Friday, January 7, 2011

Vacation 2010 Day 12: St. Ives

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I got off the sleeper in Penzance to black skies and a howling wind, but a quick bus trip to St Ives on the north coast brought clearing skies and a bit of sunshine.

Not a tetrapod in sight!

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The inner harbour was much calmer.

I spent a winter living not too far from St Ives, but it had been many years since I had been back.

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Not much had changed, the same narrow streets and alleys with stone buildings that will in all probability still be here in another hundred years.

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The one addition, and the only really modern building in the town was the Tate West, a gallery of contemporary art that I had never been to. The art and the architecture were OK.

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On the hillside above the gallery a huge cemetery provided its residents with a great view.

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Next was a revisit to Barbara Hepworths old house and studio, now a museum and sculpture garden to the world famous sculptress who lived and died here.

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A little bit of wabi sabi that you are unlikely to find in Japan.......

10 comments:

  1. the first picture is particularly beautiful...great light

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  2. How lovely to see St Ives through your eyes, thank you.

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  3. "Not a tetrapod in sight!"

    No pirates either. Are you sure this was Penzance and not Bournemouth?

    Wonderful photos.

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  4. Looks like a nice place on the beach.

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  5. Hi Jeffrey..... never been to Bournemouth..... penzance was overcast and black.... this is St Ives...

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  6. Hi Lis..... more of Cornwall and Devon to come.....

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  7. A nice place to live -- St. Ives.

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  8. Wow, fantastic pictures and really interesting angles/depth!
    At first I thought the sculpture picture was somewhere in space with planets and all...

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  9. Great photo work... and did it bring back fond memories (from when you lived not that far away)?

    I think it can be quite weird to return to those places you've lived... sometimes it can be like stepping back into someone else's life; or like shoes that no longer fit. Of course - it can also be like pulling on a comfy top that you keep in the bottom of the drawer, and always fits just right.

    I am guessing those days feel a long time ago?

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  10. Hi Ben..... actually not. Usually when I return somewhere or see old friends its as if it was only yeaterday....

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