Friday, 26 February 2021

A Perfect Chilly Winter's Day in Mevagissey, Cornwall - 12 Photos


It was a very chilly winter's day (6th Feb). We thought a stroll around Mevagissey, despite the cold, was in order. It proved to be a good choice as the sky and sea were lovely shades of blue. 

We walked around the harbour to the small lighthouse.


As we wandered along the outer wall we could see a man fishing in the distance.


When we reached the man he hadn't been very lucky with his fishing, but what a view he had as a consolation


Across the water was the Harbour Office. 


The water in the inner harbour looked polished and shining in the winter sunshine.


There were lots of boats at the far side of the harbour ...


... all jumbled together.


Fishing paraphernalia were stacked neatly on the harbourside.


As we were leaving a small fishing boat was entering the harbour.


Below, the harbour wall with not another person in sight.


Finally the view looking east from the harbour wall, all in all very pleasant.



Thank you for visiting my blog. There are quite a few other Mevagissey posts including: Mevagissey The Two Saint Village and Harbour - 10 Photos

Monday, 22 February 2021

It Rained Cats and Dogs, But Was Still a Good Day For a Short walk


As my dear old dad would have said, "It has been raining cats and dogs". There seemed no end to the rain - no wonder parts of the country has had floods.
Luckily the rain ceased and we were able to go for a walk through the trees alongside the small rushing river.


For some reason I was reminded of Longfellow's poem where he said: Into each life some rain must fall and how some days must be dark and dreary.

But I don't mind the rain, the river looked full of energy and joy.


A house was nearly hidden behind the trees.


The river rumbled on with not a care in the world.


Damp primroses looked on cheerfully ...


... as the river splashed and gurgled.


Soon the water calmed.


I spotted some Elf Cups. In folklore it is said that the elves drink the morning dew from the cups. 


Ah well, the end of our walk for today.


As we passed by a small cottage window all was peaceful.


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Thursday, 18 February 2021

Chinese Jade Money Plants and Finding Coins


As I mentioned in a previous post we have a Money Plant, also called a Chinese Jade, living in our front porch. It has been with us for many, many years. To our surprise the plant has flowered again this year, which is said to be a rare event.

In a gardening book I read: 

"Jade plants are not usually grown for their blooms, but should they begin to flower, it is the result of great care given to the plant, and therefore the friendship. Blooming jade plants reflect positively on the owner, his or her friends and family symbolizing great friendship, luck or prosperity."


So I'm hoping that 2021 will be a very positive year, despite the coronavirus - fingers etc. crossed.

It's strange because we had grown a few small Money Plants from cuttings and decided to give them away. We left them in our driveway with a sign 'Please take'. They were gone within a few hours. After this our Money Plant decided to flower!

Okay, many readers won't believe that a plant can attract money but you may have seen these plants in Chinese restaurants and take-aways as they supposedly attract happy, paying customers. Like so many things in life it all depends on what we believe.

For example, I have also written previously about how my wife is always finding coins. The photo below shows just a few of the coins she has found.



I put this down to the fact that she expects to find coins - so she does! My wife's father died when she was only four but he had a saying that the streets are full of money just waiting to be picked up. So perhaps he's sending her a reminder that he's still about - who knows!

I won't drone on but it does seem to be in life that what we believe we receive, whether this be good or bad.

Good wishes.

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Magic Brought Us What We Wanted!


There are many tales of sorcery and witchcraft within Cornwall and sometimes magical things can happen all by themselves.

A while back my wife insisted that we needed a new broom for sweeping our garden paths. Me, being me, said, "What's wrong with the two we already have?" They seemed  okay to me. I'd only used one of them a couple of days previous.

Anyway, to keep it short, I was wrong! We needed a new broom. "Okay, I'll conjure one up by magic," I laughed.

Two days later we set off for a walk from home. We have several routes to choose which give us a three to four mile journey. We decided on which direction we should take and set off without a mention or thought of a broom.

We walked about a quarter of a mile and reached a house, where the owner was clearing out unwanted bits and pieces. Most of this he had thrown into a rubbish skip but, against the gate, was a sign which read: Free. Please take away. Next to this were five new brooms still with their original labels!

We stopped and the man saw us looking at the brooms. I asked if I could have one of them. He replied that he'd rather I took all five of them. He went on to say how he was clearing out his garage and sheds of everything he no longer needed.

So, suddenly, we were the proud owners of five new brooms. They were exactly what my wife wanted - magic!

I know there are only four brooms in the photo above but we had already given one to our son.

