At the beginning of last week I went on two little road trips with my friends which is always fun. I am loving having my friends back from uni for the summer. It’s like the old days but even better because we appreciate our time together a lot more.
This post is going to be a bit picture heavy as I dusted off my camera and took it out for a spin during the trips.
On the Monday me, Beth, Emily and Lucinda hopped in the car and trundled off to St Ives. We were going for two main reasons- The Cath Kidston shop and FUDGE! Fudge is a pretty big thing in Cornwall but based on my expansive fudge shop experience St Ives has the most and the best in the county.
Ootd- Dress- British Red Cross charity shop, Cat necklace- Just Like This, Cat badge- I Like Cats on Etsy, Bracelet- I have no idea (ooops), Sunglasses- A small shop in Falmouth that has sadly now closed however you can find similar online.
St Ives in an absolutely beautiful little town. I was so upset to see the damage the storms earlier in the year caused it, however it seems to have bounced back pretty well. We sat over on a wall on the beach and nommed delicious ice creams while keeping a constant eye on the mischievous seagulls. St Ives plays host to the most vicious seagulls in the world – trust me. They will have your ice cream in a heartbeat.
Talking of seagulls check out this shot I caught of one coming in to land. Sometimes I feel like I missed my calling in life and I should have been a wildlife photographer. Although seagulls terrorise me I do think they are incredibly graceful creatures.
We went to the Cath Kidston shop and Emily brought practically everything in site, I lusted over all the pretty dresses in Yumi and we all gazed at the pretty chocolate creations in the chocolate shop. We went to the Arcade and me and Beth had a blast on the dance game and guitar hero while the others played intensely on the 2p game. I brought far too much fudge, especially considering I ate it all when I got home! I was delighted to find a sweet shop that had a pick ‘n’ mix Jelly Belly jelly bean wall! I made a little bag up containing all the pink ones, very yummy indeed. I also brought a tiny little bottle of Cornish scrumpy, mainly because the bottle is cute and small.
We took some photos in the booth at the arcade as a little throw back to out trip to St Ives last year. The photos on the left were then and the right is now. Still as goofy as ever!
I love this view, looking out past the harbour towards white sand stretching on for miles, I really am so lucky to live in Cornwall. Also how cute is that little lighthouse?
Me and Beth just had to take a selfie because that’s just what we do. This really captures the mood of the day though, really fun and free.
On to our second adventure – the Eden Project. I can pinpoint the last time I went because it was the day after me and Oli got together… three and a half years ago… hmmm. Considering it is an amazing place I don’t know why I haven’t been for so long. Something did draw us in though… the dinosaur exhibition!
I am a massive fan of dinosaurs. People know that if all else fails then a dinosaur themed present will never fail. I mean I had dinosaur bedding up until I moved to uni. Hell the only reason I don’t still have dinosaur bedding is because the don’t make it to fit a double bed! Anyway, when I found out they were doing a dinosaur thing at Eden I begged Beth to take me. So on the Tuesday me, Beth and my house mate Sonera hopped back in the car and set off. We had a bit of a set back when we hit a traffic jam however we made the best of it by belting out “Let It Go” at the top of our lungs in the car.
Me and a T Rex, can we just take a moment to appreciate this?! I brought along my toy dinosaur Toby because he wanted to see his ancestors, duh! I have a rather scared look on my face in this photo. This is because A- there were small children everywhere and B- that thing is pretty creepy! It may not look it in this photo but it is massive and the animatronics are really great. Usually you can tell where the sequence loops on things like this, however I couldn’t! It looks and acts so real, even down to freaky blinking eyes. I loved it though, the day would have been amazing even without going around the Biomes.
After having my first ever green juice (note to self I need a juicer, majorly) we headed to the Mediterranean biome restaurant for a spot of lunch. I had a divine margarita pizza which was made even better due to our friend Patrick joining us and using his staff discount. Then me and Beth went off to explore the biomes while the others went to chill in the sun.
Again check me with the wildlife photography! I love bees and moths, I am planning on adding them to my sleeve soon. They were really nice and stayed still while I photographed them. As it was a baking hot day anyway, the biomes were absolutely boiling. By the time I came out of the tropical one I looked like I had gone on a mountain hike.
Looking out over the greenery from the overhead walkway really is spectacular. I love the contrast of the space age hexagonal shapes of the biomes against the natural wonder of the trees. It’s also very surreal when you feel so much like you are outside but you look up and see glass.
Ootd- Dress- Gentle Fawn, Bag- New Look, Sunglasses- Peacocks
We were so relieved when we finally reached the cooling mist of the waterfall. So lovely and relaxing after the long uphill trek. After struggling to get a good selfie of both me, Beth and the waterfall a kind woman came up and offered to take a photo of us. Our smiles are most certainly due to the cool breeze given off by the flowing water.
We ended our day by meeting up with the others for ice cream then heading to the gift shop for a bit of browsing. I got myself some poppy and sesame seed rolls, a little fossil thingy, a fridge magnet with the T Rex on and a awesome succulent called Medusa. I was so ridiculously excited by the fridge magnet as I now have a fridge all of my own (well it’s Oli’s too but…) and in intend on smothering it with magnets!
Well done if you got to the end of this particularly long post! I hope you enjoyed reading about my adventures. I would recommend both popping to St Ives if you ever have the chance and checking out the dinosaur exhibition too! It’s on until the 2nd of September, and if you make your entry payment a gift to the Eden Project you can get a card that allows you to return free for a whole year because hanging out with plants is good for the soul.