Of course, we all go away sometime, for a change of scenery. But really, when you live – as we do – in arguably one of the most picturesque parts of England and you don’t relish long journeys in hot weather, you become somewhat reluctant to go away.
And so this morning we went out early so that the Bay could be ours, if only for a few moments, and had a stroll around Torquay sea front as far as the harbour.
The tide was out, there was just a woman walking her dog along the beach, and everywhere looked lovely and fresh. We strolled along the promenade, passing the sunken gardens where the flower beds looked pretty even after so much heat (although the grass was now more straw than grass) …
The Victorian fountain has been refurbished this winter and is now looking splendid again, especially when set against the background of the 21st century Big Wheel, which gives holidaymakers a glimpse of the Bay from the air.
Underneath the Big Wheel is an area of artificial grass (better than much-trampled grass which ends up being an area of dried-up red Devon soil) there is a café, useful for those waiting for the next ride on the Big Wheel.
We made our way to the harbour and enjoyed a cup of coffee sitting outside in the early morning sunshine …
Nothing fancy, just ‘coffee’ with milk, not latte, or flat white, or espresso, or cappuccino, or whatever, but just cheap-and-cheerful coffee. The view of the harbour never fails to impress me and it makes me appreicate how fortunate I am to live in such a lovely area.
The area in roughly the centre of this photo, which looks like a giant fishing net, is the canopy over Living Coasts, Torbay’s sea life centre, and a lovely place to visit. I love to see the reflections in the water of the masts and the crane which hoists craft in and out of the water.
The three blocks of flats which are above the harbour, those on the left, which look a bit (to me, anyway!) like up-ended shoe boxes, were built in the early 1960s. Those just to the right, more white stucco than red brick, were built earlier, I think in the 1950s or even earlier. Boats are moored against pontoons. I preferred it when boats bobbed at anchor in the harbour (pre-pontoons); I think it all looked much prettier, but of course, more boats can be crammed into the harbour when there are pontoons.
A stroll around the harbour is always pleasant, regardless of the time of year, and one of my favourite views is this …
I could believe – well, almost – that I’m on the French Riviera looking at this view, all we want is some appropriate French music, perhaps Charles Trenet singing “la Mer”.
The promenade by the harbour – this used to be a road but it was pedestrianized several years ago and is much the better for it – has lots of cafes and bars and the young baristas were putting out the tables and chairs as we strolled past.
I love the old fashioned lamp posts, most of which are adorned with hanging baskets of flowers for the summer season.
And the Regency buildings, with their wrought iron balconies couldn’t be a more perfect backdrop for the promenade.
By the harbour there is a large board showing holidaymakers how they might enjoy a trip by road, rail and sea.
And if, as my husband is doing (you might just see his fingers on the left) you press various buttons, the board lights up, indicating the various means of transport.
This final photo of Torquay this morning was taken facing directly into the sunlight from where we were sitting having coffee – peace and quiet, early morning sunshine and warmth (but not yet hot); what more could we ask for? And then we retraced our steps, back to our car parked along the sea front and home (en route we bought crusty rolls for our breakfast.)
Breakfast was then the crusty rolls with coffee and clementine juice in the garden … it’s been too hot to eat outside for the past couple of weeks, but this morning it was just pleasantly warm.
Yesterday I went to Totnes for my hair appointment and afterwards popped into the supermarket and came out with more items than I planned to buy … of course, I couldn’t resist a bunch of pink roses, could I?
And now, after having cleaned the kitchen before I wrote this post, I’m off to make lunch. Salmon today, with runner beans and new potatoes and then lemon tart with a little lemon ice cream.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your virtual stroll around Torquay seafront and harbour this morning.
Until next time.