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Shaldon in the Sunshine

I hope you are having a lovely Mothering Sunday?  I consider myself very fortunate insofar as our two sons and their wives live close by, so with our little grandson we might be a small family but what we lack in size we more than make up for in love and thoughtfulness.  They all called this morning, with flowers, a plant, and chocolates, and it was lovely to see them.  So before we go on a virtual walk around Shaldon, here are the flowers and plant and chocolates …

And now to Shaldon. I hope you’ve got your virtual walking shoes on as we’ll be walking across the sands to The Clipper Cafe. But first, we must park the car in the Ness car park. “Ness” is another name for nose, a piece of land that juts out into the sea, and the car park is on a slight incline just above the Ness, and just below the car park is The Ness, a restaurant/pub which has the most wonderful views across the mouth of the River Teign to Teignmouth in the distance.  Yesterday, though, I was more taken by three scooters parked outside than the view which is so familiar to me.  Aren’t they lovely?

From here we strolled down to the sandy shore of the River Teign which is tidal to just beyond the bridge which crosses the River Teign a little way upstream.  Close to the beach there is an old boat – it’s been there for years – which each season is planted with flowers.

Several rowing gigs were making their way upstream, perhaps practicing for the Regatta in the summer.  Then we saw one racing gig being hauled up the beach.

I zoomed this shot very slightly so that you could see the black and white ferry boat (this one at anchor, two others currently in operation) the design of which (apart from the addition of a motor!) hasn’t changed since Elizabethan times (that’s from 1558-1603, about the only date of a monarch I can easily recall!)

It was an extremely hazy sunlit morning, but so lovely on the sands.  I expect the crew of the gig would’ve either gone into the Ferry Boat Inn …

or, as we did, made their way to The Clipper Cafe for coffee and perhaps breakfast.

We only wanted a light snack, so had coffee and toasted teacakes with jam.  We like the Clipper but service can be very slow when its busy, and it was very busy yesterday!   There is seating outside (and upstairs) but I didn’t want to lose my place in the queue at the counter in order to look for an outdoor table, and husband had already found seats close to the front door, in basket chairs, and he didn’t want to lose those either!

The teacakes were lovely and not expensive (the cakes were certainly far more expensive and I simply won’t pay £3.25 for a small pecan square; this isn’t because I’m mercenary, or can’t afford it, but that I don’t think it represents value for money.)

From the Clipper we strolled through the village, admiring the pretty houses and their gardens.

This lovely terrace of houses faces the village’s bowling green.  A pity cars have to be parked on the road, but there’s always a downside to everything.

Close by, the village war memorial …

Everywhere there were flowers, and the streets were litter free, garden paths well swept.  It was a joy to see such a lovely little village.

Some properties which had river views also have small gardens on the other side of the road, i.e. property, road, garden, beach.  The owners of this small garden had erected a summerhouse – what a fantastic place for morning coffee or an afternoon’s snooze, with such gorgeous views.

And we mustn’t lose sight that this is still a working beach – here is a stack of crab pots.

Having had a stroll and coffee and teacakes, we then retraced our steps past the boats pulled high on the shore and made our way back to the car park.  Here you can see The Point, the far end of the beach at Teignmouth on the opposite side of the River Teign, and beyond, the sea.

We then motored on to Jack’s Patch, a garden centre upstream from here.  We needed some lawn weed & feed. Everywhere there were plants to see and admire, but we only bought a tray of pretty ranunculas.

We then phoned our younger son who lives close by, to see if he was in so we could call on him, but he was out, and so we just left a message and motored home.  From the road there are glimpses of the River Teign upstream from Shaldon (this photo, below, was taken from the Teignmouth side of the river, not a good photo but the places where you can snap a decent view are few and far between as the hedges spoil the view.  As you can see, it was very hazy.)

On the way home we popped into Waitrose (it won’t be long before I won’t be able to say that!) and picked up some prawn mayo sandwiches (a treat for us) and our ‘free’ newspaper, plus chocolates for our little grandson’s mummy, as a thank you for being such a lovely mummy to him, and also chocolates for our other son’s partner as I’d bought him a book in the Antiques Centre and I don’t like to give a present to our son without also giving a present to our other daughter in law.

Once home we opened up the summerhouse and had sandwiches and tea in there, and read the paper, and then elder son came around with our little grandson and we had half an hour playing with him – he likes to look at Google Earth on my computer and also the photos of himself when he was a baby.  Then it was, “Granny, I like books!”  “Do you? That’s nice”  “Granny, I really would like another David Walliams book!”  “Would you? Well, let’s choose a couple of them, shall we?” and with that he chose two books and, hopefully, they will arrive today.  Well, reading must be encouraged, mustn’t it?  OK, I’m a pushover, and our son and daughter in law have told me not to be bamboozled into buying books for him every time he mentions them!

And so to today, visits from the family this morning, and for lunch I used the left-over sauces I made for tagliatelle the day before yesterday.  This made a lovely lunch with very little effort. I added a little creme fraiche to each sauce as there wasn’t quite sufficient for each bowl of pasta, but with that extra creme fraiche and parmesan, we had a lovely meal.  I also fried some small pieces of thick-cut bacon to go on top.

And this evening is the start of a new series of the amazing police drama, Line of Duty.  What a lovely weekend it’s been.

Until next time.

