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
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 …
worry about the residents or people who have businesses in the area or locality
|If you can get here - you can shop|
… 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 …
… 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?
|Digging the meeting rooms|
Also no planning permission was given – it
was just ‘done’ … chop, chop, chop …
… with all
that expansion – I wonder where the parking will be …
... 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 ...
|Tregenna Castle Hotel|
... the Media is being put up at Falmouth, the police too in a cruiser brought in ...
|The cruiser accommodating the extra security|
... tower over the little bit of land - St Ives a Royal Navy vessel, and the cruiser in Falmouth ...
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 …
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
|Royal Navy guarding St Ives - but towering|
above the town ...
... spread 5,500 police officers, every ten feet,
around for security …
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.
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 …
|Roadside verges - I hope ..|
and planted around 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
… 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 …
|From Newlyn looking towards|
Penzance ... on a very wet day (c 1900)
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 …
prevailed – the pool is heated!
… 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 …
|Closed off tomorrow 10th June|
… 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!
… there’s a
‘green push’ going on by our Government … though with the trees being felled,
I’m somewhat befuddled …
|Working on the new meeting rooms -|
they were still being built last week
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 …
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 …
|Tin Mining +/- 1890|
Camborne and Redruth
… I thought
these security guys could fly their planes and helicopters … but they seem to be
practicing a lot!
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 down from St Michael's Mount|
helicopters were ‘dropped off’ from the US Air Force plane, the Boeing C-17
Globemaster III (for anyone interested) …
|Looking up ... |
|Windsor Castle -|
Crimson Drawing Room
after restoration from
… the powers
that be – the President and his wife, will stop over to meet the Queen at
Windsor Castle on Sunday …
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 …
|Botallack Engine buildings|
that whatever is agreed, is then pursued and achieved …
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
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 ...