All Is quiet here in Cornwall – too quiet?

dsc06509When I was young and really did send postcards home I’d usually select ones with lots of pictures on them. Reasoning them to be somehow ‘better value.’ So here we go, a second good value multi-image Postcard From Cornwall.

Truth to tell, these last two days haven’t matched the sunny brilliance of Sunday and Monday on the last postcard. But it hasn’t rained.

And Sarah got out for her surfing lesson yesterday.

And Sarah got out for her surfing lesson yesterday.

And liked the quality tuition from Joe at St Ives Surf School.

And liked the quality tuition from Joe at St Ives Surf School.

Two hours on the beach and in the water.

Two hours on the beach and in the water.

And she’s glad she’s had a go.

“But it’s never going to replace sea kayaking for me, let’s face it.”

Mostly though we’ve had a quieter time walking, resting, reading. And wondering, why is it so quiet here?

Courtesy of St Ives Bookseller.

Quality reading courtesy of St Ives Bookseller.

A wonderful bookshop, where you feel you're in the presence of wide and opinionated taste. Thank you.

A wonderful bookshop, where you feel you’re in the presence of a wide and opinionated taste. Thank you.

And we haven’t been to visit the Barbara Hepworth studio and gallery yet, but we’ve seen ‘Dual Form’dsc06501

Donated to the local Corporation by the artist in 1965.

Donated to the local Corporation by the artist in 1965.

dsc06526 dsc06529 dsc06530The town is full of art in shop windows. Though we’ll talk later about how much of this economy is actually local?dsc06513 dsc06514

Not everyone here is idling around galleries and shops mind.

Because not everyone here is idling around in galleries and shops.

dsc06518It is a noticeably more expensive place to be in than a decade or so back. And we’re not surprised local people have recently voted to ban further second home ownership. Not allowing the vicissitudes of the housing market to deprive them of their town, price them out of their own place. Even the prices in the cafés must make it feel a bit like like going out for your tea in someone else’s economy? The same economy that’s making it virtually impossible for local people to find anywhere to live?

The vote is welcome but is it too late? Like the place has already been hollowed out?

We walk on.

Today we walked around to Porthminster Beach.

To Porthminster Beach.

The only one of the St Ives beaches we hadn't been to yet.

The only one of the St Ives beaches we hadn’t been to yet.

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Then back through the winding lanes.

Then back through the winding lanes.

Stopping for ice-cream of course, we are on our holidays.

Stopping for ice-cream of course, we are on our holidays.

Stopping again later at our favourite pub here, The Castle, for a drink. Then back to where we’re staying to cook our tea, with as much local food as we’ve been able to find.

All is quiet here in Cornwall.

All is quiet here in Cornwall.

Too quiet though. As we sat here talking in the evening we reflected on what seems like an absence. Of anything going on. Local notices, a local scene like there used to be, local shops? The place feels hollowed out.

All quiet.

 

 

5 thoughts on “All Is quiet here in Cornwall – too quiet?

  1. John Kerwin

    Sad that so many towns and villages in Cornwall have largely lost there local year round character(s), You can see this all to clearly in nearby Mousehole, not many original family’s left. Mousehole is now largely second homes and holiday let’s. Don’t know if the open top bus is still running around the lands end peninsula it was a hop off hop on service, and although it was a bit chilly on the top deck it allowed you to see over the high Cornish hedges. Have you had a chance to visit Porthcurno ? Home of the Minack theatre a MUST see, as is the telegraph museum. .Enjoy the rest of your break Cornwall is still a delight.

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    1. Ronnie Hughes Post author

      Thanks John, we have been to Mousehole and the Minack, though not on this trip. Today we’ve walked alomg the coast from Lelant back to St Ives, blog post on the way – and yes, the place itself is absolutely beautiful as ever it was.

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  2. memoirsofahusk

    Sad. We went there a lot in the 90s and every year that passed saw more rental properties, fewer local shops, local restaurants London-ified with prices to match. It’s still a lovely place but you’re right, kind of hollowed out.
    I hope you get to Barbara Hepworth’s garden in fine weather. She is something of a heroine of mine, a Yorkshirewoman who overcame tremendous potential obstacles (such as her husband!) to be a fabulous internationally acclaimed artist. I like that her huge Single Form piece soars in front of the UN building in New York and even if Henry Moore is always cited as the big name, for me it’s always Barbara! Oops, ranting. Enjoy the rest of your time 🙂

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    1. Ronnie Hughes Post author

      We’re going to visit Barbara tomorrow. I love it there, though I’ve not been in about 10 years. Particularly love her studio, all laid out like she might be back any minute.

      On the rentals/second homes, Sarah estimated 80% in one of the main town streets just off Fore Street. This being the proportion with either leaflet boxes outside or the little coded safes to get the keys from.

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