About Margaret

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. Thanks for all the nice photos Margaret, what a lovely sunny day for a trip out. We have elderly friends who used to run tea rooms across the water from Shaldon, they often still make scones for themselves in their cottage kitchen near us, I think they must be experts in cream teas!
    And the final photos, that’s just how I like tagliatelle, I put a tiny bit of chilli in the tomato sauce but isn’t simple food a pleasure to eat?! Glad you enjoyed seeing the family today.

    • Margaret

      Ooh, that sounds nice, a bit of chilli in the tomato sauce, Heather! I might try that myself although I’m not all that keen on ‘hot’ food, but a little is nice. There are several tea rooms and cafes in Teignmouth, of course, but your friends must’ve served a lot of cream teas in their time there!

  2. Just watched Line of Duty, hope you have as well,don’t want to spoil it for you.

    • Margaret

      Wasn’t Line of Duty good? I’m afraid, though, to catch all they say we now put subtitles on, just to make sure we hear correctly, so many words are slurred. I can hear what Adrian Dunbar says clearly, but not many of the others. But edge-of-seat stuff, just as we’ve come to expect from Line of Duty.

      • Yes didn’t expect that ending.

        • Margaret

          I think the focus was too much on the woman in the balaclava and so I thought, perhaps it’s not her as the UCO (under cover officer, I think) and I was right, so I had sussed that one out, surprisingly enough. But I did enjoy it. What I like about dramas such as Line of Duty, as well as being excellent, they are on the BBC and we are not plagued by advertisements every ten minutes.

  3. Mothers’ Day in Australia is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. As it often coincides with my husband’s birthday it can be a fun weekend for us. Your flowers, chocolates and plant look lovely. Mum and I tend not to buy presents for each other anymore, preferring to do something like have pedicures, go for breakfast or similar. That’s what we call a win-win as both the giver and the recipient enjoy something special. Mind you, I bought her an upright cordless vacuum cleaner a couple of weeks ago as Aldi (like your Lidl, I believe) had them as their weekly special for $99 and I’d Good reports from others who’d bought similar. It wasn’t for birthday or anything, just to make life easier.

    Thank you for taking us with you on your outing. The photos are beautiful. I think that if you rode one of those scooters you’d have to wear a pencil skirt, white blouse with the short sleeves rolled up and a scarf tied around your neck like Audrey Hepburn in ‘Roman Holiday’. One of my favourite movies. I went to Rome in 2003. In August. HUGE mistake as it was so hot and crowded but I bought gelato at the Spanish Steps to channel my inner Audrey Hepburn. Unfortunately the gelato melted quickly and ran all over my hands so I wasn’t quite as stylish as her. Ha ha.


    • Margaret

      How lovely for you and your mother, Lara, to share a pampering day for Mother’s Day, such a good idea! And we have Aldi here in the UK, too, as well as Lidl. We are more than well-served with supermarkets, for that I’m really grateful as I can remember the awful food in the 1950s when there were poor hygiene standards, no use by or best before dates, and so forth.
      Oh, yes, one would have to dress like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday to go on a scooter like one of those! If not a pencil skirt, then Capri pants!

  4. I’ve been to Teignmouth but not to Shaldon. It looks lovely, maybe we might make it this year although we are staying in Seaton again so it’s the “wrong” side of the river.

    I’ve been doing a bit of work in the garden since the good weather started. I love buying new plants. I don’t have much room left because I’ve indulged in previous years but I managed to squeeze in a few.

    • Margaret

      Put Shaldon on your list of places to visit, Alison, I think it’s nicer (and smaller, of course) than Teignmouth, which is a town rather than a village. But eating by the sea in Teignmouth is lovely, too. I don’t know whether it’s still there as we’ve not been for a few years, but we love to have a fish lunch at The Crab Shack right on the beach (on the river side, not the sea side of the town). You could come from Seaton for the the day, park in Teignmouth and then take the little passenger ferry across to Shaldon, it’s inexpensive and it only takes a few minutes.

  5. What a very pretty place. Again and again I say what a beautiful part of the country you live in.
    Haha, I know all about being a bamboozled grandmother but I never minded buying books for them!
    I enjoyed Line of Duty though as usual, it takes until the end of the first episode to get all that’s going on straight in one’s mind. I could have done with a half hour reminder of the previous storyline just to get into the right mindset!

    • Margaret

      Yes, Shaldon is adorable. When I was about ten I stayed with a friend in her mother’s caravan (her mother was there, of course!) for a weekend at a holiday park just upstream from those photos, and I absolutely loved it, walking down the river at low tide, unable to step anywhere except on mussel shells, it was very Enid Blyton, and waking in the little caravan to birdsong, just magical for a ten year old.
      I love to buy books for grandson, and I’m glad he enjoys reading as much as I do. Yes, Line of Duty needs a resume of the happenings of the previous series, especially when two years have passed since the end of it. Rather than showing a trail of what was going to happen last night, perhaps a trail of what had happened before, and then a quick “what will happen next?”

  6. I thoroughly enjoyed this post, Margaret! From the beautiful scooters to the delicious pasta, this one was a real treat. And it’s springtime, at last! The freshness of new leaves is always so wonderful.

    • Margaret

      So glad you enjoyed the post, Beth. Yes, those scooters were really rather attractive! Although it’s spring, the weather has turned quite chilly overnight, but this often happens, seldom are two days the same here in England!

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