Beside The Sea

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Looking at the colour of that sea, you could be forgiven for thinking that we spent our 30th wedding anniversary in the Caribbean.

But no, we were still in the UK: St Ives, Cornwall.


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The second day out in a week. But the occasion did warrant it after all.

We had lunch at The Gurnard’s Head.

Not quite sure what we’d have done, on the road that Sat Nav chose to take us, had we met a tractor coming the other way. But get there we did. And judging by the number of cars following us in, we’d found the right place. Thank goodness we’d booked. They did us proud. A table under a pergola strewn with honeysuckle and a view to the sea. The food absolutely superb. Perfect.


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The Godrevy lighthouse in the bay, from the path down into the town.


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 St Ives is built around a working harbour.


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Many small fishing boats waiting for the tide.

When the tide comes in, it comes in fast.


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Lobster pots


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 No shortage of seagulls


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The weather was perfect too.


I’d like to go back and see more of St Ives, perhaps first thing in the morning, when it is quiet.

And, as it happens, The Gurnard’s Head also has rooms. .


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  1. Em July 11, 2013 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    That blue is unbelievable for this country. I love the one of the fishing boats but they’re all beautiful. Glad you had a lovely time.

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      There are some beautiful turquoise sea beaches in Scotland too. I was lucky enough to go to Shetland on a sunny day and it was stunning.

  2. Crafty Gardener July 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    What a glorious spot to spend your anniversary. I’m sure you had a wonderful time.

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      It’s a very pretty part of the world – could have stayed much longer!

  3. Sue July 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    We’re off to Cornwall in a couple of weeks. Your pictures remind me how much I love it.

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      Ooh, lucky you Sue.. Have a really great time!

  4. Denise July 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    What did you eat? Menu please – off to check out the website.

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      I had the figs, followed by sole. Then a rather decadent lemon and raspberry cheesecake. And a glass of wine.. or was it two?

  5. Rosie July 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on your wedding anniversary and what a perfect way to spend the day! Your lovely photos make me want to visit St Ives again:)

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rosie. We will go back too, we only saw the bit around the harbour really and streets behind. I’d like to go and explore the ‘Island’ and the beaches further up the coast.

  6. countrysidetales July 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Oh lovely, lovely, lovely. What a beautiful way to spend your anniversary! Congrats x

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks CT. The weather made it, it probably wouldn’t have looked so good in the rain!

  7. rabbitquilter July 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! What a beautiful spot to visit! Had to laugh at the comparison of St Ives to the Caribbean seas, believe me St Ives looks bluer and calmer, take from one that experienced rough, wet weather in the Caribbean at the beginning of the year, on my first – and last – cruise!!!!!! Oh! I feel quite queasy just thinking of it!!!!! Give me St Ives, or any of the lovely coastal spots in the West any day!!!!!

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      Oh, that’s no fun. I would have to be tranquillised for the duration, so no cruising for me either!

  8. jabblog July 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    How lovely! Happy Anniversary.

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks Janice, it was.

  9. julie thompson July 11, 2013 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on reaching 30 years of marriage. St Ives looks absolutely beautiful, what gorgeous weather you had, that sea looks very inviting, I think I would have had to go in,, some of the photos look like they could be of the Med! Julie x

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      There were a lot of people in the sea, so it couldn’t have been that cold.. ?

  10. haggiz July 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    ** I don’t know why it keeps switching from Haggiz to my name in the comments box, sorry if I’m confusing you! Julie x

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      No worries, but if it’s a problem let me know and I’ll see if I can sort it out. Maybe try a new profile with your blog address included? There’s no link back to you currently.

  11. Pats. July 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Well, how absolutely heavenly, this is England at it’s best!
    Congratulations on the long service reward; we celebrate our fortieth next Feb. but it won’t be the Caribbean either!
    If you ever look at our website, I’m the one in the titfer.


    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      You’ve been working on the website.. it looks brilliant! Just love those tawny chicks.
      You don’t look old enough to be due a 40th.

      • Pats. July 12, 2013 at 10:59 am - Reply

        64……saynamore! Son on left, hub with the cuppa!

        • Jessica July 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm - Reply

          Just goes to show, farming is good for you..
          Looking forward to the blog!

  12. frayed at the edge July 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    Congrats on your anniversary! Fabulous photos – pity it’s just a bit too far away for a day out!!

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      One day you should come down.. Devon scones I can do, Cornish ones only a short drive away!
      Many thanks for the e-card.. it’s great! xx

  13. Antoinette July 11, 2013 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on your anniversary 🙂 What a fab sea! It could just as easily be somewhere in the Greek Islands.

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      Thanks Antoinette. The sea was the first thing that hit me, couldn’t believe the colour!

  14. Marian July 11, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    O that colour of the sea, gorgeous, and those colourful fishing boats, so lovely.
    What better way to celebrate your 30th anniversary. Congratulations!

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks Marian. It wouldn’t be Cornwall without the fishing boats!

  15. Suzanne Dutchess County, NY, USA July 11, 2013 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Happy Anniversary! Lovely place to spend the day, see the sites and have a fab meal.
    Thanks for sharing the photos. I can visit vicariously looking at them.

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm - Reply

      NE states are on my list Suzanne, one year I will make it in the fall..

