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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!

 

Reason to Love St Ives # 7: Sculpture and Barbara Hepworth Garden

The Walkway Above the Gate at Trewyn House, St Ives

The Walkway Above the Gate at Trewyn House, St Ives

The Gate at Trewyn House, St Ives

The Gate at Trewyn House, St Ives

The Entire Gate at Trewyn House, St Ives

The Entire Gate at Trewyn House, St Ives

Trewyn House, St Ives

Trewyn House, St Ives

During the Secret Garden Tour there was a lovely garden space that was the largest piece of turf that we saw in St Ives, that was devoted to a garden. The garden had a locked gate, and I got the feeling it was opened only on special occasions, hence for the Secret Garden Tour. Across from the garden a small lane divided the garden from one of the most unusual gates that I have ever seen. Behind that beautiful gate is the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden or also known as Trewyn House.

Dame Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth DBE was an English artist and sculptor. Her work exemplifies Modernism and in particular modern sculpture. She was one of the few female artists to achieve international prominence.  Hepworth was a leading figure in the colony of artists who resided in St Ives during the Second World War.

Barbara Hepworth first came to live in Cornwall with her husband Ben Nicholson and their young family at the outbreak of war in 1939. She lived and worked in Trewyn studios – now the Barbara Hepworth Museum – from 1949 until her death in 1975, from a fire in the studio. Following her wish to establish her home and studio as a museum of her work, Trewyn Studio and much of the artist’s work remaining there was given to the nation and placed in the care of the Tate Gallery in 1980.

‘Finding Trewyn Studio was a sort of magic’, wrote Barbara Hepworth. ‘Here was a studio, a yard and garden where I could work in open air and space.’ When she first arrived at Trewyn Studio, Hepworth was still largely preoccupied with stone and wood carving, but during the 1950s she increasingly made sculpture in bronze as well. This led her to create works on a more monumental scale, for which she used the garden as a viewing area.

The Garden of Trewyn House, St Ives

The Garden of Trewyn House, St Ives

The Garden of Trewyn House, St Ives

The Garden of Trewyn House, St Ives

The Garden of Trewyn House, St Ives

The Garden of Trewyn House, St Ives

The Garden of Trewyn House, St Ives

The Garden of Trewyn House, St Ives

Most of the bronzes are in the positions in which the artist herself placed them. The garden itself was laid out by Barbara Hepworth with help from a friend, the composer, Priaulx Rainier.

"Figure for Landscape" 1959-60 Dame Barbara Hepworth 1903-1975

“Figure for Landscape” 1959-60, Dame Barbara Hepworth 1903-1975

Garden Sculpture (Model for Meridian) 1958 Dame Barbara Hepworth 1903-1975

Garden Sculpture (Model for Meridian)1958, Dame Barbara Hepworth 1903-1975

"Conversation with Magic Stones" 1973 Dame Barbara Hepworth 1903-1975 Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax and allocated to the Tate Museum

“Conversation with Magic Stones” 1973, Dame Barbara Hepworth 1903-1975

Her eldest son, Paul, was killed on February 13, 1953 in a plane crash while serving with the Royal Air Force in Thailand. A memorial to him, Madonna and Child, is in the parish Church of St Ives.

Exhausted in part from her son’s death, Hepworth travelled to Greece with her good friend Margaret Gardiner in August 1954.

When Hepworth returned to St Ives from Greece, she found that Gardiner had sent her a large shipment of Nigerian guarea hardwood. Although she received only a single tree trunk, Hepworth noted that the shipment from Nigeria to the Tilbury docks came in at 17 tons. Between 1954-1956 Hepworth sculpted six pieces out of this guarea wood!

It was proposed at one time to take up the garden and use the land to build council housing! I for one am glad they didn’t, it is a calming oasis is a sea of tourists.

HEPWORTH Barbara, 1966, sculpteur (GB) © ERLING MANDELMANN ©

HEPWORTH Barbara, 1966, sculpteur (GB)
© ERLING MANDELMANN ©

 

Thursdays Doors: St Ives Again

George Hicks Court Archway, St Ives

George Hicks Court Archway, St Ives

I just love this photo: the archway, the cottage and the worn lane!

 

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

This gate has a charming house design on it!

