Tales from the Sea Garden

Tales from The Sea Garden

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Sunday, 17 July 2011

A Favourite Spot

When Mr.T came to meet me off the ferry 'Scillonian' from my trip to St. Martin's, we drove to one of my favourite Cornish spots to spend a couple of nights in his camper van. A wonderfully quiet field at Treen became our home, and the following day we set off bright and early to walk the coast path from Penberth to Porthcurno.

The cove is now owned by The National Trust and so protected from unsightly development. A cluster of traditional Cornish cottages (some of which can be rented for holidays), a babbling brook and a granite slipway with working fishing boats are all that you'll find here.

The PZ stands for Penzance and the white cross on a black background is the Cornish flag.

Continuing our walk we climb up the cliff, and are rewarded with a bird's eye view down onto the Cove

We watch as one of the two fishermen lands his boat. I wonder what he's caught today?

Soon the famous 'Logan Rock' is in sight, a huge granite boulder balanced on this rocky outcrop which it is said can be 'rocked' to and fro if pushed in just the right place. 

Then, oh what a beach comes in to view.....there cannot be many more beautiful pieces of coastline anywhere in the world!

In the distance, Porthcurno Beach and the incredible Minack Theatre above, carved out of the cliff face by the remarkable woman Rowena Cade. (sorry it's not really visible from my photograph)

Pednavadn beach is only accessible by a rather precipitous cliff path, and as such you can be sure there won't be too many other people down there.

Looking down onto Porthcurno beach you could see the sand beneath the water so clean and clear

It was an idyllic summer's day spent with one I love, a day to remember.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Impressions of Scilly

Yes I know it's been a while....well a long while, so thanks for being patient with me! Mid - June saw my annual trip to The Scilly Isles, always a treat, and it didn't matter that the wind blew and the rain came down, I just put on my hiking boots and waterproof trousers and took a brolly and got out into the (very) fresh air! The sun did shine too, and so I was able to take some photos to share with you.........

The harbour on St. Mary's

Boards advertising boat trips to all the 'off' islands

' The Island Rover ' takes you on a rather fun tour of St. Mary's 

Sub-tropical plants grow wild here

Hard knuckles of flecked ancient granite, sun-baked and with a lichen crust......

Pure granite sand; grainy granules at the water's edge, graduating to white powdery softness where the marram grass erupts from the dunes.......

the sea is so clean and clear

putting out the lobster pots

Johnathon's organic fruit and veg stall. I sampled some mixed lettuce leaves - delicious!

everywhere strange succulents grow out of the walls

The pace of life on St. Martin's is so slow and this is what makes it such a perfect place to relax...........
Hope you too have managed to grab some summer sunshine and relaxation over the past few weeks. x