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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Wild And Windy Here In Deepest Devon, And Travels With An American Friend...

So then peeps, I hope you’re all going to have a lovely weekend.  It’s wild and stormy here in the South Hams of heavenly Devon as I write this, with the coastline being pounded by gales of up to 80 mph.  Thankfully the sun is shining at the moment, but I believe we will be having heavy rain showers later on in the day.  Can you believe that this one has been named Storm Brian.,  I mean, with apologies to all the Brians out there, it’s not a very good name for a storm is it?!   I think something a little more dramatic was called for. Storm Horatio, perhaps.  Well, you get my drift.  

To give you some idea of the changing weather, I took this photo in the very pretty resort of Salcombe last Monday, on a beautiful Autumn day ...



Here is a photo (borrowed from a friend) taken of the same location earlier today ...



We have a lot of holiday makers here in Devon throughout the year, and so many people have to be rescued from the sea, as they just don’t understand how dangerous it can be. Many get trapped on rocks by the incoming tide, and then have to be rescued by the Coastguards, putting other people’s lives at risk.  

Anyway, I mentioned in my last Blog Post, how my American friend had been staying here with me for a couple of weeks. This was her second visit to England, and she wanted to visit the sights of London this time around. I hadn’t been to London as a tourist for a very long time, so it was just as much fun for me. Diane (yes, another Diane 😊) just couldn’t get over the hustle and bustle of it all, although we did manage to find some tranquil spots in the lovely parks London has. Amazing really, to think that you’re only a couple of minutes away from the rush of the City....yet, all of a sudden, you’re in a completely different world.  Once again, my apologies to my Facebook friends, but here are a few snapshots of our time spent visiting the tourist spots.


 














As you can imagine, we took a whole bunch of photos, and it was difficult to choose a few to give you just a flavour of our Capital City. Also, I didn’t want to be one of those boring people showing off their holiday snaps!!  I think it was Mark Twain who said “travel makes one modest. It makes you see what a tiny place you occupy in this world.”  

As I finish off, the rain has arrived and is now lashing against the window panes. I hope you’re all having a good weekend and managing to find some relaxation in amongst the busy lives that we all seem to live these days. I’ll say Au Revoir for now, but I’ll pop back