Saturday, 25 September 2010

beatengreen Vintage Boutique

This is a beautiful shop, full of eclectic bits and bobs, artfully arranged on old pine kitchen tables and rickety benches. Vintage fabrics, old glassware and bakelite radios nestle amongst vintage quilts and linens, along with retro 70's stuff and old toys. I loved this shop, I noticed it last year, but this year it is even more lovely, and the shop owner Kerry Knight has a really good eye for a nostalgic interior.

St. Ives...Medicine for the soul

St. Ives is one of my favouritest places in the whole world. I do not think this is an exageration at all. It is where I spent my honeymoon and it is the place I go once a year to replenish my batteries and take in some sea air. Cornwall is a bit like another planet really, stuck on it's own little spikey bit of the UK, difficult to get to, and slightly remote and weatherbeaten on stormy days. I heard a great phrase this time about the shop opening times. I was confused one morning that all the shops were shut at 10, and thought maybe it was a special day in Cornwall when shops were just shut, but was told that they went by Cornish time, ie 10-ish, 11-ish etc. So basically whenever people felt like opening. I like this though, and did not mind the idiosyncrasy.

As usual we went to the Tate and the Barbara Hepworth, not too keen on the artist in the Tate, but I love the garden of Barbara Hepworth's house and always love sitting there.