Guardian headline 16th September 2011
I was struck by how – although not Welsh or for that matter Cornish by birth – this article, the headline, felt very pertinent to around here, to West Cornwall. Surrounded as we are by derelict post-industrial remains from the tin mine industry that so often seems to define Cornwall, compounded by official designation – World Heritage Site. And the images of flowers left in memory, makes me think of the Levant disaster of October 29th, 1919 when the man engine at Levant Mine on the cliffs at the bottom of my road, collapsed. Thirty-one men lost their lives.
From there I went back to the photos I took subsequent to the storm that swept the coast, area of outstanding natural beauty and tourist haven, that too resulted in loss of life.
What follows are excerpts from my note-book kept over the winter months whenever I could find time and space (and near clement weather) to walk the path of the stream at the centre of the devastation.