Cornwall & the World’s Purest Diamond

The celebrated Regent Diamond has been on display in the Louvre in Paris since 1887. It is widely considered to be the most beautiful and the purest diamond in the world. But the Regent Diamond once went by another name. It was known as the Pitt Diamond, after Thomas Pitt of Boconnoc, near the Cornish […]

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The Source of the River Fowey

I recently discovered a pamphlet in a charity shop, it is an early publication by E. C. Axford, called The Cornish Moor. There are very few books about Bodmin Moor so I was excited to find it. I soon realised that the same author had also written the 1975 topographical guide to the moors that […]

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Cornwall’s Prehistoric Holed Stones

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The idea that the ancient stones scattered about Cornwall are the monumental remains of an ancient society, who’s motivations and ideas, are now a mystery to us has always fascinated me. As I have mentioned before whenever we had any free time when I was a child my father would take us to see a […]

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The Marvellous Miss Molly’s Tearoom- a rather curious hidden treasure!

I think it is safe to say that there is no where quite like Miss Molly’s Tearoom. You will find it just outside the town of Camborne in a house called The Old College. This 200 years old building is now a fantastic wonderland of antique, vintage and retro bric-a-brac. Nestled amongst the hat stands […]

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The Cotton Bag Company & the South West’s growing Eco-friendly Credentials

When I was asked whether I would be interested in writing a review of The Cotton Bag Company‘s latest design of Tote bag I was apprehensive – how would this fit in with my blog? But then something really important occurred to me. . . Practically everyone I know has been switching to refillable water […]

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Trewardreva Fogou – the Piskey Hall, Constantine.

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Trewardreva fogou can be found in a quiet field just outside the village of Constantine. This hidden site is a long way from the Penwith where the majority of the known fogous can be found. Also known as the Piskey Hall this fogou is a little smaller than the ones at Boleigh or Halliggye, but […]

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A Visit to Helston Railway

helston railway

I have been following the steady progress of Helston Railway online for several years. Watched on their Facebook page as sections of track were re-laid, buildings renovated and signs re-painted. It has been wonderful seeing this line being brought back to life. Each year I have been saying to myself that I should go and […]

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Wroclaw, Dwarfs and the Orange Alternative

Continuing my Cornish Bird’s travel adventures! They do let me out of the county sometimes! Wroclaw has been described, like so many other watery places, as the Venice of Poland. With 130 bridges connecting its twelve islands the city does seem afloat. The river Oder encircles the buoyant old town and it was its powerful […]

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The Celtic Cross at Lamorna Cove

Cross Lamorna Cove

There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of wayside crosses across Cornwall. You can find them on crossroads and in village squares and sometimes marking graves. They can, however, also pop up in unexpected places. Just above the churning seas that rumble against the rocks close to Lamorna Cove stands a small Celtic Cross. Carved into the granite […]

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Harpur’s Downs Hut Circles – Bronze Age Settlements on Bodmin Moor

I spend much of my time writing about and photographing the ancient monuments that our ancestors have left behind in the Cornish landscape. There are many well-known and enigmatic sites that captivate us, places that are the subject of the most study and the ones most likely to end up on Instagram! It isn’t very […]

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