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Memories of Cornwall

Ok, let’s get this blog a bit interactive with a bit of audience participation!

Whether you live in the county as several of my followers do, holiday down there or like myself are Cornish and live outside of the county – this post is for you!  Do you have a fond memory of Cornwall, from your childhood or maybe more recently? It could be something life changing or something silly but when you think of it makes you feel great and gets the Kernow blood pumping though your veins.

So, please send them in, with a photo if you like and I will post them on My Saffron Bun. If you wish to remain anonymous that’s fine, just let me know.

Please send your fond memories to mysaffronbun@gmail.com

Go on – you know you want to! Thanks 🙂 Here’s my effort…

 

Who said men can't multi task?

This is a photo of Becky and I on a bicycle made for two (mainly pedaled by one!) on the Camel Trail, Padstow. We always go from Wadebridge to Padstow and hire bikes from Bridge Bike Hire who are good chaps and always supply decent bikes, well ones that will get you to Padstow and back. The scenery is stunning all the way and its an easy 7 miles each way although it doesn’t feel that far, well maybe on the way back!

When we get to Padstow its got to be Rick Steins Fish and Chips for lunch, eat in or on the quay. If it’s a nice day I’d do the quay option, you will be served quicker and the views are better!

Have a great weekend, whatever you get up to?

 

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Marsha Drew – Jewellery in silver, inspired by the North Cornwall coast

On my trail of Cornish artists and crafts people I have found the wonderful Marsha Drew, an independent jeweller, designing and individually hand crafting every piece of work, inspired by natural forms found near to her home on the North Cornwall coast.
Here is what Marsha has to say about her work and her life working in Cornwall…
” OK, where do I start….
 
I was born in the good old Treliske hospital many moons ago and lived in Falmouth for my first few years before my folks moved up to Gloucestershire. Fast forward a few years and I found myself heading back down into Cornwall every summer to work and now I’m back in full effect, living and working in my beloved Cornwall.
 
Living up in “The Shire” was brilliant, being so close to the Cotswold hills, beautiful little villages and amazing woodlands. But its not Kernow, there’s no sea up there and, I think that’s what I love most about Cornwall is the sea. Strangely enough I don’t surf and rarely go in, I prefer to observe and gain inspiration that way.
 
I’d been making jewellery for a few years, nothing spectacular, just gemstones and glass beads and was selling it at a few small festivals and events at various locations in the South West. In 2008 I discovered the Silversmithing and Jewellery (BA Hons) Degree at Truro College and spent the next three years immersed in learning how to make real jewellery.
 
My Foldform Collection is the result of my work and research during the final year at Uni. Foldforming is a relatively new system of shaping sheet metal by folding, forging then opening to reveal beautiful organic forms. The inspiration for this collection comes from the ocean waves and as I live in North Cornwall, very close to the sea its hard not to be influenced by the big blue. I’m lucky enough to live in between the sea and a small woodland and both these influences can be seen throughout my work”.
Check out some of Masha’s lovely work below or visit her website here.
 

Turning Leaf Ring

Riptide Studs

Turning Leaf Earrings

Riptide Bracelet

Turning Leaf Bangle

Double Drops Pendant

” I take all my photos on the beach which is just at the end of the lane where I live and couldn’t wish for a better photography studio”. All images © Marsha Drew

If you are visiting Rock, Polzeath and the North Cornwall coast then you must pop into The Winter Gallery at Polzeath to see Marsha’s work and other Cornish artists work.

South Crofty Closure in 1998

Following on from the St Piran’s day celebrations I thought it would be an appropriate post to show some images that I took of the closure of South Crofty mine back in 1998. I was at college and had got myself a NUJ (National Union of Journalists) press pass for a few years which was a fabulous thing and got me into some situations that the man on the street would struggle to get into – sometimes maybe for the best!  A quick flash of the pass at the gates of South Crofty and with a large black camera sporting the letters N I K O N and I was in! With a lot of press in the area I was being pushed from side to side by the big boys of Fleet Street. But with some Cornish determination I got a few pictures that day that I was pleased with. Here are a few work prints I have found in my boxes.  All shot on Kodak’s lovely Tri -X film!

