Flashback Friday #39

This is a fairly recent post from 2019 about the place where I live in response to a Lens-Artists’ challenge about the word ‘Magical’ posted on my Cornish blog – Cornwall in Colours

My Magical Place

Summer already seems long ago; the year has swiftly embraced autumn. The light is subtly different now. The sun is lower in the sky and shadows are longer and hard-edged. There is warmth in a sheltered spot, but an underlying chill lies in the air like a harbinger of winter.

The country lanes are no less interesting with the hips and haws and berries, wild flowers turning to seed; the bracken copper brown. On a clear day Trencrom hill still affords the most wonderful views to the Celtic Sea in the west and Mount’s Bay in the south.

Last week’s “micro harvest moon” (so named because it is the smallest it has been for a while on account of being at its furthest point in its orbit around the earth) appeared tiny and bright in our cloudless sky. So bright it kept waking me up during the night as it rose around sunset and set at sunrise. By early morning it had changed from being silvery white to golden yellow before sinking behind Trink hill. At the same time I saw the most wonderful saffron sky at dawn on my early morning trip to the bathroom and once again chastised myself for not yet having gone up onto ‘my’ hill to see the sun rise. In contrast the evening skies have been glowing red and orange and purple or more subtle peach and lilac. My favourite time of the year for sky watching is here.  From my magical place. Home.

This post is a contribution to Fandango’s Flashback Friday. Have you got a post you wrote in the past on this particular day? The world might be glad to see it – either for the first time – or again if they’re long-time loyal readers.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

18 thoughts on “Flashback Friday #39”

  1. We are enjoying yet more late summer over here in the east. Blue skies and 23 degress yesterday, set to be the same later today. What a difference to the dismal August.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. It’s definitely been a better month here too this year. Hardly any wind and some soft mizzle, but so much nicer than August. Looks like it is set to change next week though!

  2. We too, in the S.E. are enjoying incredible sunny days and balmy nights – windows open until well after midnight. Much as I am loving the sunshine though, I hate the bedraggled gardens (including my own where I’ve lost the battle with the weeds for the moment), the fading roses yet to be dead-headed and the air of abandonment some gardens have. I just about keep on top of mine but the roses taunt me as they wave about in the air, too high for me to reach to cut back.

    1. I have a lot of work to do in my garden too, but things are still flowering and I am waiting for them to die down a bit more. I might make a start this weekend as it looks like the weather is turning next week.

  3. A lovely post Jude. I must have started following you round about this time. But haven’t we had a fabulous moon this week? Very different from your report in this post.

    1. We have probably had more of the mist than you, but overall September here has been rather lovely and hopefully beginning to quieten down now. The moon has been bright again this week!

  4. Oh my goodness, I’m trying not to be jealous over the places you have to walk in! Those fabulous views! OK…I AM jealous… 🙂

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