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A Plaque, Captain Upton’s Slip and A Special Mural

I noticed a commemorative plaque today that I haven’t seen before despite having used this short cut on many occasions.

Falmouth history

Captain Richard Upton, a former smuggler turned excise man who went on to become Mayor of Falmouth on two occasions, lived in the house at the top of Upton’s Slip which is in the picture below.

Upton’s Slip

There is a mural on the way out of one of the car parks which was renewed last year and looks brilliant.

Mural on the way out of the car park

The other wall

Please go to

to see both sides of the mural and to read about the project which celebrates Falmouth as a community and promotes awareness of autism in a positive way. You can read about each of the children involved. It is truly inspiring.

P.S. Added 7th April 2018.
In the comments below, you will see that I have been asked about the figurehead at the bottom of the slip. I found this short Youtube video about her,


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Gwennap Graveyard, Jeremy Visick and Open Studios

LiveWire 2 has just finished reading one of his Great Grandfather’s books, Jeremy Visick, and wanted to be taken to see the gravestone that inspired my Dad, David Wiseman, to write the story. We found the gravestone to the Martins, looked at the cottage where Matthew lived, walked through the avenue of yew trees, walked by the stream where Matthew’s Dad washed the car, found Wheal Maid…… it was wonderful to hear J quoting from the novel and asking to find the next place!

After lunch we went on another Open Studios tour, mainly because the children wanted to see Nicky throwing pots. They were totally engrossed! We were then encouraged to visit the other Open Studios in the village of Crowan and discovered such treasures – Cormorant Reconsidered Furniture where unique and beautiful furniture is to be found. I wish we had room for at least one piece. I just loved the mirrors made by Joanna Moran and the originality of her thought and creativity.  From there we went to visit Martin Douglas Guitars, more beautiful work, this time handmade guitars which were inspiring! The children enjoyed each and every visit but loved the pot throwing the best.  Open Studios continues all next week so there is plenty of time to go and visit!


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Summer Rain, Rainy Garden and Dissenters’ Burial Ground

I follow a blog called A Poem a Day which gives me great pleasure. Now I share one of Siobahn’s choices which seems most appropriate today as warm summer rain falls all day here.

The Self-playing Instrument of Water – Alice Oswald

It is the story of the falling rain
To turn into a leaf and fall again

It is the secret of a summer shower
To steal the light and hide it in a flower

And every flower a tiny tributary
That from the ground flows green and momentary

Is one of water’s wishes and this tale
Hangs in a seed head smaller than my thumbnail

If only I a passerby could pass
As clear as water through a plume of grass

To find the sunlight hidden at the tip
Turning to seed a kind of lifting raindrip

Then I might know like water how to balance
The weight of hope against the light of patience

Water which is so raw so earthy-strong
And lurks in cast iron tanks and leaks along

Drawn under gravity towards my tongue
To cool and fill the pipe-work of this song

Which is the story of the falling rain
That rises to the light and falls again.

2     Here is the view through our back window of the rain in the back garden, helping to keep everything lush.
Rain drenched garden

Rain drenched garden

3   We dressed up in proper rain gear this afternoon as we wanted to visit The Dissenters’ Burial Ground in Falmouth which only opens three times a year. It was utterly fascinating and is maintained by two young men, Robert Nunn and Tom Weller, who discovered it, cleared it of its 5′ weeds, researched the history and who now share it with anyone interested. Please visit their website to find out so much more. Click on any photo in the gallery for a caption or more detail. We will have to go back to discover more. It was lovely to meet two people so passionate about their project.


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Pistol Loop, Chandelier and St Michael’s Mount

Godolphin House is only open one week each month and we went there today on our last day with our Best Beloveds who leave tomorrow. Here are some highlights of the day.




Afterwards we drove to Marazion and had lunch in Godolphin Arms overlooking St Michael’s Mount. The photo was taken through a rain spattered window and the people are waiting for the tide to go out just a bit more so that they can walk over the causeway to the Mount. Some people are paddling across!




