Fielding’s Crown Devon grape dish
This morning we had a short list of errands to do before we visited the supermarket. First on the list was the local Health & Well-Being Centre which is our former local hospital which was closed and is now what I would’ve simply called a clinic, but these authorities do love their verbose titles, don’t they? I laugh – hollowly – because if people are actually healthy they won’t be in need of such a place. Joking apart, we went there for hearing aid batteries for husband after which we visited the bank to pay in a couple of small cheques. From there to our local pharmacy to collect a prescription and then to the nearby Co-op small supermarket for bread. With that all the ‘small’ jobs were done.
We had parked our car in the centre of the town and as we walked through the small park I took a few photographs …
The road encircles this small park. I imagine that the buildings were once lovely houses in Victorian and Edwardian days, they are a pale coloured-brick and have rather attractive roofs. Of course, they are now all shops on the ground floor with offices and flats/apartments above.
With funds continually tight for local authorities, I think the Torbay parks & gardens department works wonders – here the flower beds are filled with scarlet tulips, a lovely splash of colour on such a dull day.
At the end opposite of the park to the shops is a Victorian theatre, still in use today
After our errands we drove to the supermarket where we stocked up on fruit and vegetables and instead of white freesias for a change I bought cerise freesias, as I thought they would look good on the pale green kitchen tablecloth. Once they are open, they will smell wonderful (I also bought a bunch of daffodils, now coming to the end of their season.)
Several readers have remarked on my little Fielding’s Crown Devon pear dish that is on the breakfast table and so I thought I’d put out one of my other Crown Devon pieces, this time a grape dish. It has four holes through which to drain any water from washed fruit, with a drip tray underneath. It is leaf-shaped but irregular, but very pretty. The top photo shows it holding a bunch of grapes.
After the supermarket we drove to The Range as we needed some light bulbs and dishwasher tablets (they are less expensive here than in the supermarket). What surprised us is that at the far end of The Range, a little further than we had previously ventured, there is a doorway to an outside plants area. We had no idea they sold so many plants, also things like fencing, compost, and even imitation grass – this came in three sizes: what I call “meadow” “needing a cut” and “just been cut”!
Plants as far as the eyes can see, and then around the corner to the left
From here we drove to Wellswood to the lovely deli, Me and Mrs Jones, where we bought steak & ale pies (one for lunch tomorrow, two for the freezer) and from there to Daddyhole Plain, a promontory overlooking Babbacombe Bay, so that we could eat the sandwich we bought in the supermarket (I think we can be forgiven for being spendthrift, actually buying a sandwich when we could so easily have made it at home, but we’d left home early, before we’d had breakfast, trying to beat the crowds in the town and supermarket). It has been a very dull day, but fairly mild, and there was a sea mist, so we couldn’t see very far …
What a difference a sunshine makes …
Photo taken in 2014
To our left, as we stood on Daddyhole Plain, is the Headland Hotel where our elder son and daughter in law married in 2016 …
Sometimes we call here for coffee – it’s a very pleasant hotel, part of a group which also owns the hotel in Paignton where we regularly go for coffee or a light lunch.
When we returned home I had two postal deliveries. The first is a gadget I had ordered, a different kind of can opener. We have tried various kinds, the last one being an electric opener, but many modern cans have small rims and the electric opener had a great deal of difficulty in opening such cans and we then had to use a rather ferocious looking manual opener, risking our hands on sharp edges. And then I saw this gadget in the Lakeland catalogue. I’ve not had need to try it yet, but the reviews are excellent. It’s only small, and quite expensive for it’s minuscule size, but if it works – and without threatening any injury – it will be well worth the cost.
As you know, we are fond of breakfast (apart from today when we hit the road too early even for our stomachs to want food) and so I thought I’d buy a book dedicated to this first meal of the day. I saw lots of breakfast cookery books on Amazon but I wanted something a little different, one that would give me more than just a series of recipes. I think this one fits the bill.
So, with my latest magazine, I have something to browse this evening and then perhaps I shall dream of delicious breakfasts, grilled mushrooms, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, crispy bacon …
Until next time.