A Necessary Space

I remember many years ago when I was younger, in the 1950s.  We lived in Stonehouse, Plymouth where I was born in 1949, the last of 10 children.

During school holidays my brother Peter and I would take the ferry across to Cremyll, Cornwall (for a few pence) and walk from there to Whitsand Bay. We took various routes through Mount Edgcumbe Park discovering our surroundings, sometimes via the Orangery, sometimes past the folly or through the woods past Maker Church and then through Cawsand village before going on to Whitsands. When we got there we would spend a number of hours on the beach, on the rocks and in the sea, using our Box Brownie camera (which I still have!). At lunchtime we would eat our sandwiches and drink the by then warm lemonade.  Later we would walk back through the lanes seeing the lizards, slow worms and snakes in the tall grass and picking up fallen branches, pretending they were rifles for when enemy tanks went by. Or calling by the ponds to collect tadpoles to take home in our jar. We would catch the last ferry home. We could travel around without any restrictions.

I find that there seems to be a lot more obstacles/restrictions around today. I have taken photographs in various recreational areas of Devon e.g. Haldon Forest, Northenhay Gardens Exeter, Exmouth Beach, large estates like Killerton, Ideford Heath, Woodbury Common, Dawlish Warren, parts of Dartmoor and some city parks. It feels that we are no longer able to park unless in the car parks, and are often fenced in and herded on narrow paths. Having said that we do need these open areas to ease our minds and get away from the bustle of life.

It is a necessary space for us all to enjoy.

Dedicated to our walks and memories

John Curno
Images 2012 – 2014.