We got back from a week in St Ives in Cornwall last night.
Yep, nothing exotic, just a cosy “Corner Cottage” in the heart of old St Ives with a (gas-powered) log fire, plenty of books and a sofa each. A great location, with the Tate and Porthmeor (surf) beach at one end of our cobbled street, Fore Street (shops – lots of shops!) and the harbour at the other end and the cheery Norway Stores just round the corner.
We had a beautiful sunny day on Wednesday, so headed out down the coastal path towards Zennor to enjoy great views back over St Ives and dramatic waves crashing against the cliffs. We also discovered the town’s main “normal” shopping streets, complete with Pegenna Pasty shop and lots and lots of charity shops with a great selection of second hand books on offer. Most of the others days didn’t see us venture out so much, but with plenty to read and a snug cottage to enjoy we did just that!
We indulged in plenty of fine dining too – Alba on Monday, pizza at OnShore on Tuesday, mexican at The Mex on Wednesday, a quiet night in with nibbles from the Fore Street Deli and The Digey Food Hall on Thursday and a final three course extravanza at the Porthminster Beach cafe on Friday, courtesy of a wedding present voucher from Phil’s Bristol friends.
I’ve spent this morning catching up on email, Flickr photos from Tom and Dad, and girding my loins for the return to work. But first I’ve got to catch up on my backlog of Reading… starting with Jason Elliot’s marvellous Mirrors of the Unseen, which I read at the start of my Central Asia Overland trip way back in September last year…