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The next morning we woke up to a lovely breakfast (scrambled eggs! Toast! Tea! Cheddar!), and then walked down to the bus station directly across from the train station to catch the bus to Land's End. We decided we also wanted to go to St. Ives that afternoon, which is on the opposite end of the peninsula from Penzance, though since the peninsula is pretty small that's only about a half-hour away. Our bus driver, seen here taking a smoke break, was very helpful and wrote down all the bus times for us to get there and back. Everyone in Cornwall was really nice.

The morning was overcast and misty. The bus stopped at Porthcurno, the birthplace of the transatlantic telegraph, and home of the Minick Theatre, where I snapped these pictures of the coast.

A short time later, we'd arrived at Land's End. Huzzah! All place signs in Cornwall have the Cornish place names after the English ones, by the way.

I took like 8 million pictures of Land's End, and going through them realized they all look like the same picture. I mean, it's a pretty place, but basically, it is what the name implies - a place where land ends.

The first and last telephone box and house in England. This is a big thing in Land's End. The first and last post box! The first and last toilet! The first and last pile of dog crap! You get the picture.

After we'd exhausted the scenic possibilities of the cliffs at Land's End, it was time to take in the Doctor Who exhibit, which has probably the best entrance ever.

The exhibit consists of lots of props from the new series, with screens playing clips from their respective episodes.

And here's me at...hey, what's that behind me?

Why, it's the statue from "Blink"! Which I will assure you is just as fucking creepy in real life as it was on the show.


And now - Dalek! It's so cute. It comes up from behind this wall and shouts "EXTERMINATE!" at you. I love the sign in front, "Do Not Touch the Dalek." If someone would like to icon that for me it would be brill.

The way out of the exhibit, with a familiar slogan:

When we got out of the Who exhibit, the mist had finally burned off, and it was sunny, allowing me to get a picture at last of what had become something of an obsession on our visit - the lighthouse a few miles offshore. I'd been trying to get a photo of it all morning and miserably failing. This attempt isn't much better, but at least you can see there's a lighthouse there if you click on the pic to make it bigger. Sort of.

Afterwards, we got on the next bus from Land's End to St. Ives, which is a pretty little coastal town just made to be put on a postcard, with shops and houses huddled up the hills by the beach and winding, cobblestone streets.

Yes, St. Ives, where they enjoy fudge!

And cute fluffy sheep!


Seriously, what is WRONG with the man in that pub sign? Why does he have three ferrets, and why does he look so creepily happy to have them? What have they been doing under his coat? Do I want to know?

The other thing to know about St. Ives is that they have seagulls. And not just any seagulls, which are common to every town in Cornwall. No, they have big, nasty seagulls, which have formed gangs so aggressive that the locals are forced to warn against them.

You thought I was kidding, didn't you? Anyway, basically, on the seafront at St. Ives every shop sells one of the following: pasties, fudge, ice cream. The bad thing is, none of the shops will allow you to eat any of those things inside, so you must take them out on the street. This is where the seagulls wait. Seriously, it's not that people are feeding the seagulls voluntarily. It's survival! Bianca got an ice cream, and we were walking on the pier towards the lighthouse. She was standing facing me, taking a bite, when suddenly this MASSIVE FUCKING SEAGULL came SWOOPING AT HER HEAD with a look of DOOM. I just stood frozen in terror. Nothing in my past life experience had prepared me to deal with seagull attack. The seagull failed in its initial attempt to steal the ice cream, and began to make a second swoop, whereupon Bianca tossed the remainder of the cone into the air, and the seagull gulped it down and flew away, finally sated. It was one of the most terrifying things I've ever experienced. I seriously thought it might rip her head off. I got an ice cream later, and ate it hunched over, nervously glancing up in fear.

Seagulls are scary, yo.

After that fraught experience, we relaxed in this pleasant garden before catching the bus back to Penzance, with not a little relief at leaving the seagulls behind, and going to bed to prepare for the next morning and our visit to St. Michael's Mount.

Date: 2008-05-01 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roniabirk.livejournal.com
I don't know why the seagull story makes me laugh, but it does. I am envious of this trip. I am so glad you went and had a great time. =)

Date: 2008-05-01 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adaveen.livejournal.com
I live near the ocean, and yes - seagulls are scary and will take your head off without a blink if they think you have food.

OMG - K-9!!!!!!!

