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  "Each one [of the Earth's 5 million invertebrate species] plays a role in its ecosystem. It's like we're tearing the cogs out of a great machine. The machine might work after you tear out ten cogs, but what happens when you tear out a hundred?"— Scott Black,

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The scenery, flowers and birds, coupled with your wealth of knowledge, really made for a super few days. It was so nice spending time taking it all in, without the need to rush to the next destination. The dynamics of the friendly group merely added to the enjoyment. The week went all too quickly so, who knows, I may return for more! Do thank Ceri for the lovely sandwiches and the chickens for the eggs!

- Maureen N, UK.


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Walking blog: The philosophy of walking

Cornwall walking holiday 24th- 28th May 2010

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Walking break photos 24th May – 28th May 2010.

Sheila, Michael and Jilly from the UK and Ellen from Maryland, USA

Some of the photos from our walks on the Roseland; Percuil River,

St Anthony’s Head to Porth, Nanjizal Bay, Lizard; Kynance,

Southernmost Point to Church Cove, Trevone Bay to Padstow.

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Cornwall walking break 10th-14th May photos

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 Penny and Mike from the USA and Helmut and Gerda from Germany.

Some of the photos from our walks at Nanjizal Bay, to Porthcurno via Porthgwarra, Portreath and Tehidy, Trevone Bay to Padstow, Gurnards Head and Botallack.

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Local flower names

bacon n eggs or old ladies toenails
Bacon and eggs and God almighty’s thumb and finger are but two of the localized names for birds foot trefoil. Care of Plantlives, Sue Eland’s wonderful website, birdsfoot trefoil’s other names include granny’s toenails, kitty two shoes, dutchman’s clogs, bunny rabbit’s ears, boxing gloves and many more.
What’s in a name? Linnaeus in the 18th Century simultaneously made the identification of plants both definitive and universal whilst making it that little less localized, creative and dare I say, fun.

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Sensory overload at Holywell Bay cave

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Are we so used to the artificiality that technology can create in its attempt (sometimes almost successfully) to outdo the wonder and awe of nature that when faced with the reality of natural creation we think that surely whatever we are experiencing with all our heightened senses is not real? I often struggle with superlatives, feeling inadequate to describe the sensory overload I feel in encountering something natural and untouched by anything other than nature itself. This is true of my engagement with the enclosed space of the Holywell Bay cave.

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Colours of spring. What's your favourite?

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My favourite stitchwort story is that it does indeed cure stitches. In a concoction. Add acorns and wine with the flower and voila. Personally I would ditch the acorns and stitchwort and just go for a couple of bottles of a good French red. After that you won’t care what ailment afflicted you prior to the first cork.

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In awe of ore

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The Great Flat Lode is a mainly rural 7 mile (12km) trail based around the 228m Carn Brea and Bassett monument with what must be the greatest number of preserved mining buildings, shafts and artefacts from the county’s industrial heritage in the world. Along with other mining sites in Cornwall and Devon it became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007. (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1215/).

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Sensory trails. Using touch to enhance your walk.

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I read that we take in 85% of our information about our immediate surroundings through our eyes. That leaves 15% to be divided by touch, taste, smell and hearing. I’m surprised. In this world dominated by the flat screen I would’ve bet on it being higher. But then again TV isn’t TV without surround sound, which would in my opinion count for the majority of the remaining 15%.

On a walk and indeed to entice people on a walk the honey trap is the immediacy of the photo showing the best views to be encountered. As the purveyor of the ideal walk I am not immune to the dominance of 20/20 persuasion. How else do I sell my walks onscreen via my website, blog or poster?

But once the magic works and I have ensnared my captive audience I make damn sure that not only are all senses engaged on the walk but also we are visually aware on the macro and micro levels.

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Climate, landscape and imagining the future

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 CLIF walking (climate, future and landscape on the Lizard Peninsula Cornwall).

 What often fascinates me is how humanity and the landscape have interacted in the past as we often take for granted the vistas of where we walk today. How much is naturally formed landscape, how much is manipulated, for want of a word. Indeed how much are people aware of the narrative of whether there is any landscape that is entirely natural or what is conserved/preserved.

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Shapes within nature

What are the trees saying to each other?

The anthropomorphism of nature. What are the trees saying?

Tree on the right (she, pointing) is saying “the shops are that way”.

He (with hands in pockets, shrugs and then mumbles) “pub’s over there”.

I know that many rock formations and stacks along the Cornwall coast are named after what their shape suggests. As an example there’s animal shapes like the Elephant rock at Bossiney near Tintagel or people like Dr Syntax’s head, near Lands End.

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Red sky in the morning

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Overhead, here in Halvasso, Cornwall we have been treated to some memorable red skies in the morning. American comedian Steve Wright said “Bills travel twice the speed of cheques through the postal system”.. I’ll vouch for that. Blogs, websites, contacts, hustling……Savour the morning ambience.

Here’s a small and tenuous topical circular journey. Red sky in the morning has been googled and it seems it is also the title of a coming of age novel by Richard Bradford that has been compared with a certain Catcher in the Rye, the author of which J D Salinger has just passed away. Where did he spend most of his reclusive life? Cornish, a town in New Hampshire, USA. The words straws, at and clutching might sum those links up I hear you murmur…

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Scrambling on the Lizard Peninsula

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Perception. How does each person interpret a part of the physical and metaphysical world utilising ones innate senses? Each individual’s perception is different and invites a much closer inspection.  If you say that the grass is green and I say it is yellow then we talk about it and discover what shade it is close to.

We scrambled over house size boulders, into caves, through two storey high fissures and arches viewing the surfaces that millenia of scouring debris had sculptured, where the coastline had been formed and reformed with an unfathomable power, an onslaught of wind, wave and attrition.

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Music was my first love.....*

*lyric from John Miles’ “Music”

Well I thought maybe my first piece of music up on the site should be an

introductory example; an ode to great walking and great composition.

So here is my piano/vocal version of Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis”.

Walking in Memphis

You can also hear some more at http://www.paulsimmonsmusic.co.uk

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