Thursday, June 22, 2017

CORNWALL 2017: The Looe Fishing Port


If all I did was visit the fishing ports all around Cornwall, England, for the rest of my life, I'd be one happy camper.  Seriously.

I really love Google maps, don't you?!
The coastal fishing port of Looe is 25 miles from our St. Austell homebase.
The population is ca. 5K.

When you pass a shop window like this from the parking lot to the coast, you know what's coming.

THIS.
Just pay attention to both sides of this bridge across the River Looe.
As you see, we arrived while the tide was still mostly in.

It was raining off-n-on the entire day, and we didn't care.
But once on this side of the bridge, it felt like a good stopping point for lunch.
Maybe it was the "DO NOT FEED THE SEAGULLS" that made us hungry?

Pauline says it was the BEST fish-n-chips she had ever eaten.  So fresh.
I'll take her word for it because it was, indeed, excellent.
It was also a delight to sit by the window and look out on the Looe world.

When we came out from the pub, this is what we saw.
Just give it an hour or two and look what happens to the tide!
We KNOW it in our heads...but to SEE it is another thing altogether.

Think about all that money spent on these boats!
I think I'd want a berthing dock for my investment, too, at low tide...every day.

See what I mean about wanting to see this the rest of my life?

We walked along the quay towards the sea where the river was still mostly full.
We were short of eyes...looking towards the sea and back towards the bridge.
Both sides of the river!
[BTW, did you know the Brits say towards and the Americans say toward?
So why does it sound normal for me to use the British English?  HA!]

THIS on our walk back to the bridge!

We then walked across the bridge (top) to the other side (bottom)....

and then back to where we began the day, but now at low tide.

To there and back again with myriad impressions.
It doesn't take much to fill our cups, as you know by now!


Thursday, June 15, 2017

CORNWALL 2017: The Mevagissey Fishing Port


The same day we did the Spit Cliffs walk on a rainy afternoon (last post), we also did a walk-about in nearby Mevagissey that sunny morning.  Don't you love weather!

Mevagissey is only 6 miles SW from the St. Austell area, our homebase.
[Google image]

As we drove along the coast to get there, Pauline stopped the car to show us this view.
Now you know why Cornwall is a MUST for so many people.

Mevagissey is one of many wee fishing ports that makes Cornwall so idyllic.
It's population is only 2K.  

As you turn the corner, there she is.
We arrived while the tide was still mostly in (an important detail we're learning).

Look at how the town hugs its harbor.  It's their livelihood.

When you step back to get the bigger picture, it's a rugged livelihood.

But deep inside the harbor, you feel the coziness of it.

Dare you leave the breakwater, you pass the the massive rock formation to the open sea.
[Am still trying to find if it has a name, that rock!  Surely?!]

Did you see the wee lighthouse in the preceding collage, bottom-right image?
Once you reach it, you are "out to sea," so to speak.

The vantage point from the lighthouse that day highlighted this yellow beauty.
She's the Valhalla BH-9 trawler of the Mevagissey fleet.
How fun to look up these boats like they're people!

And how fun to see evidence that this truly is a fishing port.

While walking back from the lighthouse, guess what!
The tide was now out and we got to see the beached boats that still amaze us to no end.

So Astrid, of course, climbed down to search for treasures, of which she found many
(for her blue bag).

See what I mean about Cornwall?!  So idyllically wonderful.
Don't get me wrong...it has its own economic trials and tribulations.
BUT...it is a treasure to be found and taken care of while cherishing.


Thursday, June 08, 2017

CORNWALL 2017: Spit Cliffs Walk to Charlestown


After a sunny morning in Mevagissey's fishing port (next post), Pauline, Astrid and I took a 4-mile walk along the Spit Cliffs to Charlestown that afternoon...midst on-n-off rain.

Not exactly sure where we started the walk, but somewhere near the right red dot, walking west.
See the seagull and trees north of the path?  Yup.  That's what you'll see coming up.
[Google image]

Once Chris dropped us off, we started walking along a fenced path that eventually took us 
to the landmark Par China Clay Works factory out in the open, overlooking the English Channel.

The first thing we saw was a war bunker...and off to the left, kite surfers.
It was a perfect, windy, blustery day...great for a walk.
And there we saw Spit Beach, after which the Spit Cliffs are named.

With the clay works factory fading in the distance, we started our walk along the rugged coastline.
We saw it all from above, of course, but you can see it here from below, looking up.
Deposits in the cliffs were formed 120,000 years ago when the sea levels were 5-8 meters higher.

Adding unexpected interest to our walk, the Carlyon Bay Golf Course followed us on our right.
The 18-hole course is considered one of the most spectacular courses anywhere.  

Thanks to Google, here's a bird's-eye view of our walk between the cliffs and the golf course.
You can even see the path.

