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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

That's the announcement you get when cricket matches are rained off in summer. I mean 'summer', this is England after all. Today I was going to treat us all to another long walk, but when I looked out at the weather it was drizzle. The met office forecast said dry by lunchtime but by lunchtime I'd intended to be in the middle of nowhere on a footpath.

So, change of plan. I get the bus to the south coast, and get off at Long Rock near Marazion and walk along to Marazion, which is the village opposite St Michael's Mount. Boy, is it
misty.


I'm increasingly glad I didn't risk going for a walk. Walking in fog on a route you know well, you have to be careful but it's doable. Walking in fog on a route you haven't done for 20 years and which takes you across bogs . . . not such a good idea.

Get to Marazion marsh nature reserve and admire the bunnies. They have been left in peace for several generations these rabbits, so humans don't bother them too much.




This one even hopped closer. We stand there, eyeball to eyeball and I say 'Oo are you lookin' at?' The rabbit says nothing of course, it's a rabbit. It's me who looks away first. Trying not to feel humiliated, I cross the road and walk along a grassy bit above the sea. There's actually a flock of oystercatchers in the car park.

Hm. I know people who spend hours in leaking and freezing cold hides to see oystercatchers and these ones are just trotting across the car park. Walk along, avoiding the bunny warrens on the way. I don't want to put my foot in one and sprain my ankle, do it?


Ha ha.

Get to Marazion which is a very pretty village and has a couple of art galleries that I really like but which are closed this morning. Probably a good thing. I haven't got money to fritter at the moment and they are excellent places for frittering money in. Potter around and contemplate St Michael's Mount which . . . has disappeared. No kidding.


It's about 200 metres away and the smudge is all you can see of it.

I was going to go over to it and take photos for you but on the whole that doesn't look to be a winner today!

Move to plan C (I'm running out of plans here) and take a bus to Penzance, three miles away.

I have to go back there for the bus to St Ives, so I take a couple of photos there, and have a look in their branch of Seasalt and try on a coat I would like but it's 130 so I'll think about it. It is made of waterproof breathable fabric and is much cheaper than most coats like that but it is thickly lined and I think I want an unlined one or one I can unzip the lining from.

Hiking has taken over my life a bit. See some nice berets and decide to have a think about those.

Get the bus back to St Ives, and the bus I get is the one that goes round all the villages and there's not much to see of them as visibility is down to 100 metres or so. I am really glad I am not out on an exposed hilltop in this weather!

At St Ives, have a yummy fish chowder for lunch and take a walk round the shops and the old narrow streets. There are many fudge shops:




A chocolate shop or two



At least a dozen pasty shops (I haven't taken photos of all of these, my interests are more chocolate than pasty and please, pasty aficionados need not write in to dispute the authenticity of the pasties with reference to the positioning of the crimping, pattern of the crimping or absence of the knob on the end):


Shops owned by people with a sense of humour:


At least I think the above is intentionally funny. You never know.

Old narrow winding streets full of history.






Art galleries including Tate St Ives (second of the two):



Artistic associations of all kinds - there was a Newlyn School a St Ives School and a Penwith School so far as I know and this notice says 'Alfred Wallis lived here'


Where art is concerned, it's still going on. About one shop in three is an art gallery, I haven't take pix of them because a lot of them sell jewellery too and I don't want to be arrested. I drop in to one of them to ask if they can mend the silver brooch I bought there a couple of years ago and they can so I'm delighted as it's my favourite.

Visit Seasalt and buy the beret I was after. It's the pale turquoise colour of my Sparkpage, my favourite colour.

Get back to my room and inspect ankle.



You wouldn't call it beautiful, would you? Even if I'd shaved the hairy bits, it wouldn't have been pleasing to the eye. It doesn't hurt much today though.

Here's hoping for dry weather tomorrow. I'm going to chase gulls with my camera.

Watch out, gully!

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  • v FARIS71
    Forget the hairy bits - take care of that ankle. We need you to be able to hike and write for a good long time!
    1257 days ago
  • v CINDYSDAY
    thankyou for sharing the pictures. take care of your ankle
    1257 days ago
  • v NEWMOM20121
    Love the pictures. Take care of your ankle.
    1257 days ago
  • v DJSHIP46
    OUCH... My tush looked like that a week ago and it still hurts. Take it easy on yourself and let it heal... Otherwise, loved the pictures, as usual!
    1257 days ago
  • v YULLABELLE
    emoticon for annother lovely look at England. Try ice and elevation for the ankle swelling and maybe an ace bandage when walking. Feel better soon. I really enjoy the walks.
    1257 days ago
  • v NILLAPEPSI
    Such cute bunnies!! Great pics, except for your poor, poor ankle.

