Balcony gardening

My excuses over the last couple of years for doing no more gardening than failing to keep a supermarket pot of parsley alive have been of two main varieties. First, “we’re really not here reliably enough…”. Second, “we haven’t really got the space.” Lockdown has sadly seen to the first; we have a rented flatContinue reading “Balcony gardening”


It’s a pity that when one says rhododendrons most people immediately think of that acid shade of magenta that is by far the commonest colour found on rhododendrons in woods and even gardens. However, a short stroll around the Mount Edgcumbe gardens will show that they can be found in many shades of red andContinue reading “Rhododendrons”

Wacker Quay

The other day we decided to take the van out for a run so that when the lock down is finally over it will start. Our plan was simply to drive to the A38 roundabout from where you can go to Liskeard, Plymouth or Catchfrench, of which a little more later, turn round and comeContinue reading “Wacker Quay”

Fallow deer

In 1515 Henry VIII gave Sir Piers Edgcumbe a licence to create a deer park near Cremyll. Sir Piers had made a very profitable marriage to an heiress whose dowry included the Rame peninsula as well as the ultimately much more valuable Stonehouse across the water. The deer park was established before even the houseContinue reading “Fallow deer”


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