Beltane Fire

dinner fire

Just the second BBQ of the year but on a very special evening as Spring turns to Summer. Clearing away a shed load of the detritus from the old year.

Spring lamb Kebabs to die for … a glorious feast culturally appro­priated from the wide fertile crescent and cooked on an American BBQ in a Cornish field … whatever … it was nommy.

fire

With the stars above our heads, in a beautiful clear sky, and the earth beneath our feet, faces burning in the heat of the flames and the wind in our hair … and, very much, life bursting, bustling, snuffling all around us.

We even carefully, hurriedly, anxiously, carried the burning embers inside to rekindle our home fire … and it caught.

Moving on.

 

Down South

this way

Something to do with that dazzling white paint I suppose — seducing the software — the skies are always unbelievably deep and intense behind the lantern at the Trinity House light­house on Lizard Point.

column

It’s just a guess but I’d bet almost anything that this granite finger is called Gull Rock … OMG, looking at the map it has a name name: Bumble Rock. Not sure about that. There are bona fide black-backed gulls just sitting there, owning it. Bumble? Teetering. Hmmm … Maybe. I’ll go with Gull.

n on high

And this week’s high point, half way to the moon, was high above Housel Bay …

cliff

Weird, no? Waving, not falling.

blossom

But in the steep little valleys around the Lizard, Spring has defin­itely vorsprunged.

Stormy Sunday

spangles

So, whatcha do on a blustery Sunday … not looking for a soaking but something a little more soothing …

crown

A gentle wander around Treng­wainton, looking for the elixir of life (slight of hand: go somewhere where you’re the youngest person by two decades at least — works every time) — a beautiful crown of croziers in a forest of tree ferns.

camelia

Camellias at their best … dodging between the squally showers … much more my sort of tea time.

legs

And lovely low, warm light exposing the trees up to lovely no good.

fungus

And fungus offering up plates of … hmmm … rot and decay … nom nom nom.

en-forcers

And enforcers on parade … you will be white! White is best. Whatever.

magnolia

And, of course … this being Penwith … magnolias to die for …

another magnolia

No … pink is good too.

For rhubarb too.

Just getting up to speed again

helford tree

Just an image dump again, really … So busy I’ve no time to think at the moment.

house

Ach … home. Stephen King not withstanding … ho hum … one day.

rinsey ape

The bay guarded by the sentinel ape …

croc

The headland itself defended by a granite crocodile … I’m not sure this is any better than those fields of tiny narciss­istic cairns but it does have the advantage of charm …

engine houses

It’s only when you inter­n­alise, embody those angles that the work-a-day reality even starts to go in … fuck.

cape choughs

Zawn Buzz, Porth Ledden, Cape Cornwall and choughs just before sunset … I ask for no more …

Echoes

hops

Now is the autumn of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of the Anthro­pocene;
And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.

Just for one day …

insulator

Really do need to get over the whole triangles thang.

chives

Basked in the balmy after­shock of summer … can slide into mellow mists, content.