I was lucky enough to be invited to spend the weekend with friends who have a house in Devon near Salcombe. This part of Devon, for those of who don’t know it, is gorgeous. It’s called South Hams and the area is very green and pretty with its own microclimate which makes it a very popular holiday destination. It’s also a wonderful coastline for sailing as there are lots of picturesque towns and villages along the coast with marinas or mooring facilities. I have spent many a happy weekend pootling out to sea from Dartmouth, once sailing down to the beautiful Helford River in Cornwall, calling in at Salcombe, Fowey, Newton Ferrers, Bigbury on Sea and Burgh Island…all fabulous places.
Last weekend, the weather wasn’t brilliant – there were big black clouds but it didn’t rain despite the threatening sky and we had a wonderful time anyway. We even had a barbecue despite the cold wind. Well, the chaps barbecued and we ladies stayed inside…
On Saturday,we walked from Gara Rock round to Salcombe, a fairly vertiginous cliff path in parts but I kept my mind off the scary sheer drops by taking photographs of the stunning scenery. Click all images to enlarge.
The start of the walk at Gara Rock
It was especially scenic as the cliffs were covered in bluebells and other wild flowers.
The wind can be very fierce as you can see from the shape of this wind swept tree.
The path did come perilously close to the cliff edge at times…
Eventually as we walked along into Salcombe, we walked along the estuary and past sandy beaches. The sea was bright turquoise despite (or because of) the back clouds gathering overhead.
Unsurprisingly perhaps, on Monday morning when I opened the curtains to begin packing to go home, I was confronted by this…clear blue skies and sunshine.
The other excitement in my life has been the small matter of the General Election. Utterly absorbing and for once, completely riveting. I have never watched so much news or read so many newspapers as I have during the last few weeks. I resorted to checking the live election blogs of the Guardian and the Times online news web sites on my iPhone so I could follow the wheeling and dealing going on over the weekend while I was away. I went up to London by train on Tuesday and all the conversations were of the election. I have never known the country to be so gripped by politics.
And now we are left with the election for the new leader of the Labour party to entertain us. As I write the only candidates are the ‘Mili-band of brothers’ (not my joke I’m afraid, but I’m happy to steal it) which should interesting. Then I really must get back to work….
I love sailing round that area!!! The last time we sailed into Salcombe we saw Alan Titchmarsh and Douglas Hurd …… they weren’t together though …… I’d hate to give the wrong impression.
What is really spooky about the town though is half the population during the summer months seem to come from Cranbrook in Kent where we used to live …… we bumped into at least half a dozen people we knew ………. oooooo, and I found a FIVER!!!!!
Lovely piccies, they illustrate the area very well ……
Thank you! Hope you had a lovely time in Portugal.
It is a great place to sail for sure – loved Dartmouth, Salcombe and Fowey especially. Just need to find a new chap with a boat now to continue my sailing adventures…
Hope you spent the fiver wisely :-)
Fowey!!!! – I love Fowey – discovered Erik Satie there …… and many many years ago my brother got really ill after eating a crab ….. he’s OK now at the age of 68!!!!!
Great pictures as always Diane.
Unrelated, but I finally got to see the first episode of the new Doctor Who. I have to say I like the new Doctor and companion Amy. I wasn’t sure how I would like them, but I am pleasantly surprised.
I like them too, I think that Matt Smith has put his stamp on the role right from the word ‘go’. You have a couple of episodes featuring the Weeping Angels from the last series to look forward to (remember that classic episode ‘Blink’?) – genuinely scary!
Wow, the ocean is so vast. I love it. I have to go out some more, specifically to the beach.
Ditto what the other said about your lovely photos! Sounds like quite the adventure…with precipitous cliffs, and high winds, and such. :)
I’ve only been following the elections a little bit, I’m afraid. I barely follow the elections in my country. Politics sometimes make me so mad. :}
Beautiful …. my niece has just moved to Devon so I am hoping for some summer holidays down there :)
You know since from Norway, I feel so much at home in this wonderful pics – wild, natural and refreshing – you feel alive while being in landscapes like this!
Talking about comparison you’re nature to mine: I hope I will be able to show you that and guide you around at the OsloBG in August!