Monday, 29 June 2015

St Ives on a lovely sunny day

St Ives rooftops Park at the top of town and meander down the hill past many a Cornish pasty shop. Huge pasties filled with potatoes, swede, meat (although a vegetable one for me), lunch sorted. The narrow streets weave and wind until you reach St Ives harbour and its quaint buildings. 
St Ives beachThere's much to see, boats of course, from pleasure to working fishing boats with their fresh catches, ready to serve in one of St Ives restaurants. For us it was all about those pasties, still in their paper bags, as we looked for a place to eat and enjoy the views. Rum and Crab Shack St IvesAquamarine, luminous water, you could be abroad in the Mediterranean. Brightly coloured boats bob around in all their primary colours, taking people on trips or busy being worked upon. A pure gem, an area of natural beauty with Gulf Stream warmed sea. St Ives water On the cobbled streets, food and art, in equal measure. Windows stacked with meringues and bread at the St Ives Bakery were so tempting.  St Ives Bakery Just back from the harbour is St Ia, the parish church of St Ives. Unfortunately closed so we were unable to take a peek inside but walking through the churchyard was pleasant, with views across the bay over the stone walls. Palm trees spring up on corners and many small plants grow in cracks and crevasses. St Ives' Parish Church Over the sea wall juvenile gull  We found a bench over looking a small gull colony with adults and speckled juvenile birds who were enjoying  the hot air thermals and then taking a dip in the sea. As long as they didn't pinch our pasties, they are ok!drink St Ives bay Sloop Inn St Ives The Sloop Inn is a traditional fisherman's pub with great character and a long history. A lively place on the wharf to enjoy a spot of people watching. People with stripy windbreaks and hiring deckchairs, children with buckets and spades. I love a harbour, seeing the variety of boats and everyday coastal life. Stripy wind breakersThe light here is magnificent and it is clear how St Ives is a magnet for artists and is the home of the Tate Gallery. We didn't get to see any paintings as we had the dogs with us and were soaking up the sunshine instead and the dogs were well catered for with containers of water outside shops. Boats at St Ives Our Cornwall travels were wonderful and as a first timer to the area, I can't wait to go back and explore more of the streets, beaches and cafes. I know that there a some beaches nearby to here that look amazing but we didn't get to go this time. Really needed two weeks......boat St Ives used to be the hub for pilchard fishing in the 18th and 19th centuries with boats capturing whole shoals, preserving in salt and processing them there too. Nowadays, there is little, just some small scale sustainable operations which has to be a good thing. Plus I did not know this but a sardine is basically a small pilchard! Learn something new every day. 

“Pilchards! Whose bodies yield the fragrant oil and make the London lamps at midnight smile!”  (Peter Pindar 1783)Grey Mullet Guest House St Ives St Ia again, the Anglican church, originally a chapel of ease and built in the time of King Henry V.lady by the church I'm such a deli lover! Gorgeous fruits and vegetables arranged so perfectly. The Allotment Deli St Ives Back to the sun trap of Harbour Beach to take in all the colour. St Ives deckchairsAnd then a walk around the harbour to look for sweet treats that may have involved fudge!
St Ives harbour
St Ives fudge

13 comments:

Anca said...

Amazing pictures, as always x

Jen Walshaw said...

I have such fond memories of St Ives from when I was a child. Your pictures bring it all flooding back.

Sonia said...

I love St Ives it is such a pretty place, fancy a trip to the bakery right now ;)

Erica Price said...

We visited a few years ago and I'd love to go back again soon.

Michelle Ordever said...

Such beautiful, beautiful photos! Makes me want to drop everything and drive to St. Ives now! x

Ness said...

I haven't been to St. Ives for years but when we went it was a beautiful Cornish day like you had.

New Mum Online said...

Having read two Cornwall posts I am now hankering to go. This looks utterly timeless and unspoilt x

Sarah Bailey said...

What an absolutely gorgeous looking place - I would love to be there right now x

Globalmouse said...

Gorgeous! I haven't been to St Ives for a few years but would so love to visit again. Love the photos, you've really captured it.

fritha strickland said...

I absolutely LOVE St Ives. I've only been once and unfortunately it was on a girls weekend which wasn't super relaxing but I really want to go back with my family and show them how beautiful it is x

RosieCorriette said...

All your fabulous photos are making me want to head to St Ives right now! I love how it looks so relaxed and family friendly x

Amy Squires said...

Oh I just love St Ives. I was just looking this week about a holiday here. I haven't been for ten years! Gorgeous photos, you've really captured the feel of St Ives!

sonya said...

I adore St Ives - this post really made me crave a return visit!

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