Day 18: Millendreath to Polkerris

Route
My second day hiking down the South Coast and now I really do feel like I’m coming home. Today’s was a substantial walk from Millendreath to Polkerris via Looe, Polperro, Polruan and Fowey. While long, the way wasn’t strenuous – the sea was as glass and it was a still, sunny day. There was a super-yacht at Little Lantic.

On Bugs and Creepy Crawlies
I’ve been very fortunate on this hike to see wild animals nearly every day, a wonderful array of birdlife, and many sweet domesticated beasts, but although I haven’t mentioned it (nevermind documented) I’ve been constantly accompanied by a wonderfully diverse gang of bugs and creepy crawlies (by which I mean insects, arachnids, molluscs, myriapods and crustaceans). Sadly most were too quick for me to photo, and I don’t know most of their names. It would be wonderful to walk the coast with someone who does. But I’ve seen beetles, shield bugs, dragonflies, spiders, moths and butterflies, grasshoppers and crickets, the various crustaceans, and many unnamable things in many  unnamable colours.

Birds
Pheasant, Blackbird, Herring Gull, Oystercatcher, Great Black Backed Gull, Rock Dove, Shag, Cormorant, Wood Pigeon, Swallow, House Martin, Eider Duck, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Wren, Osprey, Canada Goose, Collared Dove, Stonechat, Magpie, Kestrel, Coal Tit, Buzzard, Mute Swan, Common Gull

Wild Animals
Shrew

Poem
swimming at plaidy beach

sad scrape seal skin
mulch fight cloth
round autumn

the mucky sill mucky
terps in full flow
fresh wet crushed baby shells

open compost mussels
untanned tomato pie
fed flank kicks

crystals back white hands
silky english wave
still green naked where

wheelie bin ghost race
two china bowls cut clear
a clutch of steamed spinach

Visuals