Rose Lane Church, Now a Memorial, St Ives

Rose Lane Church, Now a Memorial, St Ives

St Ives

St Ives

Beautiful arches, gates and doors here!

St Ives

St Ives

St Ives

Popincourt, St Ives

The Door at the End of the Lane, St Ives

The Door at the End of the Lane, St Ives

Old Overhead Door, St Ives

Old Overhead Door at Hain Steamship Co, St Ives

Doesn’t that logo on the Hain Door look like the Hanes Socks Logo? Hmmmmm……..

The Seagulls Door, St Ives

The Seagulls’ Door, St Ives

A Door to a Secret Garden, St Ives

A Door to a Secret Garden, St Ives

Another Red Door and Gate in St Ives

Another Red Door with Gate in St Ives

One of My Favorite Lanes in St Ives

One of My Favorite Lanes in St Ives (and Another Gate!)

St Ives

St Ives

Doors in St Ives tended to be blue, followed by red, followed by black.

St Ives

St Ives

St Ives

Norway House, St Ives

The Norway Grocery, St Ives

The Norway Grocery, St Ives

And then every once in a while another color is thrown into the mix. Changes things up a bit!

Maize Colored Door, St Ives

Maize Colored Door, St Ives

The Corn Colored Door, St Ives

The Corn Colored Door, St Ives

Now the Traditional Butchers Shop door is quite regular.

Traditional Butchers, St Ives

Traditional Butchers, St Ives

It was what was brought in every morning through the door that I watched for!

Meat! St Ives

Meat! St Ives

There were just so many great doors, nooks and crannies in St Ives! I think I got the best! See you tomorrow in St Ives!

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

Reason to Love St Ives # 6: The Cottages

The Anchorage B&B, St Ives, Cornwall

The Anchorage B&B, St Ives, Cornwall

I could spend hours walking the lanes and looking at the cottages! And I did! Enjoy St Ives!

The Oldest Cottage in St Ives

The Oldest Cottage in St Ives

The Oldest House Plaque, St Ives

The Oldest House Plaque, St Ives

The Waters Edge Cottage

The Waters Edge Cottage

Downlong Cottage, St Ives

Downlong Cottage, St Ives

The Grey Mullet Guest House, St Ives

The Grey Mullet Guest House, St Ives

A View from the Hill, St Ives

A View from the Hill, St Ives

The Victorian Cottages

The Victorian Cottages

Street an Garrow, St Ives

Street an Garrow, St Ives

Norway House, St Ives

Norway House, St Ives

Itsy Bitsy Cottage, St Ives

Itsy Bitsy Cottage, St Ives

The New Cottage on the Hill, St Ives

The New Cottage on the Hill, St Ives

With Garden, St Ives

With Garden, St Ives

On the Beach, St Ives

On the Beach, St Ives

The Cutest Cottage, St Ives

The Cutest Cottage, St Ives

The Narrow Lanes in St Ives

The Narrow Lanes in St Ives

Cottage Row, St Ives

Cottage Row, St Ives

Over the Water, St Ives

Over the Water, St Ives

The Ivy on the Wall, St Ives

The Ivy on the Wall, St Ives

See you tomorrow in St Ives!

Reason to Love St Ives #4: The Food

The Rum and Crab

The Rum and Crab

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways! St Ives, the rustic, charming, seaside town has so many restaurants tucked in here and there! And to our great surprise the food is very good quality and Very, Very, Did I say Very ? Reasonably Priced! No wonder from sunup to sundown the masses are flocking to St Ives! There are large groups of families here to sun and spend a day at the beach………and then Eat. There are retired folks coming from their camper vans to spend their day…… and then Eat! There are folks staying at the large spa on the hill and coming into St Ives for the day……. to Eat. And then once the sun goes down it is quiet and…… we Eat! I never saw any foolishness in the streets (AKA drunks) and I never saw a policeman either. This is the Family Town! No doubt about it. It is made to enjoy! Now let’s look at some more Eateries!

S H Ferrell & Son Bakery, St Ives

S H Ferrell & Son Bakery, St Ives

There are over 20 bakeries in St Ives! Just try to pick your favorite! I bet you will have a hard time!

