Post 14/2022 Thursday 31 March . . . My, my, what a fine time we had this week with great-niece Jenny and her husband Rory. They hopped across the pond from Boston, arriving in St Ives after a five-and-a-half-hour Great Western Railway journey from London Paddington. Together we treaded ancient pathways, traipsed through Areas of Outstanding Beauty, took in the coconut aroma of Gorse, talked up a storm, and, yes, devoured a goodly variety of Cornish-proud foods and drink. Only one word to say it all: Yes!
Time, tide and weather together
Truro, Malpas, St Clement
Marazion, St Michael’s Mount
On Tuesday we took the bus to Ludgvan from where we walked to Marazion and St Michael’s Mount.
M-Marazion. Town of 1,440 population on the English Channel two miles east of Penzance, one-half mile off-shore from the tidal island of St Michael’s Mount. The town’s earliest known charter was given in 1257 and in 1595 Queen Elizabeth I granted a charter of incorporation, providing for marketing and trading enterprises. Initially a Benedictine Monastery, St Michael’s Mount attracted pilgrims until the monastery’s demise at the time of the Reformation. The electoral ward incorporating the surrounding villages numbers a population of 4,625.
Happily, as we were on our way to say hello to a friend, Mary, whom we got to know on The West Cornwall Footpaths Preservation Society, we bumped into her as she was walking to a sewing event at the Methodist Church. We introduced Jenny and Rory (Jenny the daughter of niece Jan who has spent time with us in Cornwall). No need to introduce ourselves. “You’re still local,” Mary said. An M for Mary, too.
N-Nettle. “Urticaceae: Urtica). Two green-flowered plants with stinging hairs on their stems and leaves. Stinging nettle U . dioica. forming large patches on nitrogenous soils in fields, woods, and fens and on waste ground, is much the commoner. Small nettle U . urens, a frequent weed of cultivation, has milder stinging hairs. Dead-nettles and Hemp-nettles are labiates with nettle-like leaves but no stinging hairs.”
There’s nettle tea, nettle beer, cheese with a rind of nettle, and we’ve just read of a Cornish woman who makes scarves out of woven nettle, soft and comfy to the neck, the article said.