Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I had a really big sleep last night - and didn't get up until almost 9am! Still - I'm on holiday - it must have been that walk yesterday!
Today I went to see the 'Shore Captain' demonstrating and talking about his work as a net setter. There's a link here to a video of him. vimeo.com/37382562 hope you can view it from USA - it's a lovely bit of social history.
This took place in a famous place in St Ives called Porthmeor Studios - this still remains (thanks to funding and passion) as a unique place where artists occupy prestigious studios on the upper floors, and fishermen occupy the cellars (perversely called 'lofts'!) and this guy makes nets for fishing boats all over West Cornwall. It was a really interesting talk about the fishing, what fish they catch, where, and why there are different types of net etc.
After that I went to my friend's beach hut (she is generous enough to let me have a key to it) and I made a coffee and sat in the sun and did some knitting. The visitors have almost all gone now (except those here for the September Festival) so the beach is much emptier, and the cafe is now closed for the season.
My victory was in walking along the beach, past the other cafe (that WAS open) seeing people relaxing at tables drinking and eating - and not stopping to buy anything. I walked to the hut, where I could make a coffee from our supplies there, and I ate a banana that I'd popped in my bag on my way out of the house.
I was able to enjoy a leisurely hour there before going home and making my lunch at home.
This evening it's my regular Cornish language evening class. I know that one of my mates is going to be bringing along some Grasmere Gingerbread for us to share - from her holiday in the Lake District - it's special to the area she goes to. So - in preparation for this challenge (there are only 5 of us in the class including the teacher) I am having a healthy evening meal before I go, so that I will eat only one piece of gingerbread with my cup of tea. This time I will NOT be the one to have a second piece, or 'the last bit'. I will also NOT bring any home with me. I shall have ONE piece, savour it slowly (keeping my eye on the slim person to see how she's doing it!) and, most of all, I will ENJOY it!
Monday, September 22, 2014
Only Day #8? great - that means I've got at least 6 days left! yipee!
Today the sun rose golden and promising! I decided to do some house work first - change my sheets, do my exercises, have some breakfast, pack up some lunch - then get on out for a walk.
I went to Zennor which is a very popular place locally - it has a lovely pub, a good hostel, and is the start/finish point of some great coastal walks. Coach parties of walkers trek between St Ives and Zennor in the summer months! It's a tough walk. For those of you who like such things - here's a link to the town what's on website - where there's a lovely video of the coast walk. www.stives-cornwall.co.uk/things-to-
I took the inland paths - there's a route called The Coffin Trail (the Field Path) which is absolutely ancient, well marked all along the way by beautiful granite stiles and cattle grids. It's the pathway that coffins were actually said to have been carried across the farmland to the church at Zennor. Another local historian says that this is probably not the case, as the path avoids most of the churches, and there are no coffin-rests - so he proposes that it may have been more to do with witchcraft and a passage for spirits of the dead. Who know?!
this is the South West Coast Path around Zennor - this photo was taken in the winter months - and winter is probably when I'll walk it again!
It was a fabulous day for walking - sunny, but not too hot. I was going well until I met a young bullock on the road! He was much bigger than me, and had horns, and I wasn't confident I could pass him without him pushing me in the hedge or knocking me over (not being used to handling cows). So I did a short detour through the farm - and walked up their driveway back to the road - to find the cow was now there! I was so annoyed that I chanced it and walked on by - the cow didn't turn a hair - just carried on munching!
Then I failed to find a footpath I wanted to take, going up a hill. So I ended up missing out that bit and coming home via my dear old Rosewall Hill.
Partly because of my frustrations on the walk - I started thinking about food (as in 'comfort') - and because I was walking I had time to come up with a solution that would be nutritious and less damaging than the things I was craving! I bought some Philidelphia cream cheese, some blueberries and a couple of bananas.
When I got home I made a mug of tea, and put cream cheese, mashed banana and blueberries onto two rye cripsbreads. It worked! It felt SO indulgent, creamy and sweet - it was like eating gateau!
This evening I am going out to a film night - local film-maker who runs a site called St Ives TV. He's a young French man who has been living in St Ives for a few years - he's absolutely brilliant at film production - and I'm looking forward to it very much.
It's a Bring Your Own (drink) venue - so I am actually going to take a flask of coffee :D ha - no dangerous alcohol or sugary juice for me tonight! Sorted!
