Thursday 16 January 2020

Walking at Pentewan, Cornwall: River, Woods and Trees

St. Austell River, Pentewan, Cornwall

On Sunday morning it had been bucketing down. When the rain finally stopped we went for a walk along the footpath to Pentewan, Cornwall and to glimpse the sea before dinner. 

sign post, with a dangling lost mitten, was becoming covered with moss because of all of the recent rain and dampness.

Sign Post, Pentewan, Cornwall

For the first part of the walk the path follows what is known as the St. Austell River. It's proper name is the Vinnick River though, to confuse things, locals often refer to it as the White River as the water is sometimes coloured white by nearby china clay deposits.

Pentewan Trail, Cornwall

After following the river we turned off through the woods.

Pentewan Trail, Cornwall

A few puddles remained from the recent rain, but the path was quite walkable. It is also used by cyclists and the occasional horse rider.

Woods at Pentewan, Cornwall

At the side of the path a few smaller trees were swimming in water, though they didn't manage to get very far.

Trees in water

Walking through an arch of trees the sun began to shine - yippee.

Walking through trees to Pentewan, Cornwall

Almost to the end of the woods, but first a wooden bridge and a ford used by horses and sometimes cyclists.

wooden bridge for walkers and ford for horses and cycles, Pentewan, Cornwall

More dampness and moss on the trees but we have now virtually reached Pentewan village.

Moss on tree

The path opens up to the narrow road leading to the village - and what is the first thing we see? A fashion shop! Being Sunday luckily it was closed.

Fashion and Lidestyle shop at Pentewan, Cornwall

I'll carry on with the photos, and a glimpse of the sea, in my next post: Pentewan Harbour, Beach and Village, Cornwall

Monday 13 January 2020

13 Photos of Mevagissey Harbour, Cornwall

The harbour at Mevagissey, Cornwall

After so much rain and greyness the sun finally shone (10th of January) so we headed down to Mevagissey. The tide was out so the Inner Harbour - above - was a jumble of boats.

Harbour and boats Mevagissey, Cornwall

I snapped a few photos as we walked. The boats were still able to manoeuvre in the outer harbour.

Mevagissey is primarily a fishing village. Years ago the boats would catch pilchards, but the demand gradually decreased. The pilchards were then rebranded as Cornish Sardines - and the sales increased! What a difference a name can make.

The outer harbour at Mevagissey, Cornwall

Looking east from the harbour wall shows the rugged coastline.

Coastline looking from Mevagissey harbour walls

Two girls were out at sea on their paddle boards. The sea was so blue, calm and perfect. As I have no doubt said before, the sea around Cornwall has many colours and shades dependent on the weather conditions.

Mavagissey, Cornwall: two girls on paddle boards

Along the wall that divides the inner and outer harbours are some of the paraphernalia for the fishing boats. The public aren't allowed along this walkway for safety reasons.

Boxes for fish at Mevagissey, Cornwall

Not sure if She Sells sells sea shells but you'll find the shop by the harbour.

Mevagissey shop: She Sells

Looking out to the entrance of the outer harbour. Hard to believe this is January.

Outer harbour at Mevagissey, Cornwall

A few fishing boats and one of the harbour walls. Always interesting to walk along the wall unless, of course, the weather isn't too good.

Mevagissey harbour, Cornwall and boats

A further stretch of the walkable harbour wall.

Fishing boat at Mevagissey, Cornwall

Below is the entrance to Mevagissey's inner harbour - used when the water has risen to a suitable level.

Mevagissey harbour houses

Houses overlooking the harbour. Many are now holiday or second homes. This has pushed the prices up and up. So much so that it is now difficult for locals to afford them, especially the young looking for their first home. Many have to move away. This effects the dynamics of the whole village: the shops, pubs, businesses and the community.

Mevagissey Harbour, Cornwall

There's a range of small shops (and pubs & restaurants) in the village but many are aimed at the visitors who flood Mevagissey in the main summer months.

Here are three more Mevagissey posts with lots of photos:

An Introduction to Mevagissey, Cornwall The Two Saint Village

Mevagissey The Two Saint Village and Harbour - 10 Photos

Mevagissey, Cornwall - Where It's A Good Job That Cows Can't Fly!

Friday 10 January 2020

Cornwall's Eden Project and its Varying Art Work

Marble Statue and Water Fountain of Rebecca at Eden Project, Cornwall

Today a different look at Cornwall's Eden Project. Instead of the usual plants and flowers we look a few of Eden's art work.