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    1257 days ago
  • v SIZE8NOTSOMUCH
    I could read your writing all day, and look at your Pictures. You make me feel like I am there.
    Thank you!
    1257 days ago
  • v GARDENCHRIS
    love the tour! hope you are icing that ankle...glad you had your sturdy boots on.... it could have been much worse. emoticon




    1257 days ago
  • v JANEMARIE77
    another wonderful walk glad the ankle is better
    1257 days ago
  • v SHOSHANADP
    Yikes! The ankle doesn't look so good. Hopefully it and the weather are much better tomorrow.
    1257 days ago
  • v LEANMEAN2
    That ankle looks painful! Do take good care of it.

    Thanks for another guided tour. I have always said that if I were ever to visit a foreign (to me) country it would be Great Britain, but I am stuck here in Kansas.
    Thanks for transporting me for a few minutes.
    Jean
    1257 days ago
  • v MIMIDOT
    Beautiful pictures! Thanks for the journey. Take care of the ankle. Should you be using it so much?
    1257 days ago
  • v BESSHAILE
    as you were going to St. Ives, did you meet a man with 7 wives? And did each wife have seven sacs ... and did each sac have 7 cats ... and did each cat have 7 kits?

    thank you for the wonderful trip
    1257 days ago
  • v DIXIECAP79
    Thank you for sharing, take good care of that ankle.
    1257 days ago
  • v TRYINGHARD54
    dont you think you need to stay off that ankle.. if something is broke you fix it..not put more harm to it... so take care of yourself..
    1257 days ago
  • v NCSUE0514
    I believe I gained weight looking @ the fudge shop photos.
    Take good care of that ankle. Rest, elevation, & ice sounds like a good plan!
    1257 days ago
  • v EVER-HOPEFUL
    lets face it which true english person would let rain stop play.if we were to do that we would never get anything doen lol.thats why we have our peaches and cream complection,lol while we go out in the rain.at least i do anyway.glad the foot is feeling better though.thanks for the photos but not for giving me the idea to make pasties,lol. emoticon
    1257 days ago
  • v JADASMOM2
    Another wonderfull blog. But have you gone to see a doctor yet? Your ankle looks terrible!

    Hope it heals soon.

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    1257 days ago
  • v COCK-ROBIN
    I loved your pictures, especially the bunnies! Take care of that ankle!
    1257 days ago
  • v KAREN91
    Take care of your ankle. Great pictures as usual thanks for taking us on your hike! emoticon
    1257 days ago
  • v ALDEBARANIAN
    Sounds like your thinker got a good workout. That ankle doesn't look so good. Don't you have a compression bandage to wrap it with? Are you giving it a good ice treatment? My only complaint about the pasties is that you sent a picture, not one of the real things. I'd love to try one (or two). Seems like every story I read set in Cornwall has lots of them in it.
    1258 days ago
  • v LTMURPHY7
    Awesome pictures
    I couldn't pass all those chocolate shops
    1258 days ago
  • v 2ABBYNORMAL
    Thank you for sharing your pictures and telling your story. I enjoy all the pictures of the narrow streets, old buildings, and landscape. I know I will never be able to vacation there, so this is like a vacation for me.
    Don't overdo it with the ankle. Looks worse, probably than it feels. At least, I hope so.
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    1258 days ago
  • v JULESJET
    Nice plan B and C! Lovely pictures, even in the fog and the drizzle. Take care of your ankle, it looks painful!
    1258 days ago
  • v MARYJEANSL
    The ankle looks dreadful, and I applaud your willingness to go on an expedition anyway. Me, I'd have lain in bed with my foot up all day, holiday to the contrary notwithstanding. I'm so sorry you had such an unpleasant thing happen. Still, the pics are lovely, as usual, and the fudge shops...well...I honestly don't know how you avoided spending the big bucks because I probably would have bought several pounds. Feel much better tomorrow, OK?
    1258 days ago
  • v MARITIMER3
    I think it's a good thing that you didn't start on a hike - foggy days on the cliffs are pretty scary. I love St. Michael's Mount and have been out there, walking and by boat, several times. I'venever spent any time in Marazion, and hope to do that sometime. Your ankle looks nasty - take it easy.
    1258 days ago
  • v DALID414
    Thanks for all the food pix, I'm off sugar this week and you had me drooling on my iphone. emoticon
    1258 days ago
  • v IAMWINNING
    OW!!! I do hope your ankle doesn't hurt as much as it looks bad. You poor kid. Thank you for taking us on another wonderful trek. DH and I really MUST get back to England, and specifically to Cornwall, as we never got there. The mist/fog sure got thick. Glad you weren't out on the hils and such where you weren't real familiar.

    Thank you for the lovely pictures. The bunnies are cute, and I appreciate the shots of towns and nature. I'm still drooling from looking at the pics of the fudge. And the chocolate sleigh is precious!

