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Monday, December 17, 2012

Ah. 9am in St Ives, the sun is shining, the sea is blue and the birds are making yark yark noises which is the best that a gull can do in the singing line.

I'm walking along the coastal path from St Ives to Lelant with a SparkFriend. We meet on time, set off comparing notes on St Ives and the coastal path and stopping every so often so that I can take photos and catch my breath.

Interesting point, boys and girls: while I still need to stop to catch my breath, it doesn't take me long to catch it. The hilly bits on this walk used to stop me dead for ten minutes at a time.

Anyway, enough of all this. What you really want to see is the photos, yes? Here they are:






We walk along, comparing notes about walking boots, sticks, waterproofs, living in Cornwall, not living in Cornwall, dogs and not wanting one because we'd have to scoop the poop, views, greenery, scenery and ultimately mud.





Yes, mud. We buzz along past Carbis bay, and up the other side, taking about a third the time I took in May last year, then we hit mud. Mind you I must say the mud in Cornwall is not nearly as muddy as the mud in Essex. As mud goes, it's pretty well a non-event. Spoken like someone with great big waterproof boots on.


We get to the most fabulous scenery in the world IMHO: Porthkidney Sands, and make our way down to the beach.





Pause for all of YOU to get your breath back.

This, we agree, is perfect. There are no cafes, rock shoppes, beach huttes, amusement arcades or Cornish Fudge Corners. There is a beach, and sand dunes, and the Hayle estuary and about three other people and two dogs. There is also no public lavatory but as I observe, every silver lining has a cloud.

It's all so photogenic I'm giving my camera some serious welly.

There's a noticeboard with Dire Warnings:

The main issue is, don't get into the quicksand near the Hayle estuary cos there's nobody around to pull you out.

We pick our way down the path through the dunes. If you miss this path and try to get through the dunes pathlessly, you very quickly get stuck and you can't see your way forward. It's like a maze of grass tufts.



In the 30 seconds it took me to take this photograph, I sank six inches into the sand:

We keep walking towards the estuary.



There are little grottoes in the cliff. A thinner person than I could squeeze in or crawl in and hide smuggled goods there, brandy, silk, French lace. It's quite romantic. Little streams run down the cliff and gather in pools before seeping into the sand and disappearing.


We turn inland, past the golf course and the mediaeval church of St Uny.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St
_Uny's_Church,_Lelant


We've got wind of our nosebag at the Badger Inn. I'm seriously thirsty and have cider in mind. Plus food.

At this point I put my left foot in a pothole that is in fact not as deep as I'd like to pretend it is but I'm not going to admit I wasn't paying attention to where I was putting my feet, bend my ankle rather wittily, spraining it in a suitably painful manner, and end up flat on my face on a road that is a lot muddier than you'd choose a road to be if you're landing flat on your face in it.

It's funny, the sense of disbelief at times like this isn't it? Through my head goes:

WTF? Oh no not again. You can't have. Ow. Ow ow ow. Is that broken or merely sprained? If you wiggle it, does it work? Can you stand up? Well try then, you don't know till you try.

I stand up, cautiously. The ankle hurts, BUT I don't think it's broken. I've broken it before and sprained it at least half a dozen times, but not for about eight years. In fact, not since the time I broke it.

Start to hobble, pubwards.

Anyway I'm pleased to say that lunch an half a pint of anaesthetic later, the ankle's feeling a lot better. We'd intended to walk back along the beach but get the bus instead. I return to the B&B to examine the ankle. It doesn't look so bad as I feared, so I spend an hour pottering around the harbour, taking photos and pestering the gulls.





This one's a turnstone:


and the harbour:



The ankle had better be right as rain tomorrow, that's all I can say. I'm on HOLIDAY, I mean gimme a break!

On second thoughts, let me rephrase that one.
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LAFFWITHLINDA 9/22/2013 12:16AM

    Thanks!

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    Nice!

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WHITEANGEL4 1/12/2013 2:33AM

    Thanks for the beautiful tour

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NLYR20 1/11/2013 1:11PM

  Nice Pics

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ANDYLIN90 1/6/2013 10:58PM

    Fabulous photos really...so sorry about your ankle. Hope it is better by now.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 12/31/2012 9:35AM

    Beautiful walk :) Thanks for sharing.

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SHIELDAC 12/29/2012 7:10AM

    thanks

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EABL81 12/24/2012 12:00AM

    Beautiful pictures. Hope the ankle wasn't hurt too badly!

