Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Monday, 6 December 2010

aladdin's cave

freezing fogs, mist, and haw frost are making for magical morning walks.

Friday, 3 December 2010

wagtail of a different kind

during these cold spells some birds, like this foraging pied wagtail, which are normally quite shy come much closer to habitation

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Spot's Sports spots

the weather has turned very cold and Spot has taken to wearing his winter cap. There was a great gathering of rooks today (this group was only a small part of the parliament), goodness knows what they were up to but something was going on

Sunday, 21 November 2010

steam gets to Cotehele

steam arrives at Cotehele this morning ... parking outside the pub of course (well, tea room now).

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Sunday, 14 November 2010

raven's moor

Ravens are the largest of the crow family. They have a bluish tinge to their intensely black feathers, large heads and throat feathers. They often are seen in pairs (as here)

They like open moorland where sheep and other livestock are to be found because it is easy for them to find carrion to feed off.

They have a distinctive low pitched cry (described as prruk prruk) and a silhouette in flight, which is very similar to the buzzard.

quarry dogs

colours and reflections in the quarry near the Minions.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010


a dole of doves descendeth upon us. As they are collared doves perhaps it should be a neck, or a wring of doves. I wonder why doves have this association with pity and sadness?

Sunday, 7 November 2010

going browner still

the colour of the leaves on the rowan tree at the bottom of our estate (!) are very vivid this year and make a pretty sight mixed with the bright red of the berries. Many fields locally have a large tree (usually an oak or beech) standing in the middle to provide some shade for the livestock, and in the autumn they provide these picturesque images set against the natural mixed deciduous woods that cover the valley sides.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

autumn colours

Our favourite lane has slipped into its autumnal livery.

the drive into Duchy College is lined with sweet chestnuts and looks very grand at this time of year.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

end of the rainbow

Showers and strong sunlight make for vivid rainbows, and provide a fitting photo to mark a break in Spot's blog, at least for the time being, unless we see anything visually interesting over autumn and winter. There are over 1500 pages on this blog, and more photos, to trawl through if you should happen on the blog and be interested in our home area. Use the labels, or blog search facility to find the things you are interested in

Penny's piece in Greenscombe woods, looking like a Constable painting (or vice versa?)

on the interweb

fine webs on a fir tree in the bright morning light make it look like a Christmas tree, and below an amazingly intricate but random web.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

on Weir Quay 2

we walked along the footpath going North from Holes Hole, and eventually came upon this stunning view of the river and wetlands looking North towards Cotehele Quay (the grey building towards the top left on the river), and below towards Pentillie Castle on our way back.

on Weir Quay

on a stunningly beautiful day we went for a walk along the Tamar between Weir Quay, Holes Hole and Hooe (the white house in the picture is at the head of the Hooe).

staff notes

starlings are beginning to gather into large flocks, and when they perch on a stave of telegraph wire look like Elizabethan lute music notation.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

last of the summer wine 3

and a late red admiral basking in the unusually warm October sun, showing the amazing complexity and subtle colouring of its underwings.

last of the summer wine 2

this is a stinkhorn, usually smelled rather than seen, but this was a very fresh and especially pungent specimen. It spreads its spores by attracting flies which land on the slimy sticky tip and carry the spores away.

last of the summer wine

this jet black mushroom is a chanterelle known as Horn of Plenty or Black Trumpet, and in France as la viande des pauvres (poor man's meat) where it is used in stews. It is an occasional species found on oak and beech leaf litter (note acorn in top photo). This is the first time it has appeared for four years at this particular spot.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

at the Honey fair Callington 3

Kit Hill in the background adding some perspective to the man on stilts

street entertainers for MacMillan nurses

the handiwork of local primary schoolchildren.

at the Honey fair Callington 2

John Trevithick (under trilby), Lawrence Reed (VIP) and town criers of Bodmin and Launceston.

the loudest guy on the street (from Saltash of course).

and the town criers of Callington, Saltash, Newton Abbot, Crewkerne, Torbay, Bodmin, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple

at the Honey fair Callington 1

Today was honey fair day in Callington. This may go back many years (see link) but has been revived more recently by John Trevithick whose family have lived in the town for 200 years. Apart from the usual stalls full of knickknacks, cheap toys and trivia, there was a Town criers competition (won by the bard of Launceston), a honey tasting competition, and a visit from Lawrence Reed of radio Cornwall. All very exciting for us rural types.

Monday, 4 October 2010

last night

it was a very fiery, but short lived sunset last night.

web jewel

a spider's web glistening in the early morning dew, looking like an elaborate necklace when seen in close up.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

autumnal images

sloes, sweet chestnuts, and I am not sure what. possibly wrinked club, but all are redolent of autumn