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I'm a Cornish Pisky Pal called Perran
Born on 5th March Perran is very proud of his Cornish roots. His birthday falls on St Piran’s Day. St Piran is the patron saint of miners and the flag of St Piran shows the white tin flowing through the black rock and is usually called the Cornish flag. Perran is a true Cornish Pisky and can usually be found wearing the Cornish colours of black and gold and frequently eating local Cornish specialities such as a Cornish pasty or a saffron bun.
Living on the Lizard Peninsula has meant that Perran has the opportunity to work with the rare but beautiful serpentine stone that is found here. Most of the serpentine is found at The Lizard but there are still a few secret places around Coverack where it can be found. With the help of his friend Charlie Chough Perran can get to the different places where he can quarry the red or green serpentine, as well as visit his friends and family at The Lizard. As he spends his working day quarrying and turning dusty rock, in his time off Perran loves the clear open spaces of the moors and downs land near Coverack. His favourite smell is the heady scent of flowering gorse in the sunshine. If you see gorse in flower – and it flowers right through the year – look closely and you may find a small but very happy pisky hiding there.

I'm a Cornish Pisky Pal called Izzy Izzy.
Izzy is short for Isabel and she was born on 8th May, this is also the date of Flora day in the nearest market town of Helston. A day when summer is welcomed and when adults, children and piskies all dance through the streets. At this time of year the woodlands are a carpet of bluebells and so Isabel was named after the bluebells. Despite being named after bluebells Izzys favourite flower is Lily of the Valley, this tiny white flower is also especially associated with Flora Day.
Izzy loves the woodland, from the springtime buds and catkins to the autumnal nuts, berries and crunchy leaves. She is usually found dressed in her favourite colours of purple and lilac.
On the far southwest of Cornwall there are not many big woods but there are ‘withey beds’ or ‘willow caers’ planted years ago by fisherman. The willow was grown and coppiced so that there was always new wood suitable for making lobster and crab pots. Izzy was taught by her father, who was taught by his father how to make a willow lobster or crab pot.  Izzy loves to use the willow to make flowers and butterflies – much easier to make than the complicated pots that the fishermen use.

I'm a Cornish Pisky Pal called Sam Sam.
Sam was born on 26th August. He works hard on the farm making sure that all the Cornish pisky pals have enough food. Farming is hard work and the other piskies all help out during the busiest times such as planting and especially during harvest time.
Sam can usually be found in the fields around Coverack but by wearing his favourite green colours he is very camouflaged and difficult to find. If you really want to find Sam try looking under buttercups. Sam finds that when he has been up very early milking and has had a busy day a little snooze under a buttercup is just what he needs!

I'm a Cornish Pisky Pal called Katie Katie.
Was born when the anemone season was in full swing on 24th November, the whole family work very hard gathering the flowers into large bunches that are brought into the house to be arranged into smaller bunches to sell to the local shops.  Katie associates her birthday with the house full of people working at the kitchen table, chatting happily as they bunch the anemones. 
Cornwall, and the Lizard Peninsula is famous for its mild climate and particularly the early spring flowers. Katie is very involved in the growing and harvesting of daffodils, violets, primroses and of course her very favourite anemones.
Katie’s favourite colour is that of the pink anemone and she can often be seen wearing a dress of that colour as she walks among the rows of anemones in the field near her house. When Katie isn’t working she loves to walk the coast paths around Coverack, if you ever see a clump of thrift in full flower take a closer look as there may be a small pisky admiring the view!

I'm a Cornish Pisky Pal called Yasmin
Yasmin loves the sea, she was born on 7th January and this day was particularly memorable in Coverack as the fishermen caught more bass than they had ever caught before. Yasmin has gone on to help her Dad fishing out of the tiny fishing harbour at Coverack. She catches a range of fish, mackerel, pollock and lobster but she is always particularly pleased when they have a good catch of bass.
Yasmin loves to spend her time beach combing.  After an east wind she knows lots of interesting pieces of driftwood will have been washed up onto the beaches around Coverack, she makes all sorts of useful things out of her beach finds.
In the calm summer days Yasmin loves to collect seashells, especially precious to her is an unusual find on Coverack beach, a beautiful cowrie shell with three spots along its top, her Mum says that it will bring good luck! The blues of the sea are Yasmin’s favourite colours.

I'm a Cornish Pisky Pal called Shanty


New for 2014. Shanty loves everything about the sea and dresses in the green and blue colours of the sea. Born on 7th June, Shanty is a cheeky and helpful pisky. Shanty can often be found around the beaches and cliffs of Coverack just gazing out to sea. Watch where you step!

I'm a Cornish Pisky Pals called Demelza


Demelza works hard all day baking for her small shop where she sells special Cornish Pisky treats such as pasties, saffron buns, heavy cake and her homemade cream teas. During the evening or at the weekends she loves to walk the cliff paths – she particularly enjoys the views from high up places. Near Coverack there is a rock, known to the local fishermen as Elephant rock – from here Demelza has a fantastic view of Coverack bay – unfortunately it is tricky to get to Elephant Rock but with some help from some friendly birds, Demelza gets a lift and she gives the birds some tasty crumbs from her baking, in return. Demelza’s birthday is 13th August.

I'm a Cornish Pisky Pal called Piran


Piran is named after the Cornish Saint, Saint Piran. Saint Piran is the patron saint of miners and the flag of Saint Piran is supposed to show the white tin flowing through the black rock and therefore Piran wears the same white and black colours.
Piran’s Birthday is 14th December. Piran particularly likes the night sky and star gazing. Nothing makes him happier than seeing a shooting star on a calm summer’s evening.


I'm a Cornish Pisky Pal called Ailla


Ailla’s name means most beautiful in Cornish, she dresses in white and her birthday is 3rd April. Ailla is a particularly caring Pisky and can often be found looking after poorly birds, animals and insects. If she can help out then she will. Ailla particularly enjoys bird watching and in any spare time she has she can be found watching the birds flit around. She has an ambition to fly but that is not so easy when you don’t have wings!

I'm a Cornish Pisky Pal called Blush


Both Blush’s and Kez’s birthdays coincide with Valentine’s Day on February 14th – just a year apart.
Blush is a particularly shy pisky and, as the name suggests, blushes easily. They are both very fond of flowers and on their birthday they like to see how many wild flowers they can find. There are not that many wild flowers that flower in February but if you look very hard you will probably find some. If you look around the base of some wild flowers, particularly wild primroses, and you see something running off quickly or hear a tiny giggle then you have probably just found Blush or Kez!

I'm a Cornish Pisky Pal called Kez


Kez & Blush both have their Birthday on 14th February. Kez is a loveable pisky and the name Kez is short for Kerenza, which is the Cornish word for love.
Kez loves to play a camouflage game, looking for red objects to hide beside. If you are going for a walk it is always worth looking near things that are red to see if you can find Kez hiding! If you find a group of red flowers, stones and leaves all together, it is a sure sign that Kez has been there – so look carefully!


I'm a Cornish Pisky Pal Called Pip


Pip is the Cornish Pisky Pal’s own friendly Pirate. He has a patch over one eye and a peg leg. He has had a fascinating life and just loves adventures and telling the little Pisky Pals about them. 
You might think that Pip’s injuries where due to savage sword fights or massive gunshot wounds - Pip would like you to think that... but actually it has more to do with falling asleep in the wrong place!
Unusually for a pirate, Pip works hard to protect Coverack and warn the rest of the Cornish Pisky Pals of any danger. Pip is particularly good at predicting stormy weather, a very useful skill when you are so small and you live so close to the sea! Pip’s birthday is 28th September.


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