Friday 10 February 2023


Gosh, a pleasant day, the rain had  ceased, though a few puddles remained. We decided to have a short walk along the beach at  Carlyon Bay.

Puddles at Carlon Bay, Cornwall

It was quite chilly, but who cares when there is treasure to be found - well, perhaps.

Beach at Carlyon Bay, Cornwall

I had recently read a book 'Seagulls in the Attic' by Tessa Hainsworth, who has started a new life in Cornwall. 

Tessa writes how she likes to find cowrie shells on the beach. She writes, "I love these tiny pinkish shells, no bigger than my little fingernail. They're lucky shells, the Cornish equivalent to the Irish four-leaf clover."

On a previous visit to Carlyon Bay my wife and I found dozens of small pink shells. So we set off to find some more. It's always useful to have a handy supply of good luck, you never know when it might come in handy!

I soon found a pink shell but little else.

Shell ay Carlyon Bay, Cornwall

The beach was quite empty, the sand smooth, untouched and nothing had been washed ashore.

Untouched beach at Carlyon Bay, Cornwall

A walk on the untouched sand is, by itself, good luck.

Sea and cliffs at Carlyon Bay, Cornwall

We enjoyed the far end of the beach, the peace and the silence.

Cliffs and rocks at Carlyon Bay, Cornwall

The rocks and cliffs have their own special beauty. The comings and goings they must have witnessed over thousands of years.

Carlyon Bay, Cornwall, close up detail of cliifs

Eventually we retraced our footsteps.

Carlyon Bay sandy beach

Looking inland, numerous enormous rocks were piled high. They were originally to be used as a breakwater when there was talk of the beach being redeveloped with apartments and shops. But this has never come to fruition.

Rocks at Carlyon Bay, Cornwall

We made our way back to our car via the puddles.

Reflections in puddle at Carlyon Bay, Cornwall

I did manage to pick up a few bits and pieces along the beach, but nothing too exciting. They will, however, be added to my collection of bits and pieces labelled 'you never know when these might come in handy.'

Seaglass and shells found at Carlyon Bay, Cornwall

Thanks for visiting my blog
Hope you lots of good luck luck ~ Mike.


  1. Beautiful sea glass and shells - real treasures! Gorgeous un-touched sand - not a foot print in site. Double, triple good luck for sure. Oh, my kids would find hours of entertainment with those puddles. Lovely post Mike :) x

    1. Hello Lulu. We were so lucky that that we were able to have the beach to ourselves, not sure where everyone else went! I think the early rain must have put them off. As for puddles, they are fun at any age. Good wishes.

  2. Hello Mike, what a beautiful place to visit.

    1. Hello, thanks for leaving a comment. I always enjoy a walk along a beach.

  3. A pleasant walk and clear blue skies, lovely post Mike.

    1. Hello David, it was a pleasant walk. Hard to imagine that the beach will be full of people in the summer months. Take care.

  4. Hello Mike, nice to see such a beautiful beach day! Seems there is always something magical to find on a beach and your lovely collection proves it. Your seaglass is what we call "ready". So often we find broken glass with sharp edges, not ready to collect and so we toss them back into the sea. Hoping you are well and enjoying many great walks. I'm doing fine, just having taken a break from computers. Take care. Ann K.

    1. Hello Ann, so good to hear from you. I think it's good to get away from computers at times. The real world is so much better. Take care too. All good wishes.

  5. Oh how lovely! I can feel the peace and tranquillity of that beach. Those little shells are so delicate and pretty. Thank you, Mike. It must have been wonderful.

    1. Many thanks, it's not often to see such a beach without footprints. All good wishes.



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