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Thursday, 16 September 2010

Between Coast And Countryside



The leaves are beginning to turn. We have a healthy apple harvest, there's a certain chill in the air, and a 'brr' at the end of the month. Yes, it's autumn, and that can only mean one thing: the summer's crowds have desserted the west country, leaving Cornwall in its out-of-season glory for the rest of us to enjoy.

I didn't come to Cornwall as a child - growing up in Lancashire, the Lake District was closer. So I'm still discovering new and magical corners of the Cornish coastline.

Standing on Loe Bar at the weekend, I felt like I'd found a spot that encapsulates some of the best landscapes in England. To my right was the open sea, with waves breaking against the beach, while to my left, a sandy-shored lake nestled between gentle rolling hills. A sentence full of cliches, for which I'd apologise if only they weren't so very accurate in this case. I've never before had such a feeling of standing between two landscapes.

I was talking to a friend who assures me that this is also a genuinely unusual spot. There aren't so many places where fresh water and salt are separated by so thin a strip of land.

I can't quite explain the magic, and I don't think the photos do it justice: it was a fairly grey day. Suffice it to say that I'll be going back... again and again.






19 comments:

Captain Dumbass said...

Wish I'd had the chance to visit that area when I was there.

The Blonde Duck said...

Those pictures are inspiring a story in my weird little brain...

Fly Girl said...

What a lovely landscape. Leaves are turning there already? I'm still trying to cling onto the last of summer sun in Chicago, it's not officially fall yet!

Chad Zahara said...

The day may have been grey but the pictures sure are beautiful!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

That last picture is my favorite. Just beautiful.

Kazzy said...

That looks like a lovely and serene place!

Zabrinah said...

I like how this place is magical for you!!

How wonderful.

:)

~Zabrinah

Alice Braga a.k.a. Alice Marie said...

How do I love this blog entry...let me count the ways. Autumn, grey skies, sparsely populated beaches, a reference to the Lake District (which was a highlight on my first visit to England). The only thing that would have made it better was a visit to Tori Amos's home and recording studio. :)

Thank you for sharing. By the way, leaves are turning a bit here too.

Alyssa said...

it looks like such a beautiful area! enjoy your special spot :)

Mama Hen said...

I think the pictures are great! It looks beautiful and inspiring! I love when there is a little chill in the air. I love the freshness in the air. I hope all is great Rachel. Have a good day!

Mama Hen

Bibliomama said...

I am now experiencing that German thing which means feeling homesick for somewhere you've never been.

Slamdunk said...

I would be enjoying that spot you found as well. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Lily Johnson said...

Beautiful pictures. Just want to close my eyes and find myself there. Thanks for dropping by my blog Rachael.

ladyfi said...

Such lovely shots! I love places out of season...

Judy Harper said...

I wish I was there! Do you have a place, even though you've never been there, that you feel connected to. The countryside of England is my place. I love watching English mysteries, particularly Agatha Christye. The flower gardens, the houses. Glad I found your site. Hope you have a great SITS day.

christine said...

What a lovely spot:) The last photo reminds me of the way you would always pick up a handful of grit or small stones whenever you came across them when you were small - some things never change xx

ScoMan said...

Looks like a great spot to read a book.. and I judge most places on their "book reading ability".. not the places ability to read a book, but my ability to enjoy a book while I'm there.

Or something.

I think I said ability too much.

Joanna said...

Ever since I read a book called "Coming Home" by Rosamunde Pilcher (set in WWII, excellent read), I've wanted to visit Cornwall. It looks absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for always sharing wonderful photos with us!

MelRoXx said...

I <3 those pictures! Wish I was there!

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