Sunday, 24 July 2016

We've been away....

Phillip, Barney and I have just returned from a wonderful holiday near Sidmouth in Devon.  We left on the 13th of July and returned home just over a week later on  theThursday as we like to have a couple days at home before heading back to the business.

We were so incredibly lucky with the weather, fabulous sunshine and just one morning of rain the whole time.  We visited the donkey sanctuary whilst we were there - which is free, you just make a donation on our way back from Beer.

We rode on the Steam train from Buckfast to Totnes (our friend Ian sometimes drives the diesel engine but we had never got around to actually going on the train).  We enjoyed Totnes, very quaint little place, the last time we had been there was on our honeymoon 27 years ago.

We had a lovely time in Sidmouth itself.  Loved Budleigh Salterton, it was very hot but there was a really nice cool breeze from the sea so we were probably in the best place.  We visited Killerton the National Trust property and enjoyed tea at the stables cafe.   We did a lot of walking as well as cycling the Exe Valley way from Topsham to Exmouth and back and then another day did Topsham to Exeter where we visited the historical part of the city and then cycled back on the other side of the estuary and took a tiny boat back over to Topsham. The dog has a special dog trailer and enjoys (in his dotage years) being chauffeur driven.

I managed to read and finish my SAL for July and start the August pattern.  The site was great - been before "Putts Corner" Caravan Club site.  It is so clean and tidy.

All in all we had a very well deserved break and feel rested and a lot better than we did.

Here are a few photos.
View from the Riveria Hotel terrace at Sidmouth - if you ever get the chance have coffee here - it's lovely.
One of Sidmouth's beaches
A very happy donkey at the sanctuary
Beer - pretty little place

Steam Train
The railway station - it could almost be a model couldn't it?
View from Coast path
Chapel at Killerton


  1. Sounds as if your holiday was very enjoyable and just what you needed. You were very lucky with the weather too.x

    1. Hi Linda

      Yes we were, I gather you were off for the same week - how funny, we seem to pick the same holidays. xxx