Saturday, 30 March 2013

Free days out in Cornwall

 Hello Dear Reader,

Mercifully, there has been a break in the weather today and we went out for a walk on Bodmin Moor which is a ten minute drive from our house. We headed first to the Hurlers (ancient monument 1500BC) and then on to the Cheesewring. From Minions car park to the Cheesewring is a slow 25 minute walk but we pounded the trail in 15 minutes. We've both got long legs.



Standard shot of Froogs on one of the Hurlers.



It's an easy walk and the moor is bone dry and easy to cross at the moment. It's like a sponge and can hide ankle sucking bogs.



Froogs on top of the stones taking in a view as far as the eye can see.



Ever the poseur.



Open moorland is common land and anyone can walk on it.



Don't let the sunshine deceive you, it was seven degrees in the wind out there. We kept moving to keep warm.



Descending the stones and looking up. The shape is just from wind erosion that has exposed the stones and then sculpted them with weather.



The moor was a working quarry until the first world war (my dad's grandad worked there) and all around are decaying ruins of building that were once industrial.



The tracks across the moors are routes and the only access to isolated farms. I would love to live out here.



 We crossed the moor from the Cheesewring (the rocky outcrop in the distance) to the quarry on the other side.



Rods of irons can still be found poking out of rocks where man power was used to break the granite apart. 



Almost back again and I opted for a moment of 'sunbathing'. The circular walk, starting from Minions car park (free), to the Cheesewring, over to the Quarry and back again took us a very leisurely 90 minutes. Anyone can make it to the top of either. Lots of elderly people do it, babies in back packs and toddlers clambering with fierce independence make it up there. If you are in Cornwall, shun the expensive tourist attractions, get as map and get walking. There are plenty of days out without a gift shop in sight. Here's a great link to some more walks in my area. 

If you're my way, just email me before you come down and there will always be a cup of tea for you at my place. 


Finally..............this will test if people read to the end! I've cleared out and tidied my sewing room. I have a box of off cuts that any one can have. There's more than enough here to make a completely random scrappy quilt. Keep sewing random shapes together and then use a 10" template to cut into squares and then sew together. I've included practise blocks where I've learn a new block, orphan blocks that were surplus to requirement and a few odds and ends. I don't want this to go to landfill so if you want it all and you're in the UK (sorry peeps - it's heavy) then leave a message and I'll enter you in a draw and pull a name out of something hattish on Monday night. Oh......and if you're not a follower then you'll need to be to be in the draw. I'll keep filling the box right to the top too! Good Luck!



Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxxx

47 comments:

  1. Brilliant pictures,, lovely sky too!

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  2. I wish we had done something like that today looks lovely x

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  3. Bit like the Lake District, so many people come here and never leave their cars, they miss so much that a leisurely 30 minute stroll could show them.

    Yes I do read to the end, but please don't put my name in the hat, I'll never use any quilting supplies.

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  4. I'm so jealous of your lovely free walks . I would love to live near the sea and aspire to move to Cornwall sometime in the future. I look forward to your blog each day and would love to be included in the draw as I would use this to make my first scrappy quilt. X

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  5. So jealous of your lovely free walks . I aspire to move to Cornwall sometime in the future as I'm sure I was meant to live by the sea. I love reading your blog each day and would love to be entered to your draw as I would use it to make my first scrappy quilt. X

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  6. Great pictures! at least it's dry but I'm weary of the bitter cold wind!
    I'd love to go in the draw for your scraps please! of course I follow you!

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  7. oh the moors are so beautiful in their own way..... what a great walk, my kind of place with no people or shops around for miles....... x

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  8. I wish I had asked about walks before our holiday especially free parking!!

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  9. Great walks, thankyou for the tour! I'll be on my way down to Mevagissey at the end of September, so I think a ramble on Bodmin would be lovely (weather pemitting) and keep the teapot warm 'cos I might just take you up on that cuppa.

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  10. That looks like a real fantastic walk. It's always amazed me how pleasant a ramble in the country can be and completely free (unless you do have to pay to park). Sadly my partner needs a wheelchair to get around which restricts us a little but even today we spent 90 minutes walking up the River Tone and then back via the canal. All free and very pleasant although I know how cold that wind is!

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  11. We like to walk to a nearby lock, unfortunately it's not accessible at the moment because of the flooding, but we will be walking there again as soon as the flooding recedes.

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  12. Cornwall at its finest. Lovely pictures :)

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  13. Oh, what lovely scenery. I am so waiting for the weather to improve so that DH and I can get out and about for more long walks, but its actually snowed a little again here today in Dover. And please, I would love to be entered in your draw. I've only recently started patchwork and I don't have much fabric yet.

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  14. I love Cornwall and am hoping to get there in July this year, I never feel I have had a holiday if I haven't been to Cornwall. I would love to be entered into your draw for the fabric please :-)

    Happy Easter.

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  15. It looks lovely, those rock formations are fantastic. Glad you had a great day Happy Easter. Francesca.

