Cornwall is the most south western corner of England, the 'toe', sticking out into the Atlantic. A county of contrasts where Sarah of Muddy Red Shoes is now lucky enough to live and where I lived for some years as a child. I lived near Mawgan Porth - the subject of a whole series of paintings I've previously shown here.
Penwith has a wild and rugged coast, lots of tiny harbours and coves and moorland in the interior with a lot of stone circles, quoits and standing stones. There are the engine houses of old tin mines perched precariously on the edge of cliffs - it's all absolutely beautiful :>) The lanes are narrow, with high stone walls and hedges, (with passing places for when you meet another car) which in Spring are full of wild flowers. Hills are steep and twisting - lots of changing gears !
This time we visited Penwith, an area further southwest - right at the end of the land. Lands End, the most westerly point of England, was just around the corner from us, no distance at all but a 2 hour walk for those with a head for heights and a lot of energy - the coastal footpath has spectacular views, fantastic rock formations and hidden coves and my family even discovered a wrecked ship rusting in one small cove.
I love the changing light and weather in Cornwall - the photo above was taken one day and the one below on the next day, of the harbour just to the left of our house as you looked out to sea.
The sloping ramp is for launching the lifeboat. This wasn't a rough or windy day - winter storms there are dramatic!
more updates to come :>)
links: surfcam with frequently updated images http://www.camvista.com/england/other/cornwall_sennenbeach.php
and for daily pictures of the cove and the harbour http://www.sennen-cove.com/today2.htm
Cornwall is my favourite place - where is yours? and why?