As you drive through the village of Anthony and head towards Whitsand Bay the road takes a steep turn to the left as you leave the village. Driving through at the beginning of the week I caught a glimpse of yellow lines through my peripheral view. At the next available stopping place I parked the car and walked back. Yes a field of Cornish daffodils which, had the gate not been open, would have remained hidden tucked in at the back of the village. Oh to have that view from your back window!
Daffodils are normally a sign that spring is finally here but this winter they have been cropping up since November! Further south in the county where temperatures were a good 5 degrees higher than the rest of the country people have been spotting daffodils arriving a month early. At the Clowance Estate they normally see them in mid December but this year they arrived in November because of the very mild weather conditions at the end of 2015. The estate, once the home of the St Aubyn family, is in Praze-An-Beeble… what a fantastic name… meaning ‘meadow on the river Beeble’, it lies inland south of Cambourne.
I always look forward to travelling around SE Cornwall at this time of year to see the rows of flowers spread out across the countryside like a patchwork quilt. I hadn’t seen as many this year so even though they had been coming up early elsewhere it was good to see this field, at this time to herald the spring… even if they were hidden.