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Photo post of the week

In which we visit Penzance


One new year’s resolution I didn’t mention yesterday: finally getting all of last summer’s holiday photos online. I didn’t mention it, because, well, it should be finished already by the time you read this. Not really worth calling a resolution, to be completed so soon.

K Rope, St Michael's Mount Amphibious vehicle, St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount in fog, Cornwall Penzance harbour Penzance harbour

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Photo Post Of The Week

In which we’re still visiting Cornwall


Still August, still beside the seaside.

Chapel Porth beach, Cornwall Disused mineshaft near St Agnes, Cornwall Tolcarne Beach, Newquay
Cedars Hotel, Newquay Fence post with snails, Newquay Processing house, Geevor Tin Mine

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Photo post of the week

In which we visit Cornwall


This week, still from my summer holiday uploads: castles and derelict mineshafts.

Walls, Restormel Castle Gateway, Restormel Castle Archway, Restormel Castle
Cornish country lane at dusk Cornish oak tree at dusk Passage, Restormel Castle
Abandoned mineshaft near St Agnes Towanreath Engine House, St Agnes Graffiti near St Agnes Head, Cornwall

The engine house in the bottom row is the well-known Towanroath engine house near St Agnes. The name probably isn’t that well-known, but as it’s perched halfway up a cliffside over the Atlantic, it’s a stock location for Cornish landscape shoots; so much so that it was on the cover of one of the guide books we took with us.* I remember it appearing in the 1980s children’s horror film Haunters Of The Deep, which starts with two of the characters looking down the grated-over mineshaft next to the engine house and listening to the sound of the sea coming up it.

* the Rough Guide to Devon and Cornwall, 2007 edition.

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Photo post of the week

In which we visit the Bodmin & Wenford Railway


This week: it’s mostly trains.

Bodmin General engine shed, Bodmin & Wenford Railway Bodmin General station, Bodmin & Wenford Railway 4247 running on to its train, Bodmin General, Bodmin & Wenford Railway
4247 leaving Bodmin General, Bodmin & Wenford Railway Cab of 4247, Bodmin & Wenford Railway 33110 on shed, Bodmin & Wenford Railway

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Photo post of the week

In which it’s still summer


As it’s Friday again, some more summer photos

Sleepy dog, St Ives "Arthur" communications dish, Goonhilly earth station St Ives harbour
Foghorns, Lizard lighthouse Lizard lighthouse Tourists, Lizard Point
Fishing boats, Polpeor Cove, The Lizard Old lifeboat station, Polpeor Cove, Lizard Fishing boat, Polpeor Cove, The Lizard

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Photo post of the week

In which we photograph the deep blue sea


I grew up not far from the sea. I didn’t go down to the beach or the seafront very often, but I was close enough that you could see out to sea from the top deck of my school bus. I’ve always felt good by the sea.*

On the other hand, I grew up in an area where the sea is the colour of weak milky tea. So it’s always nice to go somewhere and find that the sea can, actually, sometimes be storybook blue.**

Mouth of the Carrick Roads, Falmouth Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth Porthminster beach, St Ives
Boat, St Ives St Ives harbour Boats, St Ives

In other sea-related (or, at least, tidal) news: the mystery words on the shore of the Avon, which we spotted last weekend and posted about, have been identified: an artwork to highlight litter in the sea, by an artist called Pete Dolby. Thanks to Liz for writing and letting me know.

* You could argue some sort of genetic memory, because my mum’s family’s descended from a bunch of 19th-century Cornish fishermen (and smugglers, no doubt), from Looe and Polperro. On the other hand, my dad’s family’s from Derby, which is as unsealike as you can get.

** Pure water is, as a matter of fact, very very slightly a pale blue colour. You can see it, just about, if you run a bathful of water in a white bath. That’s not the main reason the sea can look blue, though. And different cultures have seen it different ways; the Homeric adjective for it is “wine-dark”, and you know how dark Greek wine can be. I’ve heard that the ancient Greeks didn’t quite distinguish between blue and green in the same way as we do; but I don’t know enough Greek to tell you how true that is.

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Photo post of the week

In which we go to Cornwall


Not only have I been behind on updating this site, I’ve been getting behind on posting photos online. I generally stick to posting 6 to 8 photos per day, partly because uploading them is such a slow and tedious job that I can’t be bothered doing any more. This, however, means that I’m still only at the start of posting photos of our summer camping trip, down to Cornwall. That was: August. It’s now: November. That’s some delay. Here, though, are some examples, of hot, sunny, summer Cornish weather.

Derelict picnic bench, Falmouth Falmouth Docks Falmouth Harbour
Sign on pier, Falmouth Harbour Truro Cathedral Derelict hotel, Falmouth

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Tourism memories

In which we wonder whether to keep posting photos here


One thing about using my Flickr account more: it’s meant, I’ve been going through all the photos I’ve taken in the past year, going: “ooh, actually, that’s not bad.” And: “Oh, yes, I hardly mentioned that trip on the blog.”

I wonder if, with Flickr, posted photos are going to disappear a bit, into a void packed with millions of similar photos from other people. If I post them here, though, then even though far fewer people will probably see them, they’ll be easier for me to find myself. Maybe that just means I haven’t learned how to use Flickr properly yet. In the meantime: the Cornish tourist-trap village of Mevagissey, back in May.

AA Road Sign Dog walkers Fishing Boat Sleepy dog

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Previously unseen

In which we look at Devon and Cornwall


Some photos pulled out of the files. Devon and Cornwall, last May.

Devon seaside Devon seaside
Cornwall seaside Cornwall seaside

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Photo post

In which we go to Cornwall


Bude, in North Cornwall, back in May. A study in clouds and sea-spray.

Bude Bude Bude
Bude Bude Bude

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