We’ve always been a little suprised at how many people have visited Porthleven, Britain’s most southerly working harbour.
We’ve known the place and the fantastic scenery it nestles amongst for ages – first as holiday visitors far too many years ago to reveal, and more lately as the location for our 5-day stained glass courses and some of our new business opportunities too.
Now there are a whole lot more people who know something about the place. And what they know is probably that the little village has been battered by the recent storms.
There have been TV shows broadcast from the head of the harbour; Radio 4’s Today programme was presented from delightful ice-cream parlour and cafe Nauti But Ice; photos and videos of waves crashing over the roofs of houses by the harbour have been seen in every reputable newspaper and news website.
Like much of the south west, Porthleven and countless other lovely places have been pummelled and will need a lot of repair – just as soon as the storms have died down.
When the storms have dissipated and the sea is calmer, the fishermen will be out in their boats, the many excellent cafes, pubs, restaurants, independent shops and galleries will be open and, with a bit of luck, the sun will be warming our skins once more.
The British coastline with all its varied beauty is truly an asset for our country.
We invite anyone who’s seen photos of Cornwall receiving the full force of extreme tides and winds to make a point of supporting the people who live and work in places like Porthleven.
Get out and enjoy our natural and man-made heritage, feel that refreshing salty air on your skin, spend some of your holiday money in our own country where it will do us all some good!
In a future post I’ll write a little about the art holidays we run in Porthleven. Until then, our thoughts and best wishes are with anyone who’s been affected by this year’s storms and flooding.
Stay safe and warm!