Falmouth

Falmouth, at dusk

It has been drizzling and lashing with rain most of the day, until dusk saw the weather lift.

The youth hostel we are in is now silent, now murmurous, cold.  D and I ate plates of shop-bought Cornish cheeses in the lounge, where even the wood fire failed to warm.

Small lights face the sea

This is a different Cornwall to the one I remember, the Cornwall of summer, though the sea is still turquoise and the beach glows, even as the night leaks out of the trees and the hill, and everything closes.

rocks we footed over, on Glyllyngvase beach

Tomorrow, we are seeking out a mansion house, to wander the grounds there.  Then on to Land’s End, and hopefully a better light.

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13 responses to “Falmouth

  1. CJ

    The blue green of stone in the sky, and the darkness of night in the stones, what an inverted landscape you document. And beautifully. Wishing you sugar plum dreams for the holidays.

    • This is a strange, alluring place, CJ. For all the damp chill.

      I have bought a book of the myths and legends of the county, and hope to share some here later.

  2. I hope you have a better day tomorrow. It’s rainy and cold here in America’s Heartland. There’s even talk of snow tomorrow.

  3. CJ

    I get immersed in myths and legends–in my writing’s water table–leaks into everything I write–like a fairy tale. Luckily I love that kind of writing. Would love to know what you recommend of Scottish myths and legends.

  4. CJ

    Thank you for the links—good holiday reading for me. Hope your trip improves.

  5. Very curious about Cornwall. I am participating in the Penzance Literary Festival in July, though I’m sure the light will be different by then. Are you going to Penzance? Any tips? Christmas wishes to you, ciao cat

    • We are very close to Penzance now – saw it hugging the sea as we drove by. I think what is good about Cornwall is the lovely small villages that are off the beaten track. If you hire a car, you can drive round to all the coves and see them – although some of the roads are so incredibly narrow. I really enjoyed the Lost Gardens of Heligan (will do a post on them soon) which in summer will be at their height. St Ives is a must if you enjoy art – lots of galleries selling landscape paintings and pottery, and the Tate St Ives to visit. I will have to think of more, because there is so much!

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