Day 20: Gorran Haven to Pendower

Route
A calm quiet walk down the Roseland coast from Gorran Haven to Pendower, passing Dodman Point, Porthlune, Portholland, Portloe and another Nare Head. The day was quieted yet by long drizzle and crows’ caws, before turning to heavy rain. I was accompanied from Portholland to Portloe by a delightful kitten, who according to the waiter at the inn, likes to walk the 2 miles to Portholland and back with passing hikers (apparently undeterred by rain). A soothing day.

Birds
Swallow, House Sparrow, Wren, Carrion Crow, Gannet, Stonechat, Jackdaw, Great Black Backed Gull, Shag, Herring Gull, Bluetit, Wood Pigeon, Mute Swan, Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Cormorant, Kestrel

Wild Animals
Adder, Atlantic Grey Seal

‘Was it perversity, that I longed to talk to him?
Was it humility, to feel so honoured?
I felt so honoured.’
– from ‘Snake’ by DH Lawrence

Poem
fuzzy ballad

the fuzzy man
mistaken for a shrub
unfurls himself
like an armadillo

his exposed front
consists of cracking clay
and the fuzzy man’s back
is poison tipped peppermint barbs

today is fuzzy in the sky
and fuzzy in the sound and feel of it
and so in the fuzzy that’s in between
the land and fuzzy sea

the fuzzy man crawls out

he crawls out of the undergrowth
and scuttles down the track
and when it’s time for the fuzzy to go
– he’ll scuttle back

Visuals