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Beautiful St. Ives
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.