Cornwall

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Andy at the B&B,Andy at the Bed and Breakfast place we stopped at on the way down in Bodmin.,Newquay,Newquay ,Drive to our villa,Tiny road going to our villa and just one other.,Conservatory and Patio,The conservatory at the back of the villa and the little patio area on the first level of the split level garden.,View from the Villa,We spent hours in the conservatory looking out over the sea and coast with our binoculars.,View to the left,We watched a group of 3 basking sharks for over an hour on our second day. The surfers in the water were in no danger – unless the plankton eating sharks decided to gum them to death.,Perranuthnoe,Looking down on Peranuthnoe – the little village our villa overlooked.,Victoria Inn,Victoria Inn – the village pub in Perranuthnoe. Beautiful little beer garden out back and fabulous fish dinners. All caught fresh and steamed.,Andy on a hill,Andy at the top of a hill in Perranuthnoe,St Michael’s Mount,The view of St Michael’s Mount from our village. It is an island at high tide.,Cornwall coast,The Cornwall coast on a sunny day.,Minack Theatre,The Minack Theatre is an open air theatre on the South Coast of Cornwall, close to Porthcurno.,Woah – don’t look down,Not suitable for vertigo sufferers!,Park in Penzance,A small park in Penzance. The unique climate allows for pockets of tropical plants that wouldn’t normally be hardy in Britain.,Gunnella,Michelle with a gunella plant.,Land’s End,Looking out from Land’s End – the most westerly point of mainland Britain. We’d heard people complain that it was ruined by touristy development. There was a small fun park and some shops but nothing too bad. Those people obviously haven’t visited South of the Border in South Carolina. Yeesh!,Bridge at Land’s End,Michelle on the bridge at Land’s End.,View looking down from the bridge,The Eden Project,The Eden Project near St Austell. An educational site developed in a disused chalk quarry,Meadow flowers,Meadow flowers in the Warm Temperate Biome.,Lemons,A lemon tree, my dear Watson.,Michelle at Eden,Some more meadow flowers – There aren’t any pictures from the Humid Tropics Biome because there wasn’t any film in one of the cameras and the lens kept steaming up anyway. It was hot!,Peaches,Mmmm peaches!,Pretty white flower,A morning glory or a melon or possibly a yam flower. ,Pigs,Pigs made from cork and driftwood in the cork tree grove.,Grass Lady,Grass lady.,Andy at Eden,Outside Eden,Looking from the biomes back up the side of the old quarry.,Andy in Heligan,Andy in Heligan aka The Lost Gardens of Heligan,Bullfinch,The birds were very friendly at Heligan.,Bullfinches,A couple of bullfinches.,Blackbird,Is it a thrush or a blackbird? Join the argument.Ok it’s a young male blackbird. Andy wins.,Foxgloves,Foxgloves were in bloom everywhere we went in Cornwall. ,Heligan Jungle,A wilder part of Heligan they call the jungle.,More jungle,More jungle.,Sundial,Running joke. This is the third image Andy has taken of me being daft around a sundial.,Heligan palm trees,These palms are only supposed to grow about 8ft but in this protected valley they’ve grown to over 40ft.,Foxglove,A foxglove in the shade.,Border,The border in the sundial garden.,Redwood,They have a baby giant redwood at Heligan.,Herb garden,The herbs in the huge kitchen garden.,Stonehenge,We made an unplanned pitstop at Stonehenge on the way back.,Stonehenge,and that’s all folks!!