In the meantime - I've a fancy to knit a wooly hat. I found a free pattern on Ravelry that I'm going to give a go.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Ah, today is sort of misty again - but the sun is trying. I'm wearing that summer dress I bought last year (you can see it in 'my photos')
I tried on a skirt that has been hanging on my rail - which I haven't been able to do up for a couple of years. I've kept it because (a) I like it a lot and (b) it's a good bench-mark - anyway - this morning I could do the zip up! It's not comfortable enough to wear yet - but I was thrilled to get it done up!
Today I have a ticket to go and listen to jazz at midday, in one of the galleries, performed by a duo called Incandescendo (they have a dot.com website of that name).
It's International Peace Day too - so wishing you all peace xx
Later: Oh my goodness - Incandescendo were amazing! Very alternative music - but spell-binding! Emily Burridge, cellist, and Felix Gibbons, percussionist - both absolute maestros!
Do check them out if you enjoy experimental music (Brazilian theme mainly) - they have some Soundcloud tracks on their website.
Not only was it great to get out and experience these wonderful musicians - it was also great to get out into one of the local art galleries. Although I live in an artistic community, I'm not an artist - and tend not to frequent the galleries. But the gallery itself was such a lovely place to be in - large, light, white - with a great exhibition, and a place to sit and drink coffee - and it's free to go in.
One of the aims of deciding to do this 'staycation' was to feel more included in the community. Not having much money means that I feel there are parts of the town I never get to experience - people come here with lots of money - wine and dine, buy art, go to the theatre, drink in the pub, have lunch in cute cafes, buy ice-creams and new clothes etc etc. Some of us poorer locals just kind of skirt round the edges of this. This year I decided to save up enough money to buy tickets to a few events - and what this has done has bought me experiences - just like a holiday away from home! I'm having new experiences, feeling included, and being inspired to make ways to do more of this in the future.
This afternoon I've done a bit of clearing in my wild garden. I don't intend to do much else (but I will do some Sparky exercises later).
Another whole week ahead - how lucky I am!
Friday, September 19, 2014
I really didn't feel like doing anything today - it was grey and overcast and I felt :(.
But - knowing myself well, I got up, had breakfast, and went to collect my vegetable box (leeks, onion, potato, carrots, parsley, field mushrooms aka Portabello, green beans, cherry tomatoes - ALL LOCAL!). Then I got myself onto a bus, out of town, and went for a walk.
It turned into a scorching hot day - I was sweating buckets! I walked by a little river and was sorely tempted to jump in (but without a towel, costume etc I wasn't brave enough! though I did consider putting a towel and costume in my bag in future....... maybe....) This thought came from an article I'd recently read about 'microadventuring' by Alastair Humphreys - and one of the things he recommends is 'jump in a river'!
I timed my walk with the stop-watch on my phone, and paused it when I rested on a bench, stopped to have a snack etc - and although I was out for 3 hours, my walking time was actually 1hr 40mins. So - about 40 mins was probably spent using the bus each way - and another 30 mins on a couple of 15 min breaks.
The walk was alongside the River Hayle - which is a rich wildlife area and partly protected by the RSPB for that reason. I saw a fox again today! So I had to google that to see what foxes represent! (they seem to represent a lot of things: cunning, is in seeing through deception, working a way through problems, keeping a low profile and being observant, clever, playful, master of disguise etc)
I saw loads of dragon-flies and butterflies there too - in face, I was sure that one dragon-fly followed me almost all the way along the path - I felt like I had an admirer!
At the end of my walk I went into a local garden centre and had a pot of tea (turned my back on the cakes!) and put my feet up a-while before getting the bus home.
I was so hot that I put my sun-lounger out in the shade of a tree in the garden, and went out there with my tea (nothing like the one you make at home!) and a cookie (yes, a cookie - one cookie from the baker's shop).
I have a meal in the slow-cooker for this evening - cabbage, chick peas, apple, onion sort of stew thing. And I have a ticket for a show (part of the St Ives September Festival that's on at the moment) to see a group of energetic musicians called 'The Mighty Bucca Du'. Here's a link to a film made of them.
Now my main challenge is to get myself ready to go out - because I'm struggling with my mood a bit, I feel very resistant to going out - and if I am going out, I'm likely to hide in jeans and a shirt. But I have a lovely new red dress that I want to wear some time........ not sure that today will be the day though.......... I'm not feeling brave enough. I know that no-one will really look at me or what I'm wearing - so it doesn't matter to anyone else but me. A dress always takes a lot of courage for me to wear! Here's a picture of the dress in a different colour - the material is a bit like the material used for leotards - quite thin and stretchy - not sure how it will work to wear it - I won't know if I don't try, will I!
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