Thatcher Rock, Torquay
After two days spent indoors because of heavy rain – and this isn’t a complaint; rain is vitally necessary to replenish the reservoirs and water the land and gardens, making England a green and pleasant land – we drove over to Torquay where, first of all, husband had a haircut and I popped into the charity shop to deposit some books and magazines. I am always amazed at the ingenuity of the staff who decorate this shop so beautifully, and today was no exception. One of the windows was empty but the theme was to be travel because waiting to go into the window was a tailor’s dummy with a ‘dress’ made from maps.
How clever is that?
Once husband had been dealt with in the barber’s we returned to our car and drove to Ilsham Valley, a pleasant green area of the Borough and which leads to Meadfoot Sea Road and Meadfoot Beach.
I took the above photo 2 yeas ago but it looked much like this today, bluebells still in bloom and wild garlic also.
Approaching the sea front, we noticed lovely pink and red Devon Pride (Valerian) and wild roses in bloom.
And then the sea hove into view …
Meadfoot Beach (under water, of course!)
From Meadfoot Sea Road, we walked to the cafe end of the beach and had a mug of tea.
After our tea we made our way back along the road to our car.
On the headland is the block of flats called Kilmorie.
This block of flats (apartments to those outside the UK) was built in 1961 in the building boom of that era. The advertising brochure at the time described “luxury flats to the highest Continental standards overlooking Torquay’s Mediterranean-like coastline.” Everything Continental was then the very height of chic!
Above Meadfood is the headland known as Daddyhole Plain, a wonderful vantage point from which to see yachts in the Bay or aerial displays when the Red Arrows visit Torbay in the summer.
The view from Daddyhole Plain
This is the view across Torbay to Berry Head, near Brixham.
Close to Daddyhole Plain is the Headland Hotel where our elder son and our daughter in law were married last September.
When I was a teenager, in the summer school holidays I would deliver newspapers to this hotel (then called the Overmead) with my father (from our newsagent’s shop) when it belonged to the Workers’ Educational Association. We supplied many of the hotels in the Bay with newspapers, driving around in his Austin van. I had no idea then that this hotel had been originally built for the Russian Royal Family, the Romanovs, who used it as a holiday home and, in 1890, then known as Villa Syracuse, it became a convalescent home for soldier and sailors from the Boer War. It later became an hotel but in 1939, for the duration of WW2, it was bought to house the offices and staff of the Prudential Assurance Company, evacuated from London. It returned to life as a hotel after the war, changing it’s name several times from Carlton Hotel, to Highmead, to Overmead and is now The Headland Hotel and a lovely place not only for weddings, but also just morning coffee, lunch, or afternoon tea.
Until next time.