It's a funny old world at times, especially if you believe in magic!


Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you have lots of magical moments.

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Out and About: Piskies, Flowers, Art Work and a Rainbow.


As we walked along the damp Cornish lane we wondered if a piskie would try to send us the wrong way or play some other trick with us - as is their custom. They are always full of fun and even have their own nursery rhyme.

"See-saw, Margery Daw,
Sold her bed and lay upon straw,
Sold her bed and lay upon hay, 
Piskie came and took her away."


Somehow a pansy had flowered, it's roots squashed between a crack in the surface of the lane.


A tree had recently been cut and was now laying comfortably on a bed of moss.


There is always something to see on a walk but often we don't seem to have time to stop and stare.


The sky turned a dark blue. The old pillar of a viaduct, which once carried trains to Cornwall from London stood, proudly next to the updated viaduct. It was originally built in 1859.


Suddenly the world looked brighter, there are always a few flowers to see even in winter.


The Camellia below is from our garden, where my favourite border collie dog is buried. He was so wonderful and will never be forgotten.


We wandered into St.Austell town centre. All was quiet because of the Coronavirus lockdown.  

Some artwork caught my eye.


I have walked through St. Austell many a time but have never noticed the art work high above the Fore Street.


On our way home a rainbow, but we didn't see any bluebirds flying high.


Finally, for today, a few bursts of winter colour.



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Saturday, 6 February 2021

The Spiritual Book, the Suffragette and the Cornwall Car Boot Sale


Something a bit different today and not really about Cornwall. But there again, perhaps it has a smidgeon of a connection.

A while back I bought an old book at a car boot sale (which was in Cornwall) prior to the virus lockdown. I like old books and this particular one was titled the 'Natural Law in the Spiritual World'. I read some strange books!

Once home, with my fifty pence purchase I flicked through the pages and noticed the paintings and drawings the previous owner had created, which were also dated - as seen on this post. 

Then I noticed on the inside cover was the ex- owners name, see photo below. It was Mary Aldham, with the date 1884.

For some reason the name seemed familiar to me and I looked through some bits and pieces I have collected over the years (much to my wife's despair!) and realised that there was a well known suffragette by the same name. 

One of the suffragettes aims was the right for women to have the vote. Probably the best known suffragettes were the Pankhurst family: Christabel, Emmeline and Sylvia Pankhurst.


Now I can't be sure that the two Mary Aldham's are the same person - but they could be as the dates seem to fit.


If they aren't, it is still a nice coincidence. When such things happen, coincidences and synchronicity often appear to have some sort of meaning or relevance.
Mary Aldham while in Prison
  
Mary Aldham went to prison seven times during the suffragette era. The most known incident  was in 1914 when she attacked a portrait of Henry James at the Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy.  She slashed the portrait with a meat cleaver while shouting out, "Votes for Women".

As for the book itself, it was written by Henry Drummond, photo below, described on Wikipedia as an evangelist.


The book came about following Drummond's studies in natural science while at college in Glasgow. The Natural Law in the Spiritual World was first published in 1883.

It is strange how such a book, with those added paintings, drawings and signature could end up on a car boot sale in Cornwall.


If you are interested in coincidences, here's another one on this blog: The Coincidence Meeting At Boscastle, Cornwall

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Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Readymoney Cove and St. Catherine's Point, Cornwall


Today's photos are based on Readymoney Cove and St. Catherine's Point - just along the coast from Fowey. 

The photo above shows the cove. You may just be able to make out some steps by the Cornish stone wall. These lead to a path taking you up the cliffs to St. Catherine's Point and St. Catherine's Castle. It also leads to the coastal path heading towards Gribbin Head.

The photo of the cove below is looking from the opposite side.


Next is part of St. Catherine's Castle. There are more photos of the castle on my post St. Catherine's Castle, near Ready Money Cove, Fowey, Cornwall.

A gun tower was built in 1538-40 by Thomas Treffry for Henry VIII (reigned 1509-47) as part of a national defence programme.


If we look back towards Readymoney Cove we can see the former  coach house, once a home of the author Daphne du Maurier, but now owned by the British actor and comedian Dawn French.


Another photo of the cove, which is at the entrance to the Fowey River. Can be quite idyllic on a Spring day - but gets busy in the main summer a season.


A stone shelter and toilets ...


... and a seat overlooking the sandy beach.


There is a lovely walk along the coastal path from Ready Money Cove towards Gribbin Head. See my post, with 12 photos, Walking From Ready Money Cove, Fowey to Gribbin Head, Cornwall

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