I had intended to quickly follow up my last post about Agatha Christie's 'Greenway' with a photo diary of some more favourite places from our recent holiday in Devon. However, the best laid plans and all that... What with back-to-work coinciding with the weather suddenly turning spectacularly warm, every available minute has been spent in the garden, weeding, planting, sowing seeds, spreading wormy compost, tidying up the vegetable garden. But here I am, with a little time to spare on this Monday morning. If you will indulge me, I will share some more photos of Delightful Devon at Easter...
We are National Trust enthusiasts and another favourite of ours is Coleton Fishacre. This 1920's country home, built in the Arts and Crafts style, is a fine example of an Art Deco home, and is the former country home of the D'Oyly Carte family (think Gilbert and Sullivan!)
The interior of the house is fabulous, particularly the gorgeous drawing room, created for entertaining.
The gardens are beautiful, and wind gently down to the sea.
We were staying in the village of Shaldon, and spent a lovely hour on the beach, playing chase with Daisy Dog, and when she had worn us out I sat on a rock and knitted a few rounds of sock. As you do when you're addicted to sock knitting...
At low tide you can walk across the beach to Burgh Island, home of the famous Art Deco Burgh Island Hotel, used as the setting for two of Agatha Christie's books, 'Evil Under the Sun' and 'And Then There Were None'.
We also visited Castle Drogo, and took a spectacular walk along the Teign Gorge. At one point we were so high up we looked DOWN on a helicopter, as it wound its way through the gorge. You can just about see it in this photo:
This was a rather long and challenging walk in places, as it was soooo muddy and very steep in places, but we plodded on for several miles..
After a restorative lunch in this delightful spot, we were ready for the climb back up the gorge, back to where we had parked the car at Castle Drogo.
It really was a fabulous holiday, and just looking through these photos again makes me realise how fortunate we are to have such natural beauty surrounding us.
Well, I've enjoyed sitting 'chatting' but I must go back to the potting shed and do a little bit more...
Until next time,