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"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured". - Mark Twain

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 I just wanted to thank you again for a really lovely week's walking. We could not have been more blessed with the weather, and seeing those glorious beaches and panoramic views without the summer crowds was exceptional. 

–Jillian P, UK

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Snowvember: Ice stalactites in Cornwall

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Snowvember! Siberian Cornwall defrosts slowly from the sea level up. Here at 175m our roads are untreated so we’re slip slidin’ away unable to reach even our nearest neighbours on the road. The cleared main roads are a mile away. In our fields a hamlet of snow people of varying shapes and sizes mysteriously appear accompanied by the whoops of joy from three, now-you-see-them-now-you don’t, under 12’s.

Meanwhile there are continual standoffs between a variety of birds vying for the peanuts, seed balls and bread and pasta that we leave out. Remembering that some are mainly ground feeding birds like the Robin and Blackbird the family also set up a tray on a table. We had two adult Robins who whilst they weren’t participating in an inter species bout of territorial bravado they joined up to confuse and confound the larger female blackbird. For an uncharitable amount of time she had claimed the seed ball as her own, not entirely understanding that the human providers were waiting patiently to enjoy the full array of species at close quarters.

Whilst this spat was ongoing we had the pleasure to view a dunnock, a few blue and great tits flitting from feeder to ground and back making full use of the food available. We are keen to see our Great Spotted Woodpecker again. They tend to be the earliest of the feeders, too early for some school attendees, I keep hinting, as just another incentive to get wayward pupils up in the morning.

On a walk from Halvasso to Trenoweth there are a few paths and quarries around the back of Goodagrane. Deep, granite works that are now peaceful oases, home to a variety of birds of prey and an abundance of flora and fauna. There is an eerie peacefulness in this snow laden landscape with the ghosts of workers who utilised and quarried the in demand granite a hundred years ago. This solemn atmosphere is lightened by the appearance of hundreds of ice stalactites (always learned that tights come down and mites go up) hanging over the walls of the quarries just above head height. The falling water that overnight turned to ice has enveloped and trapped the very leaves, flowers and plants growing at the base of the walls. Captured like insects in amber, their colours are somewhat amplified even more vibrant than their neighbours who are free of the icy bondage.

An ordinary walk transformed.

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