St Ives, Fish & Friends

Having visitors always gives us a reason to see some new places on the Island or to return to the ones we like the most.

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As this summer started with a road trip to the West Country and lovely few days in St. Ives, I wanted to end it the same way.

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Because Jason is currently visiting from Vancouver, we packed the car up again on Friday and drove down to the far end of Cornwall.

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The weather in St. Ives was not as stable as in April, but this place is lovely no matter what.

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As we booked our hotel quite late this time, we only got a place a mile outside of town, which made us walk a lot and luckily we found a really lovely coastal path that leads into town.

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Over the course of the weekend, we really only caught a few sunny spells – each efficiently used for an ice cream break.

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The rest of the time we just walked through the drizzle and got curly hair…

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And when it got too bad, we just escaped into one of the many bars and restaurants with sea views.

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Eventually, the Sunday morning looked quite promising with sun rays on our breakfast plates.

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So being very optimistic, we booked ourselves on one of the many mackerel fishing boats – all in the name of research, as Jason is working on an animated fisherman short.

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These mackerel fishers in St. Ives really have a genius business model: You pay extra to do the fishing yourself!

I was quite pleased that it all turned out differently – for me at least. After lunch, the rain came back and I had a great excuse to escape the fishing trip. I love fish – on my dinner plate – but I’d rather not see how they’re caught and killed. So I had two extra hours in the lovely ‘balcony’ bar with the sea view. And when the two came back totally soaked, looking like they took a shower in their clothes, I was even gladder that I did not go. Plus all they caught were 4 little fish – less than the amount of fish we ate over the course of the weekend!

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But they took photos of everything and could tell me all their fishing stories, like about the seal that wanted to steal their catch. I think I’m happier seeing photos in the warm car on our way back to London, than seeing it for real on the deck of some wet boat.

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