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Happiness is a short break in St Ives.

Life was feeling a bit lack lustre after my fortieth birthday.  The weather was not great, routine had settled like fog and hubby and I were a bit bored.  What could be a better time, with a few days off work looming, to go on Air BnB and book ourselves a three night break in the beautiful St Ives in Cornwall?

We found ourselves leaving Dorset in the morning to arrive in glorious St Ives, just in time for pasty eating and an ice cream lunch.  We dodged the chicken gulls, sorry I mean sea gulls and found ourselves in the stunning light of St Ives in the sunshine.  If you have ever been then you understand the colour of the sea is more akin to a Greek shoreline and the cobbled streets with boutiques, art galleries and bakeries would not look out of place on the back streets of Paris.

We needed a few days pottering about with no obligations, chores or time pressures to explore, chat and relax together.  We booked ourselves into our cosy, quaint cottage in the centre of things and headed to the beach for a walk.  Dinner found us in the Sloop Inn built in 1312 sampling local beer and fish pie followed by watching the sunset on the beach.

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The second day presented itself with the usual British weather problems but the dark skies and showers were the ideal backdrop to the relics of the Cornish Tin Mines.  The ruins can be seen along the cliffs and we chose Botallack, a small village off the beaten track where you can park for free.  We saw the stone towers that housed the workings of the mines and steam engines and huge chimneys.   A true feat of Victorian engineering.  Lethal and frightening in their day, set against the back drop of the rugged Cornish Coast, we explored the outbuildings, caves and rocks.

We felt we deserved a warm up after the walk and headed back to St Ives where we found a cafe for a proper Cornish Cream tea overlooking the harbour.  Jam or cream first?  I am a jam first, hubby a cream first and nothing would budge us.  Evening found us in our cottage with a bottle of wine, a game of Minion Guess Who ( my choice obviously ) and our books.

Our final day was spent at the Eden Project.  Built in a reclaimed Kaolinite pit in 2000,  it houses, amongst other displays and gardens, two biomes that educate on the interdependence between plants and people.  Our favourite is the Tropical Biome showcasing banana plants, rubber and bamboo over 3.9 acres.  It is kept at a tropical temperature.  The Mediterranean Biome houses temperate plants such as grape vines and olives.  There are outdoor gardens representing temperate regions full of lavender plants.  It is the perfect place to literally be in a bubble for the day. Promoting environmental awareness whilst celebrating the natural world, it is relaxing and interesting.  We climbed the canopy walkway and rope bridge in the rainforest tree tops and stood by the waterfall getting wet.

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With great reluctance we drove back to Dorset that evening to start our diets and work and housework and routine, feeling just that bit fresher, happy and grateful.

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