Saturday, 28 June 2014

Postcard From Devon

We sneaked out of 'School' and high tailed it from Surrey all the way down to the beautiful Devon coast last week for a spot of spontaneous R&R. 
Those of you that have read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce will be familiar with the route into Salcombe via Kingsbridge, the very same road on which Harold began his 600 mile walk to reach his dear friend Queenie.
We checked into a delightful hotel overlooking Hope Cove for some traditional Devon hospitality.
I did have plans for paddleboarding, perhaps some kayaking and even a dip in the sea but ginormous full English breakfasts, teas with lashings of clotted cream and five course dinners put paid to anything other than lolloping along the beach, like a great big galoot.
I had to have a word with the seagull, who insisted on incessantly squawking outside my window at 6am the first morning but he soon disappeared, only to leave the gentle soundtrack of lapping waves in his wake.

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Can you hear the silence? Isn't it bliss!....

....Squawk!

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  1. Oh Paul, you've definitely made me homesick now as I didn't get back to Devon on this trip. Lovely pics from Salcombe and Hope Cove, places I know very well, and I loved that book too!
    Paddle boarding is fun however Devon cream teas come first when down in the Westcountry!
    Glad you were able to get away and enjoy sunny days by the sea.

    Thanks for the get well wishes - I'll make up your concoction for my ailment, sounds much more soothing than popping pills.
    Enjoyed your comments also - thanks dear.
    Hugs - Mary

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    1. Well, you mustn't go swimming after eating a heavy meal so I have my excuse ready. Another cream tea please waiter! ;)
      Glad you enjoyed the book Mary nice simple tale with that little twist I wasn't expecting.
      Get well soon. x

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  2. Idyllic Mr. Paul - I spent so many childhood summers in and around Hope Cove. Have you ever walked from Bolt Head to Bolt Tail at bluebell time? - the headland is a spectacular blue which contrasts perfectly with the brilliant yellow of the gorse.

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    1. What wonderful childhood memories you must have Rosemary. That walk sounds incredible, I'd love to see the bluebells next year maybe.

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  3. Wow, wow, wow. I love Devon and Cornwall, nothing at all to do with cream teas and hot surfers of course.

    Don't think you've gotten away with this - just working out what your lines will be.

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    1. I must not bunk off to go surfing, I must not bunk off to go surfing, I must not bunk off to go surfing, I must not.......laters!

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  4. Paul,
    How beautiful! And how lucky you are to be in Devon! Just the other day,
    I was licking clotted cream from a spoon (what was left there after topping some fruit), but the effect just wasn't the same as eating it by the sea in Devon.
    Do enjoy yourself!

    Keri

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    1. Licking clotted cream from a spoon Keri! That's got to be the ultimate sheer indulgence! :)

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  5. Dearest galoot,
    Your pilgrimage to this magical West Country Mecca looks SO delightful - blue skies, stunning view.. and did I hear cream teas??!! I think I may have to pick your brain at some point (no, not sea gull style, just in a friendly, verbal manner!) about the "must sees" and "must dos", as I will be going to this area later in the summer. I do hope you canned some of the sun, as this weekend seems to have got the orders wrong...

    Stunning photos as always, Mr Paul! Hope your weekend is splendid and squawk-free!
    Helena

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    1. Stay tuned Helena, I may have some ideas for you. I'm not a West Country expert but its pretty hard to pick a duff location as everywhere seems to be chock full of outstanding beauty.

      Sadly, I missed Lamorran due to not checking if they were closed on the day we drove up to the gates. Oopsie! It was high on my list of must sees. I wanted to visit Clovelly, the Minack theatre and heaps more places but we just never seem to be able to fit everything in.
      Fear not, as Arnie says,'I'll be back!'

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  6. Dear Paul,
    after having looked up "galoot" I knew how you must have felt - the immense delicious breakfast, the dollops of clotted cream - it is fine to enjoy the beach, why hurry instead of enjoying the leisure? Devon is so beautiful - and your pictures too! As to the seagulls (they are so enormous): they only turned their cold yellow eyes from me as I tried your trick - utterly undisturbed they were, sitting in flocks on the roofs - only solution: I had to get used to their cries, which I did, being adaptable in an (admittedly) small range. You must possess the talent to be a gull whisperer :)

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    1. I take my influence from Animal, from the Muppets Britta. I threw my arms around in a silent fit ( So as not to disturb my neighbours of course) Said seagull gave me a rather unimpressed look and then just took flight. Job done!

