Showing posts from February, 2009

Cape Cornwall, St Ives and The Lizard

To quote the Telegraph newspaper "It’s the light. That’s what always strikes visitors who come to St Ives. Jutting out from the coastline, the town, which is surrounded by beaches, is bathed in a soft, romantic glow that makes everything look like Instagram-perfection: no filter necessary. This is the reason why many prominent artists were drawn here and have left behind a rich heritage. As the sculptor Barbara Hepworth said of her adopted home: “The horizontal line of the sea and the quality of light and colour… reminds me of the Mediterranean light and colour, which so excites one’s sense of form.” And it was one of our destination for this Blog. But before we get there, a visit to the beautiful Cape Cornwall. Cape Cornwall  Cape Cornwall is a small headland in West Cornwall, UK. It is four miles north of Land's End near the town of St Just. A cape is the point of land where two bodies of water meet. Until the first Ordnance Survey, 200 years ago, Cape C

Porthleven and the Minack Theatre

This was a holiday which revived memories of earlier times visiting the family in the area. Of note, I think this time, was our visit to the famous Minack Theatre, and Porthleven with all its memories. But of course, Cornwall is a lovely county anyway! The beach at Porthleven. I don`t remember too much of our previous visits, but perhaps we didn't explore as much then? At the end of the Porthleven harbour stands the BICKFORD-SMITH SCIENTIFIC & LITERARY INSTITUTE. It was opened on December 17th 1884 as a generous gift to Porthleven from Mr Bickford-Smith of Trevarno, a former Member of Parliament for the old Truro-Helston Division.  It`s most prominent feature is the clock tower which is 70 feet high. Inside, the Reading-Room is 40 feet by 20 feet and was originally fitted with pitch pine `da-doing` and warmed by two stoves. I was so sure it was a church!  Another view of BICKFORD-SMITH SCIENTIFIC & LITERARY INSTITUTE The Egyptian Hous