Tuesday, 21 April 2020

A Lockdown Cornwall Walk Plus Dogs and Bude

A hover fly landing

A safe landing above prior to having our daily walk from home.

Quite a dull morning but nice to get out of the house. "Shoulders back and swing your arms," as my dear old dad would say when I was a lolloping teenager - gosh, that was a long time ago. Anyway, the river is still flowing and bubbling along nicely.

A Cornish Stream

Lots of green about, on the trees and the old walls.

Cover Valley, Cornwall

This cottage knows its place in life, judging by its very own signpost: eighteen miles from Newquay and sixteen and a half miles from Truro.

A Cornish Cottage

Now it's time to get annoyed! The notice on the pole below clearly states a £500 fine for not cleaning up dog poo. But still some dog walkers don't pick up. Oh, and then there are the dog 'owners' who pick up the poo, put it into a plastic bag, and then leave the bag.
How many years do they think that will take to dissolve?

Mustn't let it spoil the walk.

By the way I am very much in favour of dogs. Though we haven't a dog now we previously have had dogs for many years. Especially our border collie, Toby, he was so special.

Several signs on a wooden pole, Cornwall

Some colour to brighten the moment.

Red leaves, Cornwall

And finally for today a photo looking back at pre-coronavirus days. This is Cornwall's north coast at Bude. Looking forward to walking Cornwall's coastal path again. In the meantime stay safe and thanks for visiting my blog.

Beach at Bude, Cornwall

Saturday, 18 April 2020

The Lake on a Sunshine Day - Plus Praise For the NHS

Lake once used in china clay production, Cornwall

Another day, another day in isolation, other than our daily walk from home. Today we passed what looks like a lake but is the remnants of Cornwall's china clay industry.

Danger, warninf sign, Cornwall

The water cannot be used for any activity such as swimming or boating as it is too dangerous.

Blue sky, water, trees, Cornwall

High on a hill is a wind turbine and a settling tank for china clay.

Wind turbine, Cornwall

We wandered back to the lanes and roads leading towards home...

Sgaded lanes in Cornwall

… passing by a country style cottage.

Country cottage, Cornwall

Narrow lanes in Cornwall

Narrow lane, Cornwall

The rushing stream became our companion once more.

Gover Stream, Cornwall

Then on an old bridge was a pebble on a bed of moss. But not a usual pebble or stone as it had been decorated in praise of UK's NHS - National Health Service.

NHS Pebble

There is a hash tag on the pebble #nhspebble. I checked this out but only a few entries so far on Twitter.

Painted NHS Pebble

I think all of us in the UK, at this time, are in admiration of the courage and kindness of the nurses, doctors and staff of the NHS. 

Many houses have rainbows, such as the one below, in their windows as a symbol of support for the NHS heroes.

Rainbow in support of NHS staff

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Walking In Cornwall and Newquay Highlights

Sheep in Cornwall

We did a different 'permitted' walk today and were out for quite a while. Sheep and lambs were in the green fields.

Green fields and sheep in Cornwall

There were inland views which seemed to stretch for miles.

Countryside views in Cornwall

Gribbin Head, Cornwall
If we crossed to the other side of the lane there were hazy distant views to the coast and the tower on Gribbin Head could be seen.

Country Lanes, Cornwall

The walk perhaps didn't take in the more typical views of Cornwall. Visitors usually seem to think of Cornwall's fishing villages such as Mevagissey in the sunshine...

Mevagissey lighthouse and harbour, Cornwall

… or maybe the blue sea and sailing ships …

Sailing boats, Cornwall

… or perhaps the beaches of holiday resorts such as Newquay ...

Newquay Beaches, Cornwall

… but, of course, there is so much more of Cornwall to explore and enjoy. That's once we have beaten the coronavirus outbreak of course.

Towan Island, Newquay, Cornwall

The final four photos of the post were taken prior to the coronavirus lockdown.

Many thanks for your visit to my blog. Stay safe.

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Sunday, 12 April 2020

Miles and Miles of Smiles at a Cornwall Feast Week

Music in St.Austell's Feast Week, Cornwall

As these are difficult times we are experiencing at the moment I thought I'd travel back to a time to when there seemed to be smiles and joy everywhere - well, at least in Cornwall.

People by St.Austell Church, Cornwall

So I travelled back in my time machine to a Feast Week in St.Austell.

St. Austell Feast Week Entertainer

Look at all of those smiling faces. Okay the guy below might not look too happy, but he was a contrast to everyone else.

Sad expression on face of Cornish Feast Week entertainer

Even the horse was smiling. You can't actually see his full smile but, trust me, his gnashers had a quite a grin.

Attractive lady with her horse, Cornwall

Of course, some of the more distinguished characters had to hide their smiles - for some people there is a time and a place for everything.

Uniformed character at Cornish Feast Week

Behind their expressions though there is a build up of smiles waiting to explode.

Character at a St.Austell Feast week, Cornwall

Now that is some happy hat below! You can see his usual smile in the very first photo of this post.

A funny hat at a Cornish Feast Week

And the lady below has a lovely smile.

St.Austell Feast Week, Cornwall

Strewth, even the girl with her leg held high in the air has a wobbly smile.

Acrobat at St.Austell Feast Week, Cornwall

As for the strong arm of the law there must be at least an occasional chuckle amongst the litigation.

Police officers in Cornwall

Historically, St Austell had its week of 'feasten' activities surrounding the celebration of the Feast of Saint Austol. Somehow though this fizzled out in 1946. Since then there have been attempts to resurrect the festival.

The photo below is from the Feast in 1910, though most of the participants don't look too happy about the proceedings!

St.Austell Feast Week in 1910

As is apparent the town of St.Austell is named after St. Austol.

The saint had a great friendship with St.Muen (St. Mewan today) of the adjoining parish. St. Muen died on June 21st 627 and St. Austol died seven days later.

Keep smiling, stay safe. As my dear old dad used to say:

Smile awhile
and while you smile 
another smiles
and soon there's miles and miles of smiles.
And life's worth living because you smiled.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Walking and Kitesurfing in Cornwall

The kitesurfing photos, above and the five near the bottom of the post were snapped prior to the coronavirus lockdown.

The next few photos are a 'legal' walk from home. The first part was under the train viaduct I mentioned in my previous post. The train from London to Penzance zoomed overhead while we were there.

The next photo shows some of the brickwork.

A viaduct was first built here in 1858 but had to be replaced in 1899. It's quite a construction as it has ten piers and is 115 feet (35m) high and 720 feet (220m) long.

Below you might be able to make out the original stump of the first viaduct as well as the present version. The newer viaduct has much neater brickwork.

Continuing the walk, some nice old granite pieces in a garden.

An old gate that appears to lead nowhere.

Now back to the kitesurfing. It was a dull, blustery old day.

However, the kitesurfers were having fun.

The kitesurfing pics were taken at Pentewan Beach, Cornwall.

When we returned home from our walk I noticed that one of the geraniums in our porch has started to flower. A sign, perhaps, of better things to come!

Thanks for visiting my blog. Stay healthy.



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