Elephant Parade London 2010

Hunting Elephants in London…

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Elephant Parade is a conservation campaign that shines a spotlight on the crisis faced by the endangered Asian elephant. Brought to you by www.elephantfamily.org, the event sees over 250 brightly painted life-size elephants (each is decorated by a different artist or celebrity) located over central London – I think I have found 53 so far (31st May)!. Continue reading

I’m* going to the moon

LRO spacecraft mission certificate *If only – it is just my name that is going, sometime before the end of 2008 :(

But I have a certificate :)

You too could join NASA’s Return to the Moon!
Names will be collected and placed onboard the LRO spacecraft for its historic mission bringing NASA back to the moon. You will receive a certificate showcasing your support of the mission. (The deadline is June 27, 2008 for the submission of names).

The mission objectives are: to find safe landing sites, locate potential resources, characterize the radiation environment, and demonstrate new technology.

OK you got me, it was just a blatant attempt to play a bit of Lemon Jelly.

Minions and the Cheesewring

As I continued to make my way through the 40 different sausage selections to choose from at the B&B for breakfast I needed to get out and stretch my legs. Without really knowing I had already walked up and around the highest peak in Cornwall last month, so chose one of the more heritage areas around Minions this time around.

One of the engine houses of the South Phoenix Mine is now the Minions Heritage Centre The view of Stowes Hill with The Hurlers stone circles in the foreground View from Stowes Hill looking towards the Cheesewring

Minions is the highest village in Cornwall, high up on Bodmin moor, and was totally created for the needs of the local industries: mining, quarrying and railways. It was almost entirely constructed in the few years between1863 and 1880. The area though is thought to have been inhabited for around 6,000 years, and old field systems and settlement areas can still be seen amidst the moorland, though they can be more clearly seen in Google Maps.

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Tregothnan, what a corker!

The weather was not good, and the forecast was not much better, but I had to do something today having had a very good breakfast (continuing to work my way through the 40 different sausage selections to choose from at the B&B!). Andy and Jane recommended that I visit Tregothnan, the traditional home of the Boscawen family, and the seat of Lord Falmouth, which is only open for one weekend of the year and this weekend is it – looks like my luck was in, lets hope it holds.

Tregothnan: The House at the Head of the Valley - and really long drive Tree ferns at Tregothnan

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