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LOUISE3518 12/23/2012 10:25PM

  OH CHANTAL.... I HOPE YOUR ANKLE IS BETTER BY NOW.
I loved your pictures... your holiday sounds so wonderful. I LOVE YOUR DESCRIPTIONS.... YOU HUMOR..... I am such a fan of yours. Thanks for letting me feel a slip or two every now and then amounts to just that....and then back to counting and feeling good about it.
I AM SUCH A FAN..... You are an exceptional writer. Thanks for all the uplifting bright spots you share with us. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Happy Holiday to you.

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AMANDEES76 12/21/2012 7:34PM

    Enjoy your Holiday in that beautiful place and please keep blogging.

Merry Christmas!!

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AMANDACOETZER 12/21/2012 5:11AM

    Beautiful!!

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TINY67 12/20/2012 11:06PM

    The whole blog is great.

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JERICHO1991 12/20/2012 10:06PM

    More good photos and travelog.

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CAROLIAN 12/20/2012 6:04PM

    Great pictures hope the ankle feels better soon Happy Christmas xxx

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/20/2012 3:48PM

    Very pretty!

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MOMFAN 12/20/2012 2:46PM

    Enjoy!!

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BAROSS 12/20/2012 11:53AM

    your pictures are breath taking as usual, thanks for sharing

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RASIRE 12/20/2012 11:38AM

  Thank you for sharing! happy holidays

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FIT4MEIN2013 12/20/2012 10:55AM

    Lovely!

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CHERYLSBUTT 12/20/2012 10:15AM

    What a lovely journey
thanks for sharing with us homebound folks!

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TIPPY211 12/20/2012 9:48AM

    Great pictures and blog. Love reading about your adventures emoticon

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WILSONWR 12/20/2012 9:10AM

    Great blog. Hope the ankle is better!

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  Thank you for sharing your journey!

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CHANSEN_20001 12/20/2012 7:23AM

    Awesome photos!! Have a great holiday, and I hope your ankle feels better.

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THEIS58 12/20/2012 6:39AM

    Thank you!

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FATHINSN 12/19/2012 11:58PM

    Pretty views, even the drain and mud areas look beautiful! And yes, I'm one of those people who want to see pictures, hehe.

Sorry you fall and sprained your foot but at least it was not broken and luckily no sharp, big rocks just mud when the ground met your face :D

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So SORRY about your ankle

Do you have elastic wrap for it ?
Here in the States we call them
Ace Bandages

Have a BETTER Thursday

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BKNOCK 12/19/2012 9:39PM

    Beautiful pictures! I am glad your ankle is okay and you can enjoy your holiday!

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DANAPRIME 12/19/2012 7:47PM

    I feel for you! I broke my ankle once on the first day of vacation at the beach!

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MARITIMER3 12/19/2012 7:29PM

    I love St. Ives, and really enjoyed your pictures. Hope the ankle is getting better.

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AJB121299 12/19/2012 6:40PM

    as always, you do not disappoint with your blog and photos

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JANETTEB553 12/19/2012 5:04PM

    Love your blogs... wish I had the ability to lift the spirits of so many people... emoticon

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HORSESHOEHONEY 12/19/2012 3:17PM

    These pictures are amazing! Enjoy your holiday. emoticon

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LACIEKAY 12/19/2012 12:58PM

    that was fun.. haha. makes me feel like i went with you emoticon
i can't wait until i can do that kind of stuff with my husband :) although it will require some mileage because it's just a bunch of cornfields around my area emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 12/19/2012 11:50AM

    Oh I just loved it all so much! Glad you got the chance to do it with a friend and share it together. And to see how much your fitness has improved must be so wonderful! Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

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KLONG8 12/19/2012 11:23AM

    Thanks for taking us on your walk through a beautiful world! So sorry you twisted your ankle and hope it amounted to nothing more than being a little gimpy for a day or two. Great blog.

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FARIS71 12/19/2012 10:22AM

    Amazing photos! Hope the ankle heals completely and quickly.

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BUSMOM27 12/19/2012 9:59AM

    great pictures

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PENOWOK 12/19/2012 9:18AM

    Your journeys are so beautiful! I am sure glad you didn't break! I am praying your ankle heals quickly...I know what that's like-been there, done that! I sure hope you enjoy your holiday!

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ANDREAG89 12/19/2012 9:10AM

    I take a little mental holiday when I read your blogs and view your pictures. You have such a great way of sharing that I feel like I'm there talking to you. Thanks for keeping up and helping all of us take a little escape.

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JIBBIE49 12/19/2012 8:59AM

    Once again your featured in the spark mail. How great is that!

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