St Ives, Turnstones, Alleyways and More

23 Jan

1    A lovely cold bright day so we went to St Ives on the train – a stunning coastal train journey which is a favourite of ours. The sun went in as we started the 9 minute ride but St Ives is beautiful in any light.

First view of St Ives from the train

First view of St Ives from the train

2     As we were walking into the town we came across a delightful flock of little Turnstones who were remarkably unafraid.

Flock of Turnstones

Flock of Turnstones



3    St Ives is full of little alleys and byways – utterly charming. It’s where we had our honeymoon many years ago.

To The Keep

To The Keep

To Trecara

To Trecara

Blue Mist

Blue Mist

Another alleyway

Another alleyway

St Ives

St Ives

St Ives' Lighthouse

St Ives’ Lighthouse

Porthminster Beach from the station

Porthminster Beach from the station as we’re waiting for the train

The train's coming

The train’s coming


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18 responses to “St Ives, Turnstones, Alleyways and More

  1. Kathleen Richardson

    January 26, 2013 at 12:26 am

    These are like scenes out of a movie, Sally!

  2. Alex Autin

    January 24, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    You’re very skilled in capturing the unique and beautiful surrounding you. A rare talent.

  3. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    January 24, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Beautiful – I love those tiny cobblestone streets!

  4. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    January 24, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I love seaside pics. St Ives looks very poetic.

    Sigh, to think I was working in a bl**dy office! Ah, but you’ve done your time… 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      You’re right! I have! Many years at the chalkface with my beloved teenagers!
      St Ives is very lovely, even better in the sunshine but beautiful in that soft light too. 🙂

  5. Louise

    January 24, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Thank you for your little walk round St Ives, a lovely place as you say whatever the weather.

  6. djdfr

    January 24, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Thanks for the visit.

  7. tartanpants

    January 24, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Is that a type of palm tree at Porthminster beach? It looks like something that would grow in a very mild climate. On the west coast of Scotland some spots are mild enough for palms. Lovely pictures as always, full of atmosphere x

  8. flowerpot

    January 24, 2013 at 8:48 am

    We had a beautiful Boxing Day there years ago with Mum, who went to school in St Ives. It was so warm we had lunch outside! xx

  9. Shelagh

    January 24, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I did enjoy your walk thru St Ives, Sally. Turnstones must be the town bird! Saw them there too. I think winter must be the best time to visit, sans crowds, and definitely coming in from St. Erth on the train is the nicest entrance.

  10. Hudson Howl

    January 24, 2013 at 4:02 am

    There just has to be a Van Morrison song that captures the tones, the sea and the alley ways of St Ives, one would think. Probably not the most thought of candidate for such a task but for me he would.

    At first glance, thought the signage for Hobblers Restaurant read Howlers Restaurant, wishful thinking on my part.

    ‘To Trecara’, ‘Blue Mist’, ‘To The Keep’ all places in a mystery novel and least we forget, just nine minutes by train, all paths lead to Marygate….ha.

  11. Lakshmi Loves To Shop

    January 24, 2013 at 2:47 am

    I just loved St Ives when I visited there. We had lunch on the beachfront and then did some great shopping in a cute laneway on the way back up to the carpark at the top of the hill 🙂 Your photos so reminded me of that trip so thank you!

  12. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    January 24, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Oh…how wonderful…that you live in such a beautiful town…the pictures were wonderful…Do they name their entrances???

  13. elizz

    January 24, 2013 at 12:17 am

    love the lighthouse 🙂

  14. d wheeler

    January 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Those turnstones are always a delightful surprise, aren’t they? Was anyone feeding them?

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 23, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      No, they were just being very busy finding something on the pavement. Never seen them before – aren’t they delightful? 🙂

  15. valeriedavies

    January 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Wonderful pics, Sally, feels like a walk through St Ives…

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 23, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      That’s exactly what I was trying to achieve! 🙂


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