I love roadside flowers, and Cornwall was looking very pretty with it’s part stone / part earth walls. We caught it just right – red campion, bluebells, vetch, gorse, lots of thrift (one of my favourites), cow parsley and several things I couldn’t identify. This batch also includes a few pics from Godolphin, a National Trust place which still needs a bit of work, but provided a nice stroll.
A little paddle from Fowey. We hired a double kayak in town with a plan to get to Lostwithial. The wind, straight on our nose, had other ideas. We pootled round the harbour first and then headed upriver on the incoming tide. There was plenty of flow, but the wind held us back, and was quite exhausting. We nipped into a little creek for a rest and then continued on to Golant for a coffee. The pub was closed so we thought we would have a rest, which became a bit too comfy (!) so we called it quits there. It was a lovely afternoon, and the salt marshes higher upstream will have to wait for another day.
Porthleven Harbour in Cornwall. It has an unusual double harbour. The water goes right out and you can walk on the sand – by high tide you would be under 10 ft of water! It was a nice place, with a relaxed vibe. Nice coffee and nice fish – what more could you want…
Some pics from two beaches in Cornwall – the first Gunwalloe. It wasn’t a sunny day but it was atmospheric with it’s moody blues, with a touch of pink on the horizon. Andy associates this as Gunwalloe-in-the-rain due to a trip in the 1970s when it poured with rain and his family sat in their Morris Minor. There was a lot of slate on the beach worn smooth.
The other beach is Rinsey Cove, somewhat changed it seems, due to the Valentine’s Day storm in 2014. The storm stripped the beach of a lot of sand, so it was much rockier than Andy remembered. The tide came in fast too, but it was such a gorgeous sunny day. The sea was freezing though, too cold for paddling (although I tried ;)). I guess it’s still early in the season. It’s a steep walk down in places but beautiful and made us feel like we were on a proper adventure.
Falmouth for work (couple of weeks ago), but a pleasure really. Managed to have little paddle at 6.30pm although the water was fairly chilly – I only got up to my ankles! But a beautiful day – all those lovely blues. I like Falmouth – it has a nice vibe. Friendly, artsy, boaty – lots to recommend it. A brief visit, but still lovely.
And breathe out.
A trip down to the west country, first along the old South Devon railway route, designed by Brunel to Plymouth. You run so close to the shore you can almost touch the water. The rolling stock is old, so you can still pull down the windows and lean out (carefully) for a few shots:
Then a few photos of Penzance town, and the iconic St Michael’s Mount (working so no time to venture onto the causeway this time) and one of the lovely beach at Newquay.