St. Ives Deux…

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It was such a beautiful warm day in St. Ives and I took so many photos. I mentioned in my previous post that the tide was out when we arrived.

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2013-09-18 St5We enjoyed seeing some residences that peaked our curiosity.

St. Ives sunny 089I have never read any novels by Daphne Du Maurier. Have you?

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St. Ives sunny 090The tide started rolling in while we took a stroll around the town.

2013-09-18 St8We followed the cobbled and narrow streets back to the train station with one last view of the tide that had rolled in.

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St. Ives is the last stop on this line so as soon as the train comes in and empties it reverses it’s course to the north…

When we made it back to our car Jeeves took us on a sea cliff route back to Porthtowen via Portreath. We stopped along the way and enjoyed some wind whipped views of the sea on high.

Back here in the Northwest we put our sewing mojo to the test and Katie and I managed to thread a bobbin and thread the sewing machine so that it actually sewed a nice zig zag on the project I’m attempting. The first step was cutting the fabric into 14 inch squares that worked nicely with a rotary cutter and cutting board. We had to stop at a sewing store so I could buy some thread that was not of the cheap variety I was using. Have I mentioned in the past that my dear mom and older sisters did the sewing in my family and I was actually kicked out of my sewing class in Junior High…oye.  Well that doesn’t mean I can’t complete some sewing projects of the simple variety… I’ll be sharing soon.

I talked to my dear old pop today and he was quite pleased with some chicken wings he managed to make. He marinated them, browned them on the stove top and then finished them off in the oven. He said they were delicious. He’s managing with his cooking like I’m managing with my sewing projects.  My pop never had to cook all his 70 years of marriage except for barbecuing meat.

Do you have a sewing machine? Do you sew? Did your mother sew for you?

As I Was Going to St. Ives…

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As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits,
kits, cats, sacks, wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?

There are differing views as to which St. Ives this nursery rhyme/riddle was referring to but many believe that St. Ives in Cornwall is a good choice because it was a busy fishing port and they would need many cats to help with the rats and mice destroying the fishing gear.St. Ives sunny 008We took the advice of our friend who lived in Cornwall to take the train to St. Ives because it could be hard to find parking in this busy port destination. The day before had been so gloomy and rainy so when we woke up to beautiful sunshine on September 18th we let Jeeves lead us to the railway stop. We met up with quite a crowd who had the same idea as us and were ready to enjoy the seaside in the sunshine. Thankfully we found the last parking spot in the train waiting area.

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We had beautiful views of the sea as we rode the train on the short trip to St. Ives.

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When we arrived our first order of business was to find the Tea Room where we had decided to eat a meal and enjoy our first Cornish cream tea.

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Bliss! I have to admit it wasn’t easy to find the tea room in this bustling humanity filled town. With narrow cobbled streets filled to the brim we made our way to the end of the sea walk. When we finally spotted “the Tea Room” and got our seats we could finally…”Keep calm and carry on”

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It’s amazing how a satisfying meal can make your outlook so much better and the crowds so much easier to coexist with.

St. Ives sunny 048The tea room was at the far end of the town and the next photo shows the view of the harbor with the tide out looking out from the tea room. I’ll be sharing photos of the harbor after the tide rolls in soon with more of the great views we enjoyed in St. Ives along St. Ives Bay.

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I’m heading outside in the brisk sunny weather to try to gather up some of the leaves that fell over the weekend. The rains are headed our way again soon and I want to take advantage of this dry window before the leaves get real soggy. I’m hoping to get more creative mojo this week, too, with some final preparations for a get together at this old house on Sunday November 10th.

Blessings!

Outdoor Wednesday ~ E.W. Low Tide

Time for another Outdoor Wednesday hosted by Susan at A Southern DayDreamer. My outdoor photos this week are from Ventura, California.

 

Early on Saturday we drove to Emma Wood State Beach in Ventura to enjoy the low-tide. We love to be able to explore these tide pools that are visible when the tide is low.

 

I thought the colors of these anemones were wonderful.

We were amazed to spot this Sand Shark in one of the pools and we investigated and discovered it was dead.

 

The light of dawn had a pretty effect on the water, sand and sky. Those black spots you see in the water are surfers.

On our way home we spotted this pretty Wisteria and I had to stop and take some photos. The Wisteria in Southern California blooms a lot sooner than in Washington State.

For more Outdoor Wednesday posts visit Susan at A Southern Day Dreamer.

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Blue Monday ~ Mussels

My Blue Monday is from an early morning walk at low tide on Saturday the 14th. Many rocks were exposed that are usually covered with water so we got to see a lot of interesting sea life. These mussels looked blue to me :0)

 

To see more Blue Monday posts visit Smiling Sally the brain child for this fun Monday activity. Enjoy your week everyone…

Photobucket is holding all my photos I stored with them from 2007-2015 hostage unless I pay them a lot of money. I’m slowly cleaning up many posts from this time period and deleting their ugly grey and black boxes with a ransom request. Such a time consuming bother.