Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Write … Edit … Publish … Bloghop / ISWG hop: The Great Wave …

 

As a kid, geography was a lesson that could cover various sciences … her early ones were a blazing volcano seen exploding from the page, the ensuing great waves travelling the oceans, an outline of the continents, the darkness in the skies, an art lesson …

 

The Great Wave of Kanagawa
by Katsushika Hokusai
(1831)

Well they learnt about Krakatoa’s eruption in 1883 … it impinged – enough for her to remember to this day …

 



Stormy seas off Newlyn, Cornwall
… the stormy seas when visiting her grandparents in Cornwall … huge waves of water crashing into the harbour walls or coastline …


 


Hayle estuary at low tide
Grandpa would regularly take to the sea … swimming in St Ives Bay and on occasions taking the plunge to cross Hayle estuary – a treacherous channel of water … this she remembered …

 

 

An artist's depiction
… the pictures in the school book gave her imagination time to wander … art was never her thing … but the images were added to the memory bank as the years went by …

 

 

Krakatao's eruption



… at some stage the form of a nightmare occurred disturbing her sleep … but her imagination had common sense … so all was well …

 


 



Hokusai's Great Wave - as a backdrop
to the 'beach' as part of an art
installation for the Paris catacombs 
As she aged - more was learnt … but those minor nightmare reminiscences continued on … the Great Wave arising from the volcanic explosion, the colours master artists crafted into magnificent depictions of events … released into her mind, never to be forgotten …

 


 

Racing great wave across an ocean
The things as a child one can start to learn and appreciate over time … volcanoes, ocean swells with rushing waves, how to explain things, creative vision through art, with the added recurring nightmare thrown in … that this ‘Great Wave’ reminded her about …

 

 

Cargo Boat passing through the waves -
print by Hokusai (c 1805)
She is grateful for those early geography lessons, before the discipline separated the sciences out … the ‘Great Wave’ lingers on into her eternity …

 



Hilary Melton-Butcher

Positive Letters Inspirational Stories


Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Treasure those Memories – Carbis Bay and G7 Summit operative preparations …

 

Hey-ho … select one of the most out of the way places in little old England … this be long … so be warned!

 

St Ives, Penzance across the peninsula - both shown
... Newquay airport and Falmouth both marked

… Carbis Bay: a village of ribbon development above a cliff beach … population about 2,000 … where my Cornish roots stem from and where I took my first beach walk – has to be about as major an event as walking on the moon – surely?!




Ordnance Survey map One-Inch map - sheet 189: Land's End



… a post with tongue in cheek as I write, or facetiously stated …


If you can get here - you can shop
… don’t worry about the residents or people who have businesses in the area or locality …

… bring in the sewer police – check all the waste pipes and drainage sewers for potential trouble-makers …



… close down the roads, trails, coastal paths …

… alternative routes – have you lived down there? practically none available …



Digging the meeting rooms
… chop down ancient trees … because there aren’t enough ‘break-out’ rooms for the various meetings – in what is not a very large hotel at the best of times … but was originally decided just right for the G7 Summit … what was planned?  



Also no planning permission was given – it was just ‘done’ … chop, chop, chop

… with all that expansion – I wonder where the parking will be …



Tregenna Castle Hotel
... the VIPs are all staying about a mile away at Tregenna Castle Hotel ... plenty of room for helicopters and for accommodation ... it's above St Ives ... 




The cruiser accommodating the extra security
... the Media is being put up at Falmouth, the police too in a cruiser brought in ...




... tower over the little bit of land - St Ives a Royal Navy vessel, and the cruiser in Falmouth ... 



… Hayle Towans, across the bay from the Carbis Bay Hotel, is Mount Recyclemore – highlighting the growing threat of e-waste … climate change, and building a greener future all subjects on the G7’s agenda …



Adam Handling - the chef

… Food – a subject after my own heart … the chef, Adam Handling, was selected for his sustainable menus … and focuses his restaurants on food, drink, art and music – the newly created meeting rooms will be used by the Ugly Butterfly group after the event for both teaching and as a restaurant …


… a favourite I spotted was lamb sweetbreads with seaweed and Cornish potatoes – yummy! … for my 21st I requested that we serve sweetbreads … took the family and guests by surprise, as too the hotel … delicious! = a memory …


The Ugly Butterfly logo

... my Ma's care home was in Newlyn, just outside Penzance very near the crabbery (crab is on the menu) ... so guess where we went when I visited!




… the meat, fish, vegetables, herbs and desserts will as far as possible be made from local foods …



Royal Navy guarding St Ives - but towering
above the town ... 

