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November walk and talk
A party of five of us met at the bus stop for our walk and talk, accompanied by was it five dogs? I lost count. They were all very happy and excited to be out on the coast path and played very nicely with the one ball and each other.
We were very happy that Melanie came down from Coverack to join us - the influence of Lizard Lives reaches further than we thought!  Also joining us was Chris, new to the village, and Joan.
We headed off towards Kynance Cove and  the drama started early as a short shower passed over and left a beautiful double rainbow in its wake which stretched right across the sky. We had an uninterrupted view of it from the path on the wall.
As we got closer to Kynance, Joan pointed out the place where a family of buzzards had nested for the past five years, but we were very sad to hear that the chick this year had been poisoned only a few days before it might have fledged, and she had later found the dead body of the female. Wildlife poisoning is illegal, and it is tragic that these magnificent birds, which bring us so much pleasure, might have fallen victim to either deliberate or careless use of poison. And in a National Nature Reserve too. We also found some empty shotgun cartridges on the clifftop near the Kynance car park. It's hard to know what to say about that. On a happier note, Kynance always looks gorgeous, whatever the weather.
The sea was giving us a spectacular show as the wind was quite keen, and as we headed back to Caerthillian Cove, I stopped to take a couple of photos of the gorgeous translucent green colour of the light shining through a breaking wave while the wind whipped the spray off the top.  Chris mentioned that he had gone down to Lizard Point at the tail end of Storm Bryan and the waves had been breaking right over the cliff at Old Lizard Head.
And so we left the coast path and headed back. The wind dropped a bit in the shelter of the valley back up to the car park, so we could pull our hoods down and take off our gloves at last as we headed for tea and biscuits.
The walk and talk takes place on the first Sunday of each month. Meet by the bus stop on the Green at 2.00 pm. All welcome. Dogs too.


By Hilary
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Little Big Gig (added 23/10/17): A Burmese Python and a Milk Snake, a Bird-eating Spider, a European Eagle Owl and a Barn Owl – some of Mark’s Ark Creatures


Art and Craft Exhibition (added 29/09/17):


One of the wonderful paintings by Barbara


Landewednack Flower Festival, 1st - 3rd July: A big thank you to all those who created such a wonderful display and for those who couldn’t get there – this is what you missed!

Top set of photos taken by Sue:

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Middle set of photos taken by Hilary:

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Bottom set of photos taken by Terry:

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Landewednack School dancing for Mid-Summer Event; Friday 23rd June


Lizard Feast Event; Sunday 18th June
The Lizard Community Group which hosted the event is a small team of mums who grew up in the village and are determined to bring back events they took part in, in their childhood. Although a little different from the old Feast, we held a picnic and sports event featuring many old style races such as egg and spoon, sack races, slow bicycle race. Children from pre-school to comprehensive school took part and lots of fun was had by the children - even the mums and dads joined in! Some regular winners of the races were: Rhys, Marney, Elliot, Mercedes, Lilly Mae, Jennifer, Josh and Maisie.

Prizes were given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd and every child received a special medal at the end. The afternoon was finished with a friendly children vs adults football match. Many thanks to everyone who helped set up and organise the fun and to everyone who attended. Although this was a free event £81.59 was donated, which will be put into the Lizard Community fund for various events we have planned for the children of the village. We are hoping that events such as these will become a yearly fixture. Janice


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Open Farm Sunday 11th June, at Tregullas Farm, Lizard, was a huge success, with over 1000 people visiting the farm in one afternoon. Tregullas, the most southerly farm on the British mainland is farmed by Rona and Nevil Amiss and their family, who are tenants of the National Trust, and the Open Day is organised jointly.

Farmer Nevil Amiss said “It has been a pleasure to welcome so many people to our farm, and to help them discover more about food and farming. We’re a mixed farm, with cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, corn and vegetables. The shearing demonstrations always draw a large crowd, and seeing the lambs and the chance to climb aboard a tractor are popular with families.”

Rachel Holder National Trust Ranger added “This is the fourth year that we have run this event jointly with our farm tenants the Amiss family, and it goes from strength to strength. We’re lucky to have the support of lots of other farmers locally, who bring along their tractors and farm produce, as well as rural crafts people, including bee keepers, wood turners and spinners and weavers. Combine that with lots of family activities like splat the rat, snail racing and archery, and it’s been a really fun afternoon down on the farm!”


