Featured image: Cultivating an earthly paradise at Trengwainton Garden.
Cornwall Cogitation 9/187 Friday 1 March 2019 A year ago, the Beast from the East stopped the UK in its tracks. This year, unseasonably warm temperatures prevailed all through February.
In Cornwall, it’s been like a spring feast sandwiched between slumbering giant winter. I’ve used sunscreen almost daily. On Thursday, though, I wore rain pants for a walk with the West Cornwall Footpaths Preservation Society–only the rain had passed in the night, leaving a stiff breeze and sunny spells in its wake.
Meteorological Spring started March 1; British Summer Time starts March 31. May March prove interesting.
Sunday recap. “Look through the eyes of truth,” said visiting preacher Brin Berriman at St Anta of Jesus’ words to the disciples in calming the storm at sea (Luke 8:22-25). Jesus invited them, as us, not to let the chaos without invade their/our souls. Jesus’ action gives us a glimpse of how God sees reality, through eyes of the divine.
“A passion for plants,” describes the varied offerings at the National Trust Trengwainton Gardens near Penzance. Magnolias, camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons make up a big part of the 25 acres. Other parts include a tree fern glade, kitchen garden, terrace, orchard, meadow and stream garden.
Walk from Penryn to Flushing, ferry to Falmouth, train home
A walk into St Ives
Mind the message
Friday afternoon brought mizzle and drizzle on our walk home from the grocery store. We’re none the worse for wet. Lunch at Tregenna Castle added its own charm. Cornwall is as much a state of mind as it is a precise geographical location, each offering rare essence to real life.
I end with the first stanza of a hymn we sang last Sunday: “Lord of all hopefulness, / Lord of all joy, / whose trust, ever childlike, / no cares could destroy, / be there at our waking, / your bliss in our hearts, Lord, / at the break of the day.” (Jan Struther, 1901-1953; Oxford University Press)
9 thoughts on “Spring came in winter”
What sights to behold and thoughts to absorb you send each week! How grateful I am to be a recipient! Morning schedules for choir practice, sign-ups for April Activities, and a class in “Zero Waste”, part of our enrichment program here at Dock Woods Retirement Community were canceled because of four-inch wet accumulating snow. Thanks for sharing your spring with u!.
Glad you are enjoying mild temps this year!
My iPad says that a smile always increases your Face Value!
Indeed, the touch of spring prevailed in February, with some reaffirmation of winter hovering about. Will take it in stride.
Wonderful photos and perspective.
You know the terrain, Phyllis. We’ve done fewer walks with the group, but will find a way to do more. Thanks for checking in.
Thanks John for your fantastic writing and those amazing pics of flowers and wonderful creation. We are enjoying your weekly updates so much! We wish spring was coming early here as well but the winter weather is extremely reluctant to say good-bye.
Photos keep me hopping. As I said elsewhere, I’m glad not to be behind the wheel. Good to be without a car here. Instead of petrol, I buy boots. Best!
You have such beautiful photos John. And delightful commentary too! Blessings, Jim
Thanks, Jim. Good to hear from you. Photo opportunities pop up all over the place. Glad I’m not behind the wheel. Best!