Cornwall was one of Europe’s earliest industrial regions, with a scattered industrial society. For hundreds of years, people in Cornwall have made their living from mining. Cornwall was a world leader in the mining industry.
Mining was not just a job; it was a way of life. These mining areas have a strong sense of community and identity.
Geevor Tin Mine is a 20th Century tin mine, located in an area that has been mined for thousands of years. Geevor is much more than a mine. It is also the story of people and of a landscape.Read More »
The May 1st or May Day has traditionally been a seasonal day of significance. Many folklore customs originated from the Dark Ages, when the ancient Celts divided their year by four major festivals. Beltane or ‘the fire of Bel’, had particular significance to the Celts. The Gaelic May Day festival marked a halfway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. May Day has been associated with fun, revelry and fertility. The first day of summer was celebrated with bonfires to welcome in the new season and thought to lend life to the spring and summer sun. The smoke and ashes were believed to have protective powers. People and cattle would walk around the fire or leap over the flames for good luck. May Day brought together both customs from the Floralia and Beltane festivals.
Today’s colour is Unmellow Yellow. I felt it was fitting to share photos from a very unmellow yellow day back in 2014 when we celebrated Le Grand Depart of The Tour De France coming to Yorkshire, England.
I am not a fan of cycling or sport in general, however, I knew this was a once in a lifetime experience. This was a fantastic community event. People decorated outside their houses, shops decorated their windows and the whole area went unmellow yellow!
The atmosphere was brilliant. The sun was shining. We knew we were witness to something special. Who knew cyclists could go so fast. The speed and the intensity of the race was incredible. The community coming together to share, enjoy and celebrate. A day to be truly proud to be from Yorkshire.
So as apart of my recent holiday to beautiful Cornwall, I visited Penzance for the first time. The highlight for me was the historic Chapel Street, which is still reminiscent of the 17th and 18th Centuries, with interesting buildings and some quirky, independent shops to explore.
Having done a bit of research into the area we couldn’t resist checking out (and enjoying some local ale) in the famous Admiral Benbow Pub. It definitely competes for the title of the most colourful building on the street. Named after the 17th century Admiral John Benbow (born 1653-died 1702) he was an English officer in the Royal Navy.
The pub has a statue of a smuggler lying astride the roof, musket in hand. The pub was converted from cottages, which explains the low ceilings and small paned windows. Inside there is a very unique nautical feel. The decorations in the pub are genuine maritime artifacts that have been salvaged from various shipwrecked vessels along the Cornish coast over the past 400 years. The collection of treasures and fixtures and fittings in the Admiral Benbow are fascinating and they are cleverly built into the interior design of the building, such as the Captain’s Cabin restaurant with its fine woodwork from a Portuguese Man O’ War.Read More »
Last year I visited Cornwall for the first time. We stayed in glorious St Ives. I spent my 40th Birthday there and fell in love with the place.
St Ives is a seemingly subtropical oasis where the beaches are golden, the vegetation is lush and the light piercingly bright. The light is incredible. It takes a day or so for your eyes to adjust to the brightness that surrounds the beaches and the sea views.Read More »
The most wonderful aspects of sand are hidden from the normal human eye. For a greater appreciation of the beauty of sand I recommend you check out Gary Greenberg’s photographs of what sand looks like under a microscope – Sand Looks Unbelievably Cool Under a Microscope.
#coloryourworld 120 Days of Crayola jennifernicholewells.com color-your-world-canary Today’s colour is canary White Scar Cave is the longest cave tour in Britain. The tour is very interesting, with lots of great photo opportunities. Hard hats are required because you have to get down very low and you will bang your head! The cave began with the […]