Friday, 22 April 2011

Bet You Can't Guess

where we've been?  The header's a big clue!  We got back last weekend from a two week break in beautiful St Ives which never disappoints and never ceases to recharge the batteries.  We decided that after all the worries with Mum, and now that she is settled and happy, we would have some time out in our favourite place.  We rented a flat overlooking the town and the harbour.


What do you think?  Isn't it a gorgeous view to look out onto and watch the world go by?  I love the colour of the roofs in St Ives.  The lichen changes colour depending on the amount of moisture in the air.

The flat was very high up so we kept very fit walking back up the hill every time we went out.



The flat is pretty much in the middle of the pic above and is stuck on top of the white horizontal block in the middle. (X marks the spot).  If you click on the photo you should be able to see that it looks very unprepossessing and quite ugly from the outside but inside it was roomy and comfortable and the view was to die for!


We had a view of the town towards the Tate Gallery,




Across to the left to some attractive town houses,



Down to Fore Street, St Ives' main shopping street, strangely quiet in the late afternoon sunshine,


Across to the harbour and the Island,





And out to St Ives Bay and Godrevy lighthouse.  The view in my header is almost the full panorama from our window.  Stunning!

We didn't go very far during the holiday, preferring to spend time pottering on the beach, watching the tide come in, watching the tide go out, going for a few walks and for me, playing in my sketchbook!  (More of that later).  One excursion we did take though was to The Eden Project which we last visited a few years ago with my Mum).  The Eden Project is built in the bottom of an old china clay pit and every visit is a different experience.  We usually go into the tropical biome first as it gets really hot and humid in there and then go round the temperate biome.  





 



You can get some idea of the size of the place from the photo above.  If you click on the image you should be able to see a platform high up in the roof with a walkway going towards it.  This is new this year and at times the temperature up there gets above 40 degrees with very high humidity.  Did we go up there?  Definitely not!  It was hard enough keeping going round the main part in the humidity there.

Oops!  Blogger won't let me load any more photos!  To be continued..........




18 comments:

Linda said...

I knew where you were, but didn't want to post until you were back home. My e-mail address is under yours in the Porthminster Gallery! Your pictures have captured the colours well - love the lichen that grows on the rooftops. We had a flat on Fish Street (alongside the Sloop) and spent most of our week in St. Ives - wonderful place!

Amo said...

Wonderful! Your post sound full of buzz!! Looking forward to seeing the sketchbook results too.

Heather said...

Beautiful pictures Julie - I have always wanted to go to St.Ives - it looks wonderful. Glad you had such a good time.

ju-north said...

I knew where you were too! Are you scouting out the best places to live one day??

peneller said...

Lovely photos Julie. I'm so glad you had a good time and good weather too! The Eden project is pretty impressive isn't it. We went once when it opened, so must go again when we're next in Cornwall.
We are off to the opposite end of the country on Thursday but hope to do pretty much the same as you. A bit of sketchbook work, a bit of beach combing and bird watching.
Take care love Penny

Ro Bruhn said...

Lucky you, St Ives is one of my favourites places too. I still have some broken china that had washed up on the beach when we were there, dare I say it was twenty years ago now,

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Both places are on my list if myself and the DH get back over to the UK and somehow a whirlwind tour to meet all my blogging buds too. Glad you took some much needed refreshing time for yourself!!!! xox Corrine

Annette J said...

So pleased you've managed a bit of R&R and seem to have come back full of enthusiasm. Hope everything continues on this happy vein for you.

quilthexle said...

So glad to read you had a good time - and at St Ives, how wonderful !!! Guess when we go back to Cornwall for a holiday I'll have to ask for more information about the flat you rented ;-))

Gina said...

Welcome home Julie. I'm pleased you've had a good brek. Thanks for all your lovely supportive comments on my blog.

CAROLYN said...

Ha ha! I can vouch for the view. It was most a stunning panorama indeed. I am so glad we had some time to meet up ... although not as much as we would have liked and that you had such a happy holiday. Much love xo

Emma said...

Your holiday looked fabulous & well deserved.

I seem to have missed a couple of posts but have really enjoyed catching up. Looking forward to the sb, too ;)

Emma said...

ps, Happy Easter!

JP said...

glad you were having fun and not ill! - great photos - we stayed at the top of St Ives last year and it was hard going both Up and down!!! - glad you had a good time and the weather must have been near perfect

maggi said...

A well-deserved break. The views from your apartment are stunning.

Wendy said...

What a gorgeous coloured sky and you appear to have brought it home with you - thank you for that :)

I am glad you had a good holiday, you and Stewart deserved a good break. Lets hope that you have a more restful summer now

pam said...

Oh so pleased you had a great time - the wether was kind and the rest much needed. The photos are gorgeous - now you just want to go back again eh!!!

Linda said...

Your banner photo is wonderful Julie; I want to go there even more now.
So glad to hear you had a wonderful time ...you definitely deserved it.
XX