2023 – CHW
The Copper House safe.
The family repurchased the dilapidated Copper House at Burncoose in 2020. Reroofing and renovating what was formally the estate office for the Williams Cornish Mining Company Ltd is now well underway.
In the front room just inside the front door is a massive safe in a strongroom that can only be unlocked from a lever behind the bed in the bedroom above. In around 1964 the contents of the safe and all the mining archives were transferred from the Copper House to Caerhays.
John Trudgeon supervised the move and always said that the safe was completely empty.
The safe has two locks; one of which had rusted up. The keys had long since disappeared so 3 up country locksmiths quoted to get it open (c. £2000!) It took 3 visits by the selected locksmith to gain entry.
2022 – CHW
The strong NW winds which the weathermen have been warning about for a few days have now reached us from the north of the country. Wet but still mild here although snow flurries upcountry.The gigantic Camellia ‘Magnoliiflora’ overhanging the top wall.
Finally the end of the UK and Ireland champion tree of Osmanthus yunnanensis. As we have seen before one tree reshot after pollarding but the second did not. The cross section of the trunk shows obvious rot in its dotage. Look how quickly it grew and the trunk enlarged in the earlier years of its life. Very fine wood which a wood turner and polisher might well now make use of. Just the digger to remove the stump now.
First Burncoose budget meeting reveals excellent results for the nursery for the first nine months and a healthy budget for 2020/1.Amazingly Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’ was full out on the immaculate herbaceous beds.
First flowers on Clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom’ about on a par to last year’s sighting.
2018 – CHW
Snow today at the nursery!
Forsythia manchurica buds just showing colour.
Rhododendron ‘Cornubia Group’ is just out and looking good. Three plants planted in 2007. Two survive and are fine plants.
A truly filthy day with 15 hours of hail and rain with heavy wind. Lizzie goes briefly to a hunt meet at Treberrick and I venture out for an hour to join the rain soaked pigeon shooters at 4pm. Few are still firing so it is a waste of time and it is far too still. Three crows and two pigeons only but the four dogs are lively after a week’s rest from the end of the shooting season. Mr Billy runs incessantly jumping with energy and joy.
2015 – CHW
Richard Carew-Pole arrives for High Sheriff’s dinner at Caerhays with plants of Acacia [Michael?] and Stauntonia [?]. He has now moved out of Anthony House and Tremayne has taken over the estate.
1933 – JCW
A bad three weeks for bloom of any kind but it seems to be mending, mucronulatum would have been very fine but for the frost.
1923 – JCW
Much as in 1921, it has been a late year down to ten days ago and then to wet and damp.
1921 – JCW
Blood Red Arboreums at their best, Argenteum opening well, some Sutchuenense and in the 40 Acres under the wind R praecox just began to move. Barbatums good. One of the Prunus conradinae is perfect. Very few daffs.
1918 – JCW
Soleil d’or shows colour. Cyclamineus by the Gun Room just open. Some Barbatums open, nothing open in the Tin Garden. Some Molle Azalea swelling very much. Snowdrops and Aconite wane and so do Moupinense. Wilson and Korea seed came a week ago (some of it?). Sent some to Elwes, Loder, White, Cave, Rogers and Werrington, two packets sown here.
1914 – JCW
The first Soleil d’or just shows colour, a few Arboreum are starting. C. Lady Clare is very nice, a big move all round in the last three days.
1913 – JCW
A very early year. A C. reticulata open a week, about 12 to 15 kinds of Rhodo open including 10 species, plenty of daff made a good crop in the open last week. Many Ciliatums open, a flower of Mag halliana opening.
1912 – JCW
Our hardest frost since 1895 has broken, it cut out a lot of Rhodo’ buds, but did not do much harm else, snowdrops very good.
1899 – JCW
Made my first cross max x cycl.
1897 – JCW
A week of soft weather, Hepatica angulosa, Chimodoxa out, first Caerhays daff shows colour, white hoop petticoat out, minimus at its best, Blood Red Arboreum shows colour, C sardensis shows colour, Glory of Leyden all above ground well, Pitwatkin well above, Barbatum has one flower out.