Showing posts from September, 2011

A day in Cambridge

A day trip to Cambridge (not sure of the reason!) but wish I had taken more photos - I would now, perhaps a revisit? The Buffalo Skinners  - Early days, busking in Cambridge. I believe they are still going and are based in Sheffield. Shows how organised I was - here are some college buildings but I did not even log which ones!  However, some research says this is Trinity College. Says Cambridge - Punting on the river. In the garden of Clare College Another college - but which one? Busker in a bin - unique I would say, and he drew a good crowd More of the Buffalo Skiners Home

More Cornish coast and colours

Not sure of the locations of many of these images - apart from the Cornish coast! Just goes to show how important naming and tagging images is because 8 to 10 years down the line -and you are lost! However, some scenes from a small fishing harbour we visited and a wildflower garden. Parasol fungi Nobody about but obvious signs that fishing takes place here. Some colorful floats hanging around. Don't think this lobster pot had been used recently do you? I like the many and varied windows and doors seen in most towns and villages. Especially those with a bit of age to them. More doors - this one with character. Some beautiful wild flowers we stumbled upon. We were treated to this approach by the Egret, making his stately way. I believe this was in Mount Bay, near our holiday let. We have the sulks! And lastly - a last view of the Mount in the evening before leaving for home.

Tin Mines in and around Botallack

The tin mining industry in Cornwall began over 2,500 years ago, and references to merchants trading with Cornish tinners are found amongst the most ancient writings of Greek and Roman geographers. The rare and valuable tin produced in Cornwall was taken all over the known world. These pioneering Cornishmen streamed the valleys and mined the veins visible in cliffs and hillsides. Throughout medieval times, the "tinners" were regarded as special people.  Charters granted by King John and Edward III gave them unique rights and privileges.  Cornishmen are justly proud of their mining heritage which, at its peak between 1750 and 1850, firmly established Cornwall as the centre of the hard rock mining world. Apart from supplying most of the world's tin and copper, Cornwall's vast experience in hard rock mining developed unique skills among its miners which were later put to work in mines throughout the world. Landowners, mineral lords and speculators made vast for

From Marazion to Mousehole

We love Cornwall - what's not to like? So had decided to spend a week in Marazion, With stunning views toward the Lizard Peninsula and Land's End and its location opposite the fairy-tale castle perched on St Michael’s Mount. The town claims to be the oldest town in Britain and was called Ictis by the Romans which goes someway to indicate that the area was a trading post for tin in ancient times. Our accomodation for the week was a lovely cottage overlooking Mount`s Bay, small but perfectly formed. All we wanted was the good weather! St Michaels mount as the tide receded.  St Michael's Mount The island is a civil parish and is linked to the town of Marazion by a man-made causeway of granite setts, passable between mid-tide and low water. The population of this parish in 2011 was 35. It is managed by the National Trust, and the castle and chapel have been the home of the St Aubyn family since approximately 1650. The earliest buildings, on the summit, date t