

The photo below is a small river - made white by china clay deposits - running under the viaduct.
River under Trenance Viaduct, Cornwall
Purely by chance, as I was approaching a footbridge over the railway lines I heard a train. I rushed to the top of the bridge and managed to get a photo - but not the front of the engine! The train was transporting china clay - I seem to have mentioned china clay quite a lot recently - see my post: China Clay Country for example
66155 china clay train, Cornwall
I quickly went to the other side of the bridge to take another photo as the train thundered through St.Austell station.
China clay train passing through St.Austell Station, Cornwall
The train would have travelled over the Trenance Viaduct I mentioned at the beginning of this post. So, along with china clay, it all fits together nicely - purely by chance. That is, if there is such a thing as chance, coincidence synchronicity etc. But that's a whole different conversation!



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