Roman Milestones – a Roadtrip around Cornwall

  When I was at school I distinctly remember being told that the Romans never conquered the Cornish, that the county and the people were too wild for them and, like the Scottish in the north, they decided we were best left alone. It is now common knowledge that that is not entirely true and […]

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Earthquakes across Cornwall

At 2 O’clock in the afternoon on the 1st November 1755 the sea in Mount’s Bay , Penzance rose rapidly and without warning to about 6ft above its normal level. Then it “just as quickly ebbed away”.  The water continued to rise and fall in this way repeatedly for the next 5 hours.  In neighbouring Newlyn however […]

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Mermaids sighted in Cornwall (honest!)

I took the opportunity of spending a beautiful day walking along the cliffs at Mawgan Porth.  This stunning stretch of the north Cornwall coast has high cliffs which tower above flat golden beaches and on a sunny day it is a lovely place to be.  But my walk was all in the name of research, of course. In the summer […]

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Adventures with my Box Brownie: Part 2 How to load your film!

I picked up another film from the developer this week.  And as always it is that moment of trepidation that is half the fun, what will the pictures be like, did I breathe and blur, have I managed any double exposures and is that a good or a bad thing? The gentleman behind the counter […]

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Spring Sprung in Falmouth

  So it seems it is finally here, after what felt like a very long winter with rain of near biblical proportions it is at last the spring equinox.  Nothing says spring has arrived more than the riot of colour that is the Falmouth Spring Flower Show.  Despite being more than 100 years old this historical little […]

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Cornwall’s Leviathan

So is the great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.  There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made therein. Psalm 104 verses 25-26   The coastline of Cornwall has always been as mysterious as it is majestic. That wide, wild ocean that is full of […]

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My Box Brownie camera, Adventures with Parralax Error!

I recently found an old camera in a charity shop.  After ringing a photographer friend of mine to establish whether it was still possible to get film for it I bought it on a whim. I have always been a sucker for the old fashioned. The camera that I had found was a Kodak Box Brownie […]

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Men Scryfa – Ravens & Cornwall’s first graffiti artist

In the winter the Penwith landscape is all the muted tones of grey and soft brown as if the granite bedrock has leeched up into the vegetation. The bracken is burnt black with the cold winds.  It is only when the sunlight spills across the ground that details in the countryside appear. Quite suddenly I am […]

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The Spinster’s Affirmation

To be thirty-eight, childless and unmarried is to be some sort of social misfit. But I am no Miss Havisham. These days we’re allowed to have it all; a career, husband and children. But what if you don’t want it all? The assumption is there must be something wrong with you. Why else would you reject […]

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Noisy Neighbours

Walking beside the creek near to my home recently I realised we had been invaded by some noisy new neighbours. Canada geese had taken up residence for the winter. I say unusual, which is true for the waterways near to where I live but Canada geese have been part of the British landscape for more […]

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