An Old Woman Goes to St Ives
Trip Start Apr 25, 2012
38Trip End May 12, 2012
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I woke up too early and slept fitfully after that - awake enough to check the time - 6 am - so I tried to sleep until 7, then showered, organized and went down to breakfast at 8 am. After breakfast I ended up chatting with Liz for a bit. She has done everything - even teach lace making while she was in Abu Dhabi. I managed to miss the bus to St. Michael's Mount. But while I was waiting, I looked at the brochure and discovered that the garden wasn't open on Sundays. I had noticed buses leaving for St Ives so I switched gears and decided to go to St Ives today. I had to wait another 40 minutes for the bus. I got a round-trip ticket and it didn't cost any more than the return from Land's End yesterday. I am confused.
After a half hour ride on the top of the double-decker tourist bus, I was at the station in St
Since the Hepworth Museum is associated with the Tate St Ives, I went there next. I was supposed to get my Tate ticket as an upgrade and I think they charged me more than they should have but I guess I can support the arts in this way....and by buying overpriced postcards. (I did pay the right price - there wasn't much of a discount really.) I need to send my UK postcards out since I have the stamps already. I really need to buy some postcards that I am willing to part with and can send to people. On my way to the other shoreline of St Ives, I came across an old cemetery so I took a break from art to run around the Barnoon Cemetery taking photos. I also tried to get some shorts of the beach and bay.
Now at the Tate St Ives there was an exhibit on Alex Katz, an 85-year-old American painter. They had works by him over his lifetime in a series of 5 galleries and I got to read the large print version of the captions
From the Museum, I walked to the tip of St Ives called the Island where there was an old chapel of St Nicholas and the coastguard lookout. There were lots of tufts of sea thrift and nice rocks to take photos of as well. As I re-entered the city, I tried to take some photos of the old stone buildings but they weren't always situated as I would have liked them but I took a bunch anyway until I sat for a bit with my crab sandwich at a sidewalk cafe
There was an Australian woman at the stop who started chatting with me and we easily passed the time talking about venomous snakes and spiders until a bus came. It was her bus but, when I asked if it were going to Penzance, the driver said yes.... in 2 1/2 hours. All of a sudden, I conceived a desire to have a tour around the peninsula. We discussed my return bus ticket and how much it would cost for me to do the longer trip. In the end, the very nice bus driver told the man who was actually driving this bus that I had a return ticket to Penzance and I got on. Very nice bus drivers! So I got to see a lot more of the countryside. It didn't look that much different and I didn't get any great photos - even on the roof top. There is a plastic shield around the first 2 rows of seats and I chose to sit there - otherwise it would be too cold (I was cold anyway by the end of the trip) - and it was difficult to pop up to get an unobstructed view of whatever I wanted. But it was fun to sit up there in the fresh air!
The most exciting part of the ride was having to wait for the cows to walk up the road to an intersection so that we could pass
After 2 1/2 hours or so, the bus arrived in Penzance and I decided that this time I would get off earlier, closer to my B&B. I walked around a tiny bit seeing if there might be some place where I could get some food for dinner. I decided to eat from the food stocks instead. When I got to the B&B, Liz caught me to tell me she put my socks outside to dry. I picked them up. We talked about arrangements for tomorrow and I realized I needed to get cash out of the ATM to pay her before setting out tomorrow for St. Michael's Mount. So I had to walk all the way back into town before I found an ATM to use, but not quite as far as the bus station. But walking is good for me, isn't it??
Since I am rather tired, I think I may try to wrap up my computer things early tonight and pack up in the am assuming I wake up early again. Hmmm, what if I don't. Maybe I should try to pack up a bit tonight - electronic equipment at least.
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