In a vase on Monday: Cornish


You may have guessed that I’m on holiday in Cornwall but I couldn’t miss joining in with Cathy’s meme.

All today’s material (hydrangea, senecio, ivy and hart’s tongue fern) was picked this morning from our holiday cottage garden, one of a pair of Victorian farm worker’s cottages located a walk across the meadow from the main farmhouse and barns.  The farmstead at Triggabrowne was bought by the National Trust in the late 1960s at the beginning of Enterprise Neptune to buy coastal holdings to protect them from development. The farmer here, Les Hicks, was a pioneer working for the National Trust to open sections of the coastal path to walkers and we always remember Les and his wife Martha when we walk the South West Coastal Path today. The mixed arable land together with the herds of sheep, dairy and beef cattle that Les and Martha farmed is now split between the two neighbouring National Trust farms at Churchtown, Lanteglos and Frogmore Farm, Lansallos.

One of the best things about staying here is the short walk down the lane and then you are straight on to the coastal path at Pencarrow Head. From there it is a steep climb down to the glorious sweeping sandy beach of Lantic Bay. We swam in wetsuits on Saturday and the sea was fairly rough but beyond the swell  it was perfect for swimming. Coming in you had to time it so a big wave swept you into shore without you feeling you had been put through the rinser.

Yesterday was not such good weather so we ended up doing a tough but favourite walk. Gosh my legs ached last night with the exertion.

Fortunately today was a perfect beach day. The high cliffs protected the south facing bay from the strong northerly winds and the sea was calm and blue.

Even so it is lovely to return to our cosy cottage and enjoy a pot of tea, a slice of Saffron cake and a Cornish Fairing biscuit before logging on and writing this post.

Now I must go over to  Cathy at Rambling in the garden to see what she has found to put In a vase on Monday.



15 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday: Cornish

  1. It’s nice to have flowers even on holiday isn’t it? Your last photo reminds me of family holidays in Cornwall when our children were tiny and brings back very happy memories. Have a lovely holiday Sarah.


  2. Yes, as Gillian said how lovely to be able to still have a vase to admire while you are away. Thank you for all the local history of Enterprise Neptune – it is easy to forget how much we owe individuals for their pioneering work in retaining access to countryside and historic properties for the nation. Glad you are enjoying your break – much as I enjoy swimming I would be very hesitant about swimming in the sea … 😦


  3. Lovely Cornish arrangement in lovely Cornish ware. It sounds as though you’re having a fine time – the sea swimming sounds exciting! Enjoy the rest of your holiday. Sam x


  4. What a beautiful place to spend a holiday Sarah! It sounds as though you’re making the best of what Cornwall has to offer. And I’m impressed that you managed to put together a vase too!


  5. What a beautiful spot but how brave to go swimming even with a wet suit. Wonderful walking country though. Lucky you having sun, how rare for Cornwall to be sunny whilst East Anglia sits in a permanent rain cloud.


  6. I love Cornwall, I’ve had some of my best holidays there. Are you going to Rick Stein’s? We went to the cookery school a couple of years ago it was great fun and I learnt a lot too.


  7. Oh what a lovely part of the country for a holiday. Enjoy the rest of the week Sarah and I hope that the contents of the vase give you pleasure for the duration of your stay.They will probably outlive those yummy biscuits.


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