Well, it would be if I could only make the move! However, my heart definitely lies in Cornwall as you probably already know and this morning the postman brought me a wonderful book written by a true Cornishman who knows the area of Penwith like the back of his hand.
The book features Harry's intimate knowledge of the area where he was born, knowledge that he has delighted in sharing with locals and visitors alike on his minibus tours. My DH and I took one such tour in 2006 on a very misty, mizzly day in June and were introduced to the hidden secrets of the land around St Ives.
Harry's book is illustrated with photographs and fine drawings and paintings by his wife, Ann.
Sadly Harry has had to undergo surgery which now prevents him from leading his tour groups but his place has been taken by Russell Peake. A man of many talents, Harry has also written many songs celebrating this beautiful county and you can click on the link below to enjoy just one of his tunes.
I can't resist showing you just a few of the images from our day out with Harry. I can't believe it was 5 years ago!
DH practising devining in Towednack Church.
Harry telling us all about the history of the Iron Age settlement at Bodrifty in a very murky setting.
Also at Bodrifty a beautiful twisted thorn tree (could it be blackthorn?). As we left this atmospheric site my DH managed to slip over into a very soggy patch of ground and spent the rest of the day with a wet btm!
This barn is actually the remnant of a Norman Long House.
.The barn in the previous photograph was down a long track which took us to this arrangement of stones known as Men an Tol.
Finally, this is Lanyon Quoit, the remains of a long barrow.
If you want to know more about all these locations contact Harry and order his very informative book. (I don't have any affiliation with Harry other than having enjoyed hearing his stories and his music).
I have a lot of catching up to do here on the blog and have missed sharing several things with you so I'll try and have a catch up soon. We have just got back from making the final clearance of Mum's house so while I am worn out again at least we won't be travelling back and forth to Essex or have the stress of dismantling Mum's life. Please keep your fingers crossed for us that the house will sell quickly so that we can secure Mum's care.
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