Posted by: gardner310 | July 7, 2013

Considering Cornwall, LAST Part

Mevagissey, Low Tide

Mevagissey, Low Tide

Fisherman, Cleaning Boat

Fisherman, Cleaning Boat

Cornwall is renown for its historic fishing villages.  It has miles of rugged coastline with small harbors and coves on both the north and south coasts.  So there are definitely thoughts associated with this fact.

Low tides.  Our sightseeing schedule always put us in these villages at low tide.  It got to be a joke because we never saw

Mevagissey,  Tide's In

Mevagissey, Tide’s In

any of the boats afloat.  There are huge tides here, as much as 30 feet.  One afternoon in Mevagissey we actually decided to sit with the OAP’s (Old Age Pensioners) and wait for the tide to come in so I could see the boats float.  It was a sunny but cool afternoon and most pleasant.  It was certainly better than watching paint dry because the scene actually changed as the  day wore on.

Fishing villages.  These were my favorite venues.  Colorful, small, narrow, streets, boats (albeit on the sand), lots of cafes and coffee shops and shops selling the traditional sand toys.  There is always a church whose size varies and the harbor itself, of course. During the summer there are  both wild flowers and planted flowers around every corner, it seems.

Fisherman, Bailing

Fisherman, Bailing

Fishermen.  It has to follow that with fishing villages you get bonafide fishermen.  These come in all shapes and sizes like their boats.  Watching them work on the boats or unloading the catch is a true glimpse into a different world from what most of us know.

Old/Ancient buildings.  We met a lovely lady at her cottage in St. Ives because her flowers were so lovely I had to stop and take a photo.  It turns out she lives both in Cornwall and London and does all her own gardening.  She said the earliest part of her home dates back to the 6th century!  There is sacred well by the foundation of her home.

Ancient Cottage

Ancient Cottage

Waiting for the Tide

Waiting for the Tide


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