"As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with 7 wives" as the old nursery riddle goes. "Kits, cats, sacks, wives. How many were going to St. Ives?"
Today 24 of us went to the picturesque town of St. Ives on the Land's End Peninsula on the northern coast.
Look closely at this photo and notice that the boats in the harbour are floating in water.
We walked through town and split into two groups. One stayed in town while the rest of us went on a 3-mile walk around the old harbour and St. Ives Head and out to Clodgy Point.
We ended up above town in the residential area and walked down a 25 degree incline to return to the village center.
Along the way were beautiful vacation homes.
For lunch we decided to have a famous Cornish pasty, a type of baked pastry in a half circle that contains various meats and vegetables - and sometimes meats and sweets in the same pastry.
After lunch we drove to St. Agnes to Blue Hills Tin Streams where we were met by Mark Wills, the mine proprietor and artist.
Tin has been mined in this area since the Bronze Age (4,000 years ago) and was perhaps the reason the Romans came this far west around the first century. Its real heyday was around 500 years ago until the early 1700s when competition with other parts of the world put an end to the mining.
The Wills family, a Cornish family that has been involved with mining for generations, bought this land and mine in the 1970s.
Mark took us on a tour and demonstrated the full process
Along the drive to Mark's place, we saw remnants of the tin mining in the hills.
Another nice evening at our hotel -- dinner with friends and off to rest for another day.