A Morning at Heligan

Friday, and this morning Deb and I drove to the Lost Gardens of Heligan for the first time since March. We had planned to go there at least once a month to watch how the gardens changed through the year, but Covid stopped us from capturing the change from Spring to Summer.

It is a wonderful place to visit, and we decided today might be a good chance to make the most of the peace and quiet, before the tourists begin to arrive.

For those who have never been to Heligan, it has a lot of different things to see. There are two walled gardens, where fruit, vegetables, and flowers grow in long rows, or in greenhouses for the more delicate, and exotic plants.

The site is quite vast, and there are numerous walks to get exercise, with nature as your companion. One of the walks is based on a tropical forest and is called the Burma Trail. It has amazing bamboo and other typical trees as you walk down through a valley with a stream meandering between three or four large ponds. Although not in use at the moment, there is a rope bridge to cross over the water as you look down on the green delights below.

At the bottom of the valley you turn and go up the other side of the river, while enjoying more examples of tropical forest vegetation. When I say ‘up‘, it truly is a climb up the steep hill, and made our hearts beat faster, and lungs to sigh with surprise.

Another, and longer walk, goes virtually all around the public area of the gardens for those who enjoy a more lengthy bit of scenic exercise. You begin at the top of the site, by walking down a forest path surrounded by more typical British trees and bushes. It is so peaceful with just the sound of the tree leaves rustling in the wind, with the occasional bird song.

At the bottom there is a lake formed from the river in the Tropical area, before beginning the climb back up again. This walk can take an hour if you simply stroll and enjoy the views.

The Gardens have some rare breed animals to look at as well. Today it was two very large pigs, three sheep, two goats, two turkeys, plus an assortment of ducks and geese. In the past we have also seen cows and horses, but they were absent this morning.

There are large areas of lawn to sit and eat a picnic, or two cafes to enjoy a pasty, or cream tea, after the exertion of the walking.

Today we had our first cups of coffee since we came home from the cruise in March.

Of course there are shops as well to buy souvenirs, or plants, and another outlet offers fruit and vegetables, plus local fresh meat products.

We only stayed there for less than two hours, and could have spent far longer, but we knew rain was forecast, and we were back home before midday.

Other news for this week –

On Monday evening our grandson (in Bridgewater) was being his usual boisterous self, when he lost his balance and crashed through a glass table. He avoided cutting himself, but hurt his elbow.

His comment to his mother was – “I have broken my bones“.

Our daughter and son-in-law took him to the hospital, where, after a long wait, the x-ray showed that he had broken his elbow quite seriously. He was allowed home that night (early morning) with a temporary plaster, but had to return on the Tuesday morning for an operation.

It was mid-afternoon when he eventually went into the operating theatre where he had a 4-hour operation to reposition, and pin his elbow. The surgeon told our daughter that the bone had completely broke away and turned 180 degrees within the arm. He had never seen anything like this before.

Anyway, Oliver spent the night in hospital before coming home on Wednesday morning. He still has a temporary cast, but that will be changed for a lighter one next week. He will then go back in a few weeks time to have the pins removed.

He seems to be coping, but still having a lot of pain.

Our daughter messaged us this morning (Friday) to say that after all the things that Oliver had gone through this week, she had to upset him by refusing to let him play of the trampoline – he must be getting better.

So I am sorry for the lack of posts this week, but, as you can appreciate, our thoughts have been elsewhere.

Whatever you do this week in the new age of freedom, please be careful!