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In the lanes we were protected by hedges. Then, tugging open our gate, we would advance a few yards in the shelter of the wall before running the gauntlet of the wind in the open garden. Sometimes we could only just manage to round the projecting corner of the house against which the wind would try to hurl us. It was called 'rounding the Cape of Good Hope' .... The School House and High Lanes were the windiest spots in Gorran. A wag once named the School House Gorran Lighthouse. The Churchtown, at the foot of Menaguins Hill, was sheltered; but Menaguins itself, where Will Richards had his forge, Agnes her shop, and Cap'n Lelean his coal-store, was pretty exposed.

Our mists were mostly in rapid motion, borne on breezes or even whirled on gales. They poured across the downs in a wild and eddying torrent, as if the sea had been drained of its vapours to overwhelm the land. But every now and then, in fair calm weather, surface fog would collect in the hollows of the moor. Sometimes, when riding home at night, I have seen the upper slopes of our fields, crowned by the tall trees in the yard, stand sharp and clear against a host of stars, while the shallow dell at the bridge beyond 43 was full of mist that lay at peace like standing water, faintly bright in the gleam of distant worlds; so that the place had the look of a peat-moss in Uist, where there is more loch than land.

PooL, 'William Borlase', in Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall (1966) 7. Erzsey IN the valley, across fields in which rocks like the rocks on the seashore grow naturally, with ferns and bramble about them, buried deep among old trees, murmuring with rooks, there is a decayed 16 manor-house, now a farm, called Erisey: an Erisey of Erisey is said to have danced before James I. The road leads over many Cornish stiles, and through farmyards where cows wait around the milkingstool, or hens scratch beside the barn door, or pigs hurry to a trough.

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