open the curtains

and take a look out the window if you want to know what the weather's like


This a landscape blog where the images are presented through the medium of creative non-fictional writing with the odd snapshot for decorative purposes.

My intention is to create a comprehensive ‘photo album’ exploring the landscapes around us by physically doing just that and rendering my own interpretations of my findings not as a definitive explanation but more as a window that you have to look through yourself in order to be able to see what’s really there.

You can look at as many forecasts as you like, but the best way to find out what the weather’s like is to open the curtains and take a look outside for yourself.

My name is Merryn Robinson and I live, work, write and faff around in Cornwall, UK.

I’m originally from Berkshire and ended up in Falmouth when I relocated to go to university. I studied coastal environmental management, later following that up with a postgraduate degree in nature writing and managing to stick around afterwards because I quite like it here.

Aside from wandering about in the great outdoors scribbling in my notebook and taking photos – some of the product of which ends up on here – I also like baking, reading, making my own Christmas cards and drinking tea. I dislike bananas, conversations about football, spiders, food in the kitchen sink and the fact that I’m allergic to cats.

Comments, suggestions, requests and criticism always welcome. Grammatical corrections open for discussion, style issues negotiable.

All photographs featured are my own unless otherwise credited (hover over each image for citation). I am licensing my own work for reasonable use under creative commons, however please credit me, preferably with a link to the source, if you use anything. If you require further use of any images or copy featured on this website, including prints or commissions,  please get in touch.

email: merryn[dot]robinson[at]tiscali[dot]co[dot]uk

Please note this is a non-profitable, unfunded creative outlet and I do not benefit from any advertisements you may see on this website. These are implemented by WordPress and help pay for the ongoing free service they provide to their users.


21 thoughts on “About

  1. If you were to use the “more” element on the back end, then your homepage would only display part of each post and the reader (read: lazy me) wouldn’t have to scroll so far to find your other posts.

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by Gallivance to read Those Bodacious Baltic Beasties. We really enjoyed the Art Nouveau animals and are happy that you did too. And we really like your post on Blackberry Picking. Here in the States our season was also pretty pitiful. Hope you get enough to make something tasty.
    All the Best, Terri and James Vance

    • Blackberry and apple crumble is the answer to many problems – fortunately even what to do when you can’t get many, or particularly big/good blackberries!

  3. Thanks for following my blog. Loved your post about the Tube and it’s fascinating history.

  4. You can look at as many forecasts as you like, but the best way to find out what the weather’s like is to open the curtains and take a look outside for yourself. — love this quote! Nice blog!

  5. Cornwall looks like such a beautiful place, I hope to get there one day soon 🙂

  6. I just added Open the Curtains to my blogroll. I can’t think why it took me so long to do that.

  7. This is great – my partner Tim and I started walking the South West Coastal Path last year – concentrating on Cornwall first so your blog will be a really useful read. Have just started blogging myself and have a similar theme to you – describing places we love to photograph and visit. I am still finding my way with my blog but your posts have inspired me.

    • I think I’m still finding my way with mine too! Thanks for dropping by and for your comments – glad you like it 🙂 So much to enjoy on the coastline so good luck with your continuing adventures.

  8. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Cornwall with you, Merryn. We were there last September for a few days and would love to visit again and stay longer next time.

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