There have been some amazing January days, with warm sun and wonderful pinky sunsets but also torrential rain [that blotted out the view across the bay] and then the month finished with a smattering a snow. I say a smattering because it stayed for an evening but had pretty much gone by morning, not like last year’s Beast from the East yet inland, out on the moors that cross Cornwall and Devon, the snow was thick and in some places impassable.
Our view has been a patchwork of green and brown fields, the farmers have trimmed the hedges and the council have cleared the verges and gutters so the said torrential rain wouldn’t flood or leave surface water and everywhere looks tidy and clean. The sheep have not been in their usual field nor grazing on grass but on, what looks like from our outlook, soil, a couple of fields away; on closer inspection they are actually grazing on root vegetable crops or ‘catch crops’. This is a feeding strategy farmers use for over wintering livestock and apparently this option is also happening more and more as farmers stop using pesticides.
Talking of root crops these posters have been appearing around the area since before Christmas showing that local produce is being grown for the county’s favourite food, the pastie. Ginsters are a local Cornish pasty manufacturer with a national product based in Callington which is half an hour away and their ingredients are all Cornish, as the posters tell us. Stop at any service station and you will find a Ginsters pie or pasty, it even made it into Coronation Street dialogue last week [ the UK’s longest running television soap]. Mind you we have a pasty maker even closer to us – two minute drive or a 15 minute walk to Cornish Pod, bringing pasties and pies and other hot snacks to events and festivals in their trailer. That 15 minute walk takes us to their kitchens, so straight out of the HQ ovens for us…and they are good!
Earlier in the month, on the 21st, we set the alarm for 4am to witness the lunar eclipse. We were really lucky to have a clear sky here in Cornwall and we wrapped up and watched for the last few moments before the total eclipse and then as the pinky glow started to cover the moon from the bottom – totally mesmerising! I took photos but they were, hazy, blurry and bloody awful, I decided to stop trying and just watch.
Next month there’s another super moon, the Snow Moon, the closest it gets to the earth so will appear huge, also no need to set an alarm for this one as you will see it from sunset on February 19th.
The flag gives it away but without the flag the picket fence would be a good indicator of where this cabin is. It’s on Fire Island, an ocean barrier off the south coast of Long Island, USA. I’m on the fence about the fence but I love the black and white windows and the jetty/boardwalk path to the front door. If you want to peep inside the cabin look here
That’s my new blog post for January life on a Cornish cliff, if you prefer regular updates which are mainly pictorial I have succumbed to Instagram – check me out and follow me here yes, as always, late to the party.