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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:
KNYAGENYA 12/18/2012 10:02AM


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BRIDIEGAL 12/18/2012 9:57AM

    Lovely pictures, I do hope your ankle is okay!

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DJSHIP46 12/18/2012 9:49AM

    Great pictures, thanks!!!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/18/2012 9:45AM

    Gorgeous pictures. I was gasping at the pictures. It looks beautiful, no words to adequately describe it.

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GIRLINMOTION 12/18/2012 9:42AM

    What a great place to be for a holiday. Enjoy!

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HLOCHRIDGE 12/18/2012 9:29AM

    Love the photos! Those are awesome!

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MOMOSG 12/18/2012 9:24AM

    Fabulous photos! What georgious scenery. If ever I make it to the UK, I will have to use your blogs as a walking guide for my travels!

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NIKKIJ55 12/18/2012 9:22AM

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing and take care of the ankle!! emoticon

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YULLABELLE 12/18/2012 9:15AM


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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 12/18/2012 9:09AM

    Wow, what a wonderful "story". Between the beautiful pictures, and you perfect way to describe, you make me feel like I was there with you...
THANK YOU for sharing. it is Beautiful, like you!

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PYNETREE 12/18/2012 9:02AM

    Oh, Lovely photos! Thank you so for sharing!

Hope you ankle is fit to go, this morning!

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SKYWATCHER6 12/18/2012 9:02AM

  really enjoyed your photos. Thanks!

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NEWMOM20121 12/18/2012 9:01AM

    Love the pictures. Thank you so much for taking us with you.

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KARRENLYNN 12/18/2012 9:01AM

    What interesting and beautiful places you walk, thanks for sharing pictures of your journeys with us.

Have a happy and healthy holiday season,

Karen emoticon

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JOANNHUNT 12/18/2012 8:58AM

    Awesome pictures. Hope your ankle is okay. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OFGREENGABLES 12/18/2012 8:56AM


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    Great Photos

Make Today a Great Day!

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RAWCOOKIE 12/18/2012 8:32AM

    Your pictures came out great! Glad your ankle not toooo bad - such a shame that happened! It was lovely to walk with you. I look forward to seeing the rest of your holiday :)

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FUSCHIA6 12/18/2012 8:27AM

    emoticon emoticon Beautiful!

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WILSON1926 12/18/2012 8:27AM

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NEPTUNE1939 12/18/2012 8:25AM

    Thank you for sharing

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REGILIEH 12/18/2012 8:19AM

    I second that your ankle better be right as rain as I'm not through with my Holiday with you! Thank you so very much. It was filled with beauty, education, humor and pain, your pain that is. I think we should have gotten to see a picture of you face down! Just kidding. I'm so glad you were not hurt any worse. I'm ready for tomorrow. I am loving your Holiday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DMEYER4 12/18/2012 8:11AM

  beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing. I hope your ankle is okay. Enjoy your vacation

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MIMIDOT 12/18/2012 8:05AM

    Your pictures are beautiful! It was a lovely journey, except for the sprained ankle.
Hope it's better. Thanks for taking me with you. I enjoyed it very much!

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LATPC130 12/18/2012 7:59AM

  That was great!You must be a professional photographer and writer.

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MOMMY445 12/18/2012 7:50AM

    great pictures! hope your ankle is feeling better soon.

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THEIS58 12/18/2012 7:46AM

    Awesome! Good for you for taking time in such a beautiful place!

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TEACHING1ST 12/18/2012 7:17AM

    I see others have the same question, Chantal--are you a photographer/writer in 'real life?' If not, you could certainly be a topnotch one. I always look forward to your great adventures. Take care of the ankle.....hope you're fine now!


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KOOKYKATHIE 12/18/2012 7:13AM

    BTW I am writing from Southern Oregon in the states. I have never been to the Uk but it looks so interesting! emoticon


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KOOKYKATHIE 12/18/2012 7:10AM

    Your photos and writings of your adventures are just awesome! emoticon
I don't know what your occupation is but I think, you should look into a career of writing. You have a great knack for it.

Write me a book~~I'll read it! YAH for sure emoticon

Enjoy your holiday and I hope your ankle is better

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MILLEDGE2 12/18/2012 7:08AM

    You're a champ for posting this adventure! I hope your ankle is much better; be kind to it. Loved the travelogue, but especially appreciated the reflections about how much your fitness has improved and how that made the adventure easier to get into. You've brought fun and inspiration to Spark friends all over the world (I'm writing from Alabama in the States). emoticon

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MAMAHOYT 12/18/2012 7:01AM

    Awesome!! I so wish I was there sometimes.

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LIFETIMER54 12/18/2012 6:57AM

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CFMOSS 12/18/2012 6:36AM


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TORTISE110 12/18/2012 6:35AM

    This was wonderful to see your walk. My husband and I went to St. Ives in October and had such a great day. We were in Cornwall and the Cotswalds for a week. Thank you for bringing back great memories and reminding us how much we would love to go return to the UK.


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LUNABYRD 12/18/2012 6:25AM

    You are such a great story teller! I always love your photos and stories. This town is so beautiful!

Thank you for sharing!!! emoticon

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TPETRIE 12/18/2012 6:13AM

  I love your blogs and pictures. I feel like I'm walking right beside you. Hope your ankle is better.

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KELLYPAQ 12/18/2012 5:59AM

    You're like having our own personnel travel writer. Thanks for sharing your adventures.

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TRYINGHARD54 12/18/2012 5:38AM

    I feel so refreshed now.....thank you for a great walk.... glad your ankle was feeling better.

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LIBBYL1 12/18/2012 5:05AM

  looks so wonderful! Hope your ankle does get beter...

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/18/2012 2:52AM

    That's so beautiful! When I went to Cornwall it was raining sideways so I didn't really get to see any views like that. Hopefully next time.
I hope your ankle is all better now :)

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MICKEYH 12/17/2012 9:24PM

    I am sory about your ankle. I hope it feels better real soon. I had no idea that there is some quick sands in there and on the beach side. And you said no cafe and no public restroom, so if you've got to go, where can you go? I hope you didn't had to. Thanks for sharing beautiful pictures. I love the beach. It is so beautiful.

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KIPPER15 12/17/2012 9:06PM

    Lovely walk. emoticon emoticon Hope the ankle is fine.

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CHRISSYM30 12/17/2012 8:26PM

    Wow, such beautiful scenery. Looks like such an awesome area for walks. Plus it looks like your having some nice weather for your little vacation. I do hope the ankle is doing better. I've done the same thing once or twice. The last time I was in the summer and I had shorts on. Wound up with a huge scrap on my leg and a twisted ankle. Never pleasant. lol. Made me feel like a clutz, but I suppose it happens to us all now and then. Great that the walking seems to be getting easier for you though, less time to catch your breath, I mean. Hope your having fun and keep the lovely blogs and pictures coming

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GLORYFB80 12/17/2012 7:45PM

    Looks like a great place for walks!
Hope your ankle feels much better, soon!

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L1ZB3TH354 12/17/2012 6:47PM

    emoticon hope your ankle feels better

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DOVESEYES 12/17/2012 6:26PM

    Hope the ankle is feeling better

Thanks for taking me along

It is breathtakingly good. emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 12/17/2012 6:25PM

    I loved the photos (particularly impressed by the close-up of the turnstone.)
loved your blog
and hope your ankle heals very quickly.

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LINDAK25 12/17/2012 6:14PM

    What a beautiful place! Spectacular looking day. Hope your ankle is okay.

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