Padstow Mayday

It is the first of May in Padstow, a small Cornish fishing town on the camel Estuary, and the streets are full of people, many dressed in white with either red or blue scarves. The streets echo with a heartbeat of drums and, if you approach them you start to hear the sound of accordion... Continue Reading →

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Poets and Castles on the North Coast of Cornwall

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. Extract from 'For the Fallen' by Lawrence Binyon, September 1914 In 1914 Lawrence Binyon walked the same cliffs I... Continue Reading →

A snowy visit to Bodmin Moor

Taking advantage of the snow, which melted very quickly around the Tamar Valley where I live, I took the first opportunity I could to go to Minions, a small village high up on Bodmin Moor where the snow lay in thick drifts. As I was being buffeted by an icy Siberian gale I didn't get... Continue Reading →

Monks and Myths at Buckfast

The monks at Buckfast Abbey are busy making preparations for their 1000 year anniversary in 2018, although they haven't actually been there for all that time. The original abbey founded in 1018 fell victim to Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. But, at the time S. P. B. Mais was writing his guide Glorious... Continue Reading →

A new discovery in a familiar place

A few days ago I visited Totnes and discovered a new part of it I had never seen before, despite knowing the town all my life. As I walked from the carpark to the market square I passed through a narrow alleyway and a little garden. Towards the end of the garden my attention was caught... Continue Reading →

Not there yet

For this blog post I really wanted to talk about my visit to Berry Pomeroy, however it hasn't happened yet as my purse is feeling a little too light at the moment. I'm not sure when I will go, but in the meantime I shall look at other places nearby, which I may be able... Continue Reading →

The ghosts of Berry Pomeroy

Berry Pomeroy got it its name from Ralph de Pomeroy, a norman knight who was granted the lands around the castle by William the Coquerer. His name comes from the french word for an orchard of apple trees, pommeraie, quite appropriate for the south west, where orchards are common. The Seymour's plans for Berry Pomeroy were left... Continue Reading →

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