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  7. The place looks amazing, and relaxing at the same time. Glad to hear you guys had some much needed r&r in a beautiful part of the world.

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    1. You did cross my mind as I was hopping around, as I know you both love the West Country.

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  8. Thanks for sharing today! These photos are gorgeous and inspirational. Putting them in my mind's memory bank
    cool-design

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  9. Hello Paul

    You certainly picked an excellent spot and that the weather co-operated make it so special. The scenery is breathtaking add I will go there one day soon. Enjoy Sunday

    Helen xx

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    1. Helen I am sure you would fall for the scenery. The grass covered cliffs dropping down to azure waters were so beautiful. x

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  10. There's no getting away from seagulls I'm afraid, unless you try our squirrel trick with a water pistol! Glad you had a good time down here, and what weather!
    p.s. If that's the new camera you're doing just great.

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    1. Thanks Jessica. Think its going to take a while to get to grips with the camera but I'm having a bash.
      I waved my hands out of the window in a Muppets meets Basil Fawlty way, which did seem to frighten the seagull off for good. Highly effective I'd say. :)

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  11. Loved reading your comments about lashings of clotted cream - nothing quite like it with a warm scone and sweet strawberry jam! Your photos are stunning too - if you wanted to share the Salcombe ones with the http://www.salcombefinest.com/ Facebook page I know the followers would really appreciate them.

    QC

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    1. Hi QC. You just can't beat a great big dollop of clotted cream on a scone, can you!
      I've shared over on our FB page. x

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  12. I want to be there...right now, right now, right now. Thanks for sharing you big galoot!

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    1. Not until I get some of that seafood salad Amelia:)

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  13. Paul- these photos truly are absolute bliss. So beautiful- quiet and serene. Love the photos-- makes me want to see more of this wonderful place. You must have had a fabulous time in these beautiful surroundings-- thanks for sharing these pictures:)

    Xoxo
    Vicki

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    1. You know us Vicki. We have a ball wherever we go. More coming soon.
      x

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  14. It's been ages since I visited Devon. It still looks enchanting. I can imagine you miss the peace and quiet. I always do when coming back to Rotterdam. Ah, you say you wanted to go paddle boarding, swimming, kayaking........ha, ha....Somehow I have a feeling you are not as sporty as you say you are ;-)

    Have a great week Paul!

    Madelief x

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    1. Shhhh, don't give the game away Madelief. I have to keep the illusion alive.
      J'aime le sport et Jaime le cream tea aussi !!
      ;)

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  15. These are stunning photos of Devon. So beautiful and relaxing.

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    1. I forgot to tell you that I have that nook The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. I will read it next and remember these images from your trip.

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    2. Its a lovely little book Pamela and has a surprising twist at the end.

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  16. Paul, Lovely photos of this dreamy local. I agree when there is teas and scones to be had, that must come first! It is holiday after all... I would love to get to this part of the U.K. one day. All your travels sound like my kind of getaway- nice food, cozy place and beautiful natural surroundings. You cannot beat that! Glad you got to get away and sorry I'm so terribly late reading, but I've had my pineapple earrings on... ;) xx

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    1. Hey Hula girl! I know you'll be having the most amazing time on the big island right now. Go easy on that Pog:)

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  17. Just beautiful!!! That looks like the perfect summer holiday. Glad you were able to get away, Mr Paul! Happy July!!!

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  18. Magical Mr. Paul....wonderful photos that really capture how silence is golden. Hope you are having the best summer ever!

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    1. Hey Gina it's a beautiful Summer so far. Hope you are having lots of fun:)

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  19. That is so beautiful there. I love it! We have crows that start squawking at first light these mornings. I've grown so used to them I don't hear them now. Sounds like a lovely break in Devon.

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  20. JUST PERFECT PAUL!BLISS.............

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  21. Really beautiful to see Mother Nature's blues and greens in lovely Devon! You know all the best places, thank you for sharing!

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