Tuesday, 26 February 2008

TUESDAY 26TH FEBRUARY- Heligan gardens.

The weather on Sunday was cold and grey so we decided to go to Heligan Gardens which is not too far away. It has a wonderful Victorian garden and I have posted a few of the photos I took at the weekend. This estate was owned by the TREMAYNE family and fell into decay in the early 20th century until 1990 when it was discovered by Tim Smit and John Willis a descendant of the Tremayne family. It is one of the favourite gardens to visit in Britain and has won many awards if not all of them.
After the ticket office this is the path through the rhododendrons amazing when they are all in flower.
This is a beautiful little corner.

The summerhouse.

The Victorian cold frames.

A Victorian cloche.

Friday, 22 February 2008

FRIDAY 18TH FEBRUARY - branches entwined

A tree does not move unless there is wind.- Afghan Proverb

It is impossible to have a tree this beautiful in which the wind hasn't played a part.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

WEDNESDAY 20TH FEBRUARY - the difference between knowledge and wisdom

I heard these few words said by Gyles Brandreth on the radio last week after the announcement of the death of this well regarded polymath, writer, broadcaster and jazz.

KNOWLEDGE is knowing a tomato is a fruit
WISDOM is not putting it in a fruit salad
(Miles Kington 13/5/1941 - 30/1/2008)

It made me smile.

Monday, 18 February 2008

MONDAY 18TH FEBRUARY - miss peapods

We came here for lunch last week. This is a new cafe is situated on Jubilee Wharf in Penryn. This is an ecological sensitive building with wind turbines on the top.
Miss Peapods kitchen cafe advertises that it serves vegetarian/organic/locally sourced food.
I had fancied eating there for some while so we went.
I had roasted vegetables on a bed of couscous with salad and P had an organic beef burger in brown home made bread roll with salad.
The cafe has a recycled wood floor, from a club in London, recycled tables and chairs with recycled crockery and cutlery.
The food was delicious, the ambiance was great.,
I will be going back as soon as I can.

We didn't sit outside after all it is February!

Tuesday, 12 February 2008



We saw a programme about these guys The Electric Proms some months ago and yesterday we purchased on impulse the dvd that had been featured. We rarely make this kind of purchase but we have been rewarded by this one. The photography is absolutely breathtaking and the music is exceptional. They do global tours so I intend to look out if thet come to the UK as their music has caught my imagine.


Click here and see for yourself. I am captivated by the sound they make.

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

WEDNESDAY 6TH FEBRUARY - Cornwall's tortoises crisis!

Tortoises come out of their shell

A Cornish tortoise sanctuary is struggling to cope after hundreds of its residents were coming out of hibernation early by the mild winter.
More than 400 tortoises are up and about a month before.
Staff at the Tortoise Garden in St Austell had not expected to see the animals until next month.
The garden’s owner said: “To hibernate properly they need to be under 6C. Above that and they start waking up and using energy. It’s energy they can’t spare because they don’t have the body weight, so we have to keep them warm with the infra red lamps.

Mild winter convinces wildlife spring has lready started.

“They can’t go back to sleep because they would die. If they are not warm enough they will not eat or drink. So they are up and about now for the year. It’s definitely the earliest they’ve ever been awake. Most of them were still awake in mid-December because it was so mild.”

The sanctuary is home to 450 tortoises, many of which were “orphaned” after outliving their owners. The oldest, a female called Toto, is now at least 108.

“Our policy here is not to rehome - every one which comes in will stay with us. Many older people have placed them with us because they have gone into sheltered accommodation, but they don’t have to give them up completely because they can come and visit.”
I have never visited this "attraction" but it is not so far away so now I am very tempted.

Friday, 1 February 2008

FRIDAY 1ST FEBRUARY - too much weather!

We are experiencing too much weather here in the UK with lorries blown over, all over the place, ships wrecked, ferries cancelled,roads blocked by snow and so on. We are surrounded by sea and experience a maritime climate which at times is warm and delightful but right now it is wild, windy, snow and hail and pretty cold. Variety is definitely the spice of life but I was unaware this included the weather!

The Spinningdale fishing boat off St. Kilda in the Hebrides.
The Riverdance in the Irish sea - all crew and passengers safe.

Filey on the Yorkshire coast.