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Old 29th April 2009, 19:15   #1
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Default A Photoblog - Rainy Days & Hilltops

For those of you who don't know me, I can't sit still very long. I have to do something, anything. Whether it's cleaning, reading, messing about on the computer, playing with the boys, going for a walk..you get the drift. After it has rained for 3 days continuously, and I have had to be housebound, you can imagine how pleasant I can be. I mean, this is April, you're supposed to have April Showers in the U.K hey? Not thunderstorms, and hail. Anyway, this Monday gone, after I dropped my older son to school, I came home and said to the husband, please, let's go for a walk. Of course he looks at me like I'm crazy, but it's raining. So we wear our coats. Jamie is bundled up and stuck under the rain protector of his buggy and we're off.

It's not a long walk, about a mile or so away, but we go to Richmond walk which is near the marina, and then Jamie and I walk up to the monument that is built in memory of Capt. Robert Scott who went to the South Pole. The two of us then walk up to the Observation Deck, get pelted with some hail, but it's fabulous. I'll let the pictures do the talking.

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Old 29th April 2009, 19:28   #2
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A view of Cornwall from Mt. Wise, and the walk up to the Observation deck.

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Old 29th April 2009, 22:08   #3
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We reached the top of the hill just as the rain started, the wind was so strong, it was pushing skinny ole me and trying to hold onto Jamie as well, fun! We did manage some pictures, the view was fantastic.

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Beautiful! The photos of the grassy areas are like someone just came and washed it clean. That reminds me.. need to drive down to the lake side.
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Old 30th April 2009, 13:36   #5
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Thanks mohit, it looks so lovely after the rain, but oh so slippery . Some more pictures, you can see the observation deck where we stood.

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Old 30th April 2009, 13:48   #6
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Wildflowers and graffitti. I saw a butterfly & a snail; first time in years! You don't get to see butterflies in the middle east, I like it here.
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Rainy days and walk to hilltop.
This is what i always want to do and when any opportunity knocks, i do it.
Nice pics. Some pics are not clear.

Here in India, summer is too hot and i am waiting for monsoon for such walks.
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Some lovely photos Sarah and a very interesting place to say the very least. You and your little boy look beautiful together.
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Old 5th May 2009, 01:13   #9
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Thanks a lot. Have to post some more pictures of another rainy day. Have just returned from a weekend away without laptops, the internet, and even mobile coverage!
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Love the grafitti!. Nice set of pics.
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Old 5th May 2009, 01:35   #11
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Three weeks ago we had driven to Cornwall to spend the day with Craig's sister & her family. What started off as a lovely spring morning just seemed to change with the minutes. In typical English fashion, this cloud appeared out of nowhere and seemed to follow us all the way to Cornwall. By the time we reached the holiday park, it felt like it was closer to dusk, then the half 11 in the morning that it was.

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We had time to enjoy burgers and some steak cooked by his sister's partner before we had to rush into the caravan. The rain came down in buckets. Rained really hard. Luckily we had left behind some travel games last summer so the children played guess who & twister.

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After 2 hours Craig had had enough of being indoors and we decided to drive home. While passing through Bodmin, we saw this tall pillar on a hill, and so branched off the motorway and drove through windey roads, asked a few people and eventually came up to what is called the Bodmin Beacon Nature Reserve.
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The first thing that we notice is how quiet and peaceful the place is. There are a few dogwalkers and their dogs, and apart from the birds you don't hear a thing. High up on this hill, so very green, and it is silent. I have never had this sort of silence, and it is so wonderful, till my boys break it with their laughter. They are keen to explore, and run around. I want to know what this beacon is.
What never fails to amaze me is how all these open spaces are kept clean, no dog poo anywhere, and the owners walking wit a bag to scoop up the stuff. It still feels unreal to be somewhere where people take care of their surroundings, after being in the desert all these years. No plastic bags lying around, no garbage.

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Nice pics. So that's where ol' Walter was from.

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I'm not sure it's the same person. When I googled Sir Walter Ralegh, I got this info The Life of Sir Walter Ralegh (1552-1618) [or Walter Raleigh]

There is another link about Walter Raleigh Gilbert and his brother Sir Humphrey who came from Cornwall. Will have to research it, back to my history books after 20 years

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P.S. Does anyone know what these yellow bushes are called ? I must start learning about the wildflowers/bushes. So interesting.
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