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…….but this could have been but yesterday

Posted on: 26th September 2012

Extract from a piece written by “Wanderer” in the Royal Cornwall Gazette of Thursday 23 June 1892

PORTSCATHO

This charming little watering place, in praise of which so much has been said and written at various times, is again donning its holiday attire.

Visitors are arriving from all parts of the kingdom. The jaded city man is glad to throw aside, with his tall hat and orthodox black coat, the cares of office and counting house.

The parson wearied with parochial worries and anxieties, rejoicing, let us hope, in an efficient “locum tenens” at home, throws care to the winds for a season and joins the genial rush to the sea, The ladies are arriving in force, and the children – bless their jolly little faces ! – go without saying.

For lovers of a thoroughly unconventional holiday, do and dress as you like, go and come as you please, I know of no place like Portscatho, while to the artist, botanist, or lover of aquatic pastimes it is paradise indeed.

Manonabeach

Posted on: 20th June 2012

Anyone who loves Cornwall and enjoys a trip to the beach will find this blog delightful reading.

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About manonabeach

“On a beach…welcome to manonabeach.com, where you can see my beach visits and enjoy a flavour of the beach, even when you’re not there, including interviews asking

“What does the beach mean to you…?”

The project celebrates the elemental power of the beach and its profound effect on the people who enjoy being where the air, land and sea meet.  The beach means different things to different people, whether it’s enhancing creativity, decisiveness and energy, being restorative and settling, part of a routine, a reference point through generations, freedom or just fun.

In the narratives here, you’ll see and hear people re-present their emotions, perceptions and recollections, all drawn out by the enhancing effect of the beach.  manonabeach is a construct, a passive Everyman, whose role is to bring these qualitative findings directly to you, for you to draw whatever conclusions you want from them.

With manonabeach, you can enjoy a regular glimpse of beaches and beachgoers, wherever you are, nearly in real time, as the films are almost always uploaded on the same day as the visit.”

Babington’s Leek

Posted on: 20th April 2012

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Some guests staying here this week, keen botanists, pointed out that we have Babington Leeks growing in our woods – along the pathway. I must confess that I had never heard of such a plant, but apparently it is quite rare, and grows in the Roseland, our particular part of Cornwall. Another local rarity is the moss “Weissia multicapsularis” (many-seeded) but no-one seems to have spotted that yet. There is lots of wild garlic in our hedgerows at the moment – the flowers resemble white bluebells but the garlic scent gives away its identity. Lots of culinary uses for this one – and I have even seen the leaves for sale in the greengrocer’s organic boxes.