8/22/2010

Post cards from St Ives.



We went in search of sunshine and blue skies and found them here in St Ives which really does have the bluest of blue skies and sea. I met my blog friend Lesley Ninnes here in the lovely Art Space Gallery and saw many examples of how this wonderful light has inspired so many artists over the years.

A trip to the St Ives Tate is a must if only to sit on the rooftop terrace to admire the views. The whole of the town is awash with galleries and museums and there is always something interesting to see, my favourite places being St Ives Ceramics, the Barbara Hepworth museum and garden and the tiny Fish Pye (spelt with an i on the sign outside?) studio which sells beautiful hand made pottery by Laura McCrossen Of course I had to take home another piece to add to my collection.

I have visited St Ives several times before but this was my first time as a grandma so had the added pleasure of time spent with our growing family. We feasted on Cornish pasties and clotted cream teas; scones, jam and cream so thick that you can spread it with a knife. I had under estimated the steepness of the hills choosing instead to remember the fabulous views afforded by the strenuous climb to the top although I was rather glad not to have been the one pushing the pram uphill!

30 comments:

  1. Magical!! (What I want to know is, did you meet a man with seven wives?) ;^)

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  2. Oh wonderful! Cornwall is way up near the top of my list of places I'd love to visit.
    So it's true about the blue!

    Hope you continue to have a lovely, lovely time, Valerie!
    C x

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  3. You are right Valerie, it is an inspirational place with inspirational light - I love the St Ives school stuff - I am sure you enjoyed it thoroughly.

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  4. Oh I love St Ives, you are right the sky is bluer there!
    love
    Lyn
    xxx

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  5. Beautiful place... lovely pottery, too. And sweet wee one peering out from life-savers! Happy sunshine and blue waters.

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  6. beautiful! thanks for the links - i really like the pottery that laura makes. she's new to me. perhaps some day i'll visit cornwall myself? i have been to dorset and that's about as close as i've been so far. steven

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  7. Oh, that little face sticking out of the lifebuoy!!! Just
    beyond adorable.

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  8. Love your postcards Valerie - and it was so lovely to meet you! Thanks for the link. Will be in touch, Lesley x

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  9. Is this the same St. Ives as where the man was going when he met a man with seven wives? Oops! I see I'm not the first to ask about this in one way or the other. Beautiful trip for you - and to meet a blog friend must have been nice - very nice!

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  10. oh yes I'm green with envy. the Barbara Hepworth studio and garden is one of my favorite spots in the world. carry on enjoying!

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  11. Valerie, how I do continue to yearn for the opportunity to visit Cornwall. This post of yours surely does strengthen that yearning.

    The light!

    xo

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  12. Glad you had a lovely time Valerie. St Ive's is special isn't it. We are off to Cornwall next week and hopefully will get some time in St Ives too. Not sure our weather will be as good as yours though? :)

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  13. I guess that you know the poem, "As I was going to St. Ives." What's the answer? Did you meet a man with seven wives, carrying seven sacks, with seven cats? And the seven cats had seven kits, how many were going to St. Ives? One man, but going in the other way were 2,801, one man, wives, sacks, cats, & kits. anyway that's the peom I think.

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  14. Love that part of the world and the artists. Hapy times.

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  15. I love St Ives and have very happy memories of family holidays there when I was a child. Super photos - glad you had a lovely time:)

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  16. I'm with Lori - the first thing that passed my mind as I was reading the title of this post was the riddle about how many were going to St. Ives ("seven cats with seven kittens," etc.). St. Ives looks lovely though!

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  17. I can feel that soft white sand between my toes.

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  18. Thanks once again for all your lovely comments, I had forgotten about the rhyme "When I was going to St Ives" thanks for reminding me!

    It was also great fun to meet a fellow blogger in the flesh so to speak. I hope to meet more of you sometime. It's a small world, getting even smaller.

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  19. Wow - the wee one is growing so quickly! So sweet!

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  20. I love your seaside montage photo. I haven't visited St Ives since I was a child, but will most certainly visit on our next trip West. I can only imagine how amazing a visit there must be for a talented artist like you. For me a trip to the studio potteries would be a must. x

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  21. "As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives..." Ha! I'm with Willow - did you meet him? Valerie, such a beautiful place - your trip sounds wonderful!

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  22. Oh me... I love Cornish pasties. Visited Cornwall as a youngster and have loved it ever since.

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  23. Oh that looks wonderful.It's years since I've visited St Ives, you 've made me want to go back! Carry on having a wonderful time!

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  24. looks so wonderful...oh how i would love to go....but i just can't leave Teddy....

    glad to visit today

    kary and teddy
    xxx

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  25. Sun, sea and sand - what more could you want? :0

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  26. Oh, how wonderful...full of inspiration! Must have been so special to have your family and grandson there!

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  27. Love your postcards. Such a poem in blue and white.
    Clotted cream teas. Yes, yes, how I used to love them.
    Yes, the hills are steep. We used to go to Fowey and I remember puffing up to the car park and I was young then

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  28. It looks beautiful, I have not visited since I was a child.
    I hope you had a wonderful holiday.x

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  29. Hi Valerie, Yes< I did two collections with Andover and one with Northcott and then I went on to other things. But I loved the fabric! Jeri

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