Friday, December 31, 2010

Boxing Day walk to Cadgwith

Cadgwith is a picturesque fishing village nestled down at the tip of Cornwall, near the Lizard. A mecca for tourists with very un-vehicle friendly streets (unless you have a boat!). We parked in the free carpark up the hill at Ruan Minor and with the dog bundled up in his new winter coat, headed off towards the steep footpath down into Cadgwith itself.  It was a grey day with an icy wind to probe your unmuffled bits. Brrrr!
 Over the stone stile.....
 There's Cadgwith below......
 And another stone stile into a cut which gave blessed relief from the wind.
 The footpath leads into the village...
 Parking spaces are like gold dust, here, even if you live here.
 Walking down between the pretty cottages
 And down into the village centre, past the pub (which hosts the very excellent Cadgwith Singers every Friday night on St Inebriatus's Eve!)
 And here are the fishing boats, pulled up onto the shore.
 Christmas decorations hang from wires, seagulls relax on the shingle.
 A jolly pleasant sight.

 What scared the seagulls off?
 Pretty cottages in abundance. I have to say though, I've seen photos of this place taken during storms and the waves batter the windows!

 And if you haven't got a car, park your boat in your car parking space!

 Time to get home for a hot chocolate!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Snowy Troon

Today we were treated to another dollop of snow, along with some quite meaty - sounding thunderstorms!

Just a few pics taken on a short walk out of the village today, once it stopped snowing:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Back from the printers...

This year's Christmas cards. I have illustrated my own Christmas cards now, since 2001. I used to print them myself, on the old inkjet, but it took so long and cost so much, I ended up getting it done at Vistaprint much cheaper and as good quality, and envelopes too!

Last year I had to break with my tradition (because of the move to Cornwall) and send out shop bought cards. This raised howls of disappointment from friends and relatives, who look forward to my quirky, very personal and very Cornish designs.

Worry not.....I'm back on the case.....and they're all done and printed, it's not even December!

 The inside reads: Nadelik Lowen ha Bledhen Nowyth Da   Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (Cornish and English)

Here's the front design clearer:

 And a little detail......that's me, hubby and Charlie the Jack Russell. We're wearing our Pirates rugby scarves, as is the seagull atop the chimney! (What, you didn't know seagulls watch the rugby? Have you never seen a seagull mug a tourist for his pastie on Penzance promenade? )

We don't live in an old converted Engine House, wishful thinking, that!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Our small front garden

Well, we've been here almost a year now and at last the front garden is looking more like I envisaged. Originally a patch of grass, bordered by gravel paths, the lawnmower had to be lugged from the back garden, down the communal lane alongside next-door's house and around to the front. Given that the grass was little more than eight feet square and our petrol mower more suited to our old, large garden, the actual mowing was done in just a handful of passes! Not ideal, so I decided to banish the grass at the front and create something easier to tend, that would provide the backdrop for some more plants.

 I saw this (below) at the Lost Gardens of Heligan and liked it. I've also seen a more intricate pebble pavement at Perranporth, part of a Cornish-time sundial on the clifftop.(look at the pattern of pebbles, placed on edge, it's lovely!)

However, all this was beyond my present means. When the builder working next door kindly offered me a few barrowloads of gravel, I decided to have a circle of gravel, rather than pebbles, in the hope that one day I could afford to replace the gravel with a nice pebble circle. So I set to, taking off the turf. This only took a couple of hours (remember I'm 57 and not as fit as I could be!). Another day I set about marking up the circle, digging it out and setting the logroll edging. As I had some logroll left over, I decided to put in a smaller circle, offset slightly, for planting up. The next few days the weather was vile. Then a couple of days later the sun came out and the wind dropped, allowing me to lay the fabric liner and start barrowing gravel...from the back garden, down the communal lane....etc etc. It was then just a matter of raking it out and trimming away and tucking in the liner. I shall add a little more topsoil to the surround and rake it level. I think it looks ok, not bad work for an old bird! Now for the plant planning!

As the front faces southwest it gets plenty of sun and the existing planting, lavender, santolina, sage and rosemary has done well. (All right, the lupins were claimed by slugs the size of small family cars; they'll have to be moved to the back or go in pots.) I have a weakness for rather exotic plants and am looking at perhaps squeezing in a palm, cannas, aeoniums and the like. Although this is Cornwall and therefore a bit milder than the rest of the UK, up here in Troon we are prone to wind (!) and I shall have to bear that in mind. Watch this space!

Monday, September 13, 2010

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Yes, once again, it's Talk Like a Pirate Day on the 19th September. A chance to dress up in garb piratical, practice your "Arrrrr!'s and get some serious timbers shivered.

Many take the opportunity to make it a charity fund-raiser and raise funds and laughs at the same time. And if you live in Cornwall or will be there on the day, the Cornish Pirates rugby team in Penzance (many of whose fans dress as pirates on match days anyhow) Sunday Sept 19th coincides with a home game against Birmingham and Solihull Rugby Club. So we are encouraging everyone to come dressed as a pirate. There are prizes and give-aways for the kids and a 'best dressed pirate' prize, so come along! Sunday 3pm. You might even see a decent game of rugger!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

My local beach...a panorama

Gwithian, Cornwall. A nice swell for the surfers and warm September sunshine. Husband's one of the surfing specks!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Minack Theatre

Friday evening saw us at the Minack Theatre on the cliffs of Porthcurno. We were waiting to see a performance of 'Larkrise', a play based on the books 'Larkrise to Candleford' by Flora Thompson. After a wet and misty week the weather relented and gave us a warm dry evening. The performance was a sellout.
The gardens round the arena are pretty impressive, too. People took warm clothes, blankets and most people took and champagne were quaffed and it was all very civilised! We had eaten fish and chips at home so were full, but the lady sitting next to me opened a tin and took out a large Victoria sponge cake! We got offered a slice, too!
And as the moon rose over the! What an amazing venue! I didn't take photos during the performance, was too absorbed. This was taken during the interval.

A magical evening, all for the princely sum of £9.50. We will go again.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Belly laughs

I thought it was about time to christen the new bellyboard, so here I am at Gwithian, one warm summer's evening, suited up and ready. I wasn't sure what to expect; the ride was likely to be different to my floaty, foam Morey bodyboard.
This chap was just checking I didn't have any pasties on me.

And this one was just checking the seagull out.

Eeek! Water!!

Hmmmm.....not bad....not bad at all!

And again......

Good so far, hair's still dry though; can't have that!

Now if someone would just cover that pesky sun......

There are a lot of these jolly - looking jellyfish washing up on the north coast at the moment. Best not to tread on them, I believe they don't sting much but could give you problems if you are prone to anaphylactic shock. (The spellchecker has just suggested 'intergalactic' shock! I like the sound of that. It's jellyfish, Jim, but not as we know it. LOL!)

You lookin' at me? Are you lookin' at me? Do you want some, come on you think you're hard enough? (Sigh from bored jellyfish)

Meanwhile, back at the surf, Sue has finally got her hair wet.

This is the one that gave me the washing machine experience. I emerged sandy, dripping and with a long string of er...snot dangling.....not in the least least I wore a wide grin!

Come on in, Charlie, the water's lovely!

Ooof, that was a refreshing one! The ride is lower in the wave than with a foam board and my take-offs need working on. Still, I'm not missing many waves.

Just one more ride.......

It's almost 9pm and curry calls. We came out straight from working late and haven't had our tea.

Put that camera away!