Post 38 – Stormy Cornwall in November

I have recently spent a very pleasant week in West Cornwall with my wife Annie and our two grandchildren Bella and Ollie.  We stayed in a cottage high on Raginnis Hill above Mousehole, which gave us fine panoramic views of the Mousehole Harbour, Mounts Bay with St Michael’s Mount and in the far distance Lizard Point.

There was considerable discussion in the village about preparation for the approaching storm that was forecast for the whole of the United Kingdom.   In fact the storm when it came was not nearly as strong in West Cornwall as elsewhere. In stead we did have some heavy rain and high winds, which whipped the sea into a frenzy, but nothing unusual for this time of year.

Mousehole Splash

Mousehole Harbour Splash

Waves smash into the harbor wall with incredible force.  Cars and pedestrians are not permitted on the harbor wall during stormy weather as the waves can throw up shingle  high over the harbor wall.

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St Michael’s Mount in Early Morning Sunshine

This image was shot with a telephoto lens from the lounge of our cottage above Mousehole.  Although the storm is abating, the sea is still choppy and winds strong.  Most of the fishing boats had returned to their harbours in Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole ahead of the storm.

From Logan RockPorthcurno Beach, Minac Theatre and Pedn-men-an-mere

This is the view from Logan Rock, looking down on Porthcurno, the sandy cove seen in the middle of the image.  The tide is high covering Pedn Vounder,another stunning cove to the east of Porthcurno.  Pedn Vounder can be reach on foot at spring low tide, but be careful as it is easy to get cut of with the rising tide, meaning a hard climb up steep cliffs of Treryn Dinas.  To the south of Porthcurno, cut into cliffs is the open air Minack Theartre opened in 1932 with a production of Shakespear’s The Tempest. The theatre presents a number of plays every year during the summer months.  The headland is Pedn-men-an-mer, known to the locals as Wireless Point, around which is  Porthchapel Beach and St Levan’s Church.

Close to my left and out of view, sits on high Logan Rock, a sixty-five ton lump of granite, which used to be so finely balanced it was possible for one man to rock it.

Logan Rock copy

Logan Rock from Porthcurno Beach

Porthcurno Beach is normally teeming with holiday makers in the summer months, however today I have the beach to myself.  The tide is in and the sea still furious after the storm.  Across on the headland is Logan Rock.  This deserted landscape is spectacularly beautiful.

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Praa Sands 

Praa Sands is one of the  best unspoiled sandy beaches in Cornwall.  The headland in the distance is Hoe Point.

Wave Runners

Beating the Waves

This silhouette is of  children playing the age old game of wave hopping against the backdrop of a silver sea.  All children do this and always end up with wet feet, as Bella and Ollie do here.

Porthleven Splash

Porthlevan Harbour Splash

Porthlevan Harbour is deserted as the heavy sea crashes on to the harbour wall.

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Old Lizard Life Boat Station

Nestling at the bottom of the cliffs at the most southerly point of Great Britain.  This is one of a number of Life Boat Stations  built around Lizard Point.  This station would have served one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, with up to 400 ships per day passing through.


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