It was interesting looking back at our weekly blogs over 2018 and remembering the extreme weather the Lizard experienced: a wet winter which caused coastal landslides, then a rare occurrence of snow blizzards and snow settling from the Beast of the East and Storm Emma in March (see picture above) and then an amazing hot dry summer.
Some significant events included in the blogs were:
the largest Class A drug seizure in the UK ever when a yacht was stopped by Border Force and escorted into Newlyn Harbour and searched;
The Flying Scotsman coming to Cornwall for the first time;
seven cannons discovered on the sea bed off Loe Bar near Porthleven after storms shifted the sands around them;
The Lizard Lifeboat station appearing in the global top 200 list of projects selected by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) for changing the world!
the farewell tour of the Sea king helicopters based at RAF Culdrose
a doe deer being rescued from the sea;
Land’s End getting an official apostrophe!
We included updates from Woody, the local fisherman, including when he took a Mayfair Michelin chef fishing who takes his fish and he showed Woody how to kill the fish more humanely which reduces the stress to the fish and thus improving its taste. Plus Woody’s sighting of the unusual sunfish floating on its side whilst gulls picked parasites off it.
We also included updates on shouts by the Lizard Lifeboat.
There was some external confirmation of how good the area is. The Minnack Theatre won the Landmark of the year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine awards 2018. Kynance Cove, Praa Sands, Porthcurno and Sennan cove were in Britains finest 30 beaches chosen by the Times. Then Church Cove Gunawalloe, Gyllyanvase beach (Falmouth) and Porthcurno were in the Top 50 Beaches in the UK as chosen by the Sunday Times. Finally Falmouth was voted the best place to live in the SW by the Sunday Times.
We did visits to Tremenhere Sculpture Gardens, St Michaels Mount gardens and the Tin Coast and wrote notes about them and their history. We wrote about the famous Cornwall Choughs which we actually saw on the Tin Coast much to our delight.
We did a few articles on the fascinating history of the Lizard including the war years. We also covered the history of the Lloyds Signal Station and Goonhilly Earth Station.
Finally thanks to some of our guests for their fantastic photos of the area which we have included in the blogs.
To end this year here is a picture of one of the treasures of the Lizard, Kynance Cove, on Christmas Day. We walked there from the Cellars; it was a bit misty but it was a great walk and Kynance Cove is always lovely whatever the weather. And as you can see from the photo much quieter than we thought it would be.
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Happy new year to you all