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Travel Theme – Stone

Artwork by Pennie McCracken

Artwork by Pennie McCracken

I took the original photograph of these stone ruins of an old Tin mine in Cornwall, when I was there in the summer. I can’t believe that they have mined Tin, plus other metals, in Devon and Cornwall since the Bronze Age with the last mine, South Crofty, being closed in 1998.

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A Cornish pasty. Photograph: Getty

The Tin mines are also the reason the Cornish Pasty is made the way it is, in a D shape with a thick crust. The miners were poor, so they were filled with chopped up potato, onions and  swede. Meat was added to the ingredients later on which is how it is eaten today.

The miner’s hands were dirty and because of the high levels of arsenic in some of the mines, they used the crust as a handle and then threw it away. Very simple, but clever, someone was thinking!

2 thoughts on “Travel Theme – Stone

    • I had exactly the same experience and was very disappointed in the Cornish Pasty I had. I learned later that there are places that make a Cornish Pasty to remember, but you need to know where they are. The only saving grace to my ‘pub pasty’ was I had a great ale to wash it down with….call Doom Bar, which I fell in love with. Did you have the chance to try that beer by any chance?

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