An April trip to St Ives

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We’ve just got back from a wonderful few days away in St Ives – it’s been a bit of a stressful time at home lately and the timing was perfect to get away. St Ives is one of my favourite places – there’s something almost magical about it that makes you relax instantly. As soon as I’m down there, my hair remains unstraightened, most of my makeup stays in it’s bag – I’m just happier to go with the flow. We were blessed with amazing weather considering it’s April, but we seem to get lucky on the weather front every time we visit. We visited last with Max when he was 7 weeks old, so it was lovely to be able to revisit with him now and make new memories.

We stayed in Downalong, which meant we were right in the heart of everything – perfectly located for the harbour, and with the choice of either Porthgwidden or Porthmeor beach right on our doorstep.

It was also lovely to stay a bit more off-season and not have to worry about taking the car out on a trip and not finding a parking space when we got back. The one thing I dislike about St Ives!

Max had such a lovely time playing on the beach – he loved the Harbour when the tide was out, and his favourite activity was to force us to make sandcastles which he would then knock down. Max The Destroyer!

 

St Ives Harbour

Max and sandcastles

 

I love all the colours in St Ives – from the beach huts on Porthgwidden beach, to the bunting on Fish Street against the bright blue sky, to even the brightly coloured front doors of the fishermen’s cottages, everything is so cheery.

 

Beach huts at Porthgwidden

St Ives Mermaid Street

St Ives fisherman's cottages

 

We explored the Island where Max loved running up the steep hill and also playing his favourite game – knock knock, who’s there – on this rather ancient looking door!

 

St Ives The Island

The Island

Max woke up early one morning, so as I was awake anyway I headed off out for a morning walk. It was so peaceful – just early morning dog walkers and me on the beach.

 

Porthmeor beach

Porthmeor beach

 

The evening light is similarly spectacular!

 

St Ives Harbour eve

St Ives Harbour

 

The weather was even nice enough for me to justify my first Aperol Spritz of the year (there’s something about it that feels wrong unless the sun is shining!). Thanks to our favourite Porthmeor Beach Cafe for an excellent Aperol Spritz, as well as a fabulous view, delicious food, and being ever so child friendly.

 

Aperol Spritz

 

We loved our short stay in St Ives – it was so lovely to have a break from everything and Max really embraced the concept of ‘holiday’ – he developed quite a taste for ice cream! (a boy after my own heart!). I always thought Tuscany was my ‘happy place’ – I think it’ll have to make room in my heart for St Ives too!

 

 

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33 Comments
  • Laura @dearbearandbeany
    April 28, 2016

    Great photos! I haven’t been to St Ives for such a long time, I really must make a list of places to go and add it on. Lovely to hear you had a fab time! X

  • Rebecca
    April 28, 2016

    I love your blog Katy! I look forward to your posts!
    So pleased to hear you had a lovely time. Sorry to hear you were having a tough time at home but I hope it settles soon. The photos are fab!! I haven’t been to St. Ives for years now so it brings back happy memories. And I’d never even heard of this Aperol Spritz – I think I may need this in my life! Hope you feel rested x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 28, 2016

      Thanks for such a lovely comment Becky! You definitely have to try the Aperol Spritz! We first came across it in Italy about 8 years ago and now I see it everywhere – perfect summer drink!

  • Fran Jones
    April 28, 2016

    Gorgeous photos. I adore St Ives, it’s just such a long blimmin way to go. The last time I went was for my hen weekend for my first wedding and the weather was incredible. #coolmumclub

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 28, 2016

      Thanks Fran – it is such a long journey! I did not include the part where Max screamed for 3 hours on the car journey home – nightmare!

  • Crummy Mummy
    April 28, 2016

    I love St Ives too and you’re right, it does make you instantly relax when you get there. And the best thing about going out of season is escaping the crowds! #coolmumclub

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 28, 2016

      The lack of crowds was definitely a bonus but I was surprised at quite how busy it was at this time of year! Although I guess the nice weather brings everyone out!

