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    • Day 20

      Day 19 - 20 Falmouth/Newquay

      June 19, 2022 in England ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      An dem Tag baue ich mein Zelt ab, packe alles ein und nach dem Frühstück geht es per Bus nach Falmouth. Dort hätte ich gerne übernachtet, allerdings gibt es keine passende Unterkunft. Alles ist voll, da irgendein komisches Fest stattfindet (Sea Shanty Festival). So laufe ich zwischen den Menschenmassen umher und gehe zum Hafen. Es ist unglaublich windig dort und nach einer Weile gehe ich per Bus zurück nach Newquay. Auf dem Weg fängt es an zu regnen und es bleibt regnerisch/windig die Tage. So chille ich hauptsächlich und schaue mir am Samstagabend den Film The Black Phone im Kino an. Der ist wirklich gut gelungen und macht Spaß.Read more

    • Day 18

      Falmouth Victorian Cemetery

      June 12, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      At first glance, much of Falmouth’s Victorian Cemetery looks wild and unkempt. There is method to this madness.

      When it comes to their historic burial ground, Falmouth Town Council GETS IT. They understand that cemeteries are for the living. In fact, they even have a sign explaining the importance of this magnificent cemetery.

      It’s well worth reading, check it out:

      “The older parts of Falmouth cemetery is valued by the local community for many reasons. Consecrated in 1857 it still serves as a place of remembrance. Many visitors include it in their regular walks as a place to immerse themselves in Nature as they follow the seasonal changes. Others visit for its historic interest or to discover its wildlife.

      Since 2016 Falmouth Town Council has begun to develop a maintenance methods to address these varying needs. Other challenges faced in the management of the
      cemetery include climate change and invasive plant species. Over 50 species of solitary bees can be found in the cemetery together with 7 species of bumblebees.

      You can find one of Cornwall's rarest bees in the cemetery, the Long-horned Nomad Bee, (Nomada Mirtipes). These are Cuckoo bees and the females lay their eggs in the nests of the Big-headed mining bee, (Andrena bucephala), another species rarely found in Cornwall. Only the males have an oversized head.

      The best time to see both species is in late April and May. Like many solitary bee species once they emerge from the nest as adult bees even the lucky ones will only have a life expectancy of about eight weeks.

      Unlike honey bees who have a queen with thousands of workers, a female solitary mining bee is a single mum who both makes her nest by digging a tunnel and collects pollen and nectar for her young entirely on her own. Different species appear from Spring to Autumn, the last one to appear in the cemetery is the Ivy Bee which times its appearance to the flowering of Ivy in September.

      We live in one of the most nature depleted countries in the world, with only 53% of our biodiversity left. A study by the Natural History Museum in 2021 places us in the bottom 10% of all countries and last of all the G7 nations.

      A good example of this decline can be seen in the numbers of Small Tortoiseshell butterflies in the which have shrunk by 75% since the 1970's.

      Butterflies present a more difficult conservation challenge compared to bees, as not only do the adults rely on nectar and pollen from flowers but their caterpillars tend to be very particular as to what plants they eat.

      The caterpillars of the Small tortoiseshell feed on common nettle (Urticadioica) and small nettle (Urtica urens). With stinging nettles not being ranked very highly as a wildflower by many people this makes conservation of this butterfly a challenge.

      There are a few nettle patches in the cemetery and these together with places
      where the adults butterflies can hibernate means there is a resident population. By accepting a degree of wildness in the cemetery it provides a refuge for this beautiful butterfly and other wildlife.

      The maintenance work carried out in the cemetery places a high priority on its value as an important site to preserve local biodiversity. The timing of the grass
      cutting in the summer is usually carried out around the beginning of June.

      This coincides with the flowering of brambles that offer an alternative source of nectar and pollen. It also allows the flowering of late summer wildflowers in August and September. These together with Ivy flowers are an important food source for insects such as queen bumblebees to build their reserves before hibernation.”

      Isn’t that impressive? I think more historic burial grounds should take an approach like this, don’t you?
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    • Day 18

      Sunny Day in Cornwall

      June 12, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      The tender ride into Falmouth, Cornwall took twenty minutes, but it was scenic.