It wasn't raining yet.  Lots of time to stop and smell the roses.

But then it came...on and off for the next several minutes.
Astrid and I had brought our ponchos, and I quickly loaned my rain jacket to Pauline. who hadn't.
What a motley crew.

As you know by now, nothing rains on our parade!

After every wildflower, Pauline told me it's name.
That center one is wild garlic, which I first saw another year, while with Chad and Norma.

By now we had left the golf course behind...

...and were getting close to Charlestown, our destination.
Pauline knew the coast-watch station was coming up, so she went down to see if someone was there.

Yes, there was.  A volunteer lady was [wo]manning the booth.
In her past life she had been a psychiatric nurse!
Not that much of a stretch from saving lives to saving ships?

From there, we could almost taste it coming up....

Charlestown!  The village of Poldark fame, yes!
We had visited it last September and had fun seeing it again, coming in from the east.

I'm showing this collage because I often think I never stop to SEE.
Astrid reminded me that I really do...but I need to do it more often, without taking photos.

Don't you love the honor box!

When we got back home, we looked at our images and watched the rain.
In spite of saying this a lot, it really doesn't get much better than this!


Thursday, June 01, 2017

Watercolor Sunday and Saturday's Color: May 2017


So quickly has summer come this year, even before its time!  Whether it's climate change or whatever else, we've already had some of our hottest days yet on record for this time of the year.  But I digress....

My Watercolor Sunday posts on Facebook for May 2017:

May 7 (photo manipulation):
"The difference between school and life?  In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test.
In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson." --Tom Bodett
[the voice behind "I'm Tom Bodett for Motel 6, and we'll leave the light on for you."]


May 14 (photo manipulation):
"People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
--Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

Happy Mothers Day to all mothers everywhere who shine from within and out.


May 21 (photo manipulation):
"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be,
and not building bridges, is not Christian.  This is not the gospel." --Pope Francis


May 28 (photo manipulation):
"Only the dead have seen the end of war." --Plato

"They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this nation." --Henry Ward Beecher

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

My Saturday's Color posts on Facebook for May 2017:

(finished 4 May, posted on FB 6 May 2017)
There's a sobering connect-the-dots story to this design finished this week, following the (Dot #1) 6-part series Astrid and I just watched on "Hitler:  The Definitive Guide" (from the Discovery Channel and which I highly recommend).  I'm embarrassed to say how much I did NOT know about how Hitler started and masterminded WWII.  Besides the 6 million Jews, he's responsible for the deaths of millions of others, including 4.3 million of his own soldiers whom he would not allow to surrender under any circumstance.

Dot #2: This past Thursday, May 4th, was the annual Dutch Remembrance Day in observance of all those who have died in war and peace-keeping operations. Each year, at 8 p.m., everyone around the country stops for 2 minutes of silence, no matter what they’re doing. Even traffic pulls off the road, whenever possible. That in and of itself is sobering. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. Every year! The next day, May 5th (yesterday) was the Dutch Liberation Day, commemorating the end of the Nazi occupation during WWII.

Dot #3: Astrid’s father, while living in Amsterdam during WWII, age 23, hid in the rafters of his house in order not to be conscripted by the Germans to help fight their war. Though not a Jew, he nonetheless feared for his life, refusing to work in their war factories.

Dot #4: When I looked for a new design to color this week and found this one in my Color Me Fearless book, I grabbed it. Though a simple design, I knew immediately what colors I would choose and why I would post it today. Hitler, btw, was an artist and adopted the ancient, religious Indian swastika as the symbol for his Nazi Party. Because of what it now represents, Hitler will be forever deemed “The most hated man in history!”

God have mercy on us all.


(finished 10 May, posted on FB 13 May 2017)
I saw FOUR GENERATIONS in this Color Me Happy design.
Circles of life...mothers begetting mothers, like my sister, Susan, who is the mother
of a mother of a mother who has a daughter (another potential mother).
Happy Mother's Day weekend to all mothers everywhere,
especially to those of us with mothers no longer with us.


(finished 30 April, posted on FB 20 May 2017)
Before I color a Celtic design (this one from my Book of Kells Painting Book), 
I almost always trace it with my finger to figure out where it's going!
In this case, I quickly discovered that one "animal" slithered from point A to point B 
in pretty much a "straight line," while the other went all over tarnation to get to where he was going.
Kinda like many people in Life, right?


(finished 4 March, posted on FB 27 May 2017)
To all my American family and friends, happy Memorial Day weekend.
I've chosen this wee 5 x 7 design because it's from my Mindfulness book.
I'm calling it a Memorial Quilt, honoring all who have died in service to their country,
whether the war was just or unjust.  (sigh)

And now we officially face the summer with this new month of June.
Let's hope we can all stay cool...regardless of what Trump decides about the Paris Agreement!