no stone unturned
I've written a book, all about the less well known sites of ancient date on the tip of Cornwall. Not all of them of course, but 30 good ones, including a relatively unknown stone in Hayle.
Phil Harding said this of it: "What a little gem.
The text is so clearly written and the directions
so precise, with 'pit-falls', where they exist, also
highlighted. It is so good that you have put
effort into selecting those sites which are off
the beaten track. These sites are invariably in
great locations but sadly lose out to the celeb-
So 5 months, 400 hours, a crowdfunder project later
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The idea happened because of the above photo of Bosiliack Barrow Entrance Grave. After I'd taken it I thought it ought to be on a book cover. Next I thought OK, so I'd better get on and write it. I also felt that after all the enjoyment and frustration I'd had looking for ancient places in West Penwith it would be nice to add my bit to the accumulated knowledge of the area.
The book would therefore showcase places which were not so easy to find as the popular sites - no Merry Maidens, Lanyon Quoit, Men an Tol, etc., - and if they were off the beaten track my directions would have to be easy to follow. The frustration mentioned earlier usually stemmed from a very scant description of a site, or assumption that I as the searcher knew the area. One standing stone took three attempts to find it.
My fiendish mind also soon realised that I could illustrate this book with my own photos and artwork, thereby showcasing my talent! Oh, the power! And indeed it has proved to be a useful 'C.V.' Several sales have come about through purchasers of 'no stone unturned' liking the art.
Crowdfunding online was my only recourse to raising the printing costs, something I had never tried before. With some grand support from friends as well as unknown individuals it all worked out successfully. Printing went ahead through a Penzance company called Headland Printers who did a fantastic job as you'll see.
As to the Hayle 'standing stone' I 'discovered', further information which I was unable to pin down during the writing of the book looks like dating it as a marker stone put up in the 1800s. Rather disappointing for me, but it could have been cut from a larger, older stone for all anyone knows. The menhirs were vulnerable at a time before antiquarians, when they were viewed merely as lumps of building materials lying conveniently about.
Considering the sheer numbers of ancient sites still extant in Cornwall today and the thousands lost in other parts of the country, we are lucky here to have so many, even if we may never fully understand the reasons for building them.
Why 'artferret'? Because I love art and I love ferrets.
Please note: all first editions are now sold. This is the second edition.