It all looks so beautiful. I was wondering what the fascination with going here was, but it's all so lovely - who cares? The chalk horses you were talking about in your last post - I've read some about them, did you get any pictures.

What a beautiful country.

Date: 2008-05-01 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dachelle.livejournal.com
Basically, I got inspired to write "Penzance" due to the Patrick Wolf song of the same name, and when I was doing research on the town I sort of became obsessed with it and the area and decided I NEEDED to go there the next time I went to England. So...there I was. It was weird to see a place that I'd lived in in my head for about a year now, and to find out that some things I'd just put in on faith actually existed, like benches on the promenade.

I tried in vain to get a pic of the chalk horse - the train was just moving too fast. It really is incredibly pretty countryside though.

Date: 2008-05-01 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adaveen.livejournal.com
I haven't started Penzance yet - so I'm looking forward to it. If I try to follow more than about five separate fics at one time, my head explodes. Cause shove into there they I have writing of my own to work on (novel and now a short story), plus read for the magazine, and we're talking a woman on the edge of a breakdown.

So, when do we get more boyband, eh?

Will there be inbetween? Little vignettes from the years between? Yes, I'm going to harrass you about boyband. :)

Date: 2008-05-01 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dachelle.livejournal.com
Hee. No problem. "Penzance" still has a ways to go before it's done, so you have time.

Boyband will be...soonish? I was writing bits of it on the plane. I'm not sure how many flashbacks there will be to the past decade, though I imagine there will be one or two more. Boyband!fic is now going to be three parts - there's a sequel to the sequel, an epilogue, and then at least a couple of one-offs to come.

Date: 2008-05-01 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adaveen.livejournal.com
I was hoping for a sequel to the sequel. heheheheheh

Date: 2008-05-01 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yfli.livejournal.com
I now officially HATE seagulls. I didn't really freak out at the time but it sort of hit me a few days later that I could easily have lost a finger or an eye or whatever *shudders*. I hope I never again feel big claws on my head again, it's not pleasant.

Moving on... FUDGE!!!! Double Death!!! And awwwww I'd forgotten about the sheep *cuddles it*

I loved that Dr. Who exhibition so much, especially the Dalek. I always wanted to see one! EXTERMINATE! (we should've taken it with us, I'm sure that would've scared off the seagulls!)

Date: 2008-05-01 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] myska-x.livejournal.com
and people laughed at me when in regent's park i went ARGH! SEAGULL! they're scary fuckers!!

Date: 2008-05-01 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ourferocity.livejournal.com
omg new york 3147! seagulls are nasty creatures. they steal our french fries when we sit in the mcdonald's parking lot. they are everywhere on the new england shoreline! erin's afraid of birds isn't she? *evil laugh*

Date: 2008-05-01 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dachelle.livejournal.com
She's EXTREMELY afraid of birds. I texted her the next day - "Attacked by seagull in St. Ives. Thought of you."

Date: 2008-05-01 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spectralbovine.livejournal.com
OMG the DW place looks AWESOME. Eeeee.

And the evil seagulls! Aaaahh! Man, now I want to go to England.

Date: 2008-05-02 06:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaymyth.livejournal.com

Take your pick! :)

Edited so that they don't all blob together into one strip.

Date: 2008-05-02 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dachelle.livejournal.com
Oh, those are great! I have to figure out which one I want. Thanks!

Date: 2008-05-02 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaymyth.livejournal.com
Take more than one if you like - or all!

I have to admit, I'm kind of wanting to upload one to my own userpics now. :)

Date: 2008-05-02 01:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] macphista.livejournal.com
Oh Courtney. These photos are so beautiful. I was totally weeping looking at them because I'm lame. And then I saw the HUGE TARDIS and I went "EEEE!" and then I lol'ed at the seagulls story. I've heard many stories about scary seagulls in Britain, let me tell you. I think I heard John Barrowman say once that the seagulls steal the chips off people in Cardiff Bay or something. Anyway, a cricket bat is in order, then.

BTW, that sheep looks exactly like the ones from The Sound of Music. I almost broke into song when I saw it.

Date: 2008-05-02 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scarletumbrella.livejournal.com
DAMN. I want to go to that Who exhibit like yesterday - how freakin' cool!! The Blink angels especially - creepy!!

Date: 2008-05-04 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eirefaerie.livejournal.com
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