We visited our favourite spot today, Chapelporth with a walk up the cliffs to Wheal Coates.The cafe is not yet open so no Croque Monsieur or Ice-cream Hedgehogs…. Click on any photo for a bigger view and the caption.
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Daughter No 1 is with us for her birthday which is lovely. We have had a splendid day enjoying first the Redruth St Piran’s parade,
then a trip to Chapel Porth for a walk up to Wheal Coates and lunch at the Beach Cafe (their Croque Monsieurs are truly scrumptious!) The wind was so wild with gusts of 30-40mph that I abandoned the cliff top walk and left the other two to it! They did return! One of her siblings and family had rung to sing Happy Birthday just as they reached Wheal Coates.
Then we called in at Kresen Kernow to show M the wonderful new/old building
and have just finished our Birthday dinner of Confit Duck with Blackberry sauce followed by Chocolate Torte. Another sibling and family rang while we were cooking dinner. Happiness all round!
It has been a family tradition to go for a walk on the beach on Christmas Day, whatever the weather, since we first came to live in Cornwall when I was six years old. Yesterday, the sun shone and it was glorious! We were almost alone, with just a few dog walkers, walking on Porthtowan beach and heading, at the turn of the tide, towards Wheal Coates up on the cliffs.
As we turned to return, only the sound of the waves and the odd excited dog barking to be heard, we were astounded to see a hundred or more people had arrived while we were strolling. Then, all the more astonished to see them all race into the winter sea!
The following video is a bit shaky – I was cold!
After singing in the hall for Cornwall this morning we did half an hour busking outside and enjoyed the apricity (another lovely word recently learned and meaning the warmth of the sun in winter.) The sculpture in the background is The Naked Drummer, a bronze sculpture by Tim Shaw which was unveiled in 2011 by Queen drummer Roger Taylor, who was educated at Truro School.
A sunset walk on the cliff tops above Wheal Coates this evening brought beautiful golden light and a horse and rider galloping by.
Our lovely kids were all in touch today with cards, calls, chocolates and photographs and an extra rather special gift: Refuge_parcels_-_mother_s_parcel. Do click on the link to see the important work being done for women less fortunate than those in my family.
It has been another beautiful day so we popped down to Chapel Porth before the crowds! Join our walk at low tide on an almost empty beach.
I send my love to all my lovely readers, be you Mothers or not. I hope you have all had a good day.
I was amused to catch a mother catching her son framed in a window of Wheal Coates, an old engine house on the cliffs at Chapel Porth, Cornwall.
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We have lots of Cornflowers in bloom. I caught one with an unusual Bee on it. This afternoon I went to visit Sue at her allotment. Her Sunflowers are very lovely and this evening we walked to Wheal Coates watching the activity in the sky, hang gliders and Kestrels! Click on any photo in the gallery for more detail. The feathers on the Kestrels are just amazing!
1 It was a gloriously bright winter’s day and we took a walk up to Wheal Coates on the North Coast of Cornwall, starting from Chapel Porth. This is for Shelagh.
2 There was an off-shore wind catching the tops of the waves making long plumes of spray the length of each wave as it unfurled.
3 Our small town, Redruth, was absolutely stuffed with people this evening for the switching on of the Christmas lights, the children’s lantern parade and our singing of carols. It was so lovely to be part of community happiness. Click on any photo for detail.
Our eldest daughter who lives in Exeter is with us this weekend to see M and they have all spent all day catching up. We went off to Chapelporth for high tide this evening in the Cornish mist and had a good walk up to Wheal Coates. Sadly the cloud cover is too great for us to see tonight’s super moon. Click on any photo in the gallery for detail of the rocks that I found built into the wall of Wheal Coates or the sea.