(Click to enlarge a little - added 26/06/17)



Nigel Legge and grandson Benson Duke, with the dog created by Phoebe Duke! (Added 26/06/17)

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May Walk and Talk:

A day of rain followed by a day of glorious sunshine may have meant that people had other things to do but doubts about the amount of mud made us put off the walk to Cadgwith Cove. That will now be on the first Sunday in June.
Since I was the only able-bodied person to turn up for the May walk, with two friends in tow, we were on our own. We had already spent some time walking around the village and coastpath in the morning, so we decided to keep the afternoon walk fairly short.  We headed down towards the most southerly point.
We were only a short distance down the path behind the wall when we spotted a slowworm basking in the sun beside the path.  Slowworms look a bit like small snakes with brown stripes running the length of their bodies, but actually they are legless lizards. Completely harmless, they lay their eggs in places such as warm compost heaps. This was the first one I had seen here, so that was a big thrill.
Arriving at the point, there were quite a few visitors there, spotting the seals which appear in one place and then pop up somewhere else.  We had a quick look at the list of species seen that day, which was quite long and included basking shark and ocean sunfish. They never seem to be there when I am looking!
We carried on round the coast path past the lighthouse, noticing a couple more seals on the way. Many of the gorgeous spring flowers had gone over quickly in the warm dry weather of the previous weeks, but the hottentot figs, those invasive plants which cover parts of the cliff, were in full flower in shades of magenta or primrose yellow.
We spotted a whitethroat hopping from twig to twig with some nesting material in its beak.  It was very close to the path and eventually dived down among the vegetation to a nest hidden only a couple of feet off the path.  A member of the warbler family of birds, it accompanied its activities with a stream of singing but moved too quickly for me and my camera. Also on the edge of the path, a pair of mating green-veined white butterflies, one of the pair much bigger than the other.
We turned back for the village at Housel Bay, following the path back up past the ponds. We were amazed that a field which had only recently been ploughed had thick curtains of steam hanging over it. We assumed that the rain of the previous day was being evaporated by the hot sun, but it looked quite spooky.
So only a short walk, but plenty to see. (Hilary H)


Slowworm, butterflies mating, a wren and the steamy field (photos taken by Hilary)


April Walk and Talk:
In sharp contrast to the March walk, Sunday 2nd of April was sunny, warm, dry and if not quite wind-free, it was close enough. So a perfect day to head off towards Kynance Cove.
We were seen off by Sue, sporting a new hip and a pair of crutches, so not quite ready for a walk, and it was four people and one dog (Sally) who set off towards Caerthilian Cove en route for Kynance.  We all commented on how many wild flowers had started blooming since last time; sea campion, three-sided garlic, thrift, celandines, primroses and the enchanting violets. There was even a sign that the bluebells were on their way, earlier than usual this year, and the spring squill would soon start opening too.  The blackthorn was bursting out, particularly in the valley of Caerthilian Cove.
Making our way down to the coast path we talked choughs, seabirds and the glorious blue of the sea as well as our various experiences of moving and who had the best view from their house.  Sheila won that one. She said that whenever she answered her door, she would have a conversation with the side of the caller's head, so riveted were they by the view.
Sally was beside herself with joy, charging about and investigating every nook and cranny and other dogs.
After a short stop overlooking the Cove, we turned towards the car park and headed back along Kynance Road and the double wall footpath back to the village. Sheila told us about a cafe which used to provide refreshments for Victorian visitors at the end of the wall. Only a couple of stone steps survive.
We are thinking of walking to Cadgwith Cove on the first Sunday in May. We may set off earlier and have lunch at the pub.  If you would like to join us, we would be delighted to see you, with dogs of course. If you don't feel up to walking there and back, we can arrange for a lift back to the Green. Give Sue a call to check details. (Hilary)

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March Walk and Talk:

"Winds force 7, gusting to force 8; visibility 8 miles".  So said Coastwatch man Ian Patterson making his regular weather report while the walk and talkers took temporary refuge from the elements in the Coastwatch lookout building at Bass Point on our March walk on St Piran's Day. 

It was a small group which met on The Green this month, consisting of three people and three dogs, though on our way round we collected another person (no dog). Never let it be said that the weather stopped us from our monthly walk, though we were all quietly grateful that the horizontal rain had stopped!

