Ilsham Marine Drive (taken spring 2011) but a day much like today
Husband had an appointment at what had been our local hospital this morning, now the Health & Well-Being Centre (as I’ve said before, a daft title. It is a clinic!) Nothing serious, just micro-suction for his ears (as he wears hearing aids.) But the appointment was late morning, at 11.40am, so it was either get up and do the shopping early, or hang around until 11.40am and do the shopping after the appointment. We decided on the former and arrived at Waitrose when, once again, we almost had the store and the car park to ourselves. I just hope this isn’t a sign that the store isn’t prospering. I wouldn’t want it fail through lack of support. It is my natural habitat!
I bought more (again) than I thought I would, but none are spur-of-the-moment purchases, all were on my shopping list …
After husband’s appointment we went home so that we could have lunch, just crusty mini baguettes with Ardennes pate. And then husband decided to take the garden waste to the tip – sorry, the Recycling Centre. He said it was possible that others would be having their lunch and it mightn’t take long, and he was right (for once!) and we sailed straight in, and he deposited the 15 or so bags of garden waste and we were off again within a few minutes.
We then drove to Wellswood, Torquay, as we needed some birthday cards. I do have a cache of cards, but none of them were suitable for the birthdays we have upcoming this month: brother-in-law, younger son, grandson, and a very dear friend.
Once we had bought the cards (they have a lovely selection in the Post Office, the best in the Bay) I dropped off another pile of magazines in the Rowcroft Hospice shop. I hate parting with my much-loved magazines, but needs must, I’m afraid, space being finite.
There were some lovely things in the shop again …
And one of the windows had been decorated with the upcoming Royal Wedding in mind …
The window is themed to red, white and blue (a pity about the green T-shirt on the rail behind the window, spoiling the effect.)
We then decided to take the coastal route back into Torquay, along Ilsham Marine Drive.
Thatcher Rock from Ilsham Marine Drive (taken 2011)
Thatcher Rock (taken from the grass area in front of the Rock, 2011)
This lump of rock off the coast or Torquay always reminds me of Kirrin Island in Enid Blyton’s Famous Five stories.
Here there are wonderful views of Torbay, but my photos aren’t good as I took them through the car windscreen as husband was driving. On the right of this photo, you will catch just a glimpse of a lovely modern house which has been built in the last few years.
However, in order to build new properties such as this one, many of the lovely older houses, dating from the 1920s, have been demolished. Somehow, regardless of how lovely this modern house looks, I rather preferred its predecessor …
This photo was taken in spring, 2011 (on a dull day)
Once home, we had a cup of tea and I arranged the flowers I had bought this morning (they had been in deep water, being refreshed, while we went to the tip and Wellswood).
I confess I was rather spendthrift this morning and bought peonies and stocks. I just hope they last, and this time I’ve kept my receipt and the wrappings, just in case they have a shorter life than is suggested on the labels. I don’t want to part with what was serious money for flowers only for them to last just a day or two.
I also bought a magazine that I’d not bought before. It was wrapped in one of those cellophane bags so I couldn’t have a look at it before I bought it, and now I find it’s not quite what I would’ve bought had I had a look at it first.
However, not having read it yet, perhaps I should reserve judgment.
Until next time.