Once again Mark’s parents have brought their tortoise (and their own vacuum cleaner and gardening tools!) and are taking excellent care of the cats while they clean our house from top to toe, wash and iron anything they can get their hands on and tidy up the garden. Not only do we have a week’s holiday, but we will go home to a shiny, clean house and garden!
This time we have brought my 83 year old Mum with us and decided we should pick her up from Chepstow and keep on going. Mark found the most wonderful apartment – views on to Langland Bay and – on a clear day – to North Devon in the distance. We bought Mum a (bright red) walker, as she doesn’t find walking easy anymore and the flat, although on the second floor for the views, has a lift – so no stairs for mum to battle. It’s an easy walk from Langland Bay Manor to the promenade between the beach huts and the beach and Mum is doing brilliantly, walking along the front to the cafe once or twice a day.
This is the view from Mark’s and my bedroom window…sigh…
Mum found her spot in the living room for much of the week!
When we had unpacked, Mark and I went to explore, realised it was very mum-friendly and went to fetch her for a bit of a walk and an ice-cream…Marshfield Farm blackcurrants in clotted cream; my favourite.
A lovely place from which to watch the world and his dog go by…
Back to the apartment to be greeted by a friendly cat…purrrfect!
I cannot believe I haven’t posted since July! We went to visit our very dear friends in Sweden 8 months ago and I haven’t posted anything else as I wanted to keep it chronological. We go away again soon, so I am going to cheat and post the Sweden photos and edit the narrative when we get back home. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy making up your own descriptions!
I was awake early on our last morning and took photos of the bees in the Homestead garden.
We ended a wonderfully relaxing week as we started, with breakfast at the Courtyard cafe in Lyme Regis (remembering to ask for just one vegetable fritter and one egg each).
A wander through the town to pick up some presents – and say goodbye to the cats of Lyme.
A last walk along the sea front.
An easy drive home and our cats seemed pleased to see us – despite having been spoiled rotten by Mark’s parents while we were away.
I think perhaps Mark didn’t want any more photos taken…
Last Thursday – our last full day of holiday – we went back to an old favourite; Forde Abbey, near Chard. Naturally we arrived at lunch time and headed to the tea rooms before enjoying the gardens.
We were greeted by a four-legged volunteer.
Admired the glass installation on the pond, before wandering up to the swing seat to watch the fountain (and take some silly selfies).
The herbaceous borders were a mass of colour and alive with bees.
On to the lake and the bog garden.
A slow stroll through the rockery to the arboretum before looking around the house (photos not allowed in the house).
I tried all afternoon to photograph the many swallows we saw…and I am afraid this was the best I could manage…they are VERY fast!
Once again the hot Summer’s afternoon drove us to the tea room to sit outside in the shade with a drink and an ice-cream (we really like Baboo gelato!) and watch the bees and sparrows.
Already looking forward to visiting again; perhaps in the Autumn.
Tuesday rained most of the day – a rather welcome relief from the heat – and I didn’t take any photos as we wandered around Bridport’s antiques and vintage shops. However on Wednesday we went to Athelhampton House; our second visit. It was rather overcast, but such a lovely place.
The journey home was a chance to admire the view from the Morecombelake Farm Shop.
On Monday we decided to be properly seasidey and headed to Beer for breakfast, followed by a stroll along the beach and through the town.
I always love the striped deckchairs on the beach.
From Beer we headed to Budleigh Salterton…which we mainly had to ourselves.