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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:
CATLADY52 12/17/2012 5:08PM

    RICE it and rest will probably take care of your ankle. I'm enjoying your vacation as much as you are. I do hope it lives up to your expectations. (Or OUR expectations because you do set a high standard.) emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 12/17/2012 5:00PM

    Beautiful pictures! Wish I was there.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/17/2012 5:00PM

    Beautiful pictures! Wish I was there.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/17/2012 4:57PM

  What awesome pictures and you are just so strong and full of life and adventure!!!

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LTMURPHY7 12/17/2012 4:50PM


Great walk. How long did it take? I'd need a bathroom
How's your ankle?
The quicksand would scare me

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MEOWMEOWGIRL 12/17/2012 4:49PM

    I love reading your blogs! I feel like we're sitting in the pub together talking about the day. Thanks for the wonderful pictures! Hope your ankle feels better.

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JESSICABOOTY 12/17/2012 4:36PM

    I love your walks and photos so much that words fail me. Everyone else before me said it much better. But you'd better believe it that I will continue with you as you slog through the mud and brush.
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REMEMBER2BME 12/17/2012 4:31PM

    Great pictures. Thanks so much for sharing. Take care of the ankle.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/17/2012 3:20PM

    you really are a very talented photographer,i don┤t always reply to all your blogs but i al÷ways read them and look forward to all the memories they bring back to me when i lived in london.todays blog reminded me of the one and only time i went to st ives on a day trip with my friend june sharp and linsey.thabnks once again fo bringing back memories. emoticon emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 12/17/2012 3:15PM

    Beautiful photos. The ones of the beach are emoticon . Hope your ankle is better.

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IAMWINNING 12/17/2012 3:11PM

    Oh! I feel like I'm almost right there with you. Your photographs and word pictures are wonderful. You're such a talented lady. And how great that you're more fit than you were several months ago and can enjoy treking around more. Hope the ankle behaves itself and is all right in the morning.

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JLLOVETT 12/17/2012 3:01PM

    Very nice! Being able to walk further without having to stop as much....priceless!!!! Your hard work is paying off!! emoticon

As always, wonderful pictures - I feel as if I'm along on your trip.

I hope you ankle is soon well!!!

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LEB0401 12/17/2012 2:48PM

    Beautiful pics. I love your blogs, they read like a travel journal.

I hope your ankle heals quick-quick.

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PORTIAWILLIS 12/17/2012 2:42PM

    i live vicariously through your words and pictures.

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DESERTJULZ 12/17/2012 2:36PM

    What a lovely walk! I'm sorry it was marred near the end by the ankle injury and am crossing my fingers that you'll be fine in the morning.

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MRS.DOYLE 12/17/2012 2:02PM

    What lovely weather you had. Very lucky for December. Hopefully your ankle just needs a good night's sleep.

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POPSY190 12/17/2012 1:40PM

    Sorry about the ankle, but the rest of this is beautiful.

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NELLIEH1 12/17/2012 1:18PM

    Know you'll share about your ankle pray it is indeed ok. What lovely pix. Thanks again for sharing your walking experiences. emoticon

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HFAYE81 12/17/2012 1:13PM

    Haha! I hope your ankle is on the mend. You appear to be having a lot of fun!

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KAREN91 12/17/2012 12:22PM

    I hope your ankle is ok today. I loved your blog and beautiful pictures. No wonder why people walk more in Europe, Its so scenic! You should be a writer and photographer you have a gift with words and pictures. I hope you have a great Holiday! emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 12/17/2012 12:12PM

    haha, saying "give me a break" reminds me of the theater saying "break a leg". Glad the sprain appears to only be a mild sprain.

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ANNANN63 12/17/2012 11:49AM

    If you can find castor oil it can be very helpful for such injuries. Just rub it in gently. It is great for muscles, ligaments, skin, bruising, etc. We find it in the US any place that sells first aid supplies--near the alcohol and peroxide. I pray you feel much better soon.

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ALIHIKES 12/17/2012 11:36AM

    WOW what beautiful photos and what a great hike! I hope your ankle is okay! Rest, Ice, compress, and elevate!

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DALID414 12/17/2012 11:08AM

    Yes, a break would be a lot worse.

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SENIMMO 12/17/2012 11:04AM

    RICE for the rest of the day (evening, whatever the time is there, lol) rest, ice, compression, elevation. Wrap it for support if at all possible, or wear an extra sock and tie your boot a little snugger. Hope it feels better! And thanks for the breathtaking photos!!

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FIRECOM 12/17/2012 11:04AM

    Your blogs are always wonderful, calming and educational. Thank you. Are you a professional writer/photographer? If not, you should be.

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NEEDBU66 12/17/2012 11:04AM

    What a lovely walk. Incredible. Loved it and the dialogue. Hoping the ankle is better.

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LEXIE63 12/17/2012 11:03AM

    Keping fingers crossed for your ankle. :-)
Lovely pics.

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IMAGINE46 12/17/2012 10:55AM

  Loved the holidy pics. Hope the ankle is better!

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JACKIE542 12/17/2012 10:53AM

    Beautiful start to my day, great story and wonderful pictures.
I sure hope your ankle is ok, take good care! emoticon

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MILLIE5522 12/17/2012 10:51AM

    Thank you for sharing your holiday pics, they are beautiful!

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MARYBETH4884 12/17/2012 10:48AM

    Lovely pictures! Your continued success on your journey to better health is even better! Less huffing and puffing during and after hills is very important!

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DNRAE1 12/17/2012 10:46AM

    So glad you didn't seriously injure your ankle. Someday I'll get to go to Cornwall! Beautiful!

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MARYJEANSL 12/17/2012 10:46AM

  It's very lovely indeed. Don't care at all for the thought of that quicksand, though! I hope your ankle is much better soon! And thank you very much for posting the pics.

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MSPATOOTY 12/17/2012 10:41AM

    Ahhh! What a lovely travelogue! Cornwall is now officially added to my travel Bucket List.

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