Saturday, 15 August 2015

Marvellous Machines at the Seaside


I've just come back from one of my favourite places, can you tell where it is from the picture above? ;)


We stayed right next to the harbour which had beautiful views and just a step away from the beach.



If you've been to St Ives you'll know how lovely the shops are, so many hand-made goodies for sale!
One shop I like to look in is called Kudos. Click here to see the treasures inside! It's an Aladdin's cave of beautiful artifacts. Just look what I saw in the garden there!...


 And if that wasn't enough, there was even a lifesize mermaid! How amazing would it be to have this in your garden?!


One of the reasons I love St Ives is Porthmeor beach, it has the best sunsets. I'd love to show you a dazzling example but the evenings were a little overcast and I only had my phone with me. I hope this gives you some idea...

I really don't mind if it's not sunny every day when I'm in Cornwall. One of the days it rained so heavily that we decided to go in the car to Falmouth. I knew that Falmouth Art Gallery has a collection of Pre-Raphaelite art and when I saw they only had the one on display I was quite disappointed for a moment.
That was before we stepped into the next room and saw a lovely exhibition of the work of children's illustrator Rodney Peppe!


 You might be thinking these aren't illustrations and no they're not. It was actually his automata that I loved.



There were so many to see but I made a little video of my favourite ones. It's only 1½ minutes long, have a look! :) ...



You might have noticed my Etsy shop is closed at the moment. This will be just until the end of August when I shall reopen with lots of new items for you.
See you again soon! xx



13 comments:

Gina said...

How absolutely lovely... All of it!

Martina said...

Dear Jess, such an amazing landscape - i can see it painted - your way! Enjoy your time!

Victoria Stitch said...

looks like you had a great time! I adore cornwall but have never been to st ives. it is on my list of places to visit in cornwall!

Heru Notodirjo said...

beautiful beach. Old buildings are beautiful. It's a very pleasant view.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Jess! Welcome home!

There is nothing like a seaside town filled with cottages, shops, restaurants that are themed after the sea but rife with intriguing items! That mermaid, OH MY wouldn't that look fantastic in a garden! And the port is fantastic. I recognize the statues from your Instagram!

ENJOY and live with the rhythm of the sea. Anita

Charlotte said...

How wonderful; Rodney Peppe is a genius. We have both his books on automata. Love that you found the time to go to St Ives, thanks for sharing.

Kyra Wilson said...

How pretty! What a lovely place to visit!

rossichka said...

What an interesting post! Such a beautiful, charming resort - I've seen photos from there before... The automata are lovely and really entertaining. Thank you for making this little video to make us feel the atmosphere of the exhibition!
I always like the way you talk about your trips, Jessie!:)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh sweet Jess, thank you for visiting my post. It's always lovely to see you here and on IG! I will be a bit late on IG these days since school has started and I need to get creative about how and WHEN I'll be able to take photos and share!

Happy day! Anita

Gretel said...

oh how utterly fabulous and clever! I do love automata, (?) I just wish I had the patience, skill and engineering skills to make my own.

Linda said...

Just beautiful! And your header is gorgeous. :)

Amalia K Aradea said...

I always love reading your travel posts... And a lovely place this is! I have been absent for a while, and it's so nice to visit you and see all the wonderful places you've been to. :) **hugs**

Tammie Lee said...

it looks like a wonderful place to be and such grand charming things you found to enjoy and perhaps to inspire you. Thanks for glimpses of your trip!