If you pootle around St Ives

These are some of the quaint narrow streets you might find .


Occasionally the odd car squeezes its way through the tangle of streets. Going uphill and down dale, I’d rather them than me. It’s rather amusing to watch a tourist, who’s hot-footed it around the M25,  and queued in one of the A30’s bottle necks of traffic. He’s arrived and then spends two hours driving in circles,in his too big vehicle, desperate to find his holiday cottage in what looks like a cobbled Victorian back lane. Never mind mate, there’s a pasty, a pint and a warm welcome awaiting you!

Rooftops, lichen and the Tate cafe

I recently posted photos of St Ives, and Jude commented on the abundance of lichens on the roof tops, a sign of clean air. She is our expert on Cornish towns and gardens, especially the far west, and hopefully she will post some photos to compare our take on the roof top views.
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We both have photos taken from the cafe of the Tate gallery, the one above was an attempt to use the panorama setting on my phone. It seems to have concaved a window that I thought was convex. Never mind, the view was perfect, as was the food, quiche with salad and Pimms jelly with cucumber sorbet!

If you go back to the inside café there are views of the town and the bay.


Now you can see those lichened roofs.


Nelson has a home here as well, his gang can be seen all over the town.
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And I rather liked this colourful little deck garden. I wonder if the people living in these cottages get any privacy, they must be so photographed.
This wordless Wednesday photo was taken from the café as well, the depth of field created a rather odd perspective.

St Ives Beaches, I do like to be beside the seaside

On Saturday I spent the day in St Ives, west Cornwall. It’s a tiny seaside town, just over a hundred miles from home and has limited parking, so when I learnt that there is a park and ride, it seemed like a good plan to leave the car there. Parking at Lelant Saltings was just a few pounds, and for £4 you can buy a return train ticket that allows you to travel between St Erth and St Ives, getting on and off as much as you want. This branch line is rated as one of the most scenic in the country.

Carbis Bay from the train
Carbis Bay from the train

Try to sit on the right of the compartment if you ever take this journey. As the train approaches St Ives, Carbis Bay is one of the first beaches you see, but you can see clear across the Hayle estuary to St Ives bay.

Our destination in the distance
Our destination in the distance

When you get off of the train there is a footpath with pretty hedges, leading to Porthminster beach (above) to the right and the town to the left.

See the railway bridge?
See the railway bridge?

And the pretty  path .

The pretty path
The pretty path

Now there’s a clear view of the harbour, especially if you zoom in .

The harbour beach
The harbour beach

But there’s no rush, lets have a look at Porthminster’s sand.

seaside1We’re going to skip on past the town now and have a peep at this little bathing beach.

I think this is called Bamaluz
I think this is called Bamaluz

and its resident poser! seaside8
On around yet another bend in the coastline,
The surfer's beach
The surfer’s beach

is Porthmeor.
Looking east
Looking east

Lastly, looking back from – I think – Porthgwidden.
St Ives is lucky to have so many beautiful beaches. Of course it helped that it was still early in the season, give it a month and these sands will be teeming with people.
The town isn’t just about beaches though, there are galleries galore, cutesy cobble streets and lots of foodie opportunities. I’ll be back with more sometime soon.

Five Day Black and White Challenge Day Two

This photo is a pub sign in Padstow, Cornwall. I didn’t go inside because I had to make the most of the late October sunshine – maybe next time!

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Thanks to Issy for choosing me to take part, see her entries http://isadoraartandphotography.com/2015/02/15/5-day-bw-challenge-day-2/

Now, the challenge is to post a black and white image each day for five (I may take longer than five days to post five images) and to choose someone else to take part. For day two I’d like to choose Madhu at
http://theurgetowander.com/ She is the ultimate traveller and her travel writing is superb, as is her eye for a wonderful photo. I hope she will join in, but either way if you don’t know her then you’re missing some great journeys so go and visit!