Sunday, October 24, 2010
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
Sunday, October 17, 2010
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.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
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.
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, October 06, 2010
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
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.