You simply can’t beat a sunny morning by the sea in the little fishing town of Brixham. This is the view from the car park. To the left, across the Bay, is Torquay. And behind me, the cliff on top of which is perched some of the pretty ice-cream-coloured houses.
I was in Brixham to meet a new friend but as I arrived early I had a stroll around the harbour.
The boat on the right is a replica of The Golden Hind (a tourist attraction – visitors are encouraged to climb abroad and see what life afloat would’ve been like for those early seafarers.)
The houses really do seem to cling to the hillside above this little town. I then made my way to meet my friend and we had coffee in what I think is a fairly new establishment called Liberty, which is part cocktail bar part coffee/tea parlour.
I don’t know how my friend might describe the décor, but I would like to suggest Art Deco crossed with Fairground just about covers it, I think. It’s not what might be termed ‘industriel‘ which has been popular for a while now, all that concrete and exposed copper piping, but neither is it ‘vintage’. But the coffee was good and so were the pastries.
We chatted for the best part of a couple of hours, what a lovely way to spend a sunny morning! No housework, no shopping, just two women enjoying each other’s company, and learning about each other’s families.
After we went our separate ways I returned home and husband and I had a salad lunch before driving to the village of Bishopsteignton to our younger son’s house. He and his partner (I can hardly refer to her as his girlfriend after they have been together for 27 years, can I?) are having their entire garden fenced, and it’s looking good. Not quite finished yet, but once that is complete, Barry-the-dog will be able to run out there without having to be on a lead. After all, the raison d’etre of terriers is to escape! We had a cup of tea, admired the fencing (which is impregnated with a solution to stop it rotting, and also it doesn’t need painting, it will go ‘silvery’ as it ages). The drive to their home is a nice one whichever route we take – yesterday we went along what is a fairly new road, the by-pass route …
And we returned via the Shaldon Bridge route …
I took the above photo in 2008, just as we arrived at the Shaldon Bridge – once on it, the railings prevent a decent photograph unless, of course, you are walking over the bridge.
As well as these two pleasant parts to the day – my morning in Brixham, my afternoon with our younger son and his partner – I also received some rather nice post.
Two new woollen throws for our two sofas. I thought matching throws would look neater than mis-matched ones.
A set of four bird coasters from a company called Magpie. I’ve no idea why they are now in sets of four and not six, but they are rather attractive, I think.
Two more 2nd hand paperbacks by gardener-cum-novelist, Alan Titchmarsh. I am really enjoying his books, light reading but well written.
And my lovely monthly magazine arrived, too.
On the way home from our younger son’s we popped into Waitrose and I picked up another monthly title, plus Waitrose’s own magazine, and a bar of a new style of chocolate …
This Green & Black dark chocolate is salted caramel flavour, rather tasty!
And also, perhaps gladioli’s last hurrah …
I don’t usually go for such bright colours, but I thought these were stunning, and they look lovely, especially in the morning when the sun shines through them …
And to end such a lovely day, Doc Martin on TV! A totally ridiculous series, but oh, such fun! It would appear that all the residents of Portwen (Port Isaac in actuality) are totally barking mad!
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Today, Thursday, has also been bright and sunny and a friend/ex-colleague of my husband called and had coffee with us. Later we visited a local garden centre to buy compost in which to plant the new tulip and narcissi bulbs which also arrived yesterday. As husband queued up to pay for the compost (and a couple of white cyclamen which I bought for the hearth) I wandered around, admiring the plants …
and then came across …
One of the employees was busy building stables for Rudolph and his friends (no red noses as yet!) What this employee had to say about this display isn’t worth repeating! He said he hoped it would be ready by Easter! I said it was just about the naffest thing I’d seen but as such it will go down a storm, visitors to the centre will just love it! I wonder if those antlers light up? I wouldn’t be surprised if they do!
Once home, I put the cyclamen in the bowl in the hearth. Yes, I know the floral decoration ‘rule’, only have odd numbers, i.e. three, five, seven, etc. Here are two plants, I’ve flouted the ‘rule’ but there isn’t room in this bowl for more than two plants, and I didn’t want to plant them directly into this 18th century punch bowl. I still think they look pretty, even though there are only two of them.
But then, there are only two Staffordshire dogs, only two Royal Doulton vases, only two glass candlesticks! How come that pairs relate to things other than those which are horticultural?
And, in the hall, those cream-edged-with-pink carnations have, at last, fully opened.
In closing I should like to thank you all for your good wishes regarding my recently tummy troubles. I am feeling much better now, but not yet 100%, but am getting there.
Good wishes to you all,
Until next time.