... spread 5,500 police officers, every ten feet,  around for security …


… further security detail will be there too …




… have your two pieces of ID available and probably a lock-down certificate or two, or even three … just check the zone though … it might have gone from green, to zombie amber … ready for show at all times … even leaving your home, should you live there …



All closed with nowhere to go ... 
I love these wooden signposts we use here

… cars are banned, train stations closed, buses suspended, and as I mentioned the South West Coast Path blocked … to keep protesters out …



… some will benefit, some will just move out for the duration … a local b+b has no bookings, but is full of police! = benefit …


… police are insisting that protests must be held in designated areas … is that normally the case, when you protest – me thinks not.


Roadside verges - I hope ..
and planted around Newquay
airport
… some benefits – how long lasting is another thing … wild-flower roadsides, potholes filled – it’d be nice if they would do the rest of the country’s potholes …




… Newquay airport … tidy it up, fill those potholes too … look who’s coming G7 leaders perhaps … they could balloon in, or glide in, or even drive … if they’ve enough IDs on them – passports at the ready … or for that matter sail in …


… time is of no essence – the powers that be are coming … more importantly the Boris man – will he wear a wetsuit, or just a cozzie – that’d be interesting … my imagination reels!


From Newlyn looking towards
Penzance ... on a very wet day (c 1900)
… oh or he could go to the Penzance Jubilee Pool (one of the oldest surviving Art Deco pools) – now heated utilising thermal energy from the rocks below … 


...the interesting thing is that my mother seriously looked into that for heating the care home business she owned in Newlyn back in the early 1980s … way too expensive then – but it was an option …

Boris prevailed – the pool is heated!


Closed off tomorrow 10th June
… Penzance – by the way is over the other side of the peninsula – they’ve closed the promenade to traffic – only pedestrians and bikes … as one chap said – there were traffic jams before – guess what now: impossible to drive locally … queues already on the main road into to Cornwall – let alone the Penwith area …


… I have now found out that Stanley, Boris' father, an Ottoman by descent, was born in Penzance – that was a surprise … not sure what my mother would have said!



Working on the new meeting rooms -
they were still being built last week
… there’s a ‘green push’ going on by our Government … though with the trees being felled, I’m somewhat befuddled …




… the Cornish are great – they’ll embrace anything … cow-poo is being collected and the carbon gas emitted is being used to run the Council vans …



Tin Mining +/- 1890
Camborne and Redruth
… they’re looking into mining again … this time Lithium – a necessity in the requirement to go green – batteries will be needed.  It was found in Cornwall at Wheal Clifford, when mined for copper and tin during the years 1835 – 61 … so what now: start mining again …



… I thought these security guys could fly their planes and helicopters … but they seem to be practicing a lot!


Looking down from St Michael's Mount
battlements ... 
… they’re staying at Tregenna Castle Hotel … so helicopters in and out there … as well as Exeter, Devon and Newquay, Cornwall airports … and good heavens – in the garden area at St Michael’s Mount … and at Carlyon Bay, St Austell, Cornwall …



Looking up ... 
… the helicopters were ‘dropped off’ from the US Air Force plane, the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (for anyone interested) …




Windsor Castle -
Crimson Drawing Room
after restoration from 
1992 fire

… the powers that be – the President and his wife, will stop over to meet the Queen at Windsor Castle on Sunday …




 



Botallack Engine buildings
Promote all areas of Penwith … including Poldark’s area … these were very early ‘wheals’ (engine houses) – another memory: I had my reception at the Botallack Count House, when it was a restaurant – back in 1980 … stunning food then, the setting was shrouded in mist (and it was this time of year) – says much for the future of the two protagonists … !!  Enough said …

 

Let’s hope that whatever is agreed, is then pursued and achieved …

… the Cornish economy is supported in the foreseeable future … and that the fishing businesses have their lives sorted out …



Mount Recyclable G7 summit - built on
Hayle Towans facing across St Ives Bay
towards Carbis Bay

… that everyone leaves, taking their rubbish with them … so the Cornish coasts and countryside are left as nature intended, and that the people can be peace again …






… I hope it will not be a county of haves with second homes, and have nots - no jobs to apply for, no opportunities …

 

The links I used to write up this post … with many thanks for all their information and pics I’ve ‘borrowed’ … they bring the post to life so I’m very grateful …


Cornwall Live - which has been regularly updating details of the 'goings on' ... 

Ugly Butterfly - details re the chef and general info ... wonderful reading: I think!

iNews G7 Summit - introduces us to the menu ... 


PS - that yellow sand on Carbis Bay beach has been shipped in ... oh the expense!  After all I was toddling on that beach in 1949 and ever after ... 


Hilary Melton-Butcher

Positive Letters Inspirational Stories


Saturday, 29 May 2021

We are the World Blogfest # 49 Blindness does not stop us cooking …

 

People always amaze me at the accomplishments they achieve … but even more so when they are blind, or become blind …

 


I’ll be writing about one British man … but the BBC World Service programme ‘The Food Chain’ I heard was about three cooks … and I link across to them.

