I had a chap over yesterday. He swore he wasn’t local, although he’s lived here for 47 years and came originally from just over the hill . He was here to test the Ph balance of our fields, it is well known among the few farmers left here that out soil is always erring on the side of acidity and it needs a good dowsing of lime every fews years. Which I knew full well ours needed but wanted to know just how much. The reading was 5 and needs to be 6.5/9 by the way.
Anyway, as anyone in Cornwall knows ( or Wales for that matter ) a Cornishman or Welshman does not arrive, just do the job and go, oh no you can get a grilling, lots of gossip and information before you get around to anything else. So as we stood in the sun & wind gazing up at our Farmhouse I was told that it used to be one of only three dairy farms in the area around the time when I was born and did I know that back in the 1800’s Porkellis and the surrounding area was home to over 3,000 people only a handful of whom were dairy farmers, ( we have no dairy Farmers now and only 600 residents) the rest were miners. Now, not a single person in the village goes down a mine, unless to show the visitors Poldark Mine and how it was for miners who mined tin. There has been talk about reopening South Crofty, where tin then Copper was mined all those years ago. As yet it’s not happened. It would be good for Cornwall to have an industry again, so fingers crossed.
So I think what I’m getting round to saying is that, we all know Cornwall is a very beautiful, peaceful place to take a holiday but Cornwall also has a fascinating industrial history that maybe of interest to you and it may not be the end of it yet?
Have you booked that break yet? Ruby farmhouse Holiday Cottages ready and waiting……