Topophilia, Apricity and A Gift

17 Jan

I love finding new words. There is a word for love of a place: topophilia, popularised by the geographer Yi-Fu Tuan in 1974 as all of “the human being’s affective ties with the material environment.” In other words, it is the warm feelings you get from a place. It is a vivid, emotional, and personal experience, and it leads to unexplainable affections. This is the word to describe my love of Cornwall. I grew up in Cornwall and left to become a teacher when I was 18 only returning to visit family for the next 40 years but I always needed to come home. That we did 13 years ago.

St Ives where we had our honeymoon in 1967

Apricity is another lovely word meaning something I have described several times in recent posts without having the proper word – it is the warmth of the sun in winter. I felt it again today.

I was late to the allotment this afternoon and when I arrived the lovely Mr S told me that an allotment friend had been along and brought me a beautiful piece of glass. She had had to remove it from a doorway and had thought of me and my glasswork. It is really lovely and I will enjoy getting to work with it before too long. Thank you very much S. I’ll let you know what I make with it.


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10 responses to “Topophilia, Apricity and A Gift

  1. ladysighs

    January 18, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    I do like new words. But even the – good – old words are not used enough. It seems we use the same old trite words to speak or write. Never exploring to make our speech/writing more meaningful and colorful.

    Or maybe I just run/read/write with the wrong crowd. ;(

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 18, 2021 at 7:21 pm

      These new words were all old words, just new to me words! 🙂

      • ladysighs

        January 18, 2021 at 7:24 pm

        Something new Something old
        Love words that are bold

  2. snoakes7001

    January 18, 2021 at 7:33 am

    Sorry we missed you yesterday, but we are very glad that you like the glass and can use it. We will look forward to seeing what you make with it.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 18, 2021 at 7:05 pm

      I will let you know – and show you, of course. Seeing your blog title I looked for you but it says I can’t reach the page. Love the title! Have you read ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’? It’s wonderful! I think you would love it. 🙂

  3. nrhatch

    January 18, 2021 at 2:42 am

    How far from Cornwell were you when teaching?

    Love the glass. Snazzy!

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 18, 2021 at 7:01 pm

      We were in South Yorkshire. I was applying for jobs in Cornwall when Mr S turned up in Year 1 of college as I was in Year 3 and about to leave. We fell in love. I applied for jobs in Doncaster with us both intending to get jobs in Cornwall but by the time B finished his degree, I had been promoted and was loving my job…. Then we had kids and all that stuff so returned home once we retired! 🙂

  4. Heyjude

    January 18, 2021 at 12:54 am

    I knew the word Apricity , but not topophilia. That is a fabulous photo of St Ives, must have been a very low tide. It must be almost a year since we went into St Ives and it is only 3 miles from us!

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 22, 2021 at 4:41 pm

      We haven’t been to St Ives for ever either. That was an old photo that we love. We felt the apricot this afternoon just before the hail showers! 🙂

      • Heyjude

        January 22, 2021 at 4:42 pm

        Just had those hail showers here! But it looks as though there might be a decent sunset.


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