Friday, 17 July 2015

Devon or Dorset

Back home after a few days away
Weather was good, hotel comfortable, friendly staff
Staying in Devon, but travelling through Dorset.
Both counties I know from my childhood growing up in Somerset. 
 We spent a few hours at Buckfast Abbey
a beautiful and calm place
 Stunning abbey and grounds
 A couple of unexpected items in the grounds.
 Then on to Killerton House
The grounds were too much for hubby
 The bear house, yes they did keep a bear cub in here
 Supper in Beer, fish and chips over looking the beach
 This tiny resort is in between Seaton and Sidmouth,
I much prefer these smaller places, 
working boats and their kit, small cafe's and the smell of  chips every where.
 A few too many of these,
and another shingle beach (pebble)
 Loved this bench
 Today Lyme Regis, with a small area of sandy beach
 Looking across the bay
 and the other way
 Busy harbour, every thing here is about the sea
Cream tea, 
it tasted as good as it looked.
We had a very restful time, sounds as if we rushed around every where, but in fact it was just a couple of long lazy days, we planned our visits to ensure not too much driving, loads of time to explore and have coffee breaks.
I had been to Buckfast Abbey many years ago, then I was invited to see the cellar which has the most beautiful pillars in, hubby really enjoyed both the abbey and gardens. 
Both Beer and Lyme Regis were places I had visited with my mum and dad as a child, I don't think I could decide which place I liked the best, just to say I would not go back to Killerton. 
I am drawn to the sea, I'm not happy on water unless in a huge boat, but I do love to hear the waves on the shingle beach, hear the cry of the gulls, we have always lived close enough to the beach to visit often. 
I managed loads of reading, Life after Life by Kate Atkinson, it's a real good read, the first few short chapters were a bit confusing, but it is now gripping. We also spent a great night with hubbys brother and wife, loads of chatter and catch up time. 


6 comments:

Sooze said...

Sounds absolutely idyllic, Marlene. We like Beer, Sidmouth and Seaton a lot. Lyme Regis too.....apart from the massive hilly walk back up to the car park! When we walk along the Cobb wall it always makes me think of Meryl Streep standing at the end.

Jo said...

I love Devon but have never been to Dorset. It sounds wonderful.

Barb said...

What a lovely post. I too, am drawn to water. Sounds like a wonderful few days.

Chickpea said...

Lovely photos, looks like a very pretty area, the cream tea looks yummy, glad to see it done the 'Cornish' way with the cream on top :)

johnnyjumpsup said...

So pleased you had a lovely time away. You visited some interesting places.

The House with the Blue Door said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time and a good rest. We were in Lyme Regis a couple of months ago, but have not been to Beer - it looks very sweet. I love your seaside photos and can almost hear the gulls :)
Cathy x

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