Friday, 28 January 2022

A Wander Around Charlestown on a Blue Sky Day


A chilly, but beautiful winter's day with a blue sky, so we headed to one of our favourites : Charlestown.

I noticed later that there was a brave soul swimming in the sea - see above to right of the photo.


Quite a few boats on view in the dock /port.


It was good to see that the bridge is back in use to cross the water to the main harbour. It looks a bit wibbly wobbly but it's quite safe.


The couple below made it across the bridge and lived to tell the tale.


Looking up at the cottages looking down on us, very popular with holidaymakers.


A few people roaming about on the edge of the harbour.


And looking across to the cliffs. Have to be a bit careful on the stoney beach as there have been a few cliff falls.


A view of the old cottages and the chimney, which is a listed building.


The tide was out in the main harbour.



A closer look at the chimney and cottages. 


Steady if you go below - the cannons are at the ready.


The remains of an old boat, keeping a watchful eye of what is happening.


Finally another look at the cliffs and the blue sky. Looks more like summer than winter - other than people are wearing heavy coats.


Moving on, I found another chimney, also once used in the China Clay Industry. This one is in the Gover Valley.
Also in the valley there is a pleasant small river, with a white tinge from china clay in the local soil.


It's a bit damp in the valley and this makes for some interesting rocks covered in green moss.


A final photo for today, the river and some more greenery.


That's all for today, enjoy your week, all good wishes ~ Mike.



Friday, 21 January 2022

Seeking the Winter Colours of Cornwall


Brrrrr! It was freezing at Pentewan, even if there were shades of blue in the sky.

As I returned home I wondered if there was any colour in our garden on such a chilly, January day.

Couldn't see a lot - other than some interesting shades of brown in the hydrangea raised bed - with the green leaves of a primula showing through.


A reddish leaf under another another hydrangea.


By the house wall a brave geranium flower survived with a small head of flowers.


No flowers on this invading green nasturtium though, just raindrops.


Looking upwards into a colourless sky, there's a hint of colour.


A quick detour into our front porch where a Christmas Cacti  (Schlumbergera bridgessii)  lingers on ...


...as does our money plant


The next day, as we were passing Truro's Boscawen Park, we popped in for a walk and hopefully to spot some colour. I liked this tree.


Spotted a cyclamen tucked away in remarkably good condition ... 


... and some more colour.


It started to rain but snapped two more flowers. 




Another day and moving on to a quick visit to Cornwall's Eden Project.

The next four plants I spotted in the Mediterranean Biome.








We then moved on to the Rainforest  Biome, which is usually more interesting (in my opinion).


We arrived at the Baka Basecamp - photo as below!

Baka people live in Mongolu huts while out hunting. It's the men who do the actual hunting and food gathering, while the women build the huts, covering them with Nyongo leaves.

They eat forest fruits, nuts, bush meat and fish killed with plant poisons.

The Baka women sing and make music the night prior to a hunt. They believe this enchants the animals and ensures a successful hunt.


Moving on, there is a wobbly rope bridge high amongst the trees.


Three more photos from Eden's Rainforest Biome.






Now we are homeward bound. The display below is on the route out of the Eden Project.


I then noticed the early daffodils (12th January).


Yes, definitely daffodils, quite made my day.


Thanks for visiting my blog, hope you have an interesting week ahead. Good wishes ~ Mike.

Friday, 14 January 2022

Walking At The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall


Despite the above sign we visited the Lost Gardens of Heligan during the day. Generally speaking outdoor gardens aren't at their best in winter but we found some (strange) bits of interest.

There were a few flowers, as can be seen below. I snapped a few quick photos as we walked.


For a moment, when I spotted this hare, I thought it must be Spring - but the chill in the air soon persuaded me otherwise.


Diggory, the scarecrow, looked quite alone in the vegetable garden, but he had some gloves, a scarf and a hat to protect himself from the cold.


Ah, a few flowers in the Italian Garden and ...


... a very large frog or maybe a toad.


Moving on there was a pleasant tree with beehives in the background


The Sundial Garden was, unfortunately, closed but there were some very large 'flowers' as a consoltation.


Next we came across this beauty alongside the old brick wall.


Moving on to some friendly donkeys.


No other animals about, probably because of the weather ...


... though a few sheep were enjoying the green grass.


A large tree indicated that we were near the Lost Valley and Heligan's jungle.


Lots of greenery to be seen - near and far.

The jungle resides within a steep sided valley and has it's own microclimate. I believe the temperature is about five degrees milder than the other surrounding gardens within Heligan.


We came across some colourful flowers.




All looked brighter, with a pond and a pleasant place to sit


The next photos show the reflections of the surrounding trees in the water.


More reflections and plants. Some of the plants date back to Victorian times, when plant hunters brought back specimans from overseas.


Yet more ferns and plants.


A last glance at the edge of the jungle before we leave to make our way back home.


Have to be quiet though - so we don't awaken the Mud Maid from her slumbers.


I have only included a few of Heligan's gardens. I'd also better add that the novelty items like the hare and the large frog are part of a winter light display and are now being removed. I have written several posts on Heligan including a summer post with lots of photos see:

Well, that's all for this week, hope you are enjoying 2022. Good wishes ~ Mike.

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