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Christmas lights in Cornwall (day 56)

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As I continue my virtual bike trip along the Cornwall Coast, I am heading towards Day 60 when I will reach Lizard and the southern-most point of England.

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7-56  December 9, 2013  30 minutes  3.0 km  (from Coverack to Ponsongath)

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On the 56th day of my bike trip, I could not seem to find an image to paint.  Then I took a side road northward and was inspired by a string of coloured lights across a walled courtyard.  Perhaps they were not lights at all, but brightly coloured clothespins on a line.  In any case, I saw my painting in my mind’s eye!

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It was only after I painted this and showed it to my husband, I realised I had painted a string of Christmas lights!  The lights in the Street View image could have been patio lanterns, but my paint brush was thinking Christmas!!!

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December 10, 2013  'lights near St. Keverne'   Jane Tims

December 10, 2013 ‘lights near St. Keverne’ Jane Tims

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One of the light bulbs in my painting has burned out and has not been replaced.

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Copyright  2013  Jane Tims

return to the shore (day 54 and 55)

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For a few days of my virtual travel along the Cornwall coast, I haven’t been seeing much of the coast.  This is because my route took me inland, to skirt the tributaries of the Helford River.  Now, though, I am travelling along the coast again.

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map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)

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7-54  December 4, 2013  35 minutes  3.0 km  (from Porthoustock to St. Keverne)

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This is the famous Lizard Coast, called, not for the serpentine rock in the area, or for any reptile, but after the Cornish word meaning ‘high court’ (Lys Ardh).  I have seen a few references to the Lizard, including this sign in St. Keverne …

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sign showing a lizard in St. Keverne (image from Street View)

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7-55  December 6, 2013  35 minutes  3.0 km  (from St. Keverne to Coverack)

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I haven’t attempted many people in my paintings, but in the watercolour below, I tried to capture a couple of the many people I saw enjoying the walk along the coastal road in Coverack.  With artists’ licence, I paired two people who in real-life have likely never met one another !!!!

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December 10, 2013  'walking in Coverack'   Jane Tims

December 10, 2013 ‘walking in Coverack’ Jane Tims

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Copyright  2013  Jane Tims

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