It is only Wednesday afternoon and already it’s been a busy week. Well, busy for two retired people, that is!
On Monday morning I had my hair appointment in Totnes. I have been visiting this salon for the best part of ten years, since it opened. It is situated in an area known as The Plains in Totnes and in summer (see collage, above) it is a very pretty place to be, with one or two cafes with tables and chairs outside. The River Dart is close by, with yet another bistro/café beside the river (main photo, above – this is a small ‘cut’ off the main river.) My hairdresser, the proprietor and her staff, are excellent stylists and colourists. Not only that, they serve the most wonderful coffee!
After my appointment, although it had started as a fine morning, rain set in the for the rest of the day and so we went home (husband had driven over with me to the hairdresser’s and enjoyed his coffee while I was being attended to).
I spent the rest of the day attending to housekeeping, just nice things such as refreshing the flower water, polishing some furniture, just general keeping-on-top-of-things. And my latest scent arrived while we were out, so that was something lovely to return home to …
Hermes’ Un Jardin sur le Nil.
Yesterday, Tuesday, we met friends for lunch in Le Bistrot Pierre (www.bistrotpierre.co.uk) in Torquay. We really enjoy our meals in Pierre’s, it’s inexpensive but very good. Put it this way, we’ve not had an inferior meal there. OK, now and again they get an order slightly wrong, or someone’s order is forgotten, but they are swift to put things right, and the staff are always pleasant and welcoming. This counts for a lot in my book, and on the more recent occasions we have eaten there, everything has been absolutely fine. I forgot to take photos of the food before we started noshing and, therefore, as I didn’t think you’d wish to see photos of half-eaten plates of food, I shall show you some of the interior, some taken yesterday, some on other occasions …
The photo immediately above was taken on another occasion. But even so it would appear from the two other photos above that the place was deserted. This was far from the case and had our friends not booked a table, we’d not have been able to get in, it was absolutely packed! But as we finished our meal, we found that tables to our left and right had been cleared and re-laid, so it appears as if the restaurant is empty!
As you can see from the photo above, there is a balcony where you can sit outside for meals in fine weather. The main restaurant is on the first floor (the ground floor is mainly a bar area and for coffee).
And this photo (above), taken yesterday, shows the sea looking rather choppy and, indeed, how close Torre Abbey Sands are to this lovely Art Deco-style building (but only built in 2014) named Abbey Sands. The headland in the far distance is Berry Head, just a few miles around the coast from Torquay.
I’ve been reluctant to show pix of myself but I’ve bitten the bullet and here I am a year or so ago on the veranda at Le Bistrot Pierre, hair more than a bit ruffled by the sea breeze.
Today, we have been to our doctor’s surgery. It is a group practice with four general practitioners, a nurse practitioner, and many other ancillary staff. Our GP, who started this practice in the early 1990s as a very young man in his early 30s, is retiring today, and this was his farewell event. When we arrived, there was something like a royal ‘receiving line’, patients queueing to have a chat with him. At 57, he seems almost too young to retire, but if he is able to, why not? He has served the community well and now deserves some time with his wife, family, and several grandchildren. Not only has he been our GP but also he was GP to my mother (who died in 2000), GP to our sons, and also to our daughter in law and grandson, so he’s cared for four generations of our family.
When we returned home the sun was – momentarily – shining and I took a photo of a little bunch of daffodils in the study …
It isn’t always easy photographing flowers placed on a windowsill as there is reflected light and also as our study window faces a row of townhouses, it is difficult taking photographs without also including the neighbours’ cars in the photos.
In our bedroom, the tulips I bought over a week ago are now on the point now of collapse, but just before they do, they look so pretty, their petals like taffeta.
And to end this post, just a photo of the sunlight pouring into our hall through the front door on the rare occasion when the sun actually shone during these past few days …
I hope the sun has shone for you this week, and that you have been having as enjoyable time as we have been having. And our social week is not yet over as on Friday we have been invited to lunch with another couple of friends in their home – “just home-made soup, crusty bread, and cake” they tell us … which is just our kind of lunch food!
And finally, the view from our sitting room this afternoon …
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