 



Simon Mahoney has written this wonderful book titled ‘First Catch your Rabbit’ – or Cooking without Fear … with a sub-title …

When You

Have To …

You Do

What You

Have To …

  

As the back blurb states: ‘Losing your sight is dreadful.  Losing it entirely is devastating.  Losing your wife and best friend (just before Covid struck) so there are no eyes in your home is pushing the bounds of endurance.  Losing your favourite dog is just careless.  In such a situation you either laugh or you cry.’ 

 

Here he describes how he mastered the kitchen, entirely alone, blind, dodging three dogs and a cat called ‘Spitfire’ is anybody’s guess … 

… but honestly who could not be drawn in.

 

As he says – please note … ‘no rabbit was harmed, alarmed or even caught whilst writing this book’. 



Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit

He acknowledges the help he’s received … family, friends, The Blind Veterans UK, and being able to draw on the Officer Training Wing, Infantry Training Centre, Royal Marines – for providing an excruciating character-forming experience which has been instrumental in overcoming the challenges of my sight loss.

 

It’s not a cook book … more a survival manual … for those whose eyes deteriorate until they cannot read, but who might be interested in his kitchen techniques for coping … 

 

He has exercises called ‘Getting your Hands Back’ … this is proprioception – also referred to as ‘kinesthesia’ - and is the sense of self-movement and body position … we all need it … and is one sense that we need to get working effectively again … it is sometimes described as the “sixth sense” …

 

 

Simulation of real life in the 
mid-15th century ... preparing 
a rabbit for a meal

Here is proof that we can all achieve, even in the most challenging of situations … his explanations are so down to earth … so understandable – and perhaps exercises we can get into the habit of using, even before any wear and tear sets in.

 


 

So catch your rabbit – be grateful for your sight … while having this book up your sleeve to help others and perhaps in due course yourself.

  

 

We are the World Blogfest

In Darkness, be Light

 

Winging It Blind … life can’t be stopped … it is ours, wherever we find ourselves …

  

BBC world Service – The Food Chain


Payal Kapoor’s YouTube Channel ‘Rasoi ke Rahasya’ … Cooking without Lookingthis NewZealand site tells the story of India’s Payal Kapoor

 

The Blind Goat is a modern Vietnamese gastropub inHouston, Texas … run by Christine Hà … Gordon Ramsay mentions her extraordinary palate of incredible finesse.

 

Winging it Blind – Simon Mahoney’s website … with links to his first book ‘A Descent into Darkness’ and his blog, videos etc and this book … First Catch Your Rabbit!

 



Hilary Melton-Butcher

Positive Letters Inspirational Stories


Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Treasure those Memories … part 12 … St Ives in overview …

 

My mother’s family are from St Ives, and though I don’t specifically know, from their occupation I would hazard a guess they had been there for a few centuries … they were fishing, shipping and town administration folk …


Carbis Bay Hotel, where the 
G47 Summit will be held
… all of St Ives would be linked to the early trades fishermen and shipwrights, before the advent of steam and the change of direction as necessitated by events of time in the 1800s and onwards …

 

 

We so easily forget how far our history goes back … and today where we came from can be traced … whether I go back as far as being a Phoenician is rather a matter of unnecessary conjecture …


 

Fish, Tin and Copper - the
three main industries of Cornwall
… the Phoenicians (eastern Mediterranean) were serious maritime traders … coming to prominence in the Late Bronze Age (c 1150 – 600 BCE) – we know they traded for tin – Cornwall’s surface seams could be ‘easily’ mined …

 

There was settlement from pre-Roman times … Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age … then the Romans visited this western peninsula – both on land, and via the sea routes …


 

Men-an-Tol standing stones near
Madron, Penzance
(from the late Neolithic or
early Bronze Age era)
So we know Cornwall was occupied with early peoples, traded and barbarically enslaved, some stayed and settled … our early history is spread along the coasts, the stories that have sprung up through the centuries ...

 


 

Society of Genealogists
(established 1911)
Fortunately recorded history has already reminded us about significant events … with the leading characters … in 1538 Henry VIII issued an injunction requiring each parish to maintain a Parish Register to hold details of all baptisms, marriages and burials. 

 


Domesday Book - completed 1088
The Domesday Book of William the Conqueror’s time (1066 and all that) had recorded in detail the land surveyed, as well as how it was occupied, but without the general population’s names.  (Part 7)  Fortunately the Parish Registers in part overcame that …




West Penwith: St Ives to the north,
Falmouth harbour to the south-west

St Ives harbour has always been a shelter from the storms … during the Spanish Armada in 1597, Sir Walter Raleigh captured two Spanish ships, who had hoped to shelter in the Bay from the same storm.  Apparently vital information was learnt from the prisoners.

