Coastal Walk, Cow Parsley and a Cat

04 Jun

1   Another warm and sunny day for a walk along a short stretch of the Cornish coastal path – masses of wild flowers, a pair of Cornish Choughs, some blue butterflies, some llamas, the most beautiful seas and nothing but bird song and the songs of the waves and ozone filling our lungs – a fabulous feast for the senses.

Wild flowers and sea

Wild flowers and sea

Looking out to sea

Looking out to sea

Near Cot Valley

Near Cot Valley

Clear blue sea

Clear blue sea

A Cornish Chough

A Cornish Chough – look carefully!

Cornish chough just taken off

Cornish chough just taken off

Llamas in a field

Llamas in a field

2   I loved these shadows of Cow Parsley on a bench where we took a welcome break.

Cow parsley shadow

Cow parsley shadow

3   Almost back in St Just we came across a rather splendid ginger cat.

Lovely cat

Lovely cat

This post is in memory of my Mum who died 20 years ago today.Her love and wisdom are always with me. She loved the Cornish coasts, taught me about wild flowers, loved cats and was, quietly, a force to be reckoned with!


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37 responses to “Coastal Walk, Cow Parsley and a Cat

  1. Teepee12

    June 5, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Oh my. The flowers along the hills by the sea. Oh my.

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 5, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      That’s exactly it – oh my – just awash with flowers and so beautiful! 🙂

  2. mybeautfulthings

    June 5, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    He simply watched us walk by, keeping an eye on us but certainly not alarumed! 🙂

  3. mybeautfulthings

    June 5, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    From my beautiful little sister in Hawaii, Daisy Priya Lucas, ” Beautiful Sally – Thank you.”

  4. mybeautfulthings

    June 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    From Penelope Zapata ” Lovely Sally. A Wonderful reminder about the important people who’ve been with us ..and whose memory is still in our lives. Thank you. xx”

  5. mybeautfulthings

    June 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    From Lorraine Cran on Fb “I’m sure your mum was as eloquent and dynamic as her daughter. We carry so much of their love and character with us into the future but we remember them and the special memories from the past like treasure x

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Thank you Lorraine. That is a very lovely thing to say! 🙂

  6. John Roberts

    June 5, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Loved the Choughs, or, according to Springwatch last night, ‘chows’, as their name was originally pronounced onomatopoeically because this is the sound they make. So glad you had such a wonderful walk in memory of your mum.

  7. Elle

    June 5, 2013 at 11:00 am

    A lovely piece for your Mum. I really thought you were on the Continent at first glance of the flicks! How beautiful.

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 5, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Beautiful isn’t it? Mum would have loved it. 🙂

      • Elle

        June 5, 2013 at 11:54 am


  8. Don

    June 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Those views are just so exquisite and what a sight those flowers are. There is nothing like the Cornish Coast. What a beautiful place to live and such a fitting memory of your Mom. May the wild flowers always whisper her memory in to your heart.

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

      That last comment is very beautiful and I thank you for it. They will ….

  9. Shelagh in Vermont

    June 5, 2013 at 8:22 am

    How wonderful to actually see a Chough in the wild, it is still on my Bucket List. You certainly are having a good run of beautiful weather, finally! My mother has been gone from Cornwall 17 yrs this past month, the memories never fade.

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 5, 2013 at 8:51 am

      You are right about the memories.
      I couldn’t believe that they were Choughs but all the walkers (actually, we only met about 8 people on the walk!) were talking about them – and my photos proved it!
      Today is cloudy, cold and windy again! The heating came on overnight! It’s set to come on if the temperature in the house falls below 17.5C! sun is forecast again for tomorrow – yippee! 🙂

  10. childtasticbooks

    June 5, 2013 at 8:01 am

    What beautiful photos. I do love Cornwall in the sunshine. I must show Holly your beautiful sea photos as she doesn’t think the sea is that colour in the UK! Thanks for the heads up too about the chough – never heard of it before!

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Don’t just show Holly! Bring her to Cornwall to see for herself! 🙂

  11. niasunset

    June 5, 2013 at 7:58 am

    so beautiful all of them… fascinated me. Thanks dear Sally, love, nia

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 5, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Thank you! I thought of you when I posted the photo of the lovely ginger cat! 🙂

  12. Hilary Bryant

    June 5, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Wonderful photos of the choughs.

  13. djdfr

    June 5, 2013 at 7:04 am

    I was looking very carefully at the grass. I had no idea a chough is a bird. 🙂

  14. makagutu

    June 5, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Lovely photography and a salute to your ol’ lady!

  15. Choc Chip Uru

    June 5, 2013 at 2:05 am

    A beautiful tribute to your mum my friend 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  16. El Guapo

    June 5, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Pictures of fierce Nature at rest sounds like a great way to honor your Mother.

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Yes, a special place, a very special person to whom I owe so much… 🙂

  17. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    June 4, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    what a wonderful way to take a walk…along a coastal path…I love all cats…and he/she looks quite regal…and a wonderful way to remember your Mother…

  18. john zande

    June 4, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    A salute to your mum!

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Yay! She’d have loved you and your blog! Brought up in a Vicarage, she was one confirmed atheist! 🙂

  19. cynthiamc1

    June 4, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    It looks like there’s a face under the sea. There could be a story there.

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Are you a story writer? Feel free to use the inspiration! 🙂

      • cynthiamc1

        June 5, 2013 at 11:41 pm

        Might just do that. Thanks 🙂

  20. Alastair

    June 4, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Beautiful photos. At least the cat isn’t “allamad” (alarmed)


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