Friday 26 November 2021

Cornish Harbours of Mevagissey and Charlestown

I'm starting off in Mevagissey for today's post, with it's jumble of boats and fishing paraphenalia.

I'm now moving on to another favourite harbour: Charlestown

I have written quite a few Charlestown posts, but these (I hope!) are all different photos.

Still in Charlestown.

After some rain there are reflections of the terrace of houses overlooking the harbour.

And to finish today's post I'm in  Lannwedhenek  - that's the Cornish language name for Padstow.

Thanks for visiting my blog - a shortish post this time as it's been a hectic week. 
All good wishes ~ Mike

Friday 19 November 2021

Lovely Views of Polruan, Fowey and the Fowey River, Cornwall

I often seem to take photos of the Fowey River, looking across from the town of Fowey, so I thought a few pics from the Polruan side of the river would be in order.

Below is the Fowey River with various boats accumulating between Fowey Town and Polruan.

On the Polruan side of the river is the boatyard of C. Toms & Son which can be seen in the next two photos.
A ferry on the river.

Once arriving at Polruan there is the welcoming Lugger Inn.

If you walk up to the top of the hill in the village, there are lovely views -  see my post Polruan, Cornwall : Coastal Views, Chapel Ruins And A Castle

Now though we are looking across from Polruan to Fowey ...

... and another similar view.

Below is where Pont Pill Creek joins the Fowey River.

Here we are at Pont Pill itself - two photos.

From Pont Pill there is an uphill path with wonderful views of the River Fowey. This is part of one of my favourite walks, see my post The Magical Hall Walk at Fowey Cornwall - With Lots of Photos

Now back in Fowey Town - see The Lovely Riverside Town of Fowey, Cornwall, 21 Photos.

Moving on to other things - three photos of the trees on the opposite side of the road to our house.

It's interesting to see the changing of the trees throughout the year. Lots of leaves on the loose at this time of year

I had to visit St. Austell station and from the bridge there was a good view of the church tower and the countryside beyond.

A small train trundled into the station

Just in case you were thinking of dozing off here's a splash of colour seen in St. Austell town ...

... and some more fishy artwork

So that's another week gone, time does seem to fly by at times. What made me think of this was my grandson. He had to interview someone for a school project and he chose me. So we dug out lots old photos and stuff I've kept over the years. This included the picture of me from when I was 14 or 15 - as below.

Where have the years gone? So many memories. Enjoy your week, hope it's filled with happy days. Good wishes ~ Mike.

Friday 12 November 2021

Colours of Cornwall in Autumn

Gosh, it was raining cats and dogs when we arrived at Cornwall's Eden Project for a short walk.

We hurried down to the Mediterranean biome for some shelter and to look at some of the plants.

We plonked ourselves on a seat, where we often sit when visiting the biome. A friendly robin came to say hello.

This reminded me of a good friend, sadly now deceased, who believed robins brought him good luck. 

One Saturday he was off to a football match to see his team play an away game. The team, by the way, also had the nickname of 'the robins'.

He drove about half the journey and pulled into a lay-by for a cup of tea. His wife was with him and he pointed out a robin sitting nearby. The bird then hopped onto his car bonnet. My friend said a few words to the effect that this was lucky - and therefore his team would win.

Before he continued his journey he crumbled up a biscuit for the robin. As he left the lay-by, he could see the robin feeding away and the bird appeared to look up as if in acknowledgement.

Yes, his team did win. But he was luckier than this because he bought a club lotto ticket as he entered the ground. At half time the result of the lotto was called over the loud speakers and my friend won £1000! So the robin did bring him luck. And maybe leaving something for the bird brought him some extra luck. Kind acts are often rewarded.

Anyway, still in the Mediterranean biome, there was also an owl - a big one! 

The colours are uplifting ... 

... even though the rain was still chucking it down.

Another photo from the same biome.

We decided to head for the Rainforest biome.

Pink flowers to welcome us ...

and lots of leaves ...

... big ones!

There was also a photo from a real rainforest.

An information board explained the following:
A little Ot Danum girl running through the forest far up the Melawi river in Kalinantan, the Indonesia part of the island of Borneo. She already knew the names and uses of many plants.

We continued wandering around the rainforest biome, in the pleasant warmth, and saw this basic building pleasantly decorated.

It was soon time to wander back to our car.

Mentioning the robin, in this post, reminded me of a meeting with a young bird we had in our garden, a while back.

We were doing some gardening when the little bird below flew onto my wife's gloved hand ... and stayed there - it wouldn't move.

I went indoors to get my camera and when I returned the blue tit still hadn't moved at all.

The RSPB (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birdsadvice is: "Fledglings are extremely unlikely to be abandoned by their parents. Just because you cannot see the adult birds does not mean that they are not there. The parents are probably just away collecting food - or are hidden from view nearby keeping a watchful eye, or even being frightened away from their youngster by your presence. Fledglings should be left where they are, in the care of their own parents."

As for our young bird we settled him in the garden, where he would be safe, and in a short while he was gone.

There's not very much colour about at the moment, but saw this lonely nasturtium stretching through a fence.

Also these red leaves and berries were overlooking a high wall - not sure what they are called but they are very attractive

Of course it is possible to overdo leaves!

Oh well, guess that's it for this week, thanks for visiting my blog, enjoy your days ~ Mike.



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