  16. starproms July 11, 2013 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Well congratulations! and many more to come Jessica. Your photos are superb. Not only are you a great photographer, but I think you must have a wonderful camera? Each one a prize winner.

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks Oma. The credit goes to Mike though, for this set.

  17. Wendy July 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on your wedding anniversary! St Ives looks lovely, all blue seas and skies. We’ve visited there many times for a day trip from our annual holiday base and I loved seeing it again in your stunning pics. And I love the sound of the pergola strewn with honeysuckle and sea views – fabulous!

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      Next time you’re down you should have lunch there.. but book first. It’s a lovely spot. Thanks Wendy.

  18. Sarah July 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    A fantastic way to celebrate your Anniversary and your photos are superb.. We love St Ives and the surrounding coast line. Your pictures brought back happy memories apart from the one of the seagull. We had our icecream stolen by one as we were admiring the view from the harbour. We never got to Gunards Head although it was on our wish list. Belated Happy Anniversary you are 2 years ahead of us.
    Sarah x

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sarah. Those seagulls can be wicked. We saw one with at least half a bread roll which it had presumably filched from some unsuspecting tourist. It was trying to swallow it whole!

  19. CherryPie July 11, 2013 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on your anniversary. It sounds like you had a fabulous day out and your photos are spectacular.

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      It was a good day. Finished off back at home, in the garden with a bottle of fizz. Thanks Cherie.

  20. elaine July 11, 2013 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Fabulous photos – what a glorious day out for you. I still can’t believe you live in Cornwall, whenever I read your posts I always think you live in Wales – not sure where I got that from. 30 years eh, and they said it wouldn’t last!

    • Jessica July 11, 2013 at 10:58 pm - Reply

      Devon, but Cornwall is not so far! I am half Welsh, so maybe that’s why? Thanks Elaine.

  21. woolythymes July 11, 2013 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    happy anniversary!!!! I do hope you had some lobster!!! (that’s my favorite food group…..lobster! it IS a food group, isn’t it?!)

    • Jessica July 12, 2013 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      It wasn’t on the menu this time.. otherwise I might have! Thanks Steph.

  22. Virginia July 12, 2013 at 2:04 am - Reply

    Congratulations – 30 is a ‘significant milestone’ and the ‘modern’ gift is DIAMOND … Mike will not want to hear that!! The traditional one is pearl… boring, unless they’re a spectacular string!!

    St Ives looked gorgeous. We only got as far as Ilfracombe, and that was about 30 years ago, when we stayed in an unforgettable “Faulty Towers” type hotel, with fabulous views … especially from the bath which was plumb in the middle of a gigantic white tiled bathroom!!

    • Jessica July 12, 2013 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      That sounds very decadent, as long as the hotel was well run! I haven’t got to Ilfracombe yet, it’s on the list but the schools are about to break up so all the beaches down here will be heaving. A nice day in September I think!

  23. Justine July 12, 2013 at 7:29 am - Reply

    Beautiful! St Ives is on my bucket list. Followed in your footsteps yesterday with a trip to Greenway, which was lovely.

    • Jessica July 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      I’m so glad you liked Greenway, I was worried in case I had oversold it!

  24. BadPenny July 12, 2013 at 9:01 am - Reply

    How lovely. That fishing boat could be in Greece !

    Will get back to St Ives one day – last visit in February… 1993 !

    • Jessica July 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm - Reply

      The water was incredibly clear as well, you could see right to the bottom. I was reminded of those pictures you see of boats in Thailand which appear to be floating on air.

  25. 1secondhandrose July 12, 2013 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Many congratulations to you both for your Wedding Anniversary.
    What a perfect way to spend the day :o)
    Rose H

    • Jessica July 12, 2013 at 12:26 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rose. It has hardened our resolve to take more days off!

  26. knitsofacto July 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Happy Anniversary. St. Ives looks positively Mediterranean in all that sun, how wonderful the weather has been so far this summer

    • Jessica July 12, 2013 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks Annie. The weather has been lovely, not so good for all the garden chores, but I’m still not going to complain!

  27. Jo July 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on your anniversary. You chose the perfect place for your celebration, we visited St.Ives last year while we were staying in Cornwall and it’s a beautiful place. We watched seals swimming in the harbour, that was a lovely sight. We’re heading down that way again next weekend, I can’t wait.

    • Jessica July 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      Oh, I’d love to have seen the seals! I hope you have a fantastic time on your holiday Jo.

  28. snowbird July 12, 2013 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on your 30th….and what a WONDERFUL place to celebrate. I really enjoyed these pics as I’m sitting here on a balmy sunny evening that totally matched them.xxxx

    • Jessica July 12, 2013 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      Feels good to be sitting outside again doesn’t it? Thanks Snowbird.

  29. Josephine July 14, 2013 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    I’ve only been to St. Ives once, when we visited my gran on holiday. I thought it was the most beautiful place I had ever seen, and now your pictures remind me of that visit, and that spectacular blue sea…
    Congratulations on your anniversary, you shared it in the most magical of places !

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jo, I couldn’t quite get over the colour of the sea. Not in England anyway!

  30. ournewlifeinthecountry July 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Wow, absolutely fantastic photos, what glorious weather. 🙂

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Great weather for sightseeing and photography, if not for gardening!

  31. ournewlifeinthecountry July 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    ….Oooops, I forgot to say HAPPY ANNIVERSARY 🙂

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sue x

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