Monday, 31 January 2011

As I was going to St.Ives......

No, I didn't meet a man with seven wives or indeed any cats but we did have a lovely weekend at our favourite place. The best place to view St.Ives is from Tregenna Castle Hotel. It just takes my breath away every time.

Down on the Harbour slipway was a man making these beautiful, traditional Cornish willow crab pots.

Much photographed and painted corner of the beach. The sand here is so soft and the light is just special. I may be repeating myself here but it is true.

The Sloop Inn is a very old building and in the warmer weather is crowded inside and out. Quite often there are men singing and I don't mean the drunken variety but more of the kind singing sea shanty type songs.

On the walk down and still in the hotel grounds is this lovely little spot with a waterfall. I love the sound of the water rushing down. It isn't really a grand waterfall but such a peaceful spot.

At the top of the waterfall all the way aroung the wall were pretty little snowdrops. In a few weeks the daffodils will be out too.

Now, I apologise for this next photo and as you can see I have started to notice hexagons in all manner of places. Eyes down, trying to get my breath back after the long haul back up the hill and I realised what I was standing on. A hexagonal manhole cover. It even has the word challenger on it and grade A. Here is a little challenge for you. Where and what is the most unusual hexagon you have found. I did notice another one today and will show that later when I have taken a photo of it. I did say that I was a little obsessed with them. Even my husband has started to use the word and take notice of hexagons!!!

A little detour on our way back took us to Fistral Beach at Newquay where we spent a pleasant hour in our Toyota Celica mobile conservatory. It was way too cold to be walking on the beach and in the car behind glass it felt very warm and snug. Mick fell asleep while I read my magazine and watched the surfers. Yes. These mad people were actually in the water pretending that it was the height of summer. Let me tell you, it was freezing cold out there.

We also saw lots of these down there and as you can see these two 6" fabric beach birds are much quieter. I was asked way back if I had considered making one of the beach birds face the other direction. I did it. Just have 10 more to do.

This month I have worked steadily on the list and even managed not to succumb to item 13. Report to follow shortly. Have I managed to finish it?........

Happy Stitching

Love Shirley.x


  1. You have brought back lovely memories for me, I retraced my own footsteps as I followed yours. We had cream tea as we looked out over the little bay as the tide was coming back in. Definitely not as busy as the day we were there. Will have to pay more attention to school holiday times in future. Your weekend sounded wonderful. Love the view of St Ives from the castle.

  2. What a lovely postcard looking place Shirley.
    Lovely to read this post..
    Julia ♥

  3. I can't remember seeing any hexagons in my environment, now you've got me wondering. I'll have to pay closer attention from now on. Lovely pictures. Looks like a wonderful place to go on holiday. We're sitting at home tonight, waiting for the storm of the decade to hit 1/3 of the US. Yuck. I already told my boss that if it was icy tomorrow I would be taking vacation. No one in Texas knows how to drive on ice.

    Happy quilting,
    Susan in Texas

  4. Thanks for taking me on a walk through St Ives it is a beautiful place. I do like your bird blocks looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

  5. Very enjoyable post Shirley...I loved taking a little trip this morning...thank you!

  6. Thank your for taking me on a short vacation this am. Looks like a lovely place to visit.

  7. Hi Shirley!

    Wow, I know that poem or ditty or joke... I did not know that there really IS a St. Ives! Cool.

    Fun photos. Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Ronda

  8. Oh, Shirley, what a lovely holiday feel you are giving me this morning... How I would have loved walking there with you taking pictures and chatting... :) I am feeling better, thank God! I will send you my most unusual hexi-spotted: A loaf of bread!
    Have a lovely week!
    BIG HUG!

  9. and the snowdrops just give me an overwhelming sense of hope... Thanks!

  10. What a lovely place to visit! Thanks for the trip. Those are cute bird blocks.

  11. Hi Shirley, I am just catching up and absolutely love your photos of St Ives. That special corner of the beach is very similar to a corner at the beach I grew up near in Sydney - not surprisingly called "Clovelly". One of these days I will get down to that part of England. Thanks for your thoughts.

  12. Looks like you have had a lovely time away. I think the beach is beautiful, no matter what time of year it is. Love that Hexagon manhole, lots of hexagons within the hexagon too!

  13. Ooo we haven't been to Cornwall for years! Thanks for the trip and I'm loving the birdy blocks!!

  14. Lovely photos. I am glad you enjoyed your time away and didn't neglect hexagons. The birds are just so cute.