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Walking in natures garden – Land’s End

land's End natures garden on the cliffsWe took a walk through nature’s garden around Land’s End this week along dramatic cliff tops laced with bluebells tumbling towards the sea. May has been a fabulous month in Cornwall and so for a couple of hours we stole away to thread our way through the wild flowers and watched the sea swirl around the rocks below in the far most southwesterly tip of the British Isles at Land’s End Continue reading “Walking in natures garden – Land’s End” »

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A visit to the St Michael’s Mount gardens

garden terraces of St Michael's Mount gardenThe gardens of St Michael’s Mount reopened at Easter and finally, this week, I fulfilled a long held ambition to visit them! I know we live within sight of the mount but somehow the time was never right – that’s not until this week as we enjoyed a Mediterranean spring here in Cornwall and I made a concerted effort to take the time off to see them. Well we were not disappointed and they are simply fabulous swathed across the impossible rock face with clever terracing and path ways constructed for visitors to see them although I understand one of the job requirements for the gardeners is the ability to abseil! Continue reading “A visit to the St Michael’s Mount gardens” »

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Exploring Tremenheere Sculpture gardens
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Agave with sculpture at tremenheere sculpture gardnesWe had a real spring treat this week and explored the Tremenheere sculpture gardens with a guided tour from director and founder Dr Neil Armstrong arranged in conjunction with Cornwall 365.

Tremenheere gardens hold a growing world class collection of sculptures and a recreated Chelsea Gold Medal winning garden Tremenheere has a fabulous setting cocooned within a cathedral like woodland that embraces an inspirational sub tropical planting against the counter point of extensive views over Mounts bay. Continue reading “Exploring Tremenheere Sculpture gardens” »

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Secret Cornwall – twelve secluded beaches

cornwall secret beaches looking down on sandy beachExplore the secrets of West Cornwall with twelve of the most unspoilt secluded beaches and coves this week set along the hauntingly beautiful coast. They are almost a secret but not quite if you are armed with a well thumbed ordnance survey map and a pair of walking boots to follow Cornwall’s dramatic cliff top walks and lush valleys to the sound of the sea. So shh don’t tell and I will tell you some of my favourite spots to enjoy an idyllic day away from the tourist spots in unspoilt secret West Cornwall. Continue reading “Secret Cornwall – twelve secluded beaches” »

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In view of murmurations

Marazion marshesEach day now I watch the starlings begin to group and gather in flocks overhead, swooping in their timeless ballet of the air in ever changing patterns. With the change of the season maybe they scent of winter ahead and they have begun to seek the marshes in Marazion each evening for their nightly roost the very best spot to see the fabulous murmurations.

There is a wonderful atmosphere beside the reed beds as regular viewers gather each night to watch the nightly spectacle and as I waited I heard some interesting anecdotes about the starlings behaviour

For and update pictures of the murmuration on Marazion marsh from last night (February 2017) and to see the link to our facebook post please scroll down to the bottom.

 

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Shadows of history in Poltesco Valley

Sea views from Poltesco valleyWe could almost feel the history simmering in the shadows as we walked down through the sheltered valley of Poltesco to visit Carleon Cove on the Lizard Peninsula at the end of the summer.

The wildlife haven of Poltesco, managed now by the National Trust, conceals a long industrial history in the soft verdant greenery, in a timeless peaceful mantle.

We were charmed as we walked down through the sub tropical depths of Poltesco valley to the sea by occasional art works almost enveloped by the vegetation but artfully places there as a counterpoint to each twist and turn in the path.  And yet how different this valley would have been when the Serpentine works was in full production and the cargo was ferried from the cove in flat bottomed barges to schooners waiting in the bay. Continue reading “Shadows of history in Poltesco Valley” »

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Memories of Sennen

Nostalgic cornish harbourAs the winter days stretch out before us I’ve found myself looking fondly back on our autumn beach adventures and realised I hadn’t shared our memories of Sennen. Sennen was one of the last beaches that we visited before settling down to working life and routines of a winter farm.

The storm crested waves tore across the cove at Sennen that day, trailing plumes of spray that day and yet when we walked up towards the sheltered honeyed granite harbour with sea worn walls the sea lay surprisingly tranquil. What a timeless memory of a visit to sennen Cove to see my photo album
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The Penwith Tour I Marazion to Mousehole


Treen Beach The Penwith Tour is a perfect drive around West Cornwall (formally know as West Penwith)   that follows the coast beside the tranquil waters of Mounts bay with the iconic St Michael’s Mount and then on  to the ancient town of Penzance with her granite clad streets, before skirting the bay to  the fishing port of Newlyn  to the pretty harbour at Mousehole in part one.

Part two explores the hidden fishing coves and stone circles, the world famous Minack open air theatre on the way to Land’s End.

Last month I started to write about planning a balance between leisure times and trying to see as much as possible of West Cornwall if you are staying couple of days with us at Ednovean Farm. The “Penwith tour” is a contrast to my walking day suggestions following the Penwith Peninsular by car and yet never far from the sea and it is a great way to West Cornwall

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Perranuthnoe

Perranuthnoe's golden sandy beach known locally as Perran Sands

The unspoilt sandy beach below Perranuthnoe sheltered by Cudden Point

Perranuthnoe lies in a secluded corner of Mounts bay, tucked at the bottom of a valley just above the sea. Most visitors miss Perranuthnoe as the race along the A394 to explore between The Lizard and Land’s End but for those that do spot the narrow lane turning of the main “A” road, well it leads down to a sandy beach, a peaceful unspoilt village of traditional Granite Farmhouses and cottages, all clustered below the square church tower and it is just waiting to be found.

In this  blog I  explore the beaches and coves within walking distance of Ednovean Farm, a little of the history of Perranuthnoe and the lives that shaped the landscape over time

  1. Perranuthnoe’s beaches and Coves
  2. Perranuthnoe – a brief history of the village
  3. Perranuthnoe church
  4. Shops and Galleries
  5. Tin and silver mines around Perranuthnoe
  6. Places to eat
  7. Walking from Perranuthnoe
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Porthcurno beach is simply beautiful

Porthcurno Beach sheltered by teh Logan's Rock headland must be on of the most beautiful in CornwallPorthcurno beach has of be one of the most beautiful spots in Cornwall with the pale shell laden sands framed by sculpted cliffs of honeyed granite.  Porthcurno is one of the most popular spots to visit for a summer’s day of holiday bliss and so Charles and I waited until an autumn day in October to take the easy access path down to the beach from the capacious car park but I can assure you it would still be idyllic on a summers day – you’d just have to share it!

As well as the gorgeous beach, Porthcurno has its place history both for transatlantic communications, flanked by the superb Porthcurno Telegraph Museum on the Land’s End side and the extraordinary World famous Minack theatre on the Penzance side. Continue reading “Porthcurno beach is simply beautiful” »