Day 7: The Lizard Point and Kynance Cove
I write one word in capital letters in my sketchbook – GEOLOGY?
I don’t know enough about this subject, but all week I have been looking at, climbing over and collecting rock and stones and I need to find out more.
Rock formations – Lizard Point
The one thing I know about the Lizard Peninsula is that it is made up of serpentine rock. My grandmother had a serpentine lighthouse on the windowsill and similar can still be bought today from a man who carves and polishes the stone in a beautifully painted, white, wooden hut at the southerly most tip of England. The stone has a greenish or red mottled hue and my book The Pebbles on the Beach by Clarence Ellis tells me that the pebbles are ‘usually ovoids and they possess a wax-like lustre. To touch them after the removal of their coating is to become aware of a sensation that can best be described as caressing.’ Of course I know this for myself because at Kynance Cove I couldn’t resist picking up a beautifully striped green ovoid pebble of my own to take home.
Rocks at Kynanace Cove (waves, roar, hot sun)