Love, Loss and Knitting with WildWorks at Heligan – Be a part of it!

A few weeks ago I wrote about the new WildWorks production at Heligan and their call for participants from the local community. Rehearsals will get underway in June, so there is still time to be part of what will be a truly unique event.

However, if being in the limelight is not really your thing have no fear, you can still play a part in 100:Unearth WildWorks tribute to all those effected by war. WildWorks Theatre still needs your help with their inspirational supporting projects. The first one is a call to arms for all knitters!

Knit Your Bit:

During and after the First World War the lives of women were changed forever. While the men were gone, off fighting in the blood and chaos of the trenches, their mothers, sisters, wives and sweethearts were left behind to worry and . . . to knit. As the war dragged on, the knitted items that the women were able to post off to their loved ones fighting were not only a real practical comfort and expression of support for the menfolk but created a real community feeling here at home.

Combine this with the invaluable work that the women were also doing in the munitions factories and you have the wonderful inspiration behind . . .

The Knitted Torpedo!

FINAL Knitting poster

So calling all knitters! KNIT YOUR BIT! Like the women of WWI, WildWorks are asking you to take up your needles and wool as one big creative community but also as an act of remembrance. There’s no need for any experience, in fact this could be the perfect project for first time knitters!

And what’s next?

There are two other projects to be a part of, both of which I am going to explore more in another post in a couple of days. They are:

So watch this space!

Just a reminder, the last open workshop for anyone who wants to sing, perform, create or just help out is on 26th May at the Mevagissey Activity Centre.




Botanical Art with Scientific Illustration – Review of Sarah Jane Humphrey’s new book

There is something special, satisfying even, about finding beauty in the small things in life. Taking the time to notice the marvellous minutiae of the natural world that surrounds us, especially here in Cornwall where we are blessed with so much wild flora and fauna.

Sarah Jane Humphry’s enchanting new book takes us from the blousy beauty of the Cornish hedgerow into the precise world of botanical illustration. With each gorgeous page the close observation and the rendering of every delicate detail a new and fascinated world opens up, just under our noses.

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Figgy Dowdy’s Well – Carn Marth

Figgy Dowdy had a well
On top of Carn Marth hill
She locked it up night and day
Lest people carry the water away!

Carn Marth is the highest of a range of hills that stretch from Gwennap to Camborne. Rising 757ft (230m) above the village of Lanner, it is riddled with quarries and old mine workings. Carn Marth was once a place of refuge in the Bronze Age and the site of one of the beacons that used to be lit across Cornwall in times of war or celebration.

figgy dowdy well carn marth

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Our Defenceless Monuments: The Threat to Cornwall’s Heritage


Cornwall is blessed with a long and fascinating history. Although visitors are often drawn to the county by the so called ‘Poldark effect’ many more are also seeking out our enigmatic prehistoric monuments. I wanted to take a look at the hidden threat to this precious heritage.


Cornwall has some of the oldest prehistoric sites in England. The rolling landscape is dotted with hundreds of stone circles, cairns and quoits, some predating the Egyptian pyramids. Continue reading

Men-Amber Rock, a lost logan rock with a strange history

In Cornwall the landscape around us is alive with stories. As a people we seem to have always formed a close relationship with the natural geology that surrounds us. Here it is nearly impossible for a rock to be just a rock! There is always a tale attached and sometimes more than one!

men amber rock

Men-amber rock is a large natural granite outcrop on the summit of a hill near the hamlet of Nancegollan. It’s name probably derives from the Cornish men-an-bar meaning ‘stone on top’. Continue reading

Be part of WildWorks’ latest extraordinary performance

For three weeks this summer the Lost Gardens of Heligan is playing host to an ambitious show with an ensemble of around 150 – and the best bit is anyone can be a part of it! No experience necessary!


A couple of nights ago I popped into the Hall for Cornwall to hear the WildWorks team introduce 100:Unearth, a passionate performance that will artfully weave together themes of Love, Lose, Hope and War. Continue reading

The Giant’s Crossing – Statue of Saint Piran, a journey to Brittany

This spring make some time to say farewell to Saint Piran. He is preparing to make another miraculous journey.

saint piran statue, giants crossing, valley of the saints brittany

His passage from Ireland to Cornwall floating  on a granite millwheel was a few hundreds years ago and when he drifted ashore on the wild Cornish coast he brought with him christianity and the secret of smelting tin. Now in 2018 our patron saint is getting ready for another exciting journey our neighbouring Celtic nation, Brittany. Continue reading

Review of Marco Polo’s new Guide to Devon and Cornwall 2018

I was recently asked if I would write a review for the new Marco Polo Pocket Guide to Devon and Cornwall. I agreed, excited that they wanted my opinion and by the prospect of a free book!

Marco Polo Guide to Devon and Cornwall 2018
Marco Polo’s new Guide to Devon and Cornwall stood up to sandy beaches well!

After all my years of travel you might say that I am a bit of a guidebook connoisseur. For me they have to be really practical – getting me from A to B with ease but they also have to be informative and inspire me. Continue reading