Sunday, 17 October 2010

St Ives

What a magical name that is!  I never tire of thinking about St Ives and I don't think we will ever tire of going there.  I took so many photos that I've made a few collages to give a taste of some aspects of the town.

Over the course of 2 weeks we saw several faces of St Ives from flat calm sparkling sea to something a little more boisterous.  Having said that it was never really rough.
The photo at middle bottom above is the view we had from the sitting room of our rented cottage.  It was an upside-down house with the kitchen and bathroom downstairs and the bedrooms and lounge upstairs. 

These are just a few of the wonderful textures we saw throughout our stay.  I have many more to show and I'm hoping I will be able to use them as backgrounds in my digital art, when I ever get round to doing any! :)

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These are just a few of the images that speak to me of the harbour in St Ives.  Fishing for crabs is a popular pastime around the harbour and this little pink bucket soon became full of crabs who couldn't resist the squid bait.  I think they all got put back into the water.  The seal is a regular visitor and I think we saw him every day.  The cottages in the middle photograph sit literally on the beach and at least one is a holiday let.  In this high tech age it is interesting that the shipping forecast is written on a chalk board on the pier every day (except the weekend!).

What else can I show you?  There's so much to choose!

An Open-Top bus runs around the coast until the beginning of October and we took a trip on it to Lands End, the most westerly point in England (hence the photograph of my DH looking like ET!).  It turned into a glorious day and after lunch at the hotel in the photo we had a rush of blood to the head and decided to walk (!) along the coastal path (!!) to Sennen Cove and get the return bus from there.  

We walked up several hills,
 Enjoyed the view towards Cape Cornwall

Eventually walked down the hill into Sennen Cove and enjoyed a welcome cuppa and some cake.

This was the window in the cafe we had our cuppa in, very appropriate.

Suitably fortified we caught the last bus to return to St Ives.  But first,

a hair raising journey passing very close to buildings in St Just and taking care to avoid any roadside hedges and overhanging branches.

On the way we passed this ruined engine house that had once graced one of the many tin mines in the county.

  This village is only 4 miles from st Ives but may as well be in another world.  I think they are Cornish miles, twice as long as a standard mile judging by the time it takes to drive them, avoiding oncoming traffic and being careful not to scrape the roadside walls disguised as hedges ;)  If you google 'Cornish Hedge' you will find lots of images of different styles of hedge.
This lovely patchwork of fields is just outside Zennor and I hope that it will form the basis of a quilt before too long.   Zennor is home to the Wayside Museum and also to the Zennor Mermaid. You can read the story of the mermaid here.

Going back to the collages you can see how clear the water is in St Ives,

These beautiful rocks and seaweeds are alongside a jetty in St Ives,

and this is one of the crabs that didn't get away!

I'll be back soon with more images from our hols and I'm sure my DH will be adding his pics all the time. 


Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

I found being a passenger in the car quite hair raising going through the very narrow Cornish country lanes.
I love your mosaics, I can't wait to go back to Cornwall again.

Don said...

What a beautiful place. I did live down there at one stage- when I was 2 years old- alas, never been back.

jan said...

Lovely photos, I love Cornwall too, and we had a great holiday there two years ago, hoping to go next year.

ju-north said...

You are making me want to go there! A lot of the scenery and sights are similar to our hol in NW Scotland! Must be something to do with sea and sand!

cornishmist - thats me ju x said...

Hi julie, your pics are so inspiring, I must make a visit too, all the 9 miles lol glad you enjoyed yourselves ju x

Heather said...

Wonderful, wonderful pics Julie. I have never been to St.Ives for some reason or other, but always wanted to. It looks just as I hoped it would. You have a huge store of inspiration for all types of creativity - I'm greedy for more! Thanks for sharing them with us and for the links.

Iz said...

Love it! Reminds me of Brittany. When I was a babe we camped at Sennen Cove in a field with one cold tap; my Dad went climbing on the cliffs and my Mum washed nappies.

Helen Suzanne said...

looks a wonderful place. love your texture collections... how inspiring.

dosfishes said...

Thanks so much for sharing your trip. I love the views of all the stone walls and the little villages tucked in
and cozy. Everyone of you gals who loves Cornwall inspires us all to some day visit. Your photos were wonderful and I am sure there will be mighty stitching going on with all those ideas at the ready. xox Corrine


Lovely photos Julie, a lovely reminder to keep you going until you can come down and stay again!

Did you get a hot choccy nightcap in the Pednolver?