A sculpture garden and a famous fishing village


Out and about again this week to visit a recently opened sculpture garden and one of Cornwall's best known coastal villages.

The land at Tremeneere was owned by monks until 1290. After this, the Tremeneere family owned it until the end of the 19th century, having planted woodlands which still cover the sloping valley.

St Michael's Mount can be seen from the upper reaches of the gardens.

Piles of large and small rocks are left for visitors to create their own Land Art.

My Land/Sky Art contribrution. It may last until the next rains.

A huge Minotaur, about the size of a car, made of blackened resin, dominating the hillside.

We wandered past large-scale exotic and sub-tropical plantings...

... and the more familiar pampas grass borders, sometimes known as Prince-of-Wales feathers.

With friends, we entered the Skyspace, an underground elliptical domed chamber, designed by James Turrell for viewing the sky in an entirely novel and unexpected way.

Although the best skyscapes are seen at twilight, we were impressed and delighted by the clouds passing overhead at midday.

Mousehole will forever be remembered for the tragic loss of eight of its lifeboat men in 1981 when they set out to rescue the Union Star in hurricane force winds.
The harbour houses a fleet of fishing boats.

Spanish raiders burned all of Mousehole to the ground in the 13th century, leaving only this stone-built house, once a public house, The Keigwin Arms, now a private home.

Exploring the tiny sloping streets, we noticed one of my old strawberry planters, one of hundreds I made in the early 80s. It felt like unexpectedly meeting an old friend.

Mousehole has a natural swimming pool, refreshed and refilled after each tide.

More Land Art!

There were several of these carefully balanced towers of stones on the beach below the harbour wall.

Photographs (and words) by Christine West