The Order of the Thistle

Thursday 30th July 2015

Hello

Ironically, given that the thistle is the heraldic emblem of Scotland, it’s this plant that entertains  us on our first walk back in Cornwall. Thistles are an important food source for a variety of birds and just now, many are coming to the end of their season and producing those lovely cotton wool covered seed heads.

Goldfinch extracting a thistle seed.
Goldfinch extracting a thistle seed.

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Tramping around Trelissick

Wednesday, 1st July 2015

Well, its July people!

I was just counting up the walking weeks since January – I’m exactly halfway through the walking year – the 26th week of walking. That means by the end of this week I should have walked 520 miles to keep on target.  So far I’ve walked 451 miles.  Hmmm…..just a little bit behind!

So…a bit of catching up to do if I’m to complete the 1000 miles in a year.  I have to confess, it may not happen.  There’s such a lot going on at the moment that it’s getting difficult to fit in the miles.

However, I’ve learnt so much since I started.  I can identify loads of wild flowers ( I do sometimes annoy Mr RR by testing him while we’re out walking!), some butterflies and insects and I’m getting better on the birds.  I’m not much good on trees though – watch this space!

Today we wandered around the River Fal at Trelissick, found some tracks we hadn’t walked on before and saw a heron – which, as you know, is one of my favourites: Continue reading

St Michael’s Mount

Wednesday, 17th June 2015 Hello Usually our walks don’t follow much of a plan – we just get up and decide where to go over breakfast.  For our Wednesday walk this week a plan was necessary! You can’t go to St Michael’s Mount without knowing in advance what the tide is doing.  Well, you can – but then you chance having to get on a very small boat in very choppy seas with lots of potentially sea sick people.  We’ve done this and believe me its no fun! Continue reading

Penrose Top Path

Thursday, 28th May 2015

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I took myself off for a walk around the top path of Penrose Estate on Thursday.  The sun was sort of shining in between the clouds, and sometimes the sky was even quite blue –  but it was very windy. Continue reading

Pretty at Penrose

Friday 22nd May, 2015

Hi,

I took myself off for a stroll around Penrose today, I haven’t been for a while.  It’s all very pretty with the bluebells still in flower alongside red campion, cow parsley, buttercups and daisies.  The foxgloves are just coming into flower now as well.

I’m sure I heard a cuckoo!  I had a listen on utube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1WcxRaMmIM) and it’s definitely the same sound.  I couldn’t see him anywhere, though he sounded quite close.  Then, in the distance I heard an owl twitwooing – something must have woken him from his sleep. Continue reading