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.