The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Penrose Estate

Saturday, 26th September 2015

Hello

Things are warming up around here in more ways than one!  The sun has decided to shine and for the last couple of days its been just like Summer.  Also, we’re hoping to move to Scotland before the end of October so it’s going to get a little too busy for walking and blogging.

Sadly I have to concede defeat and admit that I’m not going to make it to 1000 miles this year.

Never mind, there’s a whole new world of walking out there just waiting for me and Mr RR!  As soon as we’ve got ourselves settled in, I daresay we’ll be off on some lovely new walkabouts.

Meanwhile, it’s going to get a little quiet on the blog…..but here are a few miles to keep you going until I get back to it all again.

See you in Scotland!

The  (Notso) Wee Ricketyrambler


The Lost Gardens of Heligan (3 miles) and The Penrose Estate (6 miles)

We took ourselves up to the Lost Gardens last week and had a wander amongst the vegetable gardens and the dahlias:

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I love the Italianate Garden:

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but my favourite thing is the Potting Shed!DSCN2197

I want one!

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Beautiful fungi:

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Marvellous marigolds:

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Fantastic flower gardens still:

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Simply stunning!

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They’ve got a new family of Tamworths who could squeal extremely loudly:

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And a pair of Ostrich:

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Mr RR did the rope bridge walk……but I’ve don’t it before and once is enough!DSCN2223

Then today we took the top path around Penrose, descending for coffee at the Stables Cafe and then returning alongside the lake and Loe Bar.  We saw sparrows – flocks of them – A Quarrel of Sparrows!  Five Great Crested Grebe – A Waterdance of Grebe, a Swim of Cormorants and a Posse of Herons!  Quite a good morning for birds on the whole:

We debated whether they might be Tree Sparrows - but no, I don't think so - just House Sparrows
We debated whether they might be Tree Sparrows – but no, I don’t think so – just House Sparrows
A Swim of Cormorants
A Swim of Cormorants

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The views across to Helston were unusually clear:
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DSCN2235These are Oak apples – a soft spongy ball found on the end of Oak tree twigs.  Inside the apple is divided into cells and in each cell lives a grub, destined to become gall-wasps or flies very soon!

On the way back along the coast path from Loe Bar we noticed hundreds of tiny holes in the bank:

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They went on for quite a way and there were wasps hovering all around.  Despite many tries I was completely unable to get a picture of a wasp! Except this one:

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Can you see it?  On the left hand side – just emerging from it’s hole.

I think these must be Bee-killer wasps!  These insects are voracious predators of Honey Bees – they capture and paralyse them and then carry them back to their nests before laying eggs on them.  The developing larvae then feed on the bee.  Twenty years ago this insect was rare but it is now colonising new habitats throughout England.

Total miles walked this year: 579


PZ57 - mixed media on board
PZ57 – mixed media on board

Artwork for Ricketyrambler by Andrew Major

http://www.andrewmajorart.co.uk

http://www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/Andrew-Major

There and back again!

Saturday, 21st March 2015 (Day 6, week 11)

Hello

What a glorious day again.

I seem to have recovered from yesterday’s tumble so we took a walk into Helston to sort a few things out and then, after a cup of tea, walked back again in time for the last day of the 6 nations rugby.

Enjoy reading

Rickety


Target: 1000 miles in one year (20 miles a week)

Achieved so far: 241.9 miles (target 220 miles)

Achieved this week: 18.2 miles


Porthleven to Helston via Penrose Estate and return (7 miles)

We take our usual route to the Penrose Estate, heading for the far side of the lake and the path into Helston.  On the calm water are Pochard and Great Crested Grebe and along the path we catch sight of a Grey Wagtail.  Otherwise birdlife is difficult to spot, as the pathway is busy with people out enjoying the weather.

The daffodils and primroses continue to bloom all along the route and there is the promise of bluebells to come in the woodland.

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We reach Helston and cross the road to walk alongside the lake admiring the lovely Golden Weeping Willow on the island in the middle.

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There are Tufted Ducks, Swans, a Cormorant and Mallards on the lake.  The mallards are frisky and searching for partners and we watch as one poor female is mobbed by several males, eventually making her way to land to take a break from the frenzy.

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Having completed our errands in Helston we walk back down to the lake and sit outside the cafe with coffee and teacakes watching the action.  Most of the swans are out of the water now, preening and hoping for food. These are Mute Swans but there is one Whooper which arrived in the Winter and has stayed around.

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Soon we’re back on the Penrose Estate path heading for Porthleven, passing the Penrose Estate House and the ‘mock’ Roman Bath House which is sited a few hundred yards away from the main house.  It was the owner of the house, a Lt. Cdr Rogers who gave Loe Pool and the surrounding land as far away as Gunwalloe Church Cove to the National Trust in 1974.  His one request was that Loe Pool should be kept for the people to enjoy, ‘without distraction’.  Isn’t that lovely?

Penrose Estate House
Penrose Estate House
Mock Roman Bath House, Penrose Estate
Mock Roman Bath House, Penrose Estate
Carminoe Creek, Loe Pool. Mixed media on canvas
Carminoe Creek, Loe Pool.
Mixed media on canvas

On Pilgrim's Way
On Pilgrim’s Way

Associated artwork for Ricketyrambler by Andrew Major:

http://www.andrewmajorart.co.uk

http://www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/Andrew-Major