We were down at the Cellars for a few days last week gardening and doing a few DIY jobs. It was a lovely few days: hot and sunny but most of the time we had a cooling sea breeze. I even ventured for a quick swim in the cove on two of the days but I was not in for long as it was still quite fresh!

There was a lot of activity last week in and close to the cove: lads tombstoning from just below the top of the headland to the side of the cove which is pretty high up; lads fishing in kayaks; family’s swimming, paddleboarders and a canoeing party.

Like everywhere in the country everywhere looks very dry. I spoke to our neighbour who does the weekly walk around the Lizard Point pointing out plants and birds. She said there are not many flowers left as they have been and gone in the hot weather even the oxeye daisy. She said they have had a lot of Dutch people on the walks which was interesting. The Germans come over in large quantities because of the dramatization of Rosamund Pilchers’ books on mainstream German TV. Perhaps they are now on Dutch TV or perhaps Poldark is being televised in Holland!! I overheard a German chap asking a Lizard shopkeeper where Rosamund Pilcher dramas had been filmed locally.

We managed to catch Woody, the local fisherman, after a day out fishing. We have mentioned previously on the blog as last time we saw him he had an unsuccesful day fishing because of a playful dolphin who had kept him company! This time no dolphin but he had seen the day before a large sunfish floating on its side whilst gulls picked parasites off it!! It is like Blue Planet! They should just go out with Woody while he is fishing.

I googled sunfish and found it described as “a bizarre fish, silvery grey in colour, flat and circular with no noticeable tail and two very large fins, one on each side which makes it look like a giant swimming head!”  They grow up to 2 meters and are one of the heaviest bony fish in the sea. I also read that the sunfish also lie on their sides on the surface of the sea basking in the sun to warm up hence their name. source http://www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/species/sunfish

They also eat jellyfish so they went up in my estimation as I hate jellyfish. I said this to Woody the next day and he said there are a lot of jellyfish out at sea at the moment which is why the sunfish are probably around. He said he had seen some jellyfish which looked like they had flashing lights in their body!

The fish Woody had caught the evening we saw him would have been at a Michelin star Mayfair restaurant the next day! The chef at the restaurant actually spend a day with Woody on his boat fishing and showed him how to kill the fish more humanely which reduces the stress to the fish and thus improving its taste.

Woody also told us how last year a young seal was using Woody’s boat as his home and did not like being turfed out when Woody wanted to use it. Unfortunately they are not that clean so the boat was always messy and smelly so had to be cleaned up before Woody could use it. Terry Thirlaway the local photographer took a picture of the seal and it was made into a postcard naming the seal Woody. I did not manage to find the postcard but will look again next time we are down.

It is always good to talk to Woody in terms of what he sees and his fishing experiences. I thanked him very much for all this information which I said I would put on the blog and he said it is good for people know what is going on out at sea.

We were down at the Cellars for a few days last week gardening and doing a few DIY jobs. It was a lovely few days: hot and sunny but most of the time we had a cooling sea breeze. I even ventured for a quick swim in the cove on two of the days but I was not in for long as it was still quite fresh!

There was a lot of activity last week in and close to the cove: lads tombstoning from just below the top of the headland to the side of the cove which is pretty high up; lads fishing in kayaks; family’s swimming, paddleboarders and a canoeing party.

Like everywhere in the country everywhere looks very dry. I spoke to our neighbour who does the weekly walk around the Lizard Point pointing out plants and birds. She said there are not many flowers left as they have been and gone in the hot weather even the oxeye daisy. She said they have had a lot of Dutch people on the walks which was interesting. The Germans come over in large quantities because of the dramatization of Rosamund Pilchers’ books on mainstream German TV. Perhaps they are now on Dutch TV or perhaps Poldark is being televised in Holland!! I overheard a German chap asking a Lizard shopkeeper where Rosamund Pilcher dramas had been filmed locally.

We managed to catch Woody, the local fisherman, after a day out fishing. We have mentioned previously on the blog as last time we saw him he had an unsuccesful day fishing because of a playful dolphin who had kept him company! This time no dolphin but he had seen the day before a large sunfish floating on its side whilst gulls picked parasites off it!! It is like Blue Planet! They should just go out with Woody while he is fishing.

I googled sunfish and found it described as “a bizarre fish, silvery grey in colour, flat and circular with no noticeable tail and two very large fins, one on each side which makes it look like a giant swimming head!”  They grow up to 2 meters and are one of the heaviest bony fish in the sea. I also read that the sunfish also lie on their sides on the surface of the sea basking in the sun to warm up hence their name. source http://www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/species/sunfish

They also eat jellyfish so they went up in my estimation as I hate jellyfish. I said this to Woody the next day and he said there are a lot of jellyfish out at sea at the moment which is why the sunfish are probably around. He said he had seen some jellyfish which looked like they had flashing lights in their body!

Woody had caught a few sea bass the evening we saw him. They would be at a Michelin star Mayfair restaurant the next day! The chef at the restaurant actually spend a day with Woody on his boat fishing and showed him how to kill the fish more humanely which reduces the stress to the fish and thus improving its taste.

Woody also told us how last year a young seal was using Woody’s boat as his home and did not like being turfed out when Woody wanted to use it. Unfortunately they are not that clean so the boat was always messy and smelly so had to be cleaned up before Woody could use it. Terry Thirlaway the local photographer took a picture of the seal and it was made into a postcard naming the seal Woody. I did not manage to find the postcard but will look again next time we are down.

It is always good to talk to Woody in terms of what he sees and his fishing experiences. I thanked him very much for all this information which I said I would put on the blog and he said it is good for people know what is going on out at sea.

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