1823 "The Great October Gale"

The "Great October Gale" of 1823

The first warning of the
approach of this great storm was made by the huers from the hills, who
saw the hurricane spreading over the horizon and advancing towards the
shore. The sean- boats were ordered home from stem, and arrived in the
harbour only just in time before the full fury of the storm burst upon
the town.

A brig which sailed from Hayle shortly before was seen to be suddenly taken aback and founder, stern first, with all hands.

is said that not a particle of sand remained upon Porthminster Beach,
the whole being swept away by the force of the waves, leaving the rocks
exposed for the full length of the Cove.

Thu, 30/10/1823

Nature - at Hawthorn Time

Cherry blossom over, daffs turning. Hawthorn bud-burst.

Horse chestnuts, swallows, blackthorn (sloe).

Wild garlic, dog violets, sycamore bud-burst. A cuckoo calling.

Ribwort plantain, common bugle, bird's foot trefoil.

Nettles, yellow archangel. Rabbits.

Arum (cuckoo pint, lords and ladies, bobbin joan) - spadix first formation. Ash trees in flower.

Ground ivy, purslane. Beeches in full leaf. Hornbeams first flower.

Celandine, cuckoo flower, meadow buttercup.

Avens, dog's mercury, harebells, vetch. Otter spoor by the river.

Herb Robert, Bracken unfurling. Snakeshead fritillaries.

Ground ivy (hedge banks). Ash flowers.

Milkwort, cranesbill. Pedunculate oaks - first flower tassels.

Garlic mustard. Brimstone butterflies. Crab apples in bud.

Lady's bedstraw, sorrel, bee orchid. Ash bud-burst.

Borage, self-heal, first wild clematis flowers (old man's beard, traveller's joy).

Brambles. Showers wind from the south-east.

Meadow foxtail; first inflorescence.

Speedwell, ragged robin, meadow saxifrage (rare) One early foxglove.

Amazing pumpkins for RNLI

The best pumpkin lifeboat? -

She’s the best pumpkin lifeboat in the fleet #17-36


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