Engine Houses, Café and Football Boots

1   On a  Monday evening my choir rehearses in Troon Primary School. These delightful 4″ high models of some of engine houses, ubiquitous around Cornwall, were on display.

Engine houses, found all over Cornwall from the tin mining era

Engine houses, found all over Cornwall from the tin mining era

2   We discovered a lovely new café in Truro today where the coffee was excellent, the homemade Lemon Drizzle Cake even better than my own and lovely friendly service. It’s Oscar’s on the ground floor of Lemon Street Market. Try it if you are nearby. It really is a gem. We will certainly become regulars!

A gem of a cafe

A gem of a cafe

3   The lovely Mr S was shopping for a shirt and we went into a long established store in Truro, Trevails and he came out with an excellent winter jacket! The shop has actually been there and run by generations of the same family for 95 years!   I remember shopping for my school uniform for Truro Girls’ Grammar School there and I was so proud to be wearing it!  The beautiful things in there today were very special indeed. Have a look and I will tell you the story which the lovely owners told us ……….

Very small football boots

Very small football boots

These beautiful little leather boots with nailed-in leather studs were made especially for the current owner’s father about eighty years ago. The boy was still in Primary School in St Agnes and was such a talented little footballer that the secondary boys wanted him to play in a match for them. His mother went to the shoemakers in St Agnes and had these little boots, child size 10, made for him. They are in such pristine condition because the match was cancelled and the next time he was invited to play with that team, he had grown out of them!
Somehow, they ended up on display with dozens of other shoes in a pub in St Agnes where one day, on a family Sunday outing, Mr Trevail’s mother told him, “Those boots were made for your Dad!”  It took the pub changing hands twice before the newest owner decided that the boots ought to go back to the family where they belonged  and so they are now proudly on display in this splendid and last family owned shop in the city, Trevails.  Go in and have a look if you are in Truro. Go on! You now have two destinations in this beautiful Cathedral city where I grew up!


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Weekly Photo Challenge – Relic

Here in Cornwall, UK, we are surrounded by relics from the tin and copper mining industry. Engine houses and other old mine works dot the countryside and the coastline and The Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, or ‘Cornish Mining’, was inscribed on the World Heritage List on July 13 2006. World Heritage status gives international recognition to Cornish Mining’s contribution to the development of our modern industrial society.
Click on this link if you would like to know more about the history of Cornish mining and miners. Cornish miners took their expertise all over the world and it is said that wherever there is a hole in the ground, you’ll find a ‘Cousin Jack’, a Cornishman.  It’s a fascinating site.  Please click on any photo for greater detail.

For other great photos in this challenge, click here.


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Early Morning Garden, Sailing and Roses

1   I was up long before the rest of the house this morning and, inspired by one of HH’s poems, went out to photograph the garden at 6 am with the early morning sun giving everything a special glow.

Early sun on the back field

Early sun on the back field

Feather in the dewy grass - do zoom in on this one. It's gorgeous!

Feather in the dewy grass – do zoom in on this one. It’s gorgeous!

Clematis seed head

Clematis seed head

Chocolate Cosmos

Chocolate Cosmos

Grasses in the field behind us

Grasses in the field behind us


2    We’ve been on the water for six hours today, Day 2 of our RYA Level 2 Sailing Course, and learned so much our brains are spinning! The views were spectacular!

St Anthony Lighthouse

St Anthony Lighthouse

Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle

St Mawes Castle

St Mawes Castle

Cormorant warming   her wings

Cormorant warming her wings

3   At lunchtime we sat in the little park that surrounds the Killigrew Monument about which you can find some entertaining history here. The whole place is smothered in beautiful climbing roses and smells quite delicious. At the end of the day, Gyllyngvase Beach and the water were full of happy people.

Roses all along the path

Roses all along the path

Fun in the water at Gyllyngvase Beach

Fun in the water at Gyllyngvase Beach


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