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  16. Our weather has been much like yours, I ducked out of walking today and delegated the dogs exercise. I have done 4 loads of washing, line dried it and got some of it ironed. I have cut out the blocks for a new quilt, and made sourdough pizza for dinner. Now I am getting ready for work. I love scraps and will keep my fingers crossed.

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  17. I am an avid cloud watcher...
    I would be in heaven there

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  18. Looks like you had a fantastic day, we spent large part of the day on our allotment getting it ready for planting. I would love to be entered into your draw for quilting fabric. Have a great weekend.

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  19. Fab pictures, Froogs! Yes, the weather has been better here in Hertfordshire today too, and even though I worked during it, I was lucky to be working in a cafe based in Ashridge National Trust Estate, and enjoyed the many people, babies and dogs enjoying the sunny but chilly weather over a cup of hot chocolate! I'm quilting tonight, as I've just had some lovely fabric delivered I got from Ebay. I would also love to be entered into your draw, please! Enjoy the rest of the weekend! x

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  20. Looks like a beautiful area. We have some wonderful walks here in Teesdale but with wind chill at the moment rather icy!! Would love to make a rag quilt for my daughter, I think as a beginner it might be the easiest way to start. Have a lovely Easter Lisa xx

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  21. Gorgeous pics! generous offer too. .... It's my birthday today, and this year i am going to learn to quilt. I follow on Google reader fwiw.

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  22. Gorgeous pics! generous offer too. .... It's my birthday today, and this year i am going to learn to quilt. I follow on Google reader fwiw.

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  23. Looks a lovely walk. I wasn't brave enough - an hours gardening yesterday and I was ready to hibernate again! Sadly my sewing isn't worthy of your material! A bit more practice required. ENjoy your Easter. x

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  24. Love, love, love it when you take us on your walks. You and Meanqueen have such interesting places to see. With your photos and descriptions we can live through you. I have some great bush walks near me but I have done them to death. Need to drive further afield and you have inspired me.

    Still, we don't have the concentration of interesting walks that you have in England with the mix of ancient and industrial man and nature.

    Hope you get another outing in over Easter!

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  25. I've always loved Bodmin Moor, it's so beautiful up there! Not so long ago I went to the hurlers with a group of friends, and it was so sunny until we got there - then there was a downpour!! Of course the sun came out as we turned to leave. Cornish weather for ya!

    I'd love to be entered into the draw if that's ok? I've recently started going mental with fabic sraps and it sounds ideal!

    All the best,
    Hannah x

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  26. I read it all Froogs! Please enter me in the draw. If I win I will take it as an omen to buy my first sewing machine which you use to teach on.
    Pictures look fab, we are hoping to do a road trip out your way so will be popping in for tea and harassing you for cake!

    S. x

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  27. Makes me want to go on holiday....love Cornwall. Glad you enjoyed your day out. Please can I be entered into the draw for the fabric bits of material.

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  28. I'd love to walk around that area looks so good! Boiling here. We've been to the beach.

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  29. The sun has been shining and we have been out in the garden today. I only starting learning to quilt last July so any extra scraps to help start my stash would be welcome. I am loving quilting and read your 'workshops' with interest, so please enter me into your draw. Ann x

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  30. What beautiful pictures - thank you for sharing them with us xx

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  31. Getting into the hang of commenting now - would love quilty bits.

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  32. What a great FREE day out! And exercising too. Glad to see you a bit brighter
    Judy xx

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  33. It looks lovely! And a tropical 7 degrees compared to our -2 in Barnsley today.
    Have a nice Easter.
    Emma x

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  34. Those are fabulous pictures, I will probably never get there on my own, but felt like I was with you there!

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  35. I bet it was great to get out and about, we often forget about what is free on our own doorstep. It looks a great place to visit xx

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  36. Just adding mine to the long list of comments - you sure are popular. Amazingly, here in Melbourne, i was watching Escape to the Country and saw that exact pile of rocks you were sittting on. Gosh England looks lovely (outside of the cities). My family heritage is Cornish so perhaps that's why i relate. Cheers - Happy Easter from Oz.

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  37. There is nothing that beats walking, especially in such beautiful surroundings! It burns calories, blows away the cobwebs & winter blues and is free!
    Please enter me into your fabric draw, I am desperate to sew a quilt and this would give me the kick up the bum to find the time and just do it!

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  38. Lovely pics. I would love to go to Cornwall some day...

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  39. lovely pics i will visit one day

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  40. love the pics i will have to visit oneday

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  41. lovely pics i will visit one day

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  42. Beautiful, in a desolate sort of way. How did that one area come to be known as the cheesewring? Oh, and I read to the end but I'm in the States so not eligible for the fabric. That's OK, I'm trying to use up what I have, no need to add more!

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    1. Hi Penny - It's a reference to cider making. Apples are crushed and then were wrapped in hessian and placed in a press - the wrapped apples were called a 'cheese' - the stones are supposed to resemble the 'cheeses' - the wring is the apparatus used to stack and compress the 'cheeses' which is called a press now but to compress something or to extract liquid is referred to as 'wringing' in the UK. Hence we wring out our laundry when washing it by hand.

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    2. Interesting! Thank you for the reply.

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    3. Interesting! Thank you for the reply.

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