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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.

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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LEANMEAN2 12/19/2012 6:24AM

    Thanks for again taking us on such a lovely walk with you.
I cannot hear the name St. Ives without remembering the poem puzzle that I learned from an old Bobbs-Merrill reader before I started to school. I'm 78 so that book is probably nearing 100 years old as my older brothers had used it before me.
I wonder if there is anyone else on here who remembers it.
"As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with 7 wives.
Each wife had 7 sacks
Each wife had 7 cats
Each cat had 7 kits
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?"

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TDEMAIO2 12/19/2012 5:49AM

    Just beauitful : ) thank you for taking us on your vacations and walks :D Just love them!

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BLUEJEAN99 12/19/2012 1:57AM

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/19/2012 1:01AM


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PCASEY7 12/18/2012 11:46PM

    As you'd indicated Cornwall is indeed lovely! Thanks for the blog, quips and lovely pics! Hope you're ankle is on the mend.

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JAMER123 12/18/2012 10:46PM

    Another fun tour of your area and lovely pictures!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEARTS116 12/18/2012 9:43PM


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ROCKYCPA 12/18/2012 9:42PM

    wonderful pics and a great blog!

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JERICHO1991 12/18/2012 8:56PM

    Another pictureque journey.

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CICELY360 12/18/2012 8:49PM

  good blog

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CKAYTHOMAS 12/18/2012 8:47PM

    Such lovely pictures! Now I am dying to visit your enchanting country.
Take care of that ankle.

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KHALIA2 12/18/2012 8:39PM

  GOOD JOB! The pictures are beautiful!

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PMFISH 12/18/2012 8:25PM

    Again thanks for taking us on your walks. Always an adventure! Glad you did not break your ankle.

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GARDENCHRIS 12/18/2012 8:19PM

    such beautiful pictures! THANK YOU.... hope your ankle is better tomorrow! Having sturdy boots on probably helped...

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CLAYARTIST 12/18/2012 6:32PM

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PEGGYO 12/18/2012 6:17PM

    thankd for sharing

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KAYELENE 12/18/2012 5:25PM

    Gorgeous photos. The weather looks great for wintertime.

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PHEBESS 12/18/2012 5:01PM

    Absolutely gorgeous photos - and I hope the ankle is doing better today!

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NEWCHINELO 12/18/2012 4:55PM

    This is awesome!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/18/2012 4:27PM


as usual!

And how's the ankle today?

"every silver lining has a cloud. " - true, that!!

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Maybe at some point, you can invest in one of those "portable loos" for the gals. Various catalogs online with them, particularly travel types like Magellen's or TravelSmith (at least, in the USA but I'm sure there are suitable ones over in your area?).

So fun to read and travel along with you.

What sort of camera do you have?



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JUNETTA2002 12/18/2012 4:12PM

    Awesome pictures thank you for brightening my day.

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PEGGYRAE1 12/18/2012 4:06PM

  Thank you, thank you for your post today! My grandparents were born in St. Ives and came to America around 1918 or so, so I still have family there. I was lucky enough to visit in 1978 and found it so beautiful. Your photos are beautiful and reminded me that I want to visit again. Happy walking!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/18/2012 4:05PM

  You certainly come from a BEAUTIFUL country!!!!! Thanks again for sharing it with us.........and take good care of that ankle. emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 12/18/2012 3:45PM

    what a wonderful walk thanks for taking me along hope the ankle is ok

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BKLYNDIVA 12/18/2012 3:45PM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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JANETTEB553 12/18/2012 3:19PM

    Gimme a break!!!! indeed... Have a lovely holiday...

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BARBARASDIET 12/18/2012 3:15PM

    The coast is beautiful!

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JUNEAU2010 12/18/2012 3:13PM

    When I saw the beach shot, I thought, "Ahhhhhhhh - no footsteps!" and then read on.

Sorry you did a face plant! I have done one twice this week, not in mud, but first in rainy wet windy concrete and then in my safe dry warm office! Yup, butt in the air, blood on the sidewalk and soft tissue injuries as if I had given myself whiplash.

I hope you can walk easily tomorrow!

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ADARKARA 12/18/2012 2:23PM

    I always love your photos, but this place is the most gorgeous of them all! I'm dying to go there someday!

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BONIFIANT 12/18/2012 1:27PM

    Thank you so much for letting us "armchair travel" with you. You make it so real. It's really special to me right now as I am basically chair bound right now having fallen at the end of my walk last week and fracturing a shoulder. As I was falling, I was experiencing some of the same thoughts as you have expressed in your blog. Thankfully, although it is embarrassing to fall in front of someone, you had someone with you to help as needed. I was so thankful for my husband who was able to pick me up. Not bad for a couple of 75 year olds.

Anyway. speedy healing to your ankle. Keep on trekking and taking us along.

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NOMORENOMORE 12/18/2012 12:22PM

    I'm glad your ankles not seriously hurt!

The 18th picture is my favorite. Love the patterns in the sand.

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DAWN14163 12/18/2012 12:17PM

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. You have a talent for taking great photos! Cornwall is gorgeous.

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SJKENT1 12/18/2012 11:44AM

    Have a wonderful holiday. What a beautiful hike. Isn't it awesome when we realize we have come a long way in our journey to healthy living. Good for you!!! Hope the ankle heals quickly

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LELERS 12/18/2012 11:39AM

    So beautiful!

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FANCYFREE15 12/18/2012 11:22AM

    Thank you so much for taking us all along! Beautiful scenery! I can almost hear the gulls from here in the American Midwest! Please take good care of your ankle so we can go out with your tomorrow again! emoticon

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WALLINMW 12/18/2012 11:21AM

  thanks for sharing!

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LIS193 12/18/2012 11:18AM

    Great pictures and what gorgeous weather for this time of the year!

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/18/2012 11:14AM

  Oh, OH, so pretty there. Thanks again for the view.

I particularly enjoyed this one. I like them all, but some amuse me more and give me pleasure.

I liked what you said, about the treasures you could hide in the cracks of those huge rocks. So clever. I thought it was kinda funny about your warm drink and how it made your ankle feel a bit better, and what you were thinking about holiday.

For example, yesterday when I mailed my Christmas packages; I was going through this reasoning: I better get insurance... they only loose them, the couple of times I didn't.

I'm sure it helps to have such amazing views to describe, but still some could stand a paradise looking area, and their writing wouldn't be as good as yours.

By now, some of us are wondering, if you were an English teacher. emoticon

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LYNCHD05 12/18/2012 11:06AM

    Ah, once again I have been taken on a wonderful journey. Thanks for sharing.
And what a bonus, your ankle is fine. It is probably much stronger than it was a few years ago! Another bonus for working out!

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DR1939 12/18/2012 10:40AM

    Wonderful pictures.

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 12/18/2012 10:37AM

    what beautiful pics as always

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HEALTHY-SPARK 12/18/2012 10:35AM

    Thanks for sharing your great photos!

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MICHELLENRGZED 12/18/2012 10:29AM

    Gorgeous! I'd love to get back there.

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LTMURPHY7 12/18/2012 10:18AM


beautiful place

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NEWSTARTNANA 12/18/2012 10:16AM

    Lovely, awe inspiring, informative, with a little drama and suspense (your poor ankle) thrown in for good measure! I hope everything is okay and you continue to enjoy your holiday. Your blogs are wonderful; I always look forward to them and they never disappoint! Thanks for the lovely adventure!

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THOMS1 12/18/2012 10:09AM

    What a great trip you'r taking me on. The pictures are great and so are you! emoticon

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