Marble water fountain of Rebecca at Eden Project, Cornwall
Above is a marble statue, which is also a water fountain. The work was created by Ryan Gander and is fabricated in the likeness of his wife, Rebecca, who playfully spits water!

In the outer regions of Eden is the gentleman below - not exactly sure what he signifies.

Eden Project art work

Moving on to the Mediterranean Biome we find Gaia, an illuminated globe by Luke Jerram. 

The globe is seven metres in diameter and has NASA detailed imagery of the Earth's surface - as it would be viewed from space.

How the Earth looks from space

The bird below was happily amusing himself on cacti plants.

Bird in Mediterranean Biome at Eden Project, Cornwall

Oh, and this wicker animal was also frolicking happily in the Mediterranean Biome - well he would be if he could.

Inside Eden Projects Mediterranean Biome, Cornwall

Moving on to Eden's Core building we find Infinity Blue.

World's largest ceramic sculpture at Eden Project, Cornwall

It is believed that Infinity Blue is the world's biggest ceramic sculpture. It weighs in at 20 tonne and is said to pay homage to cyanobacteria, one of the world's smallest living beings.

Infinity Blue art work at Eden Project, Cornwall

The structure is around nine metres tall and fires out vapour rings spasmodically from it's 32 'cannons'.

This is popular with children as they enjoy trying to catch the vapour rings before they disappear. Okay, I do too!

Smoke rings at Cornwall's Eden Project

Moving on, there is art work around the gardens in varying forms.

Bench or Seat at Cornwall's Eden Project

Finally for this post we come across artwork called Crowd 4 designed by Julian Opie. I don't really get this, but it is described as a monolith sculpture with animation played on a double sided LED screen.

The film features a number of people crossing the screen, thus creating a monument to crowd or flock.

So there you are - various art at Cornwall's Eden Project.

LED artwork at Cornwall's Edaen Project

All this art work, so I thought I'd give Rebecca a bit of colour instead of her marble whiteness. 

Eden Project's Water Fountain of Rebecca

More Posts on the Eden Project:

Cornwall's Eden Project With The world's Largest Indoor Rainforest - Plus Much More

A Flavour Of Cornwall's Eden Project: 15 Photos

More Flavour of Cornwall's Eden Project - 14 Photos

Tuesday 7 January 2020

Walking The Cornish Lanes Looking for January Flowers and Other Things of Interest

February flowers in Cornwall's hedgerows.

'Twas a dull morning, a little drizzly, but I always feel I need a walk so we decided to head for the lanes near Trenance, St.Austell. There's rarely any traffic and perhaps I would see some colour in the hedgerows.

Well I did find some flowers as can be seen by my photo above. Yes, they are daffodils - very early, even for Cornwall.

Raining in St.Austell

It sure looked like rain!

Looking across the countryside in Cornwall on a misty day

Gradually the greyness lifted and it was possible to look across the fields. The view would have been a better if the hedgerows weren't quite so high.

Looking across Cornish fields

Yes, the grey must have been frightened away as the sky turned blue. There's a wind turbine in the distance.

Looking across fields in Cornwall

This is/was china clay country as can be seen below. The hill is made from the spoils of the china clay industry. Nature has taken over and made the scene quite pleasant.

China clay spoils in Cornwall

It started getting dull again. That's Cornwall for you, travel a short distance and the weather can be quite different.

Farmer's field, Cornwall near St.Austell

Water was gushing onto the road from the recent heavy rain ...

Running water from fields in Cornwall after heavy rain

… and joined a small river ...

Rivulet in Cornwall

… which gradually became wider.

St.Austell River, Cornwall

We then came to the bridge across the Trenance Road built in 1859.

Old bridge in Cornwall, 1859

Actually there are two bridges as can be seen in the photo below. The second bridge was built in 1899.

Railway bridge, 1899, in St.Austell, Cornwall

Trains thunder across the Gover Valley via the bridge and also a viaduct. This is used by trains travelling from London Paddington to Penzance and vice versa.

Railway bridge in Cornwall dating back to 1899

From here we followed a footpath to take us down to the valley.

Footpath in St.Austell, Cornwall

Looking south are houses and the block of flats - the only high rise flats in Cornwall - I mentioned in a previous post

High rise flats in Cornwall

That's it for today - keep on walking!

See also: 

33 Photos: A Circular Walk Based On Gover Valley, St.Austell, Cornwall


Introduction to Gover Valley, Cornwall

 A few photos today  of Gover Valley where there is usually an abundance of greenery.   A stream tinkles along. It would be easy to imagin...