Saturday, 10 July 2010

Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden

No artist can go to Cornwall without a visit to St.Ives and we headed for The Barbara Hepworth Museum. Her studios containing unfinished works and lots of tools and sketches have been preserved providing an insight into the artists creative processes. The garden is an incredible combination of sculpture and planting creating a space which feels far bigger than it is.

'Finding Trewyn Studio was a sort of magic', wrote Barbara Hepworth; 'here was a studio, a yard and garden where I could work in open air and space'.

The Eden Project

The Eden Project is full of plants from around the world and offers plenty of inspiration from their forms and colours. The Rainforest Biome is particularly impressive, its sheer size and intense humidity transporting you to exotic countries - we thought a few parrots and monkeys in the trees would complete the experience! It's fascinating to see the plants that provide all the eastern spices we cook with a lot such as turmeric, ginger and cinnamon.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Perfect weather for camping in Cornwall

We have been on holiday in Cornwall and were lucky to have hot, sunny weather to appreciate this beautiful part of England. We stayed at the friendly and rather eccentric Henry's campsite right down at the end of the Lizard Peninsula.

The site has a tropical feel with palms and Gunnera plants and chickens so free range they will move into your tent if you let them. From here we could walk along the coastal path to Kynance Cove, a spectacular setting of turquoise sea, pristine sand and towering granite cliffs.

In the evenings we walked to the most southerly point of England at Lizard Point lighthouse. Here the cliff path requires a good head for heights but its worth it for the sense of unspoilt wildness and unusual plants not seen elsewhere on this island.