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A Walk by the Sea


We woke up rather late this morning.  The phone was ringing and then after I’d dealt with that (husband never even heard it, he was still fast asleep) I caught a glimpse of the window cleaner propping his ladder against the house wall … time to get up, I thought, it was quarter to ten!  But in mitigation of our apparent tardiness, we did wake up earlier, had a cup of tea, but then fell asleep again!

However, once we were up and our ablutions had been dealt with, we decided, as we’d been indoors all weekend, we’d have a walk along Torquay sea front.

We parked by Torre Abbey Meadow, where the fun fair was held in July and August – it’s surprising how swiftly the grass recovers from having all the rides and the fair people’s trailers and mobile homes parked on it for almost two months, but already the area has ‘green’d up’ again.

We were surprised that more people weren’t out enjoying the sunshine; after all Torbay is known for it’s high percentage of pensioners who are resident in the Borough, but we had the sea front almost to ourselves.

We strolled by the sea, and noticed lots of dog owners taking their pooches for walkies, and both dogs and owners were obviously enjoying themselves.  Dogs aren’t allowed on the beaches in the summer, of course.

We continued walking and the next landmark on the sea front is the Princess Theatre, built in 1961.

It isn’t a pretty building, just a large white monolith and one wonders whether such a large white block would receive planning permission today.  But a theatre in a seaside town is necessary and our little grandson will, no doubt, enjoy the pantomime there this Christmas.

Underneath the promenade, which was built in the 1950s (slightly changed  from how I remember it in the early 1950s, not long after WW2), has been built over concrete blocks which were laid to prevent German landing craft during WW2.

Here (above) you have a better view of the concrete ‘traps’.

From here we walked to the inner harbour, passing, on the seaward side, the marina (aka boat park.)

You can just make out the harbour bridge in the middle-distance.  This opens to allow tall craft to enter and exit the inner harbour.

We then turned the corner by the harbour and I always think this one of the loveliest views in Torquay.

On Vane Hill (on the extreme right) are blocks of flats, built in the late 1950s/early 1960s, which look – to me, anyway – a bit like up-ended shoe boxes.

Next to the three tower blocks (or what passed as tower blocks in the late 1950s!) is a slightly more elegant block (the stark white building) which I think was built in the late 1940s but which harks back in style to Art Deco.

From the harbour we turned tail and made our way back, via the Rock Walk (aka Royal Princess Gardens, it’s correct name) to our car.

I love to see the tall grasses at this time of the year, especially when the sunshine is making them glow …

And if from here you look to your left, you catch a glimpse of the sea, over the road and over the promenade, and there it is, hazy this morning because of the bright sunshine.

From here it wasn’t far back to our can close to Torre Abbey Meadow, and then we drove home, the walk taking just 3/4 hr at a steady pace (and stopping, of course to take photos but not for coffee today.)

Once home I made chicken curry for our lunch, using some of the remains of yesterday’s roast chicken (I will cut up the rest of the cooked chicken and make a chicken, bacon and mushroom pie with it tomorrow.)

It just isn’t possible to make curry look pretty, but it tasted very good!

And then the doorbell rang, and it was a delivery from Marks & Spencer.  I saw online that they had cotton ribbed polo-neck jumpers, so I ordered an emerald green one and a navy one, to wear under my green/emerald coat and also under my navy coat and navy trench (which I bought a couple of years ago.)  The navy will also go under the red and antique gold quilted jackets and my red Joules trench.  I’m now tempted to buy one or two more of these polo-necks as they have some rather pretty colours, ones that will mix and match with most of my jeans/jackets/scarves/gloves.

Hope you have had a good weekend and are rested, ready for the week ahead.

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. There is nothing better than a walk by the sea on a sunny day and if that includes a harbour then that just makes it perfect. I don’t like going in or on the water but I love to be by it and watching everyone else going in it or on it!

  2. What a nice walk Margaret, you’ve had better weather than us “up country” folk. Enjoy your new purchases. You will certainly have a good collection of mix and match colours to wear through the winter.

    • Margaret Powling

      It’s a very long time since I bought so many clothes, Heather, but apart from the Crew Clothing quilted coat (and I had a 20% discount on that as well) the purchases weren’t expensive individually although, I suppose, collectively, I have been a bit spendthrift. But I’ve not bought any clothes since about this time last year when I bought a Joules dress, not even any charity shop items.
      I really enjoyed out stroll along the sea front this morning, I felt it did us both good. Being indoors for the whole weekend isn’t exactly being held in captivity, is it, but by this morning I certainly needed some fresh sea air.

  3. Walks by the sea are always so refreshing. Devon looks so pretty. And your new tops look luscious!

    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, I love a walk by the sea, Ratnamurti. Thank goodness we took the opportunity of a walk yesterday, in the autumnal sunshine as today it’s raining heavily. The tops were inexpensive, I don’t think they will last, but it’s what’s on offer if you buy things which aren’t wool or cashmere, and I can’t wear either as they make me itch.

  4. What a delightful walk. And those tops look great.

    • Margaret Powling

      It was a lovely walk, Joy, but the past two days have seen a return to awful weather. However, I did go for my manicure today and then popped in to see a friend whose birthday it was this afternoon. I like the blue and green polo-neck jumpers and have now sent for a light blue one (there is a discount still, worth having.)

  5. Thank you for taking us with you on your walk 🙂 It’s lovely when you’re fortunate to be somewhere beautiful and have the feeling of having the place to yourself, so to speak…..I like the colours of your new jumpers. The emerald green is very pretty. You will be the best dressed lady in Devon this winter with your new items 🙂 We are having awful weather on the east coast of Australia at the moment – storms and localised flooding in Sydney and raging bushfires in areas of Queensland. I’m grateful to be safe and dry where I am xx

    • Margaret Powling

      We heard about and saw the results of your storms on our TV here, Lara, especially the floods in Sydney, but not the bushfires in Queensland. Nature at her worst. I’m also glad you are somewhere safe and dry.
      I don’t know about being the best dressed woman in Devon, I might be the most colourful which will make a change! But when I took my coat off yesterday I had my navy uniform on again, navy top and indigo jeans, and do you know, I was never happier. I love navy, my go-to colour.
      Glad you enjoyed the virtual walk around Torquay harbour.

  6. I love the sea in the summer sunshine but there is something rather wonderful about an invigorating walk, breathing in the ozone, whilst the waves crash (within reason!) in the winter time. Our virtual walk beside it brings back happy memories of many times spent in your corner of the world!

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