Tag Archives: Cornwall

Weekly Photo Challenge: Millennial Future

Another submission to this week’s photo challenge.

Each New Year we towards the Future with hope and anticipation. No New Year was more anticipated than that of the new millennium which as far as we were concerned was Dec 31st 1999/Jan 1st 2000 (I know there is debate about whether it really should have been a year later!).

We travelled with the family to Penzance in Cornwall for a family celebration. This was early in the days of the Internet, before Social Media and Smartphones (we had one mobile phone between us and it was a Nokia 8210, on which the most advanced technology was texting!). We still used film in our cameras and played music on the newly invented CD or old fashioned tape/vinyl.

Looking to the future in 1999 we thought hopefully on the future – the Cold War was over and we had not imagined the horrors of 9/11 or 7/7 etc.

We were a family of three and lived in the UK – little did we anticipate that we would be living and working in Africa  with two teenage children less than 15 years on.

Who know  what the future holds – it is an  unknown factor over which we have only a little control.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Cornwall Off-Season

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Off-Season.” In  December we took a trip to Penzance in Cornwall to celebrate the Millennium. We had a great few days exploring the winter coast. New Year’s Day was fine and sunny and we walked a stretch of the Lizard Peninsular. A fabulous way to start  the year. These pictures of the landscape and beaches of Cornwall off-season

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped Poppy

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Enveloped.”

Taken last May. during our trip to Cornwall, this Poppy flower is enveloped by the hairy sepals which from which it will soon burst forth.

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Hydrangea Heaven

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Cornwall at this time of year is covered with hydrangea bushes festooned with enormous globes that are the hydrangea flowers. I never realised the sheer variety of shades of blue, purple, pink and white in which they come and all shades in between. Our campsite has a great display at it’s entrance and across the site.other pics from The Lost Garden of Heligan.IMG_8041-0.JPG
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Perranporth Revisited

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Back in May on our trip to Cornwall we visited Perranporth.

Today was a glorious day again contrary to expectations and so we returned for a beach afternoon. The sea was gorgeous lovely and warm – the surf was up though the waves were too variable for any good body boarding though we tried.

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Lost Gardens of Heligan

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A trip to the Lost Gardens of Heligan today. An opportunity to see one of the premier gardens in Cornwall. These gardens were forgotten for generations before being rediscovered 21 years ago and restored.20140805-181543-65743060.jpg

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Even Managed a cream tea 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Between Me and the Beach

A submission to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

 

These Thrift flowers perched on the clifftop above Chapelporth near St Agnes in Cornwall lay between me and the beach below.

 

 

 

Along the coast some other yellow plants (Bird’s Foot Trefoil) at Trevaunance Cove.

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Disconnected

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I am fairly attached to my mobile phone. I am using it now to write this post. I use it a lot when not at work. At work I am surrounded by computers and as an ICT Teacher it is very much a part of my working day. At home we have a fast broadband connection – so the only challenge in terms of connectivity is when I’m out and about. Much of the time I’m driving do it’s not an issue.
This week in Cornwall we have been travelling a lot exploring the area. It has been much harder to find a reliable signal as we have travelled – making navigation difficult (if the phone can’t get a signal it does not know where you are and so how to get you to where you are going).
The UK has patchy connectivity, 3G is very transient and often you need to rely on Edge (I am using that now) or GPRS (both of which are inferior technologies). Then suddenly everything is gone – no signal.
The other use of the phone is Social Media. Facebook, Twitter and of course WordPress :-). I like to keep in touch with the world through Social Media and this, I think, will be really important when we travel to Mwanza in Tanzania. It has been much harder to do this in the week – relying on the infrequent connections and the occasional WiFi hotspot. We were staying in a Travel Inn with WiFi which helped though speeds were lower than usual.

In spite of all this it has still been possible to connect, even if patchily.

Going to Africa is going to be a challenge on the connectivity front. Network speeds are going to be much slower. I will still have a computer at work and we hope to get a home network – but will have to get used to slower speeds. It is probably the mobile phone network that will be the challenge. Not only the speed but the ability to walk around holding an iPhone in my hand will obviously restrict usage. I doubt that I will be able to blog daily as I am at the moment. It will be a change of habit, a different way of doing things. It will be good for me too! Perhaps mobile technology has been too easy, too addictive. If a few days in Cornwall have taught me anything, it is that you can be disconnected and fine!20140601-144235-52955613.jpg

Cornwall Mini-Break: Day 2

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Our second day in Cornwall involved a visit inland briefly visiting the Tamar Valley and Launceston and then Lanhydrock a National Trust Property (since our membership runs out tomorrow we wanted to get our money’s worth).

Tamar Valley

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Launceston

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Lanhydrock
These gardens were stunning and contained my favourite Rhododendrons and Azaleas along with many others.

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Cornwall Mini-Break: Day 1

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We visited the North Coast of Cornwall visiting three separate locations to enjoy the coastline and take in the sea air.

Chapelporth

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Trevaunance Cove

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Perranporth

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