St. Michael's Mount, Marazion
My new ecological calendar is telling me that today is a day to forage for food and build up fat reserves for winter.
This message doesn’t seem to have reached Penzance, it is definitely spring here. My crocuses are poking out of the soil in and it is warm and beautiful outside. I have spent the afternoon sunbathing at the beach!
What Penzance lacks in economic prosperity, it more than makes up for in proximity to the beach. When the sun is shining I fall in love with my coastal town all over again. The coastal path between Marazion and Penzance was full of people gently wandering and looking shocked to be outside without rain coats and snow hats.
This fantastic January sunshine has left Penzance smiling. I hope everyone else has found a sunny spot to enjoy this lovely high pressure system.
Happy New Year xx
After the bitter cold we experienced before Christmas, Penzance is beginning to revert to it’s more usual climate. The temperature has increased and little crocuses are beginning to appear in the garden. The sun is shining and January 2011 is feeling lovely.
Frost and delicate snow on my new calendar
This year I am following the seasons using Chris Hardman’s beautiful Ecological Calendar. It has four panels, one for each season. The calendar tracks the tides, sun, moon, planets and stars and illustrates the changing natural history of each season.
The lovely illustrations match my current caribou obsession. There are no reindeer in Penzance, yet I feel captivated by the migrating caribou herds of Alaska. The cold weather has drawn me towards the tundra regions of the world.
Little lavender bags
Not being able to visit the tundra, I am doing the next best thing and knitting caribou. Not quite the same, but nevertheless I am happily filling my home with little caribou lavender bags.
Maybe 2011 will be the year of seasonal knitting.
Penzance experienced one stunning day as a winter wonderland. The clock has now struck midnight and the magic has ended. The pavements are lined with brown slush and melt water is running down every road. At least we did not have time to bore of the icy festivities.
There are still some wonderful scenes remaining. Church Cove on the Lizard is looking lovely. Icicles cover the cliff face and sparkle happily in the sun.
Sunshine and icicles at Church Cove
Happy snow day x
Early morning snow on the Abbey Slip
This morning, my advent prayers were answered and the snow arrived in Penzance. It has been falling heavily since early this morning and Penzance is looking lovely. We are catching up with the rest of the country and now have a few inches.
I understand that snow can be problematic, and I am sure that the joy it brings might wear off after a while. But, we don’t get too much extreme weather down here and I was feeling a little bit left out.
Having been sent home from work, I am looking forward to an afternoon of mince-pie magic and I might even bake my Christmas cake.
Happy snow day!
Early morning snow on the Abbey Slip
My world is speeding up and my weeks are rushing by. It’s time to slow down and remember to stop and stare and take in the wonders of November.
I’m not so keen on the dark evenings, but the setting sun seems to amplify the soft colours of West Penwith. It is quite stunning.
November might just be my favourite time of year. It’s just getting cold enough for gloves and scarves and hats and blustery visits to the beach. The colder temperatures still feel like a little bit of a novelty. I know that come February, I will be craving some warmth, but at the moment I’m quite content to savour the winter chills.
Cape Cornwall wildlife
Even in the mist, Cornwall is looking lovely. Thrift is covering the cliffs at Cape Cornwall and looks so pretty. In fact, I am in agreement with Horace, life can be enjoyed whether it…
Be fair or foul or rain or shine
His poem Happy the man was written over 2000 years ago but still seems appropriate today. It was translated by John Dryden and is quite lovely.
Penzance's wonderful windmill
I am in love with Penzance’s newest landmark.
If you enter Penzance from the A30, you will see our wonderful new wind turbine sitting at the top of the town.
Wind turbines are not the perfect solution to climate change and peak oil, but they are one of the best options that we have at the moment. I am very proud that Penzance is now home to a lovely windmill!
Lets hope that our new Government will support the construction of even more windmills in our windswept landscape.