“It was a windy, noisy, fishy, vociferous, narrow-streeted town; the colour of a mussel or a limpet; like a bunch of rough shellfish clustered on a grey wall together.”
“There were then days of pure enjoyment – I conceive them at St Ives most readily”
From the garden of Talland House (above Porthminster Beach) where the Stephens family stayed for up to three months a year the children (Stella, Vanessa, Thoby, Virginia and Adrian) had multiple lookout points where they could watch ships cross the bay, the sea change colour, and the fishing fleet retuning at night. In the distance was the lighthouse, “a stark tower on a bare rock”, as Virginia described it in her book ‘To the Lighthouse’.
She reimagined the light, the sea, Talland House, the town and a boat trip to Godrevy throughout her writing career.
“Nothing that we had as children was quite so important to us as our summer in Cornwall”
Source: St Ives Archive / Photos my own