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Back in Business

Hello, everyone,

I do hope you will have found me now that I’ve had the header changed back to my original title of Devon Dreaming, rather than having my name emblazoned across the mast head of my blog.  If you are a regular reader, welcome back, and if you are a new reader, then welcome.  I ‘lost’ my blog, apparently due to a ‘hosting’ problem, and a very kind web designer has retrieved it for me.

So here I am again. Thank you to all those who have contacted me, either via my email or through other blogs, to ask what had happened, it has been much appreciated, as has the work by the web designer.

As it is now 12.40 am on Friday morning – the web designer is in a different time zone, so I actually woke up and decided to have a look to see how she was getting along with the work, and found she had completed it – I am now off back to bed again, but will write another post very soon.  Meanwhile, here are some views of Decoy Country Park where my husband and I went for a walk last Saturday morning.

Until next time …

About Margaret Powling

Margaret Powling
Margaret’s main interests are her husband and family, her friends, her home, her garden, writing, literature, architecture, décor, social history, photography, historic houses and gardens, and towns, villages and the countryside. She writes about the things she enjoys: flowers, scent, fine soap, monthly style magazines, and other such small indulgences, such as afternoon tea or simply enjoying her summerhouse with a book. She invites you to enjoy this virtual visit to South Devon, England.

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  1. phew! You have had such a time of it! So good that all is resolved. I am fascinated by the lovely parks that you go to. There seem to be so many local ones.

    • Margaret Powling

      Hello, Ratnamurti, it’s good to be back again! Yes, we do have some pretty parks locally, the two main ones in our area, country parks I mean, with woodland walks and so forth, are Decoy Country Park and Cockington Country Park. But even in the towns there are some nice green spaces. Not large, but sufficient for one to have a stroll and see trees and flowers.

  2. Soooooo pleased to see you back xx

  3. simpleliving31.blogspot.co.uk

    Welcome back lovely lady, good to see you again. Looking forward to reading your blog again.

    • Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Marlene. It’s lovely to be back, writing again. I must now download some photos, take a few more, for a new post.

  4. Welcome back Margaret, it’s good to see you posting again, you have been missed!

  5. Just testing to see if I can send this!

  6. Glad you’re all sorted, it’s so frustrating when something like that happens.

    I’ve never heard of Decoy park but it looks beautiful. We’ve just booked our holiday for next year, Seaton again because we had such a good week in September. Something to look forward to through the winter 🙂

    • Margaret Powling

      Decoy Country Park is a very small park, it’s only about 3/4 mile around the Lake but there are longer walks in the woodlands, but not much longer. It used to be a quarry and then when working the quarry ceased in the 1960s it was turned into a country park. There is another one we enjoy visiting which is much larger, Stover Country Park. Perhaps we will go there before too long. Seaton and that area is lovely, especially Budleigh Salterton, Beer and Sidmouth. Yes, something to look forward to for you: a holiday in Devon next year.

  7. Eloise (thisissixty.blog)

    After all the frustrations of your blogging platform (not sure of that is the correct term but you’ll know what I mean), I’m so glad that you didn’t give in and wonder ‘is it really worth all the trouble’.
    We’d all have missed you terribly if you hadn’t returned!
    The landscape of Decoy Park looks very like our local Lickey Hills about which I have been planning a post.

    • Margaret Powling

      I’m glad to be back, blog-posting, Eloise. I missed it, even if it was only off for a week.
      Decoy Park is lovely, and considering fifty years ago it was a great big hole in the ground, a quarry, it is remarkable how it has been transformed.

  8. I’m so pleased to see you back Margaret. You were missed by lots of people. Have a good weekend.

  9. What a lovely park.

    • Margaret Powling

      It is a lovely country park, even if it’s rather small. And there is a lovely children’s play area, too, which is well used by little ones and their parents.

  10. The photos of the park are stunning – the carpet of leaves looks magical !

    Your greens are so different to ours in Australia. Well, at least on the east coast where I am from.

    The lake is beautiful. Do people swim in it ?

    • Margaret Powling

      Hello, Lara. Yes, the country parks and, indeed, some of the street where we have trees, look lovely at this time of the year. And even though spring is my season-of-choice, there is much to be said of autumn. No, people don’t swim in the lake although I don’t think it’s actually prohibited. It was a quarry and the sides are vertical and would make it difficult accessing the water and climbing out again. Yes, we have a wide variety of greens in all our wonderful trees, from conifers to deciduous. Many years ago when my husband was working and a group of Japanese businessmen visited his factory, one of them asked what all the “green stuff” was they could see from their aircraft as they were coming in to land. It turned out they meant grass as, apparently, they had little of that in Japan. They thought England was one large garden.

      • That ‘green stuff’ – what a good tale !

        Several years ago hubbie and I flew to Adelaide (capital city of South Australia, population one million and surrounded by extremely dry country. So dry in fact it’s one of the only capital cities to rely on groundwater as the others have surface water storages). Looking out of the plane window it was mostly desert, as is huge areas of inland Australia, but as we approached the outskirts I saw large patches of green and thought they were trees. But no, they were grapes for the extensive wineries ! I had never seen such a thing and was like a child I was so amazed 🙂

        • Margaret Powling

          Every year we receive a calendar from a relative in Australia and while the country is magnificent, it appears to be far from green compared with England. That is understandable, considering the climate in Australia, but I confess to being relieved that we live somewhere less hot and more green, no wonder we have tourists flocking to our island from all over the world. But how amazing to see so many vineyards and, of course, Australia is know for its wines. However, for a number of years we have been growing wine in England, too. Not on a vast scale, but what we do produce is of good quality and has won many awards, some of them even beating the French with our champagne-style wine. Of course, it can’t be called ‘champagne’ as it doesn’t come from that region of France, but it is produced by the same method, the double fermentation. Indeed, such a vineyard isn’t far from where we live, it’s on the banks of the River Dart at Sharpham.

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