Friday, January 7, 2011
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!
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.
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.
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.
On the hillside above the gallery a huge cemetery provided its residents with a great view.
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.
A little bit of wabi sabi that you are unlikely to find in Japan.......