  • Helen Jacob-Lloyd
    April 28, 2016

    Aww such lovely photos! I love St Ives – it’s where my husband proposed to me and where we had our first family holiday 🙂

    Helen x

    http://treasureeverymoment01.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Mum in Brum
    April 28, 2016

    oh wow – your photos are amazing! I absolutely love St Ives – we used to go there every year but haven’t been back since we had Taylor. It really is so beautiful and I love how laid back it is. #coolmumclub x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 28, 2016

      Thanks so much Natalie – I think the photos are credit to St Ives rather than my skill as a photographer! 🙂 I loved the laid back vibe (note there are no photos of me with rubbish hair and no makeup though!)

  • mummuddlingthrough
    April 28, 2016

    Wow, those blue skies are so inviting! Looks beautiful – stunning pictures. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 1, 2016

      Thanks – it’s so lovely to see that perfect blue sky after a long winter, isn’t it? Thanks for hosting and stopping by to comment 🙂

  • Natalie @memeandharri
    April 29, 2016

    It looks stunning, I would love to visit but it is so so far us. Beautiful pictures xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 1, 2016

      Thanks Natalie – I’m not going to lie, our journey home was awful. And not even because of bad traffic, just because Max got bored and cried for ages!

  • Katy
    April 30, 2016

    What an incredibly gorgeous set of photos! Especially love the bunting up against the blue sky. xx

  • Fi - Beauty Baby and Me
    May 1, 2016

    I love St Ives so much – I’ve got so many happy memories of Cornwall! I love an early morning beach walk, something I’ve not had chance to do since Josh was born but I often used to go for early morning walks on the beaches near me and it really clears your had. So glad you had a lovely time hun xx #KCACOLS

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 1, 2016

      Ah, I’m jealous you have a beach nearby to walk on – there’s something so calming about a walk on the beach! I’m sure you’ll manage to get back to that as Josh gets that bit older. Or he can come with you! (perhaps not so calming though!)

  • Island Living 365
    May 1, 2016

    Oh what a gorgeous post! I saw these on your instagram feed and loved the photos. You are making me want to come to Cornwall on holiday! I love Cornwall Mr C and I went there for a 1 year wedding anniversary and had a meal at Jamie’s at Watergate Bay. It was amazing 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 1, 2016

      Ah, Watergate Bay is next on my lust list – I’ve seen lots of people on my Instagram feed head there and it looks fantastic!

  • Laura Dove
    May 1, 2016

    Wow look at that blue sky!! Very different from the hail and snow we’ve had up north this week! What a fab trip, your photos are just gorgeous! #KCACOLS

  • Jane Taylor
    May 1, 2016

    I’m so glad #KCACOLS brought me here today. What a lovely post. You are a very good photographer and have got some cracking shots of this lovely place. I haven’t been to St Ives before…It always seems Sooooooo far away from Nottingham but I could practically smell the sea air and begin to relax with you as I read and looked at the stunning pictures. Thanks for sharing. #KCACOLS

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 1, 2016

      Thanks so much Jane, that’s really made me smile! It’s a beautiful place to be – I think the location has to take the credit for the photos rather than my photographer’s skill 🙂

  • Jess Powell
    May 1, 2016

    I love St. Ives, it’s such a beautiful place. Your photos are gorgeous too! x #KCACOLS

  • Someone's Mum
    May 2, 2016

    It looks absolutely gorgeous. I hope you got a well-deserved de-stress. Your pictures are amazing. I have been meaning to comment on instagram – loving your feed at the moment! Thanks so much for linking with #KCACOLS. I hope you can come back again next Sunday.

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 3, 2016

      Thanks so much Danielle! There’s nothing like a holiday to smarten up your Instagram feed, is there?! Thanks for co-hosting and stopping by to comment!

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely
    May 2, 2016

    Those skies!!! If I hadn’t spotted the coats, I’d swear you’d been in summer. We’re heading away for a weekend later this month and I can’t wait. I’m craving a break from the norm (and, like you, my straighteners, too) x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 3, 2016

      I swear my hair breathes a sigh of relief whenever we head away on holiday! I hope you have a fantastic time away – I think it’s the perfect time of year for a break – just emerging from the slog of winter!

  • Fairy Queen
    May 4, 2016

    wow, the weather and the scenery look amazing. Max seems to enjoying all that the holiday had to offer:) I like the look of the spritzer too, yum. Really great pictures!

    mainy – myrealfairy

    #KCACOLS

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