O U R S E C O N D A N N I V E R S A R Y
Way back now, in the warmer days of September, Matt and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary. The date arrived as it always does, with slightly warmer temperatures and slightly fewer tourists; in the closing days of summer, just after the schools have gone back. And as so often, after (too) busy summers, Matt and I tumbled to a halt at the date. Falling feet first, dazed and bleary-eyed, we arrived at our anniversary with pre-occupied minds and little idea of what to do – except for something more restful than what the past few months had provided!
So we had a slow start; exchanging gifts over breakfast. The second-anniversary material is cotton and somewhat unimaginatively we decided to stick with that. I got Matt some pillows (as he needed new pillows) and he got me socks (as I needed new socks and he knows the very particular kind of sock I like). All in all, pretty prosaic presents that make me smile now when I think of them.
Later in the day, we drove to St Ives. I can’t remember the conversation we had that decided this plan, but I’m almost certain it would’ve been my idea. Regardless we parked in the back streets to avoid paying for parking and then walked down into the town. Strolling through the narrow cobbled lanes, between white-washed terraces and along the waterfront to Hubbox. For the non-locals reading this, Hubbox does one of the best burgers in Cornwall. Their milkshakes are also pretty up there too – so thick they appear on the dessert menu as well the drinks menu!
We both got salted caramel milkshakes and sat out on the balcony; having lunch overlooking the harbour. Watching the people pass below whilst sharing burgers, nachos and Hubbox’s mother-clucker fries (it’s at times like these when I really lose any ethical or environmental morals I might have around food).
Afterwards, clutching my very full stomach (Matt completely unfazed – still hungry if anything) we visited the Barbara Hepworth Museum and found that for £5 Cornwall dwelling residents can get an annual pass which allows them to return to both the Barbara Hepworth Museum and the Tate in St Ives, for free for the rest of the year. You just need to make sure you bring proof of address (a driving licence will do nicely). So after visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum, we had a stroll through the Tate as well.
It should be said that the majority of work displayed at both places, likely went quite far over my head. But I always find galleries, gardens and museums such calming spaces. Filled with silence and slow walking and (if they’re really good) stories of the people whose lives fill the space. I especially liked the Barbara Hepworth Museum for this. And now I have my pass, I certainly plan to return before September rolls around again. Whether I can drag Matt along again is another matter!