Visiting North Devon!!
15.07.2017 - 18.07.2017 18 °C
It gets busy in Devon when all the grockles arrive for summer holidays. As two grockles arriving by train, we were warmly welcomed into Helen and Trevor's home. Pippacot Barton (can there be a better name for a house in the country?), is in a tranquil hamlet near Barnstaple. Green rolling hills, sheep in the distance, quietness and birds singing. Cousins, Steve and Jenny, arrived to see us and we all had a lovely BBQ. The weather did not cooperate but lively conversation and a new puppy, Luna, made for a fun evening.
I had last seen Steve at his sister Julie's wedding almost 40 years ago. They live in a town called Bideford where we stayed for the next few days. Sunday morning weather could be described as misal according to Trevor (a combination of mist and drizzle) but that didn't stop us from enjoying Clovelly. A village of cobblestones that you walk down in order to reach the sea. Pirates, music and some fun was waiting for us down in the cove. The cobbles were slippery but even Jenny in her cute shoes managed them. Armed with umbrellas, we sat by the sea and people watched enjoying the music and the pirates making huge bubbles for the kids. It was nice to have a chill day and enjoy getting to know our cousins again. Dave and Steve must have run up the wet cobblestones as they beat the girls to the top of Clovelly even though they rode up in the Landrover.
Award winning cream tea was the delight of the afternoon and a walk along the seaside. A cream tea is a pot of tea, two scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam. In Cornwall, they put the jam on the scone first then the thick clotted cream. A Devon cream tea has the cream first. Whichever order you choose, the end result is the same....delicious. Dinner in a pub with a thatched roof ended a perfect day in North Devon.
Trevor picked us up after a quick walk with Jenny along the sea and through the high street of Bideford. We met Jenny's friendly sister and her husband, who have just retired, in their shoe business for over 70 years. Oh darn, a new pair of shoes would have been nice. I will be looking for a log cabin for Jenny where she and Steve can stay when they visit Canada one day.
Helen and Trevor have the most beautiful property and today we got to relax and enjoy it. Tea in the gazebo in the front garden and watching Luna explore and have fun was so nice. Then Helen took us on an exciting drive along the narrow lanes from Pippacot, which you can only understand once you've been a passenger. The excitement and anticipation come from what's around the corner. Who gets to back up when you meet? All part of the fun driving in Devon with the high hedges along both sides. Dave loved it!
In a very short distance from Pippacot, Helen showed us three beautiful beaches and we stopped at Coyde for a walk along the sea. Of course, I had to paddle in the sea where there were many people trying to surf. Walking in the sea is something I love to do!
Trevor made us lunch and we had that in the back garden. The little house is called the Gar Den. Adorable and perfect for two to relax. Luna was so busy enjoying the garden and entertaining us too. Trevor had a baking day yesterday and made us scones for another cream tea. We had it the Devon way today! Relaxing in the gazebo, reading, sleeping and writing filled the rest of our day. What a perfect place to recharge.
Our Devon cousins were the best! Friendly and kind in every way and they shared their homes and showed us the best views of their part of the world.
Thank you Helen, Trevor, Steve and Jenny!