Today is Thursday and on Thursdays I sometimes take part in Thursday Doors. This is a photographically themed blog day that I occasionally join in, mainly on weeks when I have actually been outdoors. And somewhere there are more buildings that have doors on them than places that have Tors on them.
So this week I have been to Port Isaac and to the Lost Gardens of Heligan
Firstly Port Isaac, an old fishing village that is just down the road from me and is now so famous from TV (Doc Martin) and films (Fishermens Friends, Saving Grace) that even a sunny day in March is enough of a draw for most of the car parks to be full now. Last week I just declined a friend’s suggestion that we head down there for the Doc Martin production team’s ‘locals extras casting’ day. The place simply doesn’t need any more attractions…
Anyway, doors. Hopefully you’ll get a feel for how crammed-in-to-any-old-spot the houses are here, little alleyways and hidden lanes hide cottages that are shaped around the cottages that were there first. There was no planning permission law against having your light or views blocked and I guess, to people who made their living on the sea all the time, that actually being able to see it when you were at home with your slippers on after work as well was not really a priority.
If you click a picture it switches to a large slideshow.
And I left one in colour because it was the colour that made it.
Taking advantage of the spring sunshine this week, we visited the gardens at Heligan the next day. The gardens were famously rediscovered after falling into disrepair and neglect when so many of the staff from the house were killed in the First World War. Now it has mainly recovered after a massive regeneration and restoration project which has seen it become one of Cornwall’s most popular attractions.
Just the two from here, mainly because a garden isn’t really about doors, pictures of that bit in another post soon.
Clicking on any picture brings up the bigger ‘Gallery’ versions.
Thursday Doors is a weekly feature hosted by Norm Frampton on his site here. Do visit the many other links there to travel the world in doors and the places people have put them. Which is not normally on Tors.
I’ve succumbed and added an Instagram account to my life. The kids these days seem to be really in to it but, with it being mobile phone-centric, I never saw the point until I worked out how you could post pictures from your PC. Two posts in and I saw a referral from there to my blog, so I guess it’s justified.
Anyway, the name is @cornishbearsphotos if you fancy following it.