When August normally comes around in a normal year the weather always turns and we say it always does this when the schools break up. Now, this is not a normal year and schools have barely functioned and yet, when officially schools should have broken up the weather still turned. After an early summer of balmy sunny days we have had to endure days of rain and winds including two official storms. A few sunny days that broke all temperature records were book ended by shit weather. They say Cornwall is full, everyone has come down on their holibobs and there isn’t a holiday cottage or camp site hook up for rent, but no one has had a week of sunshine except one exception, and even then not all week. The weather has created surf on the south coast of Cornwall, usually not noted for its waves and there’s been steady streams of people heading down the cliff with their boards. Yet the week of Storm Laura the RNLI on Whitsand alone saved 8 lives out of a total of 17 across the county. This week the red flag has been flying at the lifeguard hut meaning do not enter the water and that’s also because we have had mud slides. So last Wednesday we were sitting on the deck enjoying a window of sunshine and cloud watching the farmers ploughing the fields in front of us. The next day we had rain that was coming down at such an angle that it drove the newly ploughed soil off all the fields and either onto the road or into the valley stream that runs down the cliff and onto the beach at Freathy, culminating in a brown muddy sea and a blocked road.
These events have closed the beach at Sharrow – a popular destination, due to a car park right by the beach path, but now, as I write this, we have blue skies and a forecast of even less cloud and more sun tomorrow for the Bank Holiday weekend with a beach that can’t be accessed. Here, below is todays view from the chalet where you can see the newly ploughed fields that are sloping down at an angle.