A proud Cornishman supporting the miners on the last day of the mine being open

The derelict looking landscape surrounding South Crofty in 1998

The tag board showing the few miners underground on the last shift

Local well wishers whom have sent letters and donations to support the miners, even one from over the Tamar!

Two of the last miners to come out of the mine from their final shift

Thankfully South Crofty has reopened and the future is looking bright, well not underground – that’s pretty dark still but the future of South Crofty is bright and its providing jobs for locals again!

…..and finally the PRESS pass

should have gone to SpecSavers! ( I think I did!)

Rough Tor, the 2nd highest point in Cornwall

For those interested in the geology of Cornwall you must watch The Great British Countryside with Hugh Dennis and Julia Bradbury that was on BBC last week. Pick it up on iPlayer here before it disappears into the ether. It was a great programme with an interesting insight into how Cornwall was formed millions of years ago.

They touched on the moorlands of Devon and Cornwall which spurred me to write this post. Rough Tor pronounced Row-ter with its summit 1313 ft (400m) above sea level, making it the second highest point in Cornwall. With its rough craggy rocks it’s a spectacular walk to the summit and achievable by most able bodied person with a bit of will power. Allow yourself an hour to the top and another hour to walk back down again. Why not pack your rucksack with a couple of pasties and a flask of tea and walk to the top of the tor for you lunch? It an ansom’ view!

Here are a few pics from a recent walk to the top. I will touch on Rough Tor again in later posts but for now enjoy these few pics and if the weather is looking pretty this weekend, get those pasties from down Rowes bakery and  get up there.

To give you a starting point in finding the place here is the Telegraph’s walk of the month of Rough Tor and Brown Willy – that’s Cornwall’s 1st highest point!!

 

Miss Peapod’s, Penryn

Do you ever feel like popping in somewhere warm and welcoming on such a grey and miserable day like today? Well, should you ever find yourself in Penryn you should be sure to make a visit to Miss Peapod’s at Jubilee Wharf.

Bright flowers on a retro table will soon cheer you up!

Jubilee Wharf is an award winning development with a mixture of housing, workshops, offices and a children’s nursery. Community creation & revitalisation – a hub for craft makers, quality childcare onsite from Jumblies Nursery, health & fitness classes and the café for socialising. It was built on what was the old coal merchants but has extremely green credentials, they have just installed photovoltaic panels and there are  4 x  wind turbines on the distinctive shaped roof.

To Drink?

We have only been to Miss Peapod’s for coffee but have plans to go back and eat next time!

They make their own pasta and bread and exploit all the seafood brought to them from a local fisherman. Expect specials like crab ravioli and fresh sardines, king prawns grilled in caper, chilli and parsley butter or for people with more simple tastes there are homemade burgers with chips and toasted ciabattas with fillings such as roasted seasonal vegetables and homemade butter bean hummous.

They seem to have regular event evenings and they were busy planning one when we were there. This weekend they have the wonderful Megan Henwood who was BBC Young Folk Award Winner who, ironically I photographed all the way up here at a garden party in Henley on Thames a few years ago.   Have a look at the website for more details www.misspeapod.co.uk

Origin please!

You may notice from the photos that the coffee at Miss Peadpod’s is Origin. Did you know that Origin is a Cornish company? I didn’t!

They were established in 2004  and are based in the depths of Cornwall near Helston and they distribute their coffee to restaurants, hotels, delis & cafes in Cornwall and everywhere else. You don’t even need to go down the A30 to try it, we saw on their website their coffee is being used in Malmaison and Hotel du Vin but its a good excuse to nip back to the home county isn’t it? Check their website for more info www.origincoffee.co.uk.
Happy days!

Looking for Valentines Inspiration?

Well, one idea anyway. Why not treat your loved one to some Cornishware this Valentines?

