The Ness, Shaldon, South Devon (taken 2014)
Husband and I are gradually feeling better and this is perhaps because the weather, especially today, has lost that roasting heat that we have endured for far too long. We have taken things as easy as we can, and yesterday we thought we’d have a run out in the car – how Very 1950s that sounds! – to The Ness at Shaldon for lunch.
The drive along the coast road is a pretty one, but at this time of the year there are few actual views of the coast, all the greenery having sprung up, obscuring the sea. The road is very twisty-and-turny but also very pretty.
Indeed, this is a typical South Devon road, overhung with trees.
The Ness is two things: 1, it is a promontory at the mouth of the River Teign here in South Devon, “ness” meaning “nose”, i.e. a piece of land jutting out into the sea (see photo above, taken in 2012), and 2, it is a rather attractive Georgian house (photo at the top of this post), now an hotel/pub, built 1820. It has a verandah supported by cast iron columns and around the ground floor are c1850 French windows giving onto a wrap-around conservatory.
Not having felt particularly well we didn’t want very much to eat, and so ordered a ploughman’s lunch, just one portion that we could share. I asked for an extra portion of bread and an extra plate, but when the ploughman’s arrived, we were astonished at the size – this was a portion which normally would be for one person, not for two, and we struggled to eat it!
That is a meat-dish size platter on which you could serve the Christmas turkey! But having said that, it was an excellent meal, with everything you could wish for, from two kinds of cheese to hard boiled eggs, gherkins, apples, onion marmalade and various kinds of chutney, and crusty bread (the extra bread was a bit of a let-down, they gave us white sliced of the cheapest kind.)
The view from where we were sitting was rather nice, too. Not keen on all the bunting but perhaps it’s there to deter the marauding gulls!
And another shot, below, showing Teignmouth on the opposite side of the estuary of the River Teign …
Inside, The Ness it is now a mish-mash of various designs. Here, is the ornate bar area with fancy mouldings …
and a rustic area where halves of boats (or pretend-boats) are being used as seating.
These look quite fun, but really I think I’d prefer to sit on a chair to eat my meal!
Another area is more like a traditional sitting room …
Indeed, there is no cohesion to the design of the interior, but I expect this is a Listed building and the proprietors have to work around what is there and which cannot be altered.
Even though we enjoyed the drive in the car from Paignton to Shaldon, and our meal, we simply hadn’t sufficient energy to walk down to the riverside beach as we normally do, and instead walked back to our car and drove home.
Today has been sultry again, not nearly as hot as it has been, but still with no sign of rain. I decided it was high time I cleared the laundry basket and so I tackled the ironing, plus several more machine loads of laundry which I’ve washed and dried in this lovely fine weather, so that there is absolutely nothing left to wash, dry or iron … well, until tomorrow! I even tidied part of the airing/linen cupboard, a boring-but-necessary job. How can it get in such a muddle? All the pillow cases are now in their correct ‘pairs’ and are neatly stacked.
I also decided that as it was fine but not roasting-hot, I’d clean out the summerhouse. In the eight years since husband built it in 2010, it hasn’t been necessary to clean it out more often than once i.e. at the beginning of the summer. With all this hot weather it became very dusty, especial the floor, and so husband and I removed the chairs, table, rug, trolley, TV, lamp, etc, and I swept it out (I always feel a bit like Mole, spring cleaning his little home in The Wind in the Willows!) and then steam cleaned it. I shook out the rug, and then we put the items back, so it’s all clean and tidy again (I wish I could say the same about our house!) Even the table received some Pledge polish.
I then rustled up a quick lunch of salad, tinned mackerel in a basil and tomato sauce, and some new potatoes, followed by fresh fruit salad …
I then did a bit of dead-heading in the garden, and took some photos of the flowers that have survived this heat wave (not many have!): two heuchera plants that we put in pots and which have enjoyed the shade beneath the walnut tree; some verbena; and some white antirrhinums.
Earlier today I took delivery of a bottle of nail polish, a Sally Hansen one called Berry Important (who thinks these things up!)
It is just a fraction more pink than Aria Red-y, which is one of my all-time favourite colours and which appears to have been discontinued. Why do companies discontinue things that I like? Perhaps I’m the only person who has bought it!!! Anyway, I eventually found Aria Red-y on Amazon, and have ordered a bottle, so that when the one I’m using is finished, I have another one.
Husband has just finished sweeping the little terrace where we have our garden table and chairs, and I am now going to prepare our supper before we settle to watch the England v. Croatia football match, the semi-final of the World Cup.
Until next time.