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Beautiful St. Ives

Updated on March 11, 2013
Fishing boats in St. Ives bay, waiting for high tide
Fishing boats in St. Ives bay, waiting for high tide

Today was another blustery, rainy and cold day in the south-west tip of England; St. Ives is a beautiful fishing village, surfers and artists paradise.

I have time on my hands most days, and so on the rare occasion when the sun has been shining, (most days around 6pm strangely), I pop out with my camera and delight in the wonderful textures and colors of this picturesque village and the surrounding countryside.

Today I walked along the beach at low tide and weaved in and out around the many fishing boats, which lay on their sides, waiting for high tide. I am amazed at the beautiful color of the ocean, so much like the Caribbean; with turquoise shallows and deep sapphire depths. St. Ives village appears to wrap itself around the bay, and has a quaint 'olde-worlde' charm.

I highly recommend it for a visit - but be prepared for changeable and cool weather; even in mid-summer; the Atlantic winds whip around this most western peninsula, and mother nature, in all her "glory or fury" lavishes herself along these Cornish shores.

There are plenty of Art galleries for you to visit; literally one on every corner and down every back alley. The Tate Gallery is extraordinary and well worth a visit, also the Barbara Hepworth museum and gardens.

The traditional Cornish pasties are cooked in eateries along the cobbled main street and the smells wafts by as you walk along, beckoning you in. The pasties are huge - a massive meat and potato meal encrusted with pastry - satisfying and hot on a cold summer day!

Also, the Cornish Clotted cream is world famous. There are numerous signs suggesting you pop in to "twee" cafe's for "Cornish cream teas" - (two scones with jam, butter and clotted cream and of course a pot of tea). Yummy!

Needless to say I have put on weight. I could stay here a long time. To be honest, I have.. well, three times longer than I planned to... I have extended my stay twice already. I was due to stay here 2 weeks and have now been here 6wks!

Look out for more photos of Cornwall in the next few days.... I hope you enjoy them as much as I do taking them.


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      Leni Sands 6 years ago from UK

      Wonderful photographs of St. Ives. I have family there, my mother, sister and two nieces. It is a beautiful place in Summer. Very detailed information - great hub!

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      Gary Shorthouse 6 years ago from Reading, UK

      Great photos of St Ives and Cornwall, I enjoyed them very much. I love spending as much time there as I can. I have an apartment there that I rent out in the summer and I stay there out of season.

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      Helen 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi chpublish, glad you enjoyed the photos; yes, the color is wonderful because of the unusually keen light play - a very special place! :-)

      Hi always exploring - you are welcome- :-) watch out for more photos in the next few days! :-)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Very beautiful. Thank you.

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      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      Wonderful photos and the colour of everything is great. A very inviting place, it would seem.

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      Helen 6 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for your kind comments Dim, I am happy to bring the ocean to you :-)

      Hi Marlin 55 - thank you. I hope you get to visit. Its so beautiful!

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      Marlin 55 6 years ago from USA

      A great article. I want to visit there soon! Vote up on this one.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      wonderful, though brought a tear to my eye. l miss living next to the Ocean. These pics were beautiful Thank you.

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      Helen 6 years ago from Florida

      Thanks AliciaC, you are welcome!

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for more lovely photos of Cornwall. I love St. Ives as well. I hope that you continue to enjoy your holiday. It sounds like you are having a great time!

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      petermdhart 6 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      I love St. Ives also - I spent 3 months down there with my caravan and cycled miles and miles around the countryside. Thanks for sharing.