My goodness, it’s nice to be back! I have been offline since last Thursday, but here I am again, computer now back working again. It wasn’t a ‘problem’ as such, my computer guru was changing supplier, or something like that. I’m not au fait on technical things, but he did explain I’d be offline for sometime, but it wasn’t then possible to let you all know. How we have come to rely on computers! Maybe we should revive …
an appropriate title (this new paperback arrived for me today.)
We woke to a bright blue sky this morning and decided we’d have a walk along Torquay sea front. We parked the car around about 8.30 am and made our way through Torre Abbey Gardens and then past the sunken garden.
The tulips here are now just about ‘over’ and soon the Parks Dept will be refreshing this lovely Edwardian-style garden with summer bedding. No idea what they will choose, every year there is a different colour scheme. By now the sun was high in the sky and everywhere looked so beautiful.
At the end of this sunken garden there is a pretty small pond, bordered with alliums.
We made our way across the main sea front road via the pedestrian bridge and from the top we looked down onto Torre Abbey Sands where the sea tractor was clearing the seaweed.
This must be a thankless task as seaweed is brought on the incoming tides. In the distance the two white buildings are the Grand Hotel and the block of apartments next door. It is close to here that we park our car and then walk along the seafront as far as the harbour and back.
Once on the promenade we were surprised to see not another person, not even a dog walker or an intrepid runner. We had seen both species in the gardens, but none along this lovely stretch of promenade. For the first time we had it all to ourselves.
We then made our way back to the car via the Rock Walk. This lovely olive tree is directly opposite the Princess Theatre.
The Rock Walk has been refurbished in the last decade and is now much more open. It is only a narrow pathway at the foot of a rocky cliff face, but it has been planted with sun-loving plants, and at the moment the rock face is home to wild flowers, mainly the lovely Valerian, or Devon Pride to give it its common name, as it grows in profusion in Devon.
and at the base of the cliff, osteospermum.
We really enjoyed this walk, about two miles in total, to and from our car, and then we drove home, buying croissants on the way, and we enjoyed those with blackcurrant jam and coffee for a late breakfast.
Speak again soon.