Immoralized in virtual print again by the amazing Michael Hocking.

I could gaze at this view until the cows come home. Ah, here they are….

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Wheal Alice

The cattle are walking along the side of Trink Hill in the direction towards Brunnion: we believe the rock projecting from the top of the hill to be the 12 O’Clock Stone, which is supposed to be a logan or rocking stone. However, it can only be rocked at midnight. Apparently. I haven’t yet had the energy to wander out at midnight to try it out.

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Wheal Alice – Another View

From the lane between Trink and Brunnion.

St Michaels Mt

St Michael’s Mount from Trencrom Hill

It looks as if it’s just over a couple of fields, but that’s just the way the land lies – well, that plus the compression distortion effect introduced by a fully-extended zoom lens. The fact that the Mount is far hazier than the fields in the foreground (an effect known as atmospheric perspective) indicates that  it’s further away than you might at first think. It’s certainly walkable, though: the 12.5 mile St. Michael’s Way starts from Lelant and goes via Knill’s Steeple (on Worvas Hill) and round Trencrom Hill to Marazion via Ludgvan, either over Marazion marshes or via Gulval. I hear good things of the food at the Coldstreamer in Gulval, but the marshes offer an important bird sanctuary managed by the RSPB. The St. Michael’s Way is part of the network of pilgrim routes leading to Santiago de Compostela.

Trencrom is approximately halfway, so it’s about six miles to Marazion, not counting the walk back down the hill to the car park.

The Studio

I’m not altogether sure why my wife bought me that particular sign for the entrance to the inner sanctum. Admittedly, the studio did double as my office at that time, and maybe I did get a little stressed from time to time… I’m not sure why she borrowed my camera to take this picture, either, but I’ll only be accused of being grumpy if I raise the question.

Speaking of that camera…

Trencrom two (or too)

And here are a couple of photos of The Usual Suspect.

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Photograph by Sarah McQuaid from a session she hosted at the King’s Arms, St. Just, in 2019.

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Photograph by Ian Semple from his open mic at the Kettle & Wink, St. Ives.



By Michael Hocking, from the songwriter open mic at the Kettle & Wink in January 2020

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Session in Bratislava organized by ESET with Righard Zwienenberg on drums and Juraj Malcho on bass. Sorry, I don’t remember who took the photo.


Photo by Judith Harley. Admittedly, nowhere near Cornwall.


Photo by Judith Harley at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens (?)2019.

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Photo by Gwendoline Harley, early 1980s.

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Photo by Ian Semple. Cafe Frug 2019.


Another session in Bratislava, with Peter Kruse on harmonica and vocals, Andi Lee on bass, Righard Zwienenberg on drums. Sorry, don’t know who took the photo.

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‘Commoners Mock’ 2015 (?). Probably my last ceilidh band.



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