The Tea Room, St Ives

The Tea Room, St Ives

The Tea Room, St Ives

The Tea Room, St Ives

The Tea Room, St Ives

The Tea Room, St Ives

The Tea Room, St Ives

The Tea Room, St Ives

I couldn’t get a picture of The Tea Room outside because it would only show a line of people waiting to get in! Get there early and it is worth the wait for an outside table with a view of the beach! As you can see from the pictures they serve more than tea! We ate there more than once too!

St Ives Harbour View Restaurant, St Ives

St Ives Harbour View Restaurant, St Ives

St Ives Harbour View Restaurant, St Ives

St Ives Harbour View Restaurant, St Ives

That's an Understatement!!!

That’s an Understatement!!!

Look up and down every small lane! You will find the most interesting places tucked away!

The Lifeboat St Ives

The Lifeboat Inn, St Ives

The Mex, St Ives

The Mex, St Ives

The Mex meets your burrito, fajitas, BBQ ribs, chili fix!

Bumbles Tea Room, St Ives

Bumbles Tea Room, St Ives

Love the Map on Bumbles Windows!

Love the Map on Bumbles Windows!

Olives Cafe, St Ives

Olives Cafe, St Ives

I love the fish railing at Olives!

Peppers Pizza, St Ives

Peppers Pizza, St Ives

Peppers Pizza, St Ives

Peppers Pizza, St Ives

Did I say YUMMY or what?

The Cornish Deli, St Ives

The Cornish Deli, St Ives

We LOVED the Cornish Deli and ate there more than once. I was so busy talking to the folks in there I never got a picture of the food! However, my favorite was their homemade crab sandwich!

 

The Golden Lion, St Ives

The Golden Lion Restaurant and Beer Garden, St Ives

And you must not miss the beer garden! As you can see there are oodles of choices to eat  at in St Ives! But we MUST have the famous Cornish Pasty! More on that tomorrow!

Reason to Love St Ives #2: The Gardens

The Gate to the Garden at a Victorian Terraced House, St Ives

The Gate to the Garden at a Victorian Terraced House, St Ives

I have been pondering and came up with this…… St Ives is like a US football stadium, only cut down the middle lengthwise. There is the sea on one side and half of the playing field is the beach. The bleachers and stands are the wobbly, wonky, cobbled, twisting lanes that go to the rim. Once you are on the rim you will discover the large parking lot and the cemetery! Then it’s all downhill again, but with less lanes, straight to another albeit bigger beach. With that said, now that you know the layout of St Ives, it was a marvelous weekend for me because some of St Ive’s secret gardens were open for viewing for a charity fundraising! So all is not lost on the garden front!

First, I walked up a Slight hill to see the gardens at the Victorian terraced houses! Let’s go in this gate!

The Gate to the Garden at a Victorian Terraced House, St Ives

The Gate to the Garden at a Victorian Terraced House, St Ives

 

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives, Cornwall

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives, Cornwall

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The maroon-wine colored florets look like they are made of wood!

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives, Cornwall

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives, Cornwall

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

The Victorian Gardens at St Ives

No Hawkers No Circulars!

No Hawkers No Circulars!

The gardeners in most of these lovely terraced gardens were elderly gents!

The Road to the Victorian Terraces

The Road to the Victorian Terraces

Now which overhead line goes to which house? It would be a challenge on that pole!

The Victorian Terraces at St Ives, Cornwall

The Victorian Terraces at St Ives, Cornwall

Some terraces had a garden front and some folks wanted a teeny, tiny space to park their car!

The Rose Blush on the Corner!

The Rose Blush on the Corner!

A Cacti in the Crack, St Ives, Cornwall

A Cacti in the Crack, St Ives, Cornwall

Wrap Around the Corner, St Ives, Cornwall

Wrap Around the Corner, St Ives, Cornwall

A Wall of Greenery, St Ives, Cornwall

A Wall of Greenery, St Ives, Cornwall

There were several gardens on this lane, but we’ll explore some more on other lanes too! See you in the garden! Enjoy!

Reason to Love St Ives; The Scenery

St Ives, Corwall

St Ives, Cornwall

I got over the HILL thing and decided not to leave our cozy cottage and St Ives. I never went back up or down that hill until our stay was up! We soon found out there is lots to see and do here! I loved the scenery! Here are a few days of exploring the beach!