Cornishware originally had blue and white bands and those colours influenced the banner at the top of this blog. Shortly after moving away from Cornwall, whilst visiting back home I was straight down to Trago Mills to get some household goods as now I had to look after myself. So, down in the aisles of Trago with various things in my basket I have probably never used I stumbled on some Cornishware. It was all seconds but suited a young bachelor like myself.  So I picked up 2 mugs, my parents gave me  sugar, tea and coffee jars that Christmas and my collection has grown ever since. The mug collection grew, a couple have bitten the dust, one of the survivors is sporting a chip and the other a large crack that if you left it for long enough all your tea would probably drain away.  So they are now in semi retirement, and are just used when the dishwasher is full of our other mugs.

Our old mugs up by the chicken shed from when we had been mucking out - How romantic!

Cornishware is made by T. G Green and the blue and white striped design started production in the 1920 with many households having some Cornishware in their cupboards.  Now the old stuff is quite collectible but T.G Green is having a bit of a revival and becoming increasingly popular and trendy! It is said that an employee of T G Green said the blue and white banding reminded them of the blue sky and white crested waves of Cornwall.

So treat your loved one (and yourself) to a pair of Cornishware mugs this Valentines – Now available in Red and White!

Past Valentines day as you read this? Doesn’t matter Cornishware makes a great gift any day of the year!

Click on their link above to take you to the T G Green website.

The Cornish Mussel Shack – King Harry, Cornwall

When we first started My Saffron Bun we also set ourselves up on twitter and facebook to see what this social networking thing was all about. Why not follow us on Twitter?

Twitter, in particular is a great way to keep our eye on wassup in Cornwall and we love following local businesses and food suppliers. More than once we have news of what’s going on before our friends and family who actually live there!

Small fishing boat going home and Norman Bridge a passenger ferry laid up in the River Fal

One of our followers is @MusselShack who sell freshly harvested mussels, ready bagged for you to take home and use in your favourite recipes. All their shellfish come from the River Fal, in the area surrounding the King Harry Ferry and Carrick Roads. They are harvested using a variety of methods including snorkeling and hand dredging.

While we were down at Christmas we planned on taking some lovely fresh fish back to Becky’s parents who, like us, are real foodies. We had planned on going somewhere on our last day to get some on the way home but fate intervened. The afternoon before we left Matt from @MusselShack tweeted that he had some beauties that were available to anyone for New Years Eve. We quickly tweeted him and arranged to meet him at the slipway of the King Harry Ferry on our way back. This was just perfect. Roger, Becky’s Dad, has a mean reputation for THE best Moules Marinere.

So there we were on a pretty miserable late afternoon in December meeting a man about some mussels. We drove down to the slipway and parked up, we could see Matt working away in his little mussel shack.

It was great to meet Matt and with our normal Cornish twist of fate found out he lives in the same village as Mark’s Mum and Dad, Budock Water. He is rightly proud of his mussels (make sure we spell that right!) and their size and quality.

Matt's lazy assistant (left) and Matt in his Mussel Shack

The majority of their mussels are snorkeled from the underside of pontoons up and down the river. Constant immersion allows the mussels to feed 24 hours a day. This allows them to reach a very large size, as well as making the meat yield from them exceptionally good. The hand diving means that their harvesting methods are really environmentally friendly too!

Their Mussels are available to purchase at either Truro Farmers’ Market, Lemon Quay Piazza every Saturday 8:00am – 2:00pm. You can either buy them to cook yourself or takeaway portions of cooked mussel with a choice of sauces. Alternatively you can buy some from Matt on The King Harry every Friday 3:00pm – 6:00pm. Yes, that’s actually on the ferry! Matt rides back and forth all afternoon selling his mussels – it’s a hard life isn’t it?

Left - Mr Mussel (Matt) Right - beautiful mussels soon to be heading up the A30

You should check out their website which has lots more info on them. We loved their descriptions on how to look after your mussels. Who knew that mussels don’t like drafts? We have an image of them all sitting their shivering!

We took them back up to Wiltshire and Roger got to work, check out the recipe and some cool photos coming up soon.


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