Marazion, Cornwall

Setting just two miles above Penzance and in the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Beauty, Marazion is a pretty little shop town with views of St. Michael’s Mount. There are numerous restaurants, galleries and stores, as well as a beach and half-mile causeway to the castle. The little island in the sea is owned and operated…

Redruth, Cornwall

Towards the southern tip of Cornwall, through the very center, sits the town of Redruth. If you go down on the train, say to Penzance or St. Ives, you’ll pass right through on a viaduct and see the town from on high. This is true tin mining country, with tin mines dotting the surrounding hills….

South West Coastal Path

With 630 miles of coastal paths, the South West Coastal Path is the longest UK National Trail. How do you get there? Simply go to the coast of Devon or Cornwall and there it is. Actually, the starting/ending point in the north is Minehead in Somerset County, just above Devon and the starting/ending point in…

St. Michael’s Mount

Rising up from the ocean, on a turbulent day St. Michael’s Mount can take on an eerie, almost other-worldly character. It can easily be imagined as the setting of a Medieval adventure or part of the middle world. And it wouldn’t be too surprising if you thought it was in Scotland, but this little gem…

St. Michael’s Mount: Getting There

St. Michael’s Mount is a fascinating journey. Where else can you cross the water by a causeway to a castle? You have to be careful about days and times on this journey because of the tides and weather. It’s best to have a backup plan for the day. The day I went it was too…

Great Quotes

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more, From these our interviews, in which I steal From all I may be, or have…

Staking Tomatoes

There are many options when it comes to staking tomatoes. It use to be that some straw under the plant was sufficient, but nowadays staking, so that they fruits are cleaner, less likely to blemish or be bothered by pests, is the most accepted method. Beyond that it’s your choice. Cages are often the most…

Traveling: What to Wear in Cornwall

Cornwall has a subtropical climate, meaning for most of the year the temperature never drops below 50ºF. It can be windy and wet, especially on the coasts, but there is less cloud coverage in Cornwall than in other parts of the UK, so it dries off faster. Even in the major towns and cities, people…

Cream Tea in Cornwall

Treat yourself to the experience of cream tea in Cornwall, because you won’t get anything quite like it at home. Maybe it’s down to the atmosphere, the cosy little shop with cottagey decorations and real chinaware or the pleasant bustle of noise inside and out on the street. But once a pot of tea, two…

Great Quotes

“. . . the mind will make friends with anything.” —Charles Lamb Almost forgotten to time, Charles Lamb was an author and essayist, who befriended the likes of Coleridge and Wordsworth. It is in a letter to Wordsworth, though I have seen it attributed to Coleridge, that Lamb makes the above observation. He has been…

Cornwall

Beautiful landscapes, mild climate, plenty to do