This afternoon we went to Trevelloe House near Penzance ; a beautiful house set in 20 acres of woodland that was a Neolithic settlement in the Stone Age and this one dates to about 6000 BC: It used to be made of oak and alder but the woodland is managed now and some older parts were quarried, but there are still some amazing parts left.
The couple who live there open up the house and grounds a couple of times a year to raise money for various charities: today it was for Water Aid ; a great NGO charity that works in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific region and Central America to improve quality of life through sustainable approaches to water, sanitation and hygiene education, using local skills and practical, sustainable technologies. Every pound raised is matched by £1 from the UK government.
It has been postponed twice because of bad weather and today was the last opportunity to see the wonderful bluebells in the woodland so despite it being a grey cloudy day about 70 + people from our church and others donned raingear and made our way up a steep slope to the woods, and back to the house for a welcome cup of tea and homemade cake. A lot of our parishioners are in their 70's but they managed well with the terrain !
A few photos show the amazing boulders that are one of the most prominent features around the site and there are also caves and something called a fogue, which is an underground chamber, the purpose of which is uncertain but was most likely for cool storage rather than for ritual. There are several fogues in Cornwall.
Above :Natural grotto
The entrance to the fogue
Some sort of threshing stone for grain in
the hollowed our stone above
Some of the intrepid walkers being guided
by our lovely parish priest Fr Philip.
He's the one with the Shepherd's crook.