      Sailboats of all shapes and sizes dot a harbor flanked with castles built by Henry the 8th, but on a day like today, such history is overshadowed by the sheer joy of the elements.

      As we reached the dock, I was delighted to see a pair of nesting swans with their goslings hunkered down in tall grass and wildflowers.

      From there, it was a short walk to the beach, where Brits and other tourists enjoyed a day at the seaside.

      Larry and I hopped an open-top bus that looped us through the town. The driver even made an unofficial stop to drop us by a side gate to Falmouth’s Victorian Cemetery. The roundtrip journey cost us a whopping $4.01.

      Cheapest shore excursion ever.
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    • Day 23

      Hennock Devon

      August 11, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Went to the Hennock Country Fayre - Vintage Rally Horse and Dog Show in Devon - truly out in the beautiful countryside! A real old fashion show!! Cooper rode a horse and looked at his favorite ‘tractors’ - Tom’s sister Hannah and her horse won 3rd prize in the horse show - we then drove through a part of Dartmoor National Park and enjoyed a lovely lunch and afternoon with Liz and Rick.Read more

    • Day 4


      June 3, 2022 in England ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Wetherspoons! The pilgrimage is complete, don't think I've ever worked so hard for a pizza but hell I'm going to knock back a few and demolish some food after yesterday. Also be good to hide from the sun for a couple of hours because it's hot af. The ferry crossing earlier was pretty dodgy, there were 4 bikes, 7 people and 2 huge bags all squished onto a tiny boatRead more


      Falmouthed Luke


      John Li is missing Luke


      passenger lukeator form can reunite them

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    • Day 3

      Saint Mawes Castle

      May 21, 2016 in England ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      können wir aufgrund der vorgerückten Stunde nur noch von außen besichtigen. Hier in Südwestengland schließt alles zwischen 16:30 und 17 Uhr. Da wird einem erst mal wieder deutlich, welch paradiesische Öffnungszeiten Deutschland zu bieten hat.
      Die Außenansicht und die Lage waren jedoch alleine schon den Besuch wert. Außerdem treffen wir hier ein britisches Paar, dass uns einen Inn für das Abendessen empfiehlt,
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    • Day 4


      June 3, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Just waiting at the ferry crossing to hitch a ride across Helford river, but it doesn't run until 9:30 am, it's the first of three ferries on route today. Got talking to a charming old chap called Trevor Lee who was sat by the crossing too, turns out he is waiting for the signal to start his section of a relay run across the south west coast path! He said 60 runners are trying to break the record and run the whole path nonstop in 5 days, and his section starts in about ten minutes. He also records a podcast while running and wrote a book about his experience of running 44 miles aged 60, pretty coolRead more


      just read this out to mum. she said 'what' old chap. 60 .same age as her 😀


      don't worry I'm sure he was 60 and a half



    • Day 4

      Trebah Garden

      May 22, 2016 in England ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Ganz in der Nähe von Glendurgan Garden befindet sich Trebah Garden. Wasserläufe mit vielen Pflanzen wechseln sich ab mit bepflanzten Hängen. Trebah Garden ist viel touristischer erschlossen, als Glendurgan, war aber für uns trotzdem der schönere Garten.Read more

    • Day 4

      Glendurgan Garden

      May 22, 2016 in England ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Glendurgan Garden ist ein langgestreckter Garten, an dessen südlichem Ende ein kleiner Strand zu finden ist. Das Highlight des Gartens ist ein Buschlabyrinth, dass sich als lustig und durchaus "anspruchsvoll" erwiesen hat. Ansonsten stellt der Garten eher eine gepflegte Wildnis eines Taleinschnittes dar.Read more

    • Day 42

      Falmouth, United Kingdom

      September 13, 2017 in England ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      We drove about 1.5 hours through Cornwall to the southern most point of the peninsula at Land’s End. The trip took us through the countryside of small villages, pastures, fields, and granite stone houses. We passed St. Michael’s Mount, the daughter Benedictine house of Mont St. Michel in Normandy.
      Luckily we had our cream tea with scones first, since we arrived in a cold, rainy, windy downpour. Soon the skies cleared and we walked the rocky Cornish coast.
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      Nothing like a wonderful afternoon English tea.


      The scenery is absolutely wonderful!!


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