Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Church and Well of St Grada and Holy Cross - Grade


 Today is the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven , so we thought it would be nice to visit the beautiful old Church of Saint Grada and Holy Cross .
                         You can click on the pictures to enlarge them .


 The gate is beautiful .....it would be lovely to see it repaired ...the wood looks good..just needs some tender loving care and a few bits replaced by a good carpenter  .


                                 We sat for a while and watched the Swallows .


                                                  Then took a look inside ...


The font is so old ..about 13th century..it looks as if it had been made and sculptured yesterday ! This is a very ancient symbol of  Mary , the most blessed Mother of God .


Not a very good photo of the font sorry , will get a better one next time I go there .


 It was a bit over cast outside and therefore quite dark inside . I had to use my flash to get these pictures .

                                       The flowers on the altar were so pretty .


                             The beautiful stained glass window over the altar .


 The bell tower is in need of some restoration . I hope they can leave the beautiful ferns though .
 The owls have gone from the organ  ! ..but I did see a hedgehog hiding on a pew .


 Then we walked to the Holy Well of St Grada and Holy Cross which is just over the other side of the field along the road ..if you are driving ,there is a little lay-by  in which to park your car .


It is tucked away over a Cornish Hedge , it's a bit of a scrabble down some scary steps with a rope to hold onto and soft mud to land into at the bottom ..but it is well worth it  :) You'll be glad you came ....it is the sweetest little medieval Holy Well  ! Bring a candle to light and put in the niche  .


Think of the people , who through the centuries , have come to pray here . The Holy water is taken from here , to be used for Baptisms back up at the Church we just visited .


I hope if you are on holiday here on the Lizard , that you might come and visit this Holy place .



                                           The Well of St Grada and Holy Cross


Monday, 14 August 2017

Goonhilly


                               Goonhilly..lands of our early bronze age ancestors .
            Who cares if it's raining ? Pull on your wellies and go for a nature walk .


 Leave behind your worries , take your camera , your art journal , pencils and paints .                       Breathe in the fresh air and open your eyes to the beauty all around .


          The sound of the Stonechat , Skylark and Swallows..the Buzzard and Kestrel .


                            Lie down in the soft grass and watch the butterflies .


                         ......and just allow yourself to be delighted by it all .


 It was a spidery day today ,it seemed to me ....there were lots of these spiders each with their own funnel web home . Tickle the entrance with some grass and out they pop .


                                        The sound of a Bee on the Heather .
    If you zoom in on this photo , you will see another ,very beautiful and graceful spider  .


                                      ..and Bulrushes always make me happy .

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Gete-okosomin Squash --more pics !


 I just can't wait to have my first taste of this Squash variety - the Gete -okosomin  ,which has been carefully grown , it is said for as long as 5,000 years and kept pure by the Miami women in their vegetable gardens . I would love to know the names of these clever ladies  and say a big thankyou for their good work !
                                             It is said to be really delicious !


                             The name Gete -okosomin means the Big Old Squash .


 I'm being careful to keep it pure too . After hand pollinating them , here the petals are tied with a length of Bindweed .


                                          ......and here tied with a cable tie !


It doesn't matter what you use , the flower petals eventually wither and fall off leaving behind the now pollinated or set fruit  .


 I ,m just worried about slugs now and will be putting down more crushed eggshells .

                            One little baby Gete-okosomin..beginning to swell !

Last year I grew the Giant Banana Squash successfully so I know I can do this !
I know I,m a bit behind everyone else growing squashes , with the little accident we had earlier in the year , but hopefully , we should get more hot sunshine towards the end of August and into September to bring them on and I did put a lot of good stuff into this new Pumpkin bed ...Pumpkins and Squashes are hungry beasts !
 They also need a lot of space ! In this bed there are a few Sweetcorn , Two Cherokee Purple Tomatoes and one Gete-okosomin Squash and it is spiraling around the bed like crazy and now even trying to climb out !
 The weather has been a little overcast in the morning and sunny and hot this afternoon .
Lots of people coming over to our beautiful beaches in Mullion..lots of happy children building sand castles !