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Reason to Love St Ives #8: The People Are the Salt of the Earth

The GuildHall, St Ives, Cornwall

The GuildHall, St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives Thursday Market, St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives Thursday Market, St Ives, Cornwall

I can’t leave St Ives without telling you how I have enjoyed talking to all the people! I can’t remember a time when I had so many interesting conversations with others while on vacation. We talked in the restaurants, sometimes for hours, with people, who were strangers when we met, but I thought old friends by the time we left! And never the beady eye from the proprietor, many times they joined in on the conversation, while still serving away! We talked to the locals at the beach and to English tourists as we sat on the benches and watched the world go by. And we talked to lots of folks at the Thursday Farmers Market! Oh my, lots of booths set up in the guild hall and lots of food and drink to be had! It was just a soooooooo Agatha Raisin day! Exactly the kind of scene we watch on many British TV programs……… the towns folks, the fete, the gossip, the pride! What fun! And I must tell you about Graham. We met Graham at the Cornish Sea Salt Booth set up outside the market. I learned so much about Cornish Sea Salt and sampled many varieties. Graham was so nice and knowledgeable, we spent many, many minutes chatting and then came back to chat some more! I left with some of the finest products I have ever bought on a vacation! The salt and salt combinations are the BEST! I loved them, my friends loved them, and we will be buying more when we return to the UK in November! I can’t say enough about Cornish Salt! Read more about their wonderful products Here.

The Folks

The Folks on Thursday Market Day, St Ives

Well it’s time to say goodbye to St Ives and Cornwall. What started as an uninspired week, with the knowledge that I wouldn’t go up and down that hill everyday to get my car and jaunt off to the places on my lists of “must sees,” turned out to be one of the best times we’ve had on a vacation! We loved our lodging, (except the parking arrangement and pirate noises, but hey it’s St Ives) the scenery, the history, the restaurants, the shopping, and the people! No wonder this is a favorite tourist spot!

My Cornish Sea Salt

My Cornish Sea Salt, Well Some of it Anyway, Bigger Tubs Are on the Other Side of the Counter!!!!

But, we must move on……. going on now to Kent……  Have you ever wanted to stay in a garden shed in a beautiful garden? Well I did and had to wait a year just to get the reservation. Other gardeners must have had the same thought in mind, but we’re off and I can’t wait to see what’s next on the horizon!

PS, the last day in St Ives we did the most responsible thing and called a taxi to take us, our luggage, and all the goodies we bought back up the hill, past the cemetery, past the BIG parking lot and to our own private parking spot in St Ives. Goodbye, but not forgotten! We loved St Ives!

 

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