 

 

St Ives was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1639 … copies of King Charles I’s Letter of Thanks to the Cornish People are to be seen in a number of Cornish churches – St Uny’s on the Lelant towans being one – Part 5.


 "We are so highly sensible of the extraordinary merit of Our County of Cornwall, of their zeale for the Defence of Our Person, and the just Rights of Our Crown, of their great and eminent Courage and Patience."  (part of King Charles I's Letter of Thanks to the Cornish People).


 

From the Knavocks to
Godrevy Point
Part 7 describes the loss of Charles’ goods andchattels, on the ship wrecked by the Stones Reef, out of which Virginia Woolf’s famous lighthouse, Godrevy, arises … and the coincidence of the ship’s loss on the same day he was executed.

 


 

Knill's Steeple
We have John Knill (1733 – 1811), mayor of St Ives, with his extraordinary quintennial disbursements … still being administered to this day … see part 3


 

Barnoon Cemetery
Our family records go back to the late 1700s and onwards … but there’s no-one I know who’s taken an interest … Barnoon Cemetery was opened in 1857 – by then the graveyards would have been full …

  

 

St Ives from a distance
Now to my time in St Ives … we would go fairly often when on holiday … my great uncle and his wife lived high on the hill with these views … 



Family photo on beach c mid
1920s (as a young man my great
uncle must be here somewhere)
... the highlights being turned upside down by my uncle, giggling furiously, but unable to get away … playing tennis … walking down and then up?! to the beach …

 



Rodda's - established 1890
… coming back to wonderful thunder and lightning teas … here shown on bread … we would always have home-made scones … Cornish cream and treacle …

 

 

Wheal Trenwith
120 years ago or so, whether you elected to come in to St Ives by road, the fields or the high moors, you couldn’t fail to notice the vast Trenwith Mine above Stennack, where (surprisingly) they (were) searching for radium.  Bearing in mind that it had only been discovered by the Curies in 1898 …

 

 

Bernard Leach by
Ryusei Kishida (1913)


The mine is now a car-park and part of the settlement high above the town … interestingly Bernard Leach (regarded as the “Father of British studio pottery”) established his Leach Pottery in 1920, next to the Stennack river … where it is to this day.

 


 

View from high up above St Ives
From these high points we see a wonderful combination of blue sea, towering rocks, purple and yellow moors, nor come so near to the heart of prehistoric man … hovering above a tiny fishing harbour … holding sway to the memories of many early artists bewitched by the light, views, and ever changing beauty …



Fore Street, St Ives (2005)
tiny streets are the norm
On to the 1950s – my time … we’d visit from Carbis Bay when we were in Cornwall … times had changed … a Woolworths store had arrived in Fore Street, with a back entry onto the Wharf … where the Sloop Inn … originally from 1312 … is situated …


 

Sloop Inn, St Ives - on the Wharf
… Fish and chip shops, early ice-cream stalls, lots of seagulls’ eyes wide open for any inadvertent treat by tourist or fisherman …

 

 

Now this little part of Britain is being host to the 47th G7 Summit – an intergovernmental organisation – that is creating havoc for the locals …

 

Tregenna Castle Hotel
The main meetings I gather are being held at the Carbis Bay Hotel Carbis Bay – where we used to visit as kids … but other venues are the Tregenna Castle Hotel, where there’s a heliport, just below my great uncle and aunt’s house when they still lived in St Ives …


 

St Ives fishing fleet
by H I Babbage (1875 - 1916)
… while the media is being housed over in Falmouth (at the National Maritime Museum) … it is 28 miles away and might take 40 minutes to drive … but who knows what will happen when the Summit is on … there is the local train – but that involves probably two changes and takes considerably longer …

 


Steam train coming into Carbis Bay
with sailing boat in harbour


I wonder if posh boats will be used – there’s no pier off Carbis Bay … 




West Penwith logo


I’ve been ‘prevaricating’ or just brain wandering more likely and not getting on with things … but as always a co-incidence arises …

 

 

A company, 'Identity', in Eastbourne (where I now live) has been chosen as the Events Agency for the Summit … strange but true … goodness knows what it will all entail …


Cornwall c/o World-Guides
I feel for them all … it’s a tiny area … there are no alternative routes – unless you want to surf the Atlantic and find a way round … I can’t think Boris, Biden, Merkel, Macron et al would want to get their suits wet …

 

Life goes on doesn’t it … stay safe and enjoy some joys of Summer … I'm taking it slowly ... 

 

Bathing Beauty on
on Carbis Bay beach

Hilary Melton-Butcher

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