September 2015

Wierd and wonderful things in Norfolk

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8 September, 2015 - 11:15 | Sue Blacker

We spent a weekend in Norwich over the bank holiday.

We stayed in a flat over-looking the river near the Carrow Road football ground.  The flat has glass faced balconies, which enable you to photograph the cars in the car-park apparently in the river - irresistible!

Cornish Tin: the colours of the yarns

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3 September, 2015 - 00:08 | Sue Blacker

The Royal Cornwall Museum’s collection of South West of England mineralogy is one of the finest in the world. 

At its heart is an outstanding early collection of minerals made by Philip Rashleigh (1729-1811), the most famous of Cornish mineral collectors, who lived at Menabilly, near Fowey (the house which inspired Manderley, the de Winter home in Daphne du Maurier’s novel, Rebecca).   Rashleigh collected over 3000 mineral specimens and meticulously labelled and recorded them in his manuscript catalogue. 

Cornish Tin: Pride and Provenance

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2 September, 2015 - 23:57 | Sue Blacker

Tin has been mined in Cornwall for thousands of years and it is said that Phoenician traders came to the area to buy tin well before the Romans were around.

Tin ore is cassiterite and was found extensively across the land, especially in West Cornwall and also the St. Austell area of mid Cornwall, which is now the centre of the china clay industry.

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