St Ives, Corwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Corwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Corwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Corwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Corwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Corwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Corwall

St Ives, Conrwall

St Ives, Corwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Corwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Corwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Corwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

I did come on this vacation as part of my English Garden Tour, so is there a garden to explore in St Ives, since my traveling to outside gardens has been foiled? The Dreaded Hill AGAIN! The garden fairies have come to my aid! See you tomorrow in the garden or should I say Gardens!

Some Days You Just Can’t Win…….A Good Sense of Humor Pays Off

25% Incline?? Are You Kidding Me?

25% Incline?? Are You Kidding Me?

The best thing you can have on a vacation is a sense of humor. After exploring Agatha Christie’s home at Greenway, we had a much longer day than expected and then continued on with the drive to St Ives in Cornwall. My sense of humor was nipped in the bud as soon as we got there.

We had signed a lease for a fisherman’s cottage located on the flat part of St Ives and near the old historic area. The cottage came with a parking spot which they advertised as a “must have” since parking was at a premium. This was their advertisement;

A beautiful town centre 17th century stone cottage tucked away in a quiet cobbled street. Lovingly restored and completely refurbished in 2013 to an exceptionally high standard – the cottage has all the comforts of a bijoux boutique hotel with the freedom to do as you please! Cornish Cottage is a 2 minute level stroll to St Ives harbour, restaurants, cafes, galleries, shops and beaches. Steeped in history and full of original charm and character with wonky walls, a wood burning stove with cornish granite fire surround, granite coins, window seats and exposed beams. Parking space for one car. Underfloor heating and gas central heating. Delicious Cornish Cream Tea or surprise welcome pack awaits guests on arrival! We regret the cottage is not suitable for children. Sorry – no pets allowed.

Things we were not told about…

1. The parking space was a mile away……. up or down, however you want to look at it…….on a 25% grade……….OMG! Who would walk that everyday?

The good thing about arriving at the top was the view! The cemetery had one of the best views in town!

The Cemetery in St Ives, Cornwall

The Cemetery in St Ives, Cornwall

The Cemetery in St Ives, Cornwall

The Cemetery in St Ives, Cornwall

2.  Behind the cottage was a Fish&Chips establishment with a pub……….the smell of used, rancid grease heating up to fry the fish at 0600 was unbelievable!

3. About 0630 every morning the lorry came to deliver the metal casks of beer to the pub…….. rolling barrel after barrel into the pub! The delivery entrance for the pub was right next to our quaint little cottage!

4. After the beer lorry left, the trash man would pull up to get all the glass beer bottles. Clang, clang clang, dumping hundreds of bottles into the truck!

The Tale of the Cottage and the BINS, St Ives, Cornwall

The Tale of the Cottage and the BINS, St Ives, Cornwall

5. The road next to the cottage, also the main road to the parking areas of St Ives, was frequented day and night by tourists whose conversations we could hear without trying! Double glazed windows would have been nice!

The Cottage Window Overlooking main Tourist Walk, St Ives, Cornwall

The Cottage Window Overlooking Main Tourist Walk, St Ives, Cornwall

The Main Tourist Walk to Parking in St Ives, Cornwall

The Main Tourist Walk to Parking in St Ives, Cornwall

6. It has been a long time since I was in a beach town and I forgot the sound the seagulls make all night and day when they are nesting! OMG! This is the sound, just add hundreds of birds at the same time!

 

The Seagulls, St Ives, Cornwall

The Seagulls, St Ives, Cornwall

The Seagulls, St Ives, Cornwall

The Seagulls, St Ives, Cornwall

Now the good bits were……….once I got use to pretending I was among the pirates, heave ho and a bottle of rum and all that!

The cottage was fantastic!

The Fisherman's Cottage, St Ives, Cornwall

The Fisherman’s Cottage, St Ives, Cornwall

The Fisherman's Cottage, St Ives, Cornwall

The Fisherman’s Cottage, St Ives, Cornwall

The Fisherman's Cottage, St Ives, Cornwall

The Fisherman’s Cottage, St Ives, Cornwall

The Fisherman's Cottage, St Ives, Cornwall

The Fisherman’s Cottage, St Ives, Cornwall

This may be the first time we’ve Ever been to a vacation spot and never left the spot! Did I ever make it up that hill again? Stay tuned! More tomorrow from St Ives!

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