Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, Black-headed gull, Canada goose, cormorant, Cornish Heavy Cake, curlew, Herring gull, Mute swan, Porth Kidney Sands, Porthmeor Beach, Salubrious Place, shelduck, St IVes, St Ives Museum, Tate St Ives, Teetotal Street, The Old Quay House
Back on Terra Firma, I wandered around, casually making for the St Ives Museum.
This was the only photo I took, the entrance, as photography inside was not allowed. This made me rather grumpy, but I couldn’t help enjoying the really old-fashioned, crammed displays, of all lost life and livings in St Ives and indeed Cornwall. But sorry, no photos.
On my reluctant way back to the seafront, where the hordes were gathered, and this wasn’t even the height of the holiday season,
I couldn’t help noticing these street names.
I picked up two little pots of seafood, and a huge Cornish Heavy cake, which I consumed before leaving the crowds, and then made for the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Before you get into the garden itself, there is a small indoors display.
From the garden, you can see Hepworth’s workshop.
I hadn’t really registered too much the ‘Garden’ bit beforehand, but on remarking this to an attendant, I was told that the planting was exactly as Hepworth had planned, as was – mostly – the positioning of the sculptures. Nor had I been too sure that I would like the latter, but I really, really did.
I enjoyed looking at them from different angles: such as this,
There remained Tate St Ives, but not my stamina. Two exhibitions were enough for one day. But I did want to see the front of the building, so walked round to Porthmeor Beach, which I had seen from the sea in the morning. I also had the idea that it could be a relatively quiet place to have a cup of tea.
From the fourth floor café, which was not as quiet as I had hoped as the floors were polished stone and the staff were clattering dishes, I could admire the view. I realised later that there were quieter areas with seaward views. Never mind, the lemon grass and ginger tea was excellent, from fresh ingredients, not from a tea bag.
The curvy architectural theme is maintained.
Down at street level, I could see that the beach, and even more the sea, was well occupied. There seemed to be a surfing lesson going on.
Time to trudge (uphill mainly) to the railway station for my shuttle back. This time the carriages were crowded. It wasn’t that everyone was staying in St Erth or Hayle, it was that St Erth station car park is officially a park and ride facility for all those coming from near and far for those visiting not only St Ives, but also Penzance.
My scenic ride back picked up not only Porth Kidney Sands at the mouth of the Hayle estuary, but also, as I zoomed the camera, The Old Quay House, and particularly my room, with its private patio.
Time for a little more bird-watching, or rather -gazing. Most of these were some way away.
Minack Theatre tomorrow. What else?
Une journée bien – et agréablement – remplie. Bien aimé les noms de rues.
Les sculptures sont fascinantes.
Ton goéland favori sait manier l’art du suspense. J’espère le revoir en action !
I am really envious of your curlew shots. You made the most of your holiday residence. Every town should have a Salubrious Place!
I liked the sculptures too.
Yes, the curlew was my favourite (except of course the cheeky seagull) and I saw later there were perhaps four of them. I note that you don’t advocate that every town should have a Teetotal Street.
As always, excellent pictures especially of the sculptures. I love her work so it was a treat to see it again and am glad you enjoyed it too.
I was pleasantly surprised that I liked them so much.
Most convenient having a train station near you for the journey, even if the train back was rather crowded.
Enjoyed your pictures of the Barbara Hepworth sculptures. Glad you found a place for tea afterwards.
Excellent photograph of the black headed gulls.
Thanks Mary, I think that Black-headed gulls are very elegant!
Hazel Priestley-Hobbs said:
Good to be reminded of the beautiful Hepworth museum and gardens which I too have visited several years ago. I don’t have such lovely photos though !
You had a good base from which to visit Cornwall!