Friday 30 July 2021

Flowers in Cornwall Plus a Church and a Harbour

I'm by no means an expert gardener, but I do enjoy flowers even if I don't necessarily  know their names. The flowers don't seem to be upset by my lack of knowledge. Maybe it's because I chat to them as I tend their needs.

Above is a geranium at the front of my house and below a dahlia from the back garden.

Just realised I have lots of pink colours in the garden. This wasn't planned  but just developed over the years. I seem to have captured a finger in the next photo along with the dahlia.

A fuchsia below. I lifted the flower giving him/her a helping hand as I clicked the photo.

Yes, more pink. Looks like I was on night patrol.

We have lots of passion flowers or Passiflora this year. You probably know the story - it is  said to be symbolic of Jesus on the cross. The flower has spikes protruding from the center symbolising the crown of thorn and the flower has ten petals for the ten faithful apostles.

Hydrangea: we have several bushes - and one of them is, of course, a shade of pink!

A fuchsia plus a mixture of other bits and pieces including the remains of an old tree.

Not sure what the flower below is. I should really know the name as it comes back faithfully every year.

A couple more flower photos.

We took some flowers to the church at St. Stephen-in-Brannel to place on a grave. Always a sad visit.

We then moved on to Charlestown to clear our heads. Made us smile to see the hat on a traffic cone looking at the postbox in the cottage wall

Roses over the door of another cottage.

A pleasant day weatherwise so people about taking photos.

The entrance to Charlestown Harbour with a sailing ship in the distance.

The next day the weather changed  so this dahlia got a bit battered with wind and rain.

Next doors' trailing plant is still tumbling over the fence and is very welcome.

A petunia - pinkish, of course.

Actually the rain didn't effect the dahlia too much.

Finally, this is a whopper of a dahlia. Last year it grew to well over five feet tall.

Thanks for visiting my blog, all good wishes ~ Mike.

Friday 23 July 2021

Attractive Beaches, views and walks near Goran Haven

We wandered around the Goran Haven area which lies on the Cornwall's section of the South West Coast Path - and stretches over 300 miles.

The path in the Goran Haven area has lovely views plus a few wild flowers to enjoy.

The next photo shows the Goran Haven car park, as seen from the coast path. This is where we parked. It cost us, and everyone else, £5 for the privilege - enough said! 

We also looked down on Goran Haven beach, which has an old stone harbour wall from the days of pilchard fishing in the 19th century.

In the photo below the harbour wall can be seen along with people enjoying the sea and the sunshine.

We found somewhere suitable on the wall to sit and enjoy our packed lunch - along with a cup of tea, of course.

A view from the beach looking out to sea.

On the opposite side of the cove, from the harbour wall, local houses can be seen. You can probably also make out the church tower.

Another view of the houses, some with lovely sea views.

A final view from the stone harbour wall. We are off walking again.

The next beach, just along from Goran Haven, is Little Perhaver, as below.

The snag about Little Perhaver is that there are lots of steps down to reach the sand - thus not many people on the beach.

This house on the cliffs at Little Perhaver has an uninterrupted sea view. No doubt a bit breezy, though, in the winter months.

Oh, and further along from Little Perhaver Beach is Great Perhaver Beach. I didn't take any photos but you can see four photos on my post: The Attractive Perhaver Beach Near Gorran Haven.

Now into Gorran Haven village and a look at the the old Customs House. The sign above the door is a Geological Society of Cornwall plaque stating that Charles W. Peach, the renowned Naturalist and fossil collector, lived here from 1834 to 1845.

It is said that Peach was visited here by Charles Darwin and Alfred Lord Tennyson and they would have boat trips along the coast to Mevagissey.

A final view of the sea. I should have also mentioned Vault Beach, often known as Bow Beach which is just west of Goran Haven - see my blog post: The Lesser Known Vault Beach.  

That's all for now, thanks for visiting my blog - all good wishes ~ Mike.

Friday 16 July 2021

A Visit to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

Was nearby, so looked in at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. All seemed pretty much at usual. The next couple of photos are from the Sundial Garden.

I always like old brickwork, somehow it reminds me of childhood - yes, I have a good memory!

I've left the flowers behind but I always like to see the animals at Heligan. The sheep were indoors as it was haircut time, they seemed happy enough.

The goats are Golden Guernseys.

Flowers growing wild, always something special about seeing poppies, even if there is only one in the photo.

A mixture of plants.

I came across this old tree. At first I thought it looked as if a horse was looking out at the world, but then I thought there were a couple of small white owls peeking out - just a touch of pareidolia I presume.

A group of tall Echiums, often seen in Cornwall. They will look lovely when in flower. I believe they originally came from the Canary Islands.

And, just in case you need a helping hand there's one at Heligan.

This  art work 'In Nature’s Hands' is by Jasmine Fassenfelt and Rebecca Knight.  The work was put in place on the 12th June 2021, to coincide with the G7 Summit, which took place in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.

Of course I have just touched on a small part of the Lost Gardens of Heligan. There are over 200 acres to explore if you have the energy to do so. Following are a few of the flower gardens with an abundance of flowers. 

There are usually lots of dahlia, but it's a little early for them at the moment. Just the one lonely flower.

The dahlia below is from my own garden, the fist one to bloom - as yet - lots of buds though.

Back to Heligan a cosmos on its own.

There are also fruit and vegetables at Heligan, the photo is part of an archway of apples.

Nearly forgot the next photo, large poppies.

Finally a photo I created on my computer. Hope you have a happy week ahead and thanks for visiting by blog ~ Mike.



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