Penzance to Newlyn and Alice in Wonderland at Trengwainton

Wednesday, 12th August 2015


We went for a stroll around Trengwainton Gardens in Penzance yesterday – Alice in Wonderland was paying a visit too.

It was early when we left home so we stopped off in Penzance and sauntered along the promenade to Newlyn in the sunshine first.



Penzance to Newlyn and back again and Trengwainton Gardens (5.5 miles)

View from Penzance Promenade
View from Penzance Promenade

The sun is shining and it’s already warm at 9.30 am when we step out along the Penzance promenade.  We walk all the way to Newlyn and along North Harbour, which is busy with fishermen mending nets and preparing trawlers for trips out to sea.  Then we walk back again and head to Trengwainton where we feel it necessary to start with tea and scones before making our way around the gardens.

Today we are quite taken with the hydrangeas, unusual for me as they aren’t my favourite plants.  Today the colours are striking though, with deep, deep almost purple blues and these charming white flower heads with that little speck of blue in the middle:


I love the colour of the seed heads on this Dianella Tasmanica too:

Dianella Tasmanica
Dianella Tasmanica

No……I didn’t know it was called that!  It had a label!

We walk up the main path alongside the stream and see a pretty female damselfly flittering about the water’s edge.

Female damselfly
Female damselfly

The broad and colourful wings of this damselfly mean it sometimes gets mistaken for a butterfly.  It is gorgeous with its metallic green colouring and clear pale greenish wings.  The males are metallic blue and have a blue band on each wing.

Up on the lawn, on the far side of the haha the resident flock of guinea fowl are ferreting in the grass.  They always go around in groups, there are about a dozen in this flock – although they are monogamous.  Lovely speckledy feathers they have don’t you think?

Guinea Fowl
Guinea Fowl

The views across the bay from the terrace are good today


and I love seeing the agapanthus all out in flower like this:DSCN1646

We made a quick visit to the walled garden and the newly opened second-hand bookshop and gallery in the old Gardeners Cottage before wandering into Wonderland.

Every year local school children make scarecrows for the kitchen gardens and this year the theme is Alice in Wonderland.  My favourite is definitely the White Rabbit:


and I just love those ranks of sunflowers too: (You can just see Alice by the pond on the far left hand side)


I can’t remember who this is – I was too busy admiring the vegetable and salad beds to have a look!


But here are the Walrus and the Carpenter along with the Oysters:


There’s also The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, The Red Queen and the Pack of Cards.  And finally – Cheshire Cat grinning away from the branches of the tree:


Total miles walked this year: 529.5

Mackerel - Pen, Ink and Acrylic on Paper
Mackerel – Pen, Ink and Acrylic on Paper

Associated artwork for Ricketyrambler by Mr RR:

2 thoughts on “Penzance to Newlyn and Alice in Wonderland at Trengwainton

  1. Dave August 13, 2015 / 7:51 pm

    i believe the rotund fellow on the wall there is Humpty Dumpty..he is in Alice through the looking glass i think 🙂


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