Sunday, 28 August 2011

Three go Down to the Sea





This is St Anthony Head lighthouse...more commonly known in the Funky household as 'my lighthouse'. We've been visiting the Lizard Peninsular for nine or ten years now. Faithfully revisiting the same village and the same cottage year after year. Most evenings I will walk down the steep hill, past whitewashed cottages to sit at dusk on the pebbly grey beach and gaze at 'my lighthouse'. The view you see above is not the view I am used to for that glorious August week. Instead, I have to wait until dusk before I can see the beam of light from St Anthony head across the bay near St Mawes. But it is still 'my lighthouse' and every year my heart leaps as I see its comforting light shining across Falmouth bay, guiding ships through the infamous Manacles, rocks that have caused so many shipwrecks and taken so many lives.





This year we took the King Harry ferry



and went across to the Roseland Peninsular. We really went to look at St Mawes and the church at St Just in Roseland, but the highlight of my day and totally unexpectedly, was our visit to 'my lighthouse'. I love lighthouses and the safety and comfort they represent, knowing that ships can identify where they are by the 'character' of each light. Every lighthouse run by Trinity House has its own 'character' which means that the light stays on for a certain length of time, then off for another length of time, and lights can be a combination of white and red. St Anthony's character is a combination of red and white light flashing for 15 seconds at a time. I dream of living in a lighthouse, watching ferocious storms from the safety of its impenetrable thick walls.......I think I read too much Enid Blyton as a child.





That day, we were also able to visit Portscatho and the lovely shop I've seen here at The Mermaids Tale. Link









Do you like the little bottle I bought there? Naughty of me....but it did happen to be my birthday. I think I deserved a little treat.






We love Cornwall, but not for us are the bustling streets of St Ives, we love the quiet coves


From Aug 2011
and wild coasts

From Aug 2011

Not to mention the odd fishing village where we can usually be found wandering around, devouring the occasional roskilly's icecream.

From Aug 2011
Edit: I've not blogged for a couple of months now and hope to get back to blogging from now on. Things have been difficult at work recently, as I now have to do half of my hours at another location. This involves extra travelling and longer days for me, besides the disruption of being in another place learning another set up. I'm still trying to figure out if this move makes my job more or less vulnerable and as you can appreciate it has been quite a worry for me. As I like my blog to be my 'happy' place as opposed to a 'gloomy' place like Eeyore's I thought it better to keep out of the blogging world for a while, and although I haven't felt able to comment on blogs, you can rest assured that I've been reading blogs avidly to cheer myself up. Hopefully, normal service has been resumed.

15 comments:

Louise said...

Lovely photos, it seems like you had a great week away. I love light houses too and would quite like to live in one! I'm desperate to visit a proper seaside, with cliffs and coves, I haven't been to the sea for a few years :(

It's funny you should post today, I thought of you for some reason this morning, noting it had been a while since I last saw a post from you! Sorry to hear about your troubles at work, I hope things settle down soon. I look forward to more frequent posts in future!

Amanda said...

What a beautiful part of the world. I bet you very much needed that holiday, life's disruptions are not easy and a bit of familiar, happy places are just the thing.

Pretty at Heart said...

Sorry to hear things havent been great for you recently. We have been through some bad times lately too - hope you will come out the other side like we did, soon.
Take care
-x-

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

beautiful pics as always, so sorry to hear of your troubles but I am so glad that you are back.
T x

mim said...

Really love the photos, hope to get some peace and quiet myself when I go to Cornwall later in September.

Hope works sorts out for you soon. Really missed your post they are always so happy and inspiring

Catherine said...

I am glad you are back and I hope all is resolved on the work front! Your pictures of Cornwall are glorious. It's a place I would LOVE to visit. Maybe someday.... Cx

mim said...

glad to see you back, hope work sorts its self out soon sounds awful. Love your posts always inspiring and lovely
All the best

Paula said...

I loved looking at your pictures, I particularly liked the 2 last ones. The view from that lighthouse must be amazing especially on a clear day or at sunset. Thank you for sharing them.

Krawuggl said...

Such beautiful pictures, I especially love the one looking down at the cliffs. We have been at Cornwall 2 or 3 years ago and so much would love to visit it again, it´s a fantastic place.
And lovely that you are back now.

Rosie said...

Welcome back! Your photos are wonderful and it sounds like you had a super holiday! So sorry to hear of your work problems - we are going through difficult and unsettling times at the moment. Hope all will be well:)

Helen said...

Looks like you have had a wonderful holiday, gorgeous photos thank you, Love Helen xx

Kath said...

Beautiful photos, there's something very romantic about a light house.

Lynne. G. said...

Glad to see you back! I discovered your blog some months ago and thought How Bizarre! This woman could be me! All my favourite books, music etc etc you'v e mentioned would be in my blog should I have one. Was quite saddened to find you'd stopped blogging, but hope work constraints allow you to return.

Unfortunately work can have a disproportionate effect on the rest of our lives - particularly if it isn't going well. All the more reason to spend time (when you find it!) doing something you enjoy, which boosts you. Good luck.

Lynne. G. said...

Glad to see you back! I discovered your blog some months ago and thought How Bizarre! This woman could be me! All my favourite books, music etc etc you'v e mentioned would be in my blog should I have one. Was quite saddened to find you'd stopped blogging, but hope work constraints allow you to return.

Unfortunately work can have a disproportionate effect on the rest of our lives - particularly if it isn't going well. All the more reason to spend time (when you find it!) doing something you enjoy, which boosts you. Good luck.

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

You have visited my favourite parts of the world! I have not been for a while and it is so nice to see some of those places through your photos.
Have a lovely weekend!
Isabelle x