    Since no one can know when Christ is coming again, I figure He WON'T come on the 21st.....maybe the 20th or 22nd or.... LOL So y'all who believe in the Mayan prediction, cool it.

    Take good care of you.
    1258 days ago
  • v SLIMLEAF
    Hey, this is great! I get to go on virtual holiday to Cornwall without having to take any time off work!

    Thanks so much for your blog and photos and well done on all that walking too, particularly when the weather was so poor and your ankle looking rather sore.

    I've been to several of the places you mention and was impressed by the Tate Modern at St Ives, although my favourite 'picture' there was the view out of the window to the sea. :-)
    1258 days ago
  • v KAYELENE
    Gorgeous photos, I'm really enjoying your holiday. Thank you for sharing with us.
    1258 days ago
  • v DOVESEYES
    What a lovely walk.

    We have rabbits coming onto our block (5 acres) and we can give them carrots and pat them don't know where they come from or where they go. We had a delivery one day and the truck driver was in awe of this rabbit nibbling grass right beside his noisy truck.he he we must have a calming effect.

    "motherly concern" now dear we will have to stop coming with you on your walks if you don't rest that foot. oww it looks really painful. Please blog about the end of the world or something about magazines, cheese is sooo interesting you know!!!

    Loved this one thanks so much even if you are 'the walking wounded'. Take care. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1258 days ago
  • v RAINBOWMF
    Love the pictures Thanks for sharing.

    Your ankle looks very painful.

    Hugs Mary
    1258 days ago
  • v JESSICABOOTY
    Your ankle should be considered OFF LIMITS to any more hikes. Can't risk any more injury or insult.
    1258 days ago
  • v LINDAK25
    Your ankle looks awful! Put some ice on that, please.

    I love Cornwall! Thanks for showing us the different towns. I loved the pictures of the food in the shop windows. Now I really do have to go fix something for dinner. Quick!
    1258 days ago
  • v KARENLEIGH32
    Great walk, although I am surprised you are able to walk at all much less these wonderful journeys you take us on. Please take care of your ankle!
    1258 days ago
  • v CATHWREN
    Another great tour. Thanks!

    That ankle looks painful. I'm surpised you can still do your walkabouts. Try to give it some rest. emoticon
    1258 days ago
  • v UPPITYANN
    Amazing blog. You might consider a new career as a virtual tour guide. emoticon
    1258 days ago
  • v DNRAE1
    You managed to get in a good walk and some great pics even with a sprained ankle! Keep your foot up the rest of the day. Just concerned! emoticon
    1258 days ago
  • v NEWSTARTNANA
    Thank you so much for this delightful entry in the tale of your lovely holiday! You are so gifted in prose and photography!
    1258 days ago
  • v LISBETHSALANDER
    I could stare at those winding street photos all day today. Hope your ankle heals quickly. Another wonderful blog.
    1258 days ago
  • v ALIHIKES
    WOW thanks for sharing your hike and photos! emoticon Not sure which I liked better -- the bunnies, or the beautiful old village buildings and winding streets! Please take care of your ankle, it looks badly injured
    1258 days ago
  • v POPSY190
    I like the emoticon Santa and sleigh!
    1258 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/19/2012 2:11:29 PM
  • v MRS.DOYLE
    St. Ives looks beautiful. I must add it to my list of places to visit. The choccy photos look great too. That ankle looks like it needs an x-ray though.
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    1258 days ago
  • v DESERTJULZ
    Pretty photos, despite the mist - or perhaps - because of the mist! Glad the ankle doesn't hurt, though it sort of looks as though it would.
    1258 days ago
  • v OVERACTIVEELBOW
    Thanks for bring us along on your "treks" !!
    As usual I love your blogs and pictures and.... well just everything. I don't think I have missed reading any of your blogs. Have not been leaving comments because everyone else has already said everything I could think of to say.
    Take better care of yourself...
    Audra
    1258 days ago
  • v MSPATOOTY
    Thank you for another lovely day in Cornwall in spite of the rain. I wish SP had an emoticon of an elastic bandage I could give you for that ankle.
    1258 days ago
  • v DRAGONCHILDE
    My ankle doesn't look much better than yours. ;)

    Now you've got me wanting a pasty, and there's only one place in this whole town to get a proper one.
    1258 days ago
  • v LINDAKAY228
    Your ankle looks sore but glad it's not actually hurting. So sorry the rain and fog changed your plans for the day but you did well at adapting it looks like. I enjoyed the pictures very much. Hope you get the long walk in you are wanting and weather cooperates.
    1258 days ago
  • v JACKIE542
    Was beautiful, but your ankle does not look good. Take care of yourself.
    1258 days ago
  • v KIPPER15
    That ankle looks painful, be careful! Love all the pictures of "our" walk. Once again a winner. emoticon
    1258 days ago
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