My St Ives Photo Diary
It’s here! My St. Ives photo diary! I know those of you who were following me on Instagram and Snapchat (@LornaRaindrops) have already seen what it was like in real time with the videos and photos I was posting, but I know a lot of you haven’t seen these photos and there are also quite a lot that I never shared on social media.
I actually had my dream come true when I arrived there. Like I mentioned, I’ve never seen blue sea before in my life, only the brown and dirty seas, so when we arrived at St. Ives and were heading in on the train on the cliff top, looking down at the sea was a miracle. It literally was that aqua blue and green shade that you see in the movies or on holiday in some exotic country. The water was incredibly clear and I even went for a paddle a couple of times, but it was freezing water so that didn’t last long!
Porthminster Beach was actually our second home in the end. We stayed at 27 The Terrace which was a gorgeous boutique B&B and it overlooked the beach, so we ended up spending so much time on it. Not that many people end up hanging on the beach in June so it was great having so much free space to ourselves to mess around in the sand and shoot photos and explore.
Speaking of exploring though, we spent most of our time doing that. We went up the rocks, found limpets and muscles attached to cliffs, we found caves, we found rock pools with crabs, fish and shrimp inside them, we found sea anemone’s, little shells… so many things! There was even a beach area with pebbles and little gemstones to be found! It was amazing. There’s so many high up areas in St. Ives that we spent a lot of time also looking down over at the sea and enjoying the view.
We also went on our boat ride to Seal Island, however, this didn’t quite go to plan for me. As soon as we were on the jetty ready to get into the speedboat to take us to the bigger sea boat, I had reservations. Not only am I extremely afraid of water, but I suffer from vertigo sometimes and I get really unsteady on my feet. As I stepped into the speedboat I knew it probably wasn’t a good idea from the rocking motion, but I persevered and when I got into the big boat, despite losing my balance and wobbling (which scared me), I took a seat and hoped for the best. I would say about 5 minutes into the journey, I started to feel really sick and unsteady. Adam told me I had gone grey and I was feeling dizzy, which just got worse and worse as we carried on and then I actually ended up being sick over the side of the boat. I haven’t felt that kind of nausea or dizziness in a long, long time, if ever before actually, so it was horrible.
I can safely say that I wont be getting on a sea boat ever again. Ever. It’s such a shame because I was really looking forward to seeing the seals. I did manage to get a glimpse of them and Adam got some photos of them, but I didn’t get to study them like I wanted because I felt too ill to even concentrate on anything. The nightmare didn’t end there though as on the way back of the 25 minute journey, after getting into the speedboat to come back ashore, the tide was coming in so the boat couldn’t get in far enough and I had to spend a further 15 minutes rocking on it and waiting. That was one disaster after the other. But, after a couple of hours being on land, I finally felt better and the motion sickness had gone.
Other than the sea sickness experience, the holiday was wonderful. I would definitely go again, and can’t wait to actually next year! I stuck to my same breakfast every morning of bacon, egg and hash brown and Adam was having omelette. We ate at a burger restaurant for dinner once, had salad another time, pizza another day and we also had fish and chips. Well, Adam had fish and chips, I chose a fish cake and chips with some mushy peas. I can’t say I felt extremely well after eating that, but it was yummy! The seagulls definitely became our friends, ha ha! We had sorbet and ice cream every day, we went shopping for shells and Cornish treasures and we even found a little chocolatier exclusive to St. Ives called I should Coco. I’m sad they don’t sell online actually as the chocolate was delicious! All in all, the super long 5 hour train ride each way was worth it!
We shot 3 different outfit sets as well, two dresses and one shorts look, all on the beach, so those will be coming in separate posts soon! My trusty Rebecca Minkoff backpack got me through everything and so did my bum bag/fanny pack! I can definitely say on the one day when the sun wasn’t shining (and burning us!) and it was raining, I looked very European in my rain coat too! Ha ha! So I will leave you with these photos! Be warned though, there are lots!
And apparently, without me knowing it was taken, this is what sea sickness looks like… Which I can now see the funny side of.