Onen Hag Oll … is the Cornish motto: One And All!
That’s that then … done and dusted … easy peasy … One And All in the A-Z … here we go on our way to various oddities to amuse …
Samuel Pepys and Tea: on Tuesday 25th September 1660 after some business discussions … Pepys ‘did send for a cup of tee (a China drink) of which I never had drank before, and went away’.
The Tregothnan estate today produces Cornish tea, and Cornish Cream Teas in a box … that are shipped around the world. I’ve posted about tea and the Tregothnan Garden Estates in three posts ... if you care to pop up and look via the search box.
The Rillaton Gold Cup was found when the Barrow, on the eastern flank of Bodmin Moor, was excavated in 1837 along with human remains, grave goods, a bronze dagger, beads, pottery, glass and other items …
|Rillaton Gold Cup|
The finds were sent as Duchy Treasure Trove to William IV (1765 – 1837) and remained in the royal household.
After George V’s death in 1936 the importance of the Rillaton Cup and associated dagger came to be appreciated … George V had been storing his collar studs in it!! They are both on permanent loan to the British Museum … sadly the other items disappeared … if they had been stored, then today with our modern abilities more could have been ascertained about the Barrow.
|Roasted Cornish Hen with vegetables|
Cornish Game Hens – I’ve been asked about these on other occasions … so now perhaps it is something I can clarify! Cornish Hens – well known, I gather, in the States – are an immature bird, which is a cross between the Cornish Game and Plymouth or White Rock chicken breeds … it develops a large breast over a short period of time compared to game hens. It is not a game bird. And though called a “hen”, it can be either male or female.
|White Plymouth Rock Hens|
Alphonsine “Therese” and Jacques Makowsky of Connecticut are credited for developing the small bird in the mid-1950s. They cross-bred the Cornish game cocks with various chickens and game birds, including a White Plymouth Rock Hen and a Malayan fight cock, to develop the Rock Cornish game hen, a succulent bird suitable for a single serving.
|This brings memories for me -|
the little Red River coming out of
the dunes at Godrevy and Victor Borge
was a favourite of my uncle and aunt
The musician and comedian Victor Borge was both an investor and promoter of the Cornish Hen in the early years … changing it from an exotic into a common household meal.
|These are the sandworkings inland|
Copper Sands, Seas and Shells … when we were children we played on the beach at Godrevy (the lighthouse opposite St Ives in the bay) … the little Red River (Dowr Koner in Cornish) appearing from the dunes stained the sea, sands and thus shells …
|Red River and its course|
You can see its course starts in the hills of one of the main early mining districts: Camborne and Pool …now (tin mainly) mining has stopped the river is back to its normal colour … but it used to amuse us …
Emmet – this is a pejorative nickname that some Cornish people use to refer to the non-Cornish … perhaps those “furriners” or Welshmen … I seem to have referred to on occasions in these postings!
|c/o John Dyer Gallery|
Emmet is thought to derive from the Cornish-language word for ant, being an analogy to the way in which tourists and ants are often red in colour and appear to mill around!
That is O for Onen Hag Oll and Oddities … no Oddballs, yet no Ordinary Objects can be Omitted from O for One and All … from Aspects of British Cornwall …
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