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Falmouth Tall Ships 2014

Tall Ship Dar Mlodziezy

Rosemullion Head is a point of land jutting out into the sea at the south side of Falmouth Bay. The land is high and the views are beautiful from the pastures, which are usually grazed by cattle. Today there are food stalls and an ice-cream van in place of the cows, all looks a bit strange!

We have arrived early because the Tall Ships Parade of Sail is due to emerge from Falmouth Harbour at 11.00am. This is the start of the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta, a race that will take place over the next three days. We are waiting with many others and the atmosphere is incredibly warm and friendly, strangers are chatting along. Weather-wise we could not have had a better day, the sun is beating down and there is not a cloud in the sky but there is just enough wind for sail.

Every time someone thinks they see a large mast looming from the harbour, obscured by Pendennis Point to the north of the bay, hundreds of cameras come out and we wait with bated breath but there are many false alarms. Finally at 1.00pm the Tall Ships start to emerge for real.

We watch them as they come towards us across the bay and then they start to sail past us, a wonderful spectacle for the thousands of visitors who have come just for this. It is slightly overwhelming and we feel very privileged to have witnessed the largest flotilla that Falmouth has seen.

I took hundreds of photos, here are my favourites.

Falmouth Tallships

 

Tall Ship Dar Mlodziezy

 

Tall Ship Tecla

 

Falmouth Tall Ships Parade of Sail

 

Tall Ship Pelican

 

Tall Ship Gulden Leeuw

 

Tall Ship Mercedes

 

Tall Ship Gulden Leeuw

 

Mercedes and Pelican

 

Lining up to start the race

Thank you to the organisers for providing so much useful information and for a great weekend!

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Walking for Wired

Wired is a charity in Cornwall that provides rehabilitation for stroke and brain injury patients.

Rachel Heelis is a partner at Hodge Jones & Allen solicitors and specialises in medical negligence cases; she is also our local champion for Leading Women networking.

When Rachel told me she was organising a sponsored walk to raise funds for Wired, I signed up. I love to walk so it was no hardship for me to take part, particularly as it was for charity.

Rachel our Walk Organiser
Rachel our Walk Organiser

On the most beautiful warm and sunny summers day, about 30 people and 2 gorgeous dogs set off from the Gylly Beach Cafe to take part in a 10 mile walk. From Gylly Beach we headed out to Pendennis Castle and the docks, there were bits of Coastal Path on that stretch that I didn’t know existed. We continued on through central Falmouth and then up and out to Budock Water. We had a lovely ramble through the countryside across to Mawnan Smith.

From Mawnan we took “Fine and Brave” Lane down to the sea. The local legend of Fine and Brave lane is set in the 18th century. The story goes that during the French wars, the women of the village hurried down the narrow lane, pitchforks in hand, to repel an invasion from a French ship nearing Maenporth cove. Fortunately, glimpses of their red petticoats persuaded the French that a company of Redcoats was approaching and they sailed away. The men of Mawnan, proud of their women’s initiative, declared “it was a fine and brave thing to do” It is said that since then, the lane has been known as Fine and Brave.

The lane brought us out at the Cove Restaurant opposite Maenporth Beach, where we stopped for some well needed refreshments.

Taking a break at the cove
Taking a break at the cove
A lovely day in the sun was had by all
A lovely day in the sun was had by all

From there we continued on the stunning stretch of coastal path that runs between Maenporth and Swanpool beaches. I loved seeing all of the families having fun on the beach, a proper summer!

From there it was to be our final stretch of coast path back to the Gylly Beach Cafe, where we would complete our 10 miles. I couldn’t resist a couple of pics of Pendennis Castle on the way.

Across the bay to Pendennis Castle
Across the bay to Pendennis Castle

 

Pendennis Castle
Pendennis Castle

Here we are the final few back at the Gylly Beach Cafe. Rachel tells me that as a group we raised around £2,300, which is fantastic!!

Back at the Gylly Cafe
Back at the Gylly Cafe

A huge thank you to all of the people who sponsored me!

To find out more about Wired or to make a donation visit them at http://www.wiredcornwall.org/

The Red Arrows Fly in for Falmouth Week

I love the Red Arrows, have done since I was a little kid and my Uncle Alan used to take us to RAF Coningsby for Air Day.

I think those first few minutes when you don’t know which way they will come in from or if you will see them before you hear them is so exciting. Then when they come into view I get goosebumps!

We walked up the hill over looking Maenporth and we didn’t have a bad view at all. Here are some of my pics.

Here they come over the hill heading for Falmouth
Here they come over the hill heading for Falmouth
Then they switch the colour on!
Then they switch the colour on!
The Red Arrows in spectacular formation
Gorgeous formation and they are so clean!
Zooming up again
Zooming up again
Shapes in the sky
Shapes in the sky
Going up for the big one!
Going up for the big one!
Over the top
Over the top
Spectacular Red Arrows display
Spectacular Red Arrows display
Keep on down
Keep on down
Nearly at the bottom
Nearly at the bottom
Parting ways
Parting ways
Coming back round
Coming back round
Off they go back to base
Off they go back to base

Hopefully it won’t be too long before we see them again!

Spring Day

A lovely walk today, really great to see the sun and the dogs swimming.  You can’t beat Cornwall when the sun shines.  No need to fly to the med!

Raffy
Raffy
John throwing balls for the dogs
Throwing balls for the dogs
Helford River and Grebe Beach
Helford River and Grebe Beach
Jasmine
Jasmine
Sea Thrift
Sea Thrift
Through to the beach
Through to the beach
Carwinion Gardens
Carwinion Gardens
Boats in the bay
Boats in the bay
Robin the trees
Robin the trees
Dandelion Clock
Dandelion Clock
Bosloe Gardens
Bosloe Gardens

A Beautiful Spring Day

It is true to say that we are obsessed by the weather in Britain, we spend our lives hoping for the next sunny day. When that day comes you wouldn’t dream of being anywhere else but here.

I am very lucky to live in an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty. These are a few photos I took at lunch time from the Coast Path in Southwest Cornwall.

Woodlands stream

Maenporth Beach

Turquoise sea

Palm tree at Meudon

Glistening sea

Primroses

Spring flower

Dolphin Day

I don’t go out on the boat all that often, so when I did I considered myself very lucky to see some Dolphins.

At first I started to see the water move, nothing more than a few splashes.  I am only taking photos in the hope that something will leap out of the water.

Movement in the sea
Movement in the sea

Then nothing for a while and I think it must be a missed opportunity until I started to see movement below the boat.

Dolphins under the boat
Dolphins under the boat
Dolphin day
Just swimming around

I thought they were disappearing off again here ….

Swimming off?
Swimming off?

…. then they started to put on a show, a lovely end to a lovely sailing day!

Dolphin jumping in Falmouth Bay
Then they started leaping out of the water
Dolphin Jumping
Dolphin Jumping, a closer view