Chris Wormald – A Photographer's travel blog.

Cornwall

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Perfect reflections, Penzance Harbour circa 1998. Cornwall

Perfect reflections, Penzance Harbour circa 1998. Cornwall

High Tide at Mylor Creek, Cornwall

High Tide at Mylor Creek, Cornwall

Evening, looking North from Pendeen, West Penwith, Cornwall

Evening, looking North from Pendeen, West Penwith, Cornwall

Harbour panorama at St. Ives, wonderful light and a high tide.

Panorama of St. Ives harbour, wonderful light and a high tide.

A tantalizing glimpse of the past, down near Pendeen.

A tantalizing glimpse of the past, down near Pendeen.

In this lifetime, I have been lucky enough to have been born and bred a Cornishman.

I grew up in a land of cliff tops, coves and villages; of valley gardens and boats waiting on the outhaul for high tide; of sailing and camping up creeks in a Swallows and Amazons idyll.

Heavily restored after a chimney fire set the building alight, it was my favourite pub.

Heavily restored after a chimney fire set the building alight; it was my favourite pub.

The downside of course is that, when an adult and off travelling the world and trying to make some sort of living, always at the back of the mind are thoughts such as “This is very nice – but Cornwall is better”.  Nothing quite compares.

Another downside is the sky-high cost of living in a county full of second or even third home owners and retirees who in their perfectly legitimate wish to own a piece of heaven, have succeeded in pushing house prices to levels where locals are priced out of their own county and wages for Cornish men and women are amongst the lowest in the country.

Motion panorama of pretty Polperro.

Motion panorama of pretty Polperro.

Now, in this period of stagnation with the economy effectively turned off for party political reasons! Cornish towns are struggling to survive. One town that has been in the economic mire for years despite having architectural merit is Redruth. Many commercial buildings have been empty for years – it really does need some help economically.

Redruth had much architectural merit but suffers from a lack of footfall.

Redruth has much architectural merit but suffers from a lack of footfall.

Not all is doom and gloom however, Objective One funding and other bodies have been restoring Cornwall’s industrial and mining heritage.

East Pool Mine is now run by the National Trust as a heritage center.

East Pool Mine is now run by the National Trust as a heritage center.

Here are a few photographs, taken over the years that explain in a visual way, my love for the land of my birth.

Morning light and reflections of the Mount.

Morning light and reflections of the Mount.

Evening light, Porthmeor Beach, St. Ives, Cornwall

Evening light, Porthmeor Beach, St. Ives, Cornwall

Trebah, perhaps the best of the wonderful Cornish Valley Gardens.

Looking West from Zennor Head, Cornwall, UK

Tranquility and bluebells at Godolphin woods.

Tranquility and bluebells at Godolphin woods.

Falmouth Working Boat racing in Falmouth Bay, Cornwall

Wind turbines add 21st century drama to the Cornish landscape.

Wind turbines add 21st century drama to the Cornish landscape.

Cornwall’s mild climate means that many crops including bulbs come to fruition months before they do in other agricultural areas of the country.

Growing crops under polythene or fleece speeds things up!

Growing crops under polythene or fleece speeds things up!

Quiet Magic at Kennal Vale.

Quiet Magic at Kennall Vale.

Rich incomers,  second home owners and the tourist industry are not enough to maintain Cornwall as a viable economy The jobs that are created in supermarkets and care homes are mostly part time and pay the minimum wage. This turns hardworking Cornish folk into claimants as the rents are too high to pay without claiming housing benefit and the strictures imposed on claimants who are in work, let alone those who are out of work are becoming truly savage.

Cornish people deserve a living wage and real jobs.

End of a perfect Day, Mounts Bay, West Penwith.

End of a perfect Day, Mounts Bay, West Penwith.

And the start of another one. The early morning light just glancing on the castle.

And the start of another one. The early morning light just glancing on the castle.

3 Comments »

  1. More beautiful pics. 😀

    Comment by Sleepy Chow — August 15, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

  2. Fantastic photos Chris.

    Comment by Pete knight — March 24, 2014 @ 11:47 am

  3. great….

    Comment by giangenti1969 — February 23, 2016 @ 5:36 am


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