We decided to head east, away from the prevailing wind, and walked down Lloyd's Lane to Bass Point. We made a short detour to the Coastwatch point, leaving the dogs outside while we negotiated the vertical ladder up to the top.  Ian told us that not much was happening apart from an airlift of an injured crewman off a ship in Falmouth Bay.  Anyone with any sense was keeping off the sea, but the gannets we could see circling over the waves were enjoying themselves.

A short stretch along the coast path and then back up the footpath beside the Housel Bay Hotel brought us back to the village and tea in the warm.

If you want to join us on the first Sunday of the month at 2.00pm, we would be very pleased to see you.  We meet by the bus stop on The Green.
Looking ahead, we are thinking of doing a longer walk to Cadgwith Cove in a month or two, when hopefully the weather will be a bit better.

Hilary


Walk and talk at Bass Point.


February Walk and Talk:

After a week of bad weather, it was a small group of four who met up on the green for the February walk and talk in bright sunshine, but with a brisk wind. Among us was Elaine, a new resident of the village, who very impressively had read her copy of Lizard Lives amidst the chaos of moving and came along only two days after arriving. With us were two dogs.

We thought that everywhere was likely to be wet and muddy, but perhaps slightly less so on the west side of the coast in the prevailing wind. So we set off on the path to Kynance Cove, over the raised footpath. The section through woodland turned out to be more of a stream than a path, but we eventually made it out on to the coast path and headed towards Kynance Cove.

The dogs were delighted with their walk and got increasingly muddy as the afternoon wore on. We got as far as the lookout point above Kynance Cove, where Sue persuaded a passer-by to take a photo. We decided not to go down to the beach as the tide was well in, but as we stood and looked down at the waves sweeping in, we all felt that we were lucky to be living in such a lovely place.

We turned back and headed to Caerthillian Cove, which turned out to be a lot less muddy than the first part of the walk, and back to the village green where we enjoyed tea and biscuits and a couple of games of Bananarama.

If you find yourself free on a Sunday afternoon, first Sunday in the month, you would be very welcome to come along and join us.  We keep our walks to 2-3 miles and take a very leisurely pace so we can chat without getting breathless. Dogs are welcome. It's a lovely way to enjoy our beautiful surroundings in good company. Hilary


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Bass Point News (from March 2017 Issue of Lizard Lives)

On 1st February 2017 watchkeepers from NCI Bass Point visited the Meteorological Department of the Royal Naval Air Station, Culdrose.

The visitors were given a superb briefing by Senior Meteorological Officer, Lt Cdr Dan Mc Mahon on how meteorological data from local observations is managed and disseminated. The Culdrose Meteorological Team provide detailed forecasts for Royal Navy Aircraft out to 100 miles, critical for helicopter training and movements, as well as providing vital information for the National Meteorological Office at Exeter.

As Bass Point Watchkeepers know only too well, local weather conditions in and around the Lizard Peninsula are very changeable and it was interesting to learn how the Culdrose team occasionally needs to contact local NCI Stations for immediate weather conditions.

In addition to visiting the Meteorological Department, the Watchkeepers were briefed at the top of the Control Tower, in the Visual Control Room, on how aircraft operations are managed, and saw the wider area air traffic control capability in the Radar Room.


The photograph shows Lt Cdr McMahon with the visiting Watchkeepers from NCI Bass Point inside the Meteorological Operations Room.


Sunday 4th December - Switching on the Christmas Lights.  Father Christmas was in the Square to give all the children of The Lizard and Landewednack School a gift. The church music group played for a Christmas sing-a-long inside The Top House Inn.

Our thanks to Janice Price, her family and friends, who organised the whole event. The first photos are from setting up at mid-day.


Christmas tree lights going up


Children in the 'snow'


Music outside and popcorn




Santa's Grotto


Inside The Top House Inn



Outside The Top House Inn

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Sunday 4th December - Walk and Talk:


Lifeboat Christmas event, 12th November:


Julie Pryor and her wares (left) and Mickey (right)


Little Big Gig at Henry's Camp Site, 23rd - 25th September: (Click on a photo below if you would like to see it full size.)


Little Big Gig at Henry's camp site


Coconut shy


Making head dresses and getting glittered!

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