Wheal Amelia, Butterfly and A Magpie

28 Aug

Cornwall is scattered with old engine houses, relics of the days when tin and copper were mined here. This one I saw today used to be called Wheal Amelia but as you will see from the plaque there is more to its history than that.

Wheal Amelia

Wheal Amelia


An unusual butterfly landed on the shed roof today. It turns out to be a Wall Brown, Lasiommata Megera.

 Wall Brown Lasiommata megera

Wall Brown
Lasiommata megera

A Magpie landed on our beautiful sculpture, Fledgling, by Richard Holliday, to wait for its turn at the feeders.DSCN4676


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5 responses to “Wheal Amelia, Butterfly and A Magpie

  1. calvin

    August 30, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Lasiommata megera -Gentle on the eyes, brown or blue. Easy to type, harder to say.

    Landing on ‘Fledgling’, not the mirror image Magpie was expecting. Strikingly handsome, gal or guy.

    Wheal, what does it mean? Deep? Did a quick search without any results, Wheal was changed to weal and or well. Putting a name and maintaining such, does help to keep purpose and history and testament to ‘Men of the Deeps’ (which refers to coal miners on the East Coast of Canada).

  2. anotherday2paradise

    August 29, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Such a beautiful ruin. I love those old tin mines. The magpie looks very patient. Sammy squirrel has emptied our bird feeder yet again. 🙁 A beautiful closeup of the butterfly and the cobwebs. 🙂

  3. saymber

    August 29, 2016 at 1:03 am

    That butterfly looks like one that visited me a couple times in our backyard recently! Must be making rounds 🙂

  4. Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    August 29, 2016 at 12:48 am

    An interesting bit of history, I enjoyed your butterfly shot.

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 29, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you, Charlie. I was lucky that the butterfly stayed still for long enough. 🙂


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