Hello Geevor, Bluebells and Guernsey

Cornwall Cogitation 18/196 Saturday 4 May 2019 Geevor is a mining museum. Bluebells are a blooming gallery. Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands. To each of these we’ve said a recent “Hello!”

Geevor

A day out to visit Geevor Mine at Pendeen, Cornwall, starts with lunch, right? The Gurnard’s Head does wonders with meals, even if some people aren’t sure about the Inn’s choice of paint colour, meant to match gorse. Fine meal.


I think these are Guernsey cows, in an ocean-side field on the way to Gurnard’s Head and Pendeen.
The block of tin concentrate was recovered from the carload of ore.

Terry Trevorrow points out the operation of one of the crushed ore shakers. Terry accompanied a miner friend into the mine on it’s last day of operation in the 1980s.

Tehidy Country Park

Wednesday was a walk in the park, Tehidy Country Park, and on the coastal path with the West Cornwall Footpaths Preservation Society. Bluebell season is upon us.

It’s time for lunch on the walk this week with the West Cornwall Footpaths Preservation Society.

The walk continued along a section of the South West Coast Path.

Guernsey

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was the book that some years ago whetted our appetite for a visit to this Channel Island. The movie by the same name proved a tasty appetizer. Our current visit is a visual, culinary and friendship feast.

We took a ferry from Poole, Dorset, to Guernsey–no, not under sail, but with dozens of others on a three-hour voyage.
Our first day on Guernsey. Even though we did not see any Guernsey cows, the Guernsey butter proved a delight.
English Channel.
Spending a few days on Guernsey, and then Jane Austen home at Alton/Chawton, with friends Stanley and Marlene Kropf from Washington State, USA. Brilliant time. The rain on Saturday should be passing and we’ll explore the stories the island holds. One hotelier told guests at the next table that tourism will be promoted less because the island does not have the capacity to accommodate larger numbers. A lady next to him said she’s been coming here since 1945, when she was eight years old. Not much has changed, she said, except for traffic queues. Hello to island life.

-john

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