Thursday, 30 July 2020

A Mixture of July Cornwall Photos

Cornwall's coastal path

A mixture of Cornish photos from July starting off, above, with the wonderful coastal footpath and the sea.

Moving on quickly, though, to St. Austell, with the largest population in Cornwall. Stalls were being set up in the new style square.


St. Austell, Cornwall

A baker for Cornish pasties ...

Pasty shop, Cornwall

and men at work keeping the square clean and tidy.

Men at Work, Cornish style

I felt the next photo looked better in black and white. The steps lead up to Boots the Chemist and could do with a sweep.

Black & white photo of man smoking on steps

Back home now in my garden with a couple of passion fruit flowers - passiflora - but no fruit this year.

Passiflora

I think this second passiflora photo seems to have a face ... perhaps just my imagination!

Passion flower, Cornwall

On the move again to the viaduct in Gover Valley. This carries the likes of the London to Penzance, Cornwall train.

Train viaduct used by trains, Gover Valley, Cornwall

The next photo shows looking up at the viaduct from the road underneath

Stone work of a viaduct

Moving on to another viaduct, same train line, and showing how near it is to the cottages.

Viaduct and cottages, St.Austell, Cornwall

There is a small river flowing underneath the viaduct.

Small river, Cornwall

Moving on this squirrel, near the cottages, was tucking into food left out for the birds.

Squirrel, Cornwall

And suddenly a mass of seagulls flew overhead. There seemed to be hundreds of them, not sure where they were heading but they were making a heck of a lot of noise.

Seagulls in the sky, Cornwall

Moving back to the coast now at Polkerris.

Polkerris harbour and sand, Cornwall

And a couple of small boats in Charlestown Harbour.

Small boats in Charlestown, Cornwall

Finally back to my garden where one of the big dahlias was opening up and ...

Large Dahlia open up

... another dahlia had opened fully.

Large dahlia in full bloom

Many thanks for the visit.

Monday, 27 July 2020

An Abundance of Wild Flowers at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall


Today I follow on from my previous post, which was about a visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Today we are looking at Heligan's West Lawn and Valentines meadows. As can be seen they are ablaze with a beautiful display of wild flowers.


The flowers seem to go on forever. In the distance - as can be seen in the photo above - the blue of the sea at Mevagissey contrasts with the yellow of the flowers.



The dominating flowers are corn marigolds, but there are other flowers as well.


I did manage to also find a few blue cornflowers, white corn chamomiles and a some lingering poppies 


As well as being attractive to look at wild flowers provide nourishment for bumblebees, solitary bees, butterflies, moths and a whole host of important pollinators.


Saturday, 25 July 2020

A Visit to the Lost Gardens of Heligan - 15 Photos

Corn Marigolds at Lost Gardens of Heligan

We decided to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan to see how they had coped with the coronavirus. 

At the time of writing it is necessary to book a timed visit, on their website, in advance. It all worked okay and we found there was plenty of room to walk without bumping into anyone - so felt safe while at the gardens.

To be truthful, the gardens weren't up to their usual high standard, not an abundance of flowers as usual, but I feel sure they will soon be back on track now that they are open once more. Everything is neat and tidy.

Lost Gardens of Heligan

We walked our normal route - an archway of apples.

Archway of apple trees at Lost Gardens of Heligan

And, of course, apples - of various varieties.

Apples at Lost Gardens of Heligan

A few veg.

Vegetables at Lost Gardens of Heligan

Corn in front of the greenhouse.

Greenhouses at Lost Gardens of Heligan

I love some of the old walls where the brickwork is so weathered.

Ancient Walls at Lost Gardens of Heligan

We walked into the Sundial Garden.

Sundial Garden at Lost Gardens of heligan

A few flowers

Flowers at Lost Gardens of Heligans

Lost Gardens of Heligan flowers

A pleasant seat and ...

Seat at garden at Lost Gardens of Heligan

... of course, a sundial.

Sundial at Lost Gardens of Heligan

Looking back down the Sundial Garden. 

Sun Dial Garden at Lost Gardens of Heligan

I forgot to mention the Thunder Box Room, which is considered to be a 'Living Memorial'. Yes, it's an old fashioned toilet but, as the gardens were being discovered, the names of some of the gardeners from August, 1914 were found written on the wall.

Thunder Box Room at Lost Gardens of Heligan

By the Thunder Box Room there is also a metal helmet on a wall from World War 1. One of the interesting things about Heligan is its history.

World War 2 Helmet Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall


I have only scratched the surface of the Lost Gardens of Heligan on today's post. Please also see some of my many other posts on Heligan, try, for example:

Lost Gardens of Heligan - Voted UKs Top Visitor Garden

Or enter Heligan in the search box towards the top of this blog on the right.

Thank you.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Charlestown Harbour, Port and Sailing Ships - Plus Prostitutes in the 1700s and1800s

Charlestown Harbour

Okay, I know there has been a recent post on Charlestown but these are all different photos from a separate visit. As you can see the sky was blue.

How lucky is the owner of the house below, it overlooks the sea and also the harbour.

Charlestown cottage

The small beach looked tempting but ...

Beach at Charlestown, Cornwall

... there weren't many people enjoying the sea.

Boarding on the sea at Charlestown

It was, however, quite busy on one of the harbour walls next to the beach.

Harbour Wall, Charlestown, Cornwall

A few tall ships in Charlestown Port, always interesting to see.

Tall Sailing Ships at Charlestown, Cornwall

Another sailing ship. Note the chute to the left of the photo. This would have once been used to load ships with local china clay.

Charlestown, Cornwall, Port and Sailing Ships

The small boat below was initially used in the Hornblower television series. It has been used in other TV shows and films including Poldark, Taboo and Ammonite.

The vessel is an example of an 18th century boat used for carrying goods and people to shore.


18th Century boat, Charlestown, Cornwall

Looking across the fields and houses.

Houses, Green Fields at Charlestown, Cornwall

Finally Eleven Doors. I think you can probably guess from how it got its name. Yes, there were eleven doors but there is also something else for which it was well known: prostitution! 

Not nowadays, of course, Heaven forbid, but in times of old (early 1700s to mid 1800s). 

At the time Charlestown was famed for its smuggling by 'free traders'. The prostitutes would await for custom by the Eleven Doors.

Eleven Doors at Charlestown, Cornwall and Prostitution

And on that note, that's all for today. Thank you for your visit.

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Cornwall Random Photos


A few odd photos today. Starting off above with a bottle of Cornish Korev lager and a cheese platter!

The lager was from my son and the platter is something meaningful to me.

When my mother was 83 she decided to do a pottery course at night school. The cheese platter is one of the items she made. 

Cornish Fudge

Mum decorated it in a meaningful way to her and, I guess, to me. According to her version of events Bambi was the first film I ever saw at a cinema. Seemingly I cried so much when Bambi's mother died that the usherette told my mother that we would have to leave if I didn't stop my tears!

Moving on, the photo below, with many reflections, was a snap  through the kitchen window from outside. Reminded me that I must get my hair cut!


I did say they were odd photos and the one below is a pattern on one of our our kitchen walls - as seen in the photo above.


Goodness knows how the next photo was taken. I must have touched the camera screen accidently or something. It's part of our house and part of me!


Anyway, this is how the back of our house should look.


And a few random garden plants and flowers.





I caught this duo on a local roof while on an early morning walk. We get quite a few gulls locally - some quite big - when they decide to take a trip inland.


And finally a couple more Cornwall products I received back on Father's Day - plus the fudge and a few Korev lagers as seen in other photos.


That's it for today, thanks for the visit. Best wishes.

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