Cornwall bound

Cornwall Cogitation 6, 2020 Saturday 8 February

On Friday, 7 February Marty and I did an illustrated presentation of our visits to Cornwall, UK, at the quarterly Greencroft Goshen resident breakfast. I said, “In Cornwall you relax, enjoy getting closer to nature, imbibe a greater sense of community, and rather than focus on sight-seeing you go sight-doing, that is, learning about people, place, history, current challenges, the arts–and getting around without a car.”

We titled the program, “Carefree and Car-less in Cornwall.” Angel Miranda, sitting next to me at breakfast, humorously posed the thought that maybe the presentation would mean they’d have to sell their car. Greencroft offers campus transportation options and the urban trolley stops at two points on campus. One can use one’s car less, is what I gathered from Angel.

Greencroft Goshen residents enjoyed a quarterly breakfast in the Greencroft Community Center, followed by a program on Cornwall in the adjoining Jennings Auditorium.

It’s the tenth time we’re headed to County Cornwall for a winter/spring stay. We go about daily living there as we do at home in Indiana. That means cooking or going out, daily walks (often with the weekly walk of the West Cornwall Footpaths Preservation Society), interacting with friends, church, library, galleries, special events, and one or two overnight excursions elsewhere.

We stay in a self-catering flat in Carbis Bay, two miles along the coast path from St Ives. As the Cornish say, it’s home from home.

Photos from past Cornwall visits

Daffodils, wild and cultivated, appear as early as January and bloom into April.
Evensong at Truro Cathedral, 5:30pm, is our go-to time of prayer and reflection almost every time we’re in the city.
The causeway to St Michael’s Mount provides for foot traffic while the tide is out.
Yummy Mediterranean meal at The Heron Inn, Malpas, a pleasant walk from Truro.
One of several fireplaces at the Heron Inn.
Onward and steeply upward from Malpas to St Clement, circle back to Truro, train home.
“This ancient Cornish wayside cross, originally set up circa !.D. 900, as a guide to pilgrims, was restored and re-erected by the St. Ives Old Cornwall Society, October 1964.”
Guest workers harvesting daffodils near Carbis Bay.
The West Cornwall Footpaths Preservation Society pauses for lunch at The Merry Maidens, a neolithic circle of 19 granite stones. The local myth is that the maidens were turned into stone for dancing on Sunday.
Lovely hamlet of Lamorna on the English Channel, the South West Coast Path passing through. The Lamorna Wink is a cozy place for lunch.
Snowdrops nod in greeting as we walk from Carbis Bay to St Ives.

Photos from the week

We came across this castle atop a post on the Greencroft campus. Is it a metaphor for Greencroft providing a castle-like home for many?
Squishy crushed limestone path along the Goshen Mill Race, Sunday 9, February.
Love it. Saw it at lunch on Friday.

Cornwall’s calling. Texting?

-John

9 thoughts on “Cornwall bound

  1. It’s rewarding to all involved, I am quite sure, that your lifestyle choice each winter can be shared with others in such interesting and effective ways. I appreciate the way you both serve as wonderful American ambassadors in the Cornwall setting. ________________________________

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    1. Yes, Marcia, a fitting word you pose, suggesting we’re American ambassadors. I dare add we can’t be fired. We just happily plod on. Always good to hear from you.

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  2. Cornwall here we come, home away from home. I look forward to hearing your adventures and seeing your pictures in the weeks to come. Imagine that, daffodils blooming already. I’m sure your English friends are looking forward to your return.
    Kaye

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    1. The weather in England today is frightful, though it looks better for our arrival at midweek. It will be wonderful to reconnect with friends there. We’re almost ready, bags are packed, and we’ve got a day or so to think of what we’ve forgotten. Enjoy some daffies from the florist.

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    1. Steve, we’re off on Tuesday, arrive on Wednesday and hope the high winds and rains will have taken their course. As you know, we’ll make the best of it all. Fond memories of your time with us almost a year ago.

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  3. Thanks, John. Enjoy your 10th Season in Cornwall. What a blessing to walk daily! Just don’t do any dancing on Sunday!

    Monty & Ginger

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