Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Scenes From Cornwall.

I thought I would share a few scenes from Cornwall where the sun has finally arrived and all around the Cornish folk are already sporting gentle tans, though truth to say this probably has far more to do with the ever-present Cornish breeze (gales) than the presence of the sun. So, to start us off some bright forsythia which is shouting from just about every garden including our own.

From our garden we pop down to Falmouth town where, as I have said on many occasions, we are lucky enough to shop with the river running alongside us. This is one of the scenes we see regularly from the main town carpark where a little quay juts out and fields of golden gorse surge down to the sea on the opposite bank. I love the back of the buildings lining the water's edge as they look so quaint and higgeldy-piggledy as though they are climbing over one another to get the best spot. Well, in my mind anyway.

So many little boats are tied up to the quays and bob in the choppy tide as the larger vessels languish in deeper waters. The harbour is quiet at the moment waiting for the season to begin when it will once more play host to myriad boats, ships and ferries with bright sails and flapping flags hoist high on masts as they venture off in search of adventure. We shall be one of them on our little boat Mermaid and I can't wait!

We sail Mermaid all year round though it is infinitely more fun - to me anyway - with the hot sun on our backs. This image is typical of what we see as we make our way along the river toward the harbour.

A quick visit back to the garden as we are now spending so much time there grabbing the sunlight and longer days with both hands while we can after what felt a particularly long, grey winter. Not a cold one I know, but dreary enough to make the burst of colour draw us outdoors onto the courtyard for prolonged chats over pots of coffee in the weekend mornings, me knitting on one side and Davey doing the same on the other as the children race around. Evenings see us meet there after Isabella is in bed for a quiet wind down over a glass of something and though the air is chill by then, it still has a magic that I love with the birds singing goodnight and the breeze scented with hyacinths and daffodils.

A cuddle with Pecan who is in need of a new mate as we had a fox attack a while ago. We no longer have my beautiful Biscuit or her gorgeous daughter May, and even the loss of the ever-useless (bless him) Mustang who finally managed to produce some fertile eggs (!) has made me rather sad. I am very good at not dwelling on these things as there truly is little point in keeping livestock if you cannot take a somewhat pragmatic view, but sometimes it does snag a bit. Foxes are something I no longer think of as particularly wonderful as they indulge so often in senseless killing where bodies are left decimated and not taken for food. Obviously, this is nature though and I must accept it does not work on our thought process.

So, we are searching for a companion for her and my comfort is the fact that I watched two crows collect some of Biscuit's soft, downy feathers to line their nest. How pretty that must look unlike moi who is in definite need of a haircut...hmm.

Masses of pretty ladybirds appeared over the weekend drawn out of hibernation by the warm sun much like ourselves. Isabella is fascinated by bugs and often walks up holding some totally revolting specimen which I rather like to see. She is so much like me in this area and I will have to keep an eye out for empty cardboard boxes with no lids atop supposedly housing ants and being kept under beds - ahh, I remember doing this so well! Funny how the ants never stayed in their box... my poor Mum!

Luckily Isabella happily released this ladybird to wander on her way.

Well, this long post is drawing to a close (hurrah!) and I will leave you with some more Cornish coastal scenes including Porthleven Harbour on a rather less sunshiney day

A fishing trawler on its way to work, heading out around Pendennis Point and into Falmouth Bay

And a look at one of those boats I mentioned bobbing off of Falmouth town near the Prince of Wales Pier.

Well done if you got this far and thank you for reading my rambling if you did!

See you soon x

P.S. Sorry, that really was long!!!


  1. I did read it all and felt as if I had actually been there with you! Lovely photos as always. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beautiful photos and heartfelt sentiments Pip. A lovely post for a lovely sunny day. I remember a trip to Porthleven Harbour on our last holiday in Cornwall. I vaguely recall a very nice Thai restaurant, I think it was Porthleven...


  3. Don't apologise for the length, I enjoyed every single bit, thankyou! I can't wait to get to Cornwall again this year. Such a wonderful place.:)
    Jess x x

  4. Beautiful photos Pipany!I always long for Cornwall after reading your posts!Sorry to hear about your ducks, bloomin foxes!
    Our Forsythia has blossomed over the weekend too!
    We were in Brighton and my husband and daughters boyfrind got burned by the sun whilst having lunch at the marina!In March!!
    Have a great week!
    Rachel x

  5. I'm loving all the yellow at the moment Pipany and we have a jug of forsythia on the table at the moment snipped from the garden - it's gorgeous. I'm just waiting for the magnolia to flower.

    Happy sunny days

    Nina xxx

  6. Not long, lovely! It really is good to look at the world through other folks eyes once in a while. I adore your corner of Cornwall but have not been south of Devon in far too long a time. Enjoy the sun while it lasts x

  7. I loved your post(wasn't long enough for me)!! so please don't apologise, Lovely photo's,i adore Cornwall,and although i haven't lived there my heart belongs there,soppy i know
    Thanks for sharing pipany
    Best Wishes
    Sue xx

  8. I enjoyed catching up with you again Pipany! Happy to hear you are enjoying the fine weather too. We had an invasion of ladybirds in our garden too. Never seen so many!!!

    Happy evening,

    Madelief x

  9. Oh what a fabulous treat to visit gorgeous, sunny, springy Cornwall. I remember buying prawns from the fishmonger on that quay one holiday!

    I'm pinning for Cornwall very badly at the moment, would love to be down in your lovely county but not sure we'll make it this year sadly.

    Talking of sadly - such a shame to hear about the loss of your lovely ducks. Really sorry to hear that Pip, I live in constant fear for our hens but like you say, such is nature.

    Hope that sunshine cheers you up. Much love

  10. Hi Pip,

    Thought I'd pop in to say hello since my facebooking has been very lax this week - am totally on holiday mode now! Going to struggle to get back into it next week ;) Hope you get to enjoy your boat in the sunshine soon, happy times :) Have a lovely rest of your week xxx

  11. Hi pip love this post - so looking forward to our cornwall trip at the end of next month - sorry to hear about your lonely duck - I think Phoebe is going to be like Isabella - she love bugs especially spiders!!!!

  12. stunning, love love love the duck x

  13. Good evening Pipany! I felt as if I was right there with you and the tour of your little corner of paradise went by terribly quickly. You write beautifully. But I've always known that :-)


  14. Lovely to see your part of the country coming out of hibernation. Can't wait to see more pictures with that wonderful Cornish light!

  15. It's looking lovely over your way. I think you could have encouraged a few visitors with your lovely post. I do envy you the sailing though. My partner is so badly seasick we really just had to shelve all ideas of sailing (although people do keep telling me that if you're in charge of the sailing you don't get sick!). The sun is out over here too today and we're making the most of it too

    Kate x

  16. Loved your Cornish scenes today, Pipany! I could almost hear the water lapping there and smell the sea air! Loved the duck too!
    Have a very Happy Easter.
    Helen x

  17. Don't apologise, I never tire of looking at snaps of Cornwall! Have a nice weekend x

  18. Thanks for the tour Pipany, so pretty. Have a lovely Easter.
    twiggy x

  19. Hope you had a lovely Easter Pipany, despite the rain and mizzle!


  20. You really do take the most beautiful pictures Pipany!
    A belated Happy Easter to you & your family.

    Lou xxx