On our first day, very strong easterly winds were forecast throughout the day with cloud clearing later on. Undeterred we set out from our cottage at Trewillis Farm near Coverack, our closest village and a lovely place that I liked very much. Walking through the fields towards Coverack I spotted Fumitory growing around some field margins:
|Fumitory (Fumaria officinalis).|
|Rough seas off Coverack.|
|Coverack beach, a geological wonderland (apparently)!|
|Part of the South West Coast Path.|
|View back towards Coverack.|
|Lousewort (Pedicularis sylvatica).|
|Thrift (Armeria maritima) was everywhere.|
Once we reached the abandoned Dean Quarry, we turned inland but not before we'd investigated the quarry and I'd collected a couple of specimens for my rock collection! The rock quarried here was gabbro, a coarse crystalline intrusive igneous rock that formed deep within the Earth's crust when magma cooled and solidified slowly.
Our lunchtime destination was Roskilly's open organic farm, where the most delicious ice cream in Cornwall is made! We first had our lunch (massive crab sandwiches for me, yum) before having a look around the farm; it has a very pleasant landscaped area of ponds and woodland to walk around and among other birds we saw Long-tailed Tit, Buzzard, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Grey Heron and a female Mallard with 11 ducklings.
|One of the ponds at Roskilly's.|
|This was growing in a squelchy muddy bit of a path, it might be a Water-crowfoot of some kind but I couldn't identify it any further than that.|
|High tide in Coverack.|
|Waves accosting the sea front!|
|View back towards Coverack from the south.|
|Debris deposited all over the road by the sea.|