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Quaint Mousehole

August 01, 2014  •  7 Comments

"Quite the loveliest village in England."

Dylan Thomas

I headed 'down south' to the beautiful county of Cornwall in England. I based myself in a old stone lodge perched up on the hillside above the quaintest and prettiest of places Mousehole. The lanes were the most narrow you could ever imagine -  perfect for horses and carts of days gone by -  but not for modern drivers of a nervous disposition!  Where to start? So much to show and so little space. I'm always drawn to water and clusters of colourful boats so the harbour is as perfect a starting point as any.

photo of Mousehole harbour in Cornwall, England The coastline along Cornwall experienced more than a fair share of battering by storms especially earlier this year and yet difficult to imagine when the water was so still and the Cornish black and white St Piran's flag fluttered gently in the warm breeze.

photo of Mousehole harbour in Cornwall, England During the winter months the village and boats are protected from the wild seas by a wall of oak baulks inserted into the slots across the ends of the harbour wall.

photo of Mousehole harbour in Cornwall, England

Of course I was attracted to these beams of grunginess! Really, who wouldn't be?! As others nearby admired the picturesque view across to St Michael's Mount, I lurked amongst the wood and rust!
photo of Mousehole harbour in Cornwall, England Now I suffer from vertigo and taking this photo made me feel queasy but something within me made me push myself to take it! It was a long way down! 

photo of Mousehole harbour in Cornwall, England The sheltered harbour is a hive of activity and especially during the summer months. The community comes together in times of celebration and disaster. I'll cover the difficult times of Spanish invasions and lifeboat disasters at a later date, but for now here's a taster of happy care-free sunny days.

photo of Mousehole harbour in Cornwall, England Local craftspeople displayed their skills at the Seasalts and Sails festival. 

photo of Mousehole harbour in Cornwall, England It was difficult, but I managed to resist buying a lobster pot! Not sure what I would've done with it but it seemed like a good idea at the time! 

photo of Mousehole harbour in Cornwall, England I've only recently started to eat fish but I gave the smelly kippers a miss this time. 

photo of Mousehole harbour in Cornwall, England Well, you may know that I'm drawn to old signs...

photo of Mousehole harbour in Cornwall, England Drinking, song and dance feature strongly at these events - a real sense of community spirit.  I spotted these two lads warming up for a gig and their place in the local spotlight. I imagined their mums being so proud of them.

photo of Mousehole harbour in Cornwall, England Aside from the festival, this is the perfect location for the rowing club and competitions. Old Barnabus on the left dates back to 1881 and is being cared for by the Cornish Maritime Trust.

photo of Mousehole harbour in Cornwall, England I was drawn to the rich tones of the wood.

photo of Mousehole harbour in Cornwall, England I'm not particularly happy out at sea. The power of water makes me feel insignificant and vulnerable.  But I love to soak up the atmosphere of the harbour side - the smells, textures and colours... 

photo of Mousehole harbour in Cornwall, England This magnificent traditional lugger 'Three Brothers' reminded my of my three sons. It dates back to 1901 and has been beautifully restored.

photo of Mousehole harbour in Cornwall, England And I'm leaning over and looking down again...

photo of Mousehole harbour in Cornwall, England And so for an irresistible  Cornish Cream Tea of scones, jam, rich clotted cream and a cuppa! If you've never tasted a Cream Tea in Cornwall then put it on your 'bucket list'!  

photo of Mousehole harbour in Cornwall, England

I hope you enjoyed Mousehole. I've plenty more to show you soon. It's a good feeling to get back into blogging… I sort of lost it for a while. 

You're more than welcome  to join me by linking up with your photo walks or visits to interesting places using the easy Linky tool below.

Hope you have a lovely week ahead and remember to take some time out for yourself to take a closer look at your surroundings.

 

 

 

 


Comments

Beverly(non-registered)
Oh what a photographer's dream place! I love the old and historic...the Three Brothers boat is very striking. And the stone and rust wall is just beautiful! A very lovely tour!
Viv @ Thoughts from the Desktop(non-registered)
I really will visit Mousehole one day, we were near there but not enough time. As Barbara wrote the Mousehole Cat is a wonderful book although I don't fancy Stargazey Pie !!!
Diana Foster(non-registered)
Stunning images. Beautiful colors. Great to come visit.
Barbara(non-registered)
Beautiful pictures of Mousehole, so evocative of Cornwall. Hope you got yourself a copy of the Mousehole Cat and learned the words to 'Tom Bawcock's Eve'!
Kathy(non-registered)
I love all the beautiful texture in so many of these shots!
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