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Record number of grey seals

Our usual colony of grey seals who come ashore to breed on a small beach near Towan started arriving in mid November and last week I counted a record number of 27 hauled up at low tide. – Last year the maximum was 16 and then after the local paper… Read more

Whats flowering this month?

Here are the first three Camellia to flower at Trewithen garden this year. A hybrid (Camellia ‘Yoimachi’), a japonica (Camellia japonica ‘Yuki Haki’) and a williamsii (Camellia x williamsii ‘November Pink’) all in flower in mid January! Also in flower is Daphne bhoula ‘Darjeeling’ Originally from the Himalayas, this plant… Read more

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New ceilings complete

Phew! what a few weeks we have had, ceilings down in The Carthouse and The Dairy, plumbing redone, new sound insulation put in and now at last the painting has started. Furniture comes back on Thursday and the first guests to enjoy the newly soundproofed and decorated cottages arrive on… Read more

Green Woodpeckers, house martins and sparrows, its been a noisy summer!

The Green Woodpeckers keep appearing on the grass by Cockle Cottage, staying a while and then heading off to do some tree knocking!. The House Martins are nesting next door at Commerrans Farm – my what noisy birds they are swooping and screeching all day in search of flies. The… Read more

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Dolphins and Basking Sharks in Falmouth Bay

Last week the first basking sharks were sighted in Falmouth Bay and yesterday the dolphins were following the St Mawes Ferry across to Falmouth. It’s worth a trip on the ferry just to see these beautiful friendly creatures. The whole of the Roseland  seems to be overrun with large numbers… Read more

Swallows at last …..

Hooray at last we have seen the swallows return, four on our walk around Messack on Wednesday and two in the fields at Percuil yesterday evening.  Last year it was April 17th when we saw them so they are only about a week late. Now it really feels like spring… Read more

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Cornwall bathed in sunshine this Easter

Ok, so the temperature has only been around 8C but the sun has been shining all day and there is certainly no sign of any of the snow that everyone else has had.  Just taken the dogs for a lovely walk at St Anthonys Head and looked across to St… Read more

Inspections, Inspections, Inspections

Phew,  three hours today with the inspector from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, two hours last week with the Quality Inspector for the B&B and the same a few weeks back for the Self Catering. Pleased to say we have retained our Five Stars and Gold Awards and the Breakfast… Read more

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Glorious Weekend

Hooray!! Two sunny days in a row,  OK so it’s not much more than 6C but it’s so nice to see the sun. The dawn chorus was the loudest it’s been for weeks and down the lane towards Turnaware we had a yellowhammer and a cirl bunting both trying to… Read more

Baby Grey Seals spotted at last

We were beginning to get worried that there were no seal pups this year but finally we have spotted two pups along with the dozen or so adults that winter near Killigerran Head. They are already looking grey rather than fluffy white so must have been born before Christmas. You… Read more

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Fine Weather

Shhh don’t tell everyone but we have just had a fortnight of amazing weather – crisp mornings, had our first mini frost this morning, sunny skies and an autumnal glow everywhere.  Just the weather for a spot of coastal walking on deserted paths and beaches, followed by a retreat to… Read more

Grey Seals are back on the Roseland

After seeing a couple of youngish grey seals a few times now down the lane at Turnaware we headed off at the weekend to the coastal footpath to see if the usual seal colony had arrived. They usually pup  at a small shingle beach  between Killigerran Head and Towan Beach…. Read more

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Dolphins in Gerrans Bay

What a wonderful sight as I walked along the coastal path to Porthbean beach – a pair of bottlenose dolphins – they seemed to be catching flat fish on the bottom and then bringing them up to toss them in the air before eating them – it certainly looked very… Read more

Two gloriously Sunny days in a row it must be summer!

Yes, at last two lovely sunny days in a row, sorry Devon you can keep your rain and floods….we are loving the weather we have. Spent a lovely relaxing Saturday evening in the Watch House in St Mawes, good food, plenty of wine, tide rolling in gently, fishermen on the… Read more

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Pod of Risso Dolphins Sighted off Lamorna Cove

A pod of more than 40 Risso’s dolphins were spotted just off Lamorna Cove, these dolphins are normally only seen in ones and two’s off Cornwall and then often only by fishermen well away from the coast. The Risso’s dolphin is distinguished by its bulbous head and bulky anterior body,… Read more

National Awards for our business

We’re just about coming down off cloud 11 (that must be higher than Cloud 9 we’re sure).  Why so we hear you ask? Well, we toddled off to Leicester in late May 2012 to the VisitEngland National Excellence Awards.  It was a rather grand affair (hosted by a Viscountess no… Read more

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