On a windswept, exposed Cornish cliff top one lady turned her idea for an open air auditorium into reality. She started work in 1931.
There was a lot against her; she didn't have modern day machinery, her only workers an elderly gardener and his assistant, she was forced to turn her home and land over to the government for the duration of the Second World War.
When granite became too expensive to bring in and use for seating she was able to mimic the existing stone using concrete. She hand carved intricate designs into the seats using an old screwdriver as well as carve out 90 steps to the beach below. The steps were put to good use when she singlehandedly carried 12 huge lengths of salvaged wood from the beach below to the cliff top.
She was 38 when she started to work on her dream and the stage and seating would not be completed by her and her two assistants for over 25 years.
She worked on the theatre and it's surrounding gardens until she was in her mid 80s and continued to work on future plans right up until her death when she was 90.
The lady's name was Rowena Cade and the theatre is the Minack Theatre.
It's gardens are now tended by a large number of volunteers. Because of the mid climate and careful planting you will see flowering plants whatever month of the year you visit. Specially selected night flowering species fill the space with scent ready for evening theatre performances.
On the windswept day that we visited hardy geraniums flowered and huge succulents were planted side by side.
It's a very special place that I will return to again and again.
Joining in this week with Mammasarus #HDYGG