Kerdroya

On a walk I spotted this by the coastal path. At first I thought it to be one of those wall retainer gizzmos to stop the wall from buckling. But clearly it is marked by a rather unique pattern. Turns out to be a labyrinth, which is a symbol used by a community biassed group for the creation and maintenance of Cornish hedges – referred to by the name of Kerdroya.

—Stephen G. Hipperson—

St. Michaels Mount

What you really need is some horses galloping along the strand… about two minutes after I took this shot a couple of riders came along the beach. Not quite the effect I was after but the good fortune of happenstance is not to be sneezed at.

St. Michaels Mount is at Marazion, Cornwall. England.

—Stephen G. Hipperson—

The Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre is perched above the sea near Porthcurno, Cornwall. The theatre was created from the inspiration of Rowena Cade. For a small fee it’s possible to visit the theatre when there is no performance. As it happened, we were lucky as the production crew/actors where running through some rehearsals. (Though, judging from the language, it wouldn’t have been a performance you would want to take you spinster Aunt or mother to.)

—Stephen G. Hipperson—

AZAB Yacht Race

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On the journey back from our whale watching trip we passed a large number of yachts – I found out later they were part of the ‘AZAB’  which is a race between the UK and the Azores and back again.  It happens every four years – some totally unexpected entertainment.

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—Stephen–

 

Street Art

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An example of some street art we discovered in Ponto Delgada in the Azores. …unusual which, I guess, is the prerequisite of getting such work noticed.

—Stephen—

What’s In a Date

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I saw this street sign in Ponta Delgada on São Miguel Island in the Azores.  Unusual to see a date on a street sign, I wouldn’t have thought much about it except it’s also my birthday.

I’ve always associated 6th June with D-day – while I was there I presumed the street had been renamed to commemorate that.   In fact, it’s more likely to commemorate the 6 June 1975 Micalense Farmers’ Protest that led to terrorism  and political turmoil.

As it happens, it also seems to be the date in 2001 when 1/2 a tonne (500kg/1100lbs) of high quality cocaine was washed up on the shore of São Miguel – an island of 140,000 people.  (Not quite Whisky Galore – I’ve read they are still picking up the pieces in some quarters of the community!)

—Stephen—