Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Happy Holidays

We've just returned from a fortnight in St Ives. The weather was disappointing. There were only two days when it did not rain at all and only one (our last day) which could accurately be described as warm and sunny. However we did not let this prevent us from having a wonderful time. In fact, our inability to spend whole days on the beach lead to our doing things we might not otherwise have done. Highlights included:

  • visiting the Penlee and Exchange Art Galleries in Penzance and the Leach Pottery in St Ives (the first two were worth a visit including the cafe at the Penlee, but I wouldn't rush back to the Pottery)
  • shopping at the recently introduced farmers' market (where we bought delicious locally produced cheese, sausages, cake, curry sauce and chocolate)
  • attending a concert in St Ia's church given by the Cologne New Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra which was an absolutely brilliant performance by musicians who clearly love their music
  • walking from Zennor to Gurnard's head and back in the mud and rain
  • rising early most mornings to walk along the beach before anyone else got there
  • reading three books (I highly recommend 'if nobody speaks of remarkable things' by Jon McGregor and 'the private parts of women' by Lesley Glaister)
  • watching the Olympics
  • drinking cups of tea and playing Uno and Scrabble
  • attending services at St Ia's church and saying goodbye to Andrew Couch, who has been the vicar ever since we started holidaying in St Ives and who retires in just a few weeks

I could go on and mention sandcastles, mini golf, Cornish pasties, clotted cream ... but I will stop there before I lose you.

As you may gather from the above I positively adore St Ives and can't wait until our next holiday there.

The photo is the view along St Ia Street from our cottage in Burrow Road.


  1. Pleased to hear the weather didn't get you down and you enjoyed your holiday. A wonderful part of the country too. So much to see.

    Have already read the Jon McGregor book and thoroughly enjoyed, so will make a note of the other you recommended.

    A x

  2. Hello again. I'm glad you liked the book too. I've just ordered his second book 'So Many Ways to Begin' on Green Metropolis. It has been well received by those who have read it.