15th October 2012
Today would have been my 24th wedding anniversary, I decided I would spend the day as my wonderful wife have wanted me to do.I knew one of her favourite places in Cornwall was the beautiful fishing town of St Ives. I took the 8.50 train from penzance to St Ives, this is such a lovely short journey. When you leave St Erth the train goes along side the mud flats of Hayle Estuary,where many wading birds can be seen. The views from the short journey are stunning as you pass the fine sands of deserted beaches and coves, also the colours of blue, green and the white caps of the North Atlantic waves that race to meet the shore.
|The Morning Sun Shining Through A Sculpture By, Dame Barbara Hepworth|
|St Ives At Its Most Beautiful|
Over a pot of tea and toast I decided a plan of action of what I was going to do in St Ives, (apart from taking photos).I decided I would attack the narrow shop lined Fore St first, the nice thing about being down here this time of year is that there aren't many people around and you can move around very easily.
After the shops I walked around to the harbour area, I find as I walk around I'm always looking for a photo opportunity and you would be surprised how many there are.
|I Thought The Water Should Be On The Outside Of The Boat ?|
|Name On A Door|
|Reflections In A Window|
|A Closer Look|
For years when I've walked along the harbour I have passed the little fisherman's Chapel of St Leonard's, but have never gone inside. This time I thought I would venture inside, once inside there's a cabinet containing shipping objects and black and white photos, also you will find a brass memorial containing the names of St Ives fishermen who have lost their lives, just doing their jobs
|By The Entrance|
|Inside the Chapel|
|St Ives Through The Window|
|Bottom Of The Memorial, Looks Like It Could Do With A Bit Of A Polish|
|A Plaque Outside The Chapel|
|A Seagull Keeping Watch|
|A Weather Vane On Top Of The Lighthouse On The Harbour|
|I Love The Craftsmanship Of These Railings Spotted Down A Small Alleyway|
After the harbour I would make my way through the narrow streets to get to the Tate Gallery which is situated opposite Porthmeor beach. I have been to the Tate many times and there always different pieces of art. Some of the art I love, but there are some pieces that looking like something a child would bring home from school. I spent over an hour and a half walking around and making the most of the relaxing atmosphere.
|Looking Out From The Tate|
|I've Always Loved the Disputed Reflection In The Curved Glass|
After the Tate I moved next door to the old Barnoon Cemetery which hold hundreds or even thousands of graves. There are many different shapes of headstone and each one has a different tale to tail, there are two graves that are an interest to me as they both died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic on 15th april 1912 in the North Atlantic, they were William Carbines and Stephen Curnow Jenkin.
|The Grave Of Titanic Victim William Carbines Is On The Left Hand Side, He Is Mentioned On the Bottom Of The Headstone|
|An Unusual Headstone To Artist James Lynn Pitt|
|I Just Love The Words Found At The Bottom This Headstone|
|Headstone To Two Engineers That Died In The Sinking Of The SS Alba|
After the Cemetery I made my way down the small steep road known as Barnoon Hill, at the bottom of the hill there a junction where Barnoon Hill meets Ayr Lane and Back Street and it's here in Back Street that you will find the Dame Barbara Hepworth Studio.
|Looking Down Barnoon Hill, Dame Barbara Hepworth Studio Is Down The Hill And On The Right|
|Dame Barbara Hepworth Studio|
|A Sign Outside The Studio|
A few years ago whilst exploring the back streets of St Ives, we came across a small garden that is well hidden down a back street, mostly the only people you see there are the local and workers having their lunch break in the gardens. Apart from me there was only one other person in the garden, I sat on a bench that was in a sun trap and it was very warm for this time of year.
|Looking Towards The Other End Of The Garden|
|Another Of Dame Barbara Hepworth Sculptures|
|In The Shadow Of The Tree|
|I Love This Photo Of A chimney Stack With Ferns Growing Out Of It|
After the garden I decided to take a slow walk back towards the train station, on the way I took a tour of the Lifeboat station, which houses a Mersey class Lifeboat, its official name is, The Princess Royal.
|The Bow Of The Lifeboat|
|The Lifeboat Information|
|The RNLI Logo|
|Looking Over To The Far End Of The Harbour|
|A Seagull Waiting For A Snack|
|A Reflection Of The Harbour Lighthouse|
|Looking Up At The Tower Of St La|
|Another Lighthouse Reflection In A Porthole Of A House|
|One Of the Small Cottages Of St Ives|
Seeing it was a lovely afternoon, I decided to sit on Porthminster Beach with a coffee and an Ice Cream, before I caught the train back to Penzance
|This Cloud Reminds Me Of A Chinese Dragon|
|Looking Across to Godrevy Lighthouse From Porthminster Beach|
|The Roofs Of Houses Overlooking The Harbour, Photo Taken From Porthminster Beach|
|Signals And Signal Box|
|Signals On The Downside Track To Penzance|
|St Michael's Mount As Seen From Penzance|
|The Scillonian III|
|The Helicopter Service From The Isles Of Scilly|
|Not Many More Days Left For The Helicopter Service at Penzance|
|There's Not Many Of These Class 08 Shunters Left|
|The Campsite Cat Decided To Take It Upon Himself At Home In My Caravan|
|"If You Think I'm Moving"|
|My Walk Around St Ives|
All Photos Taken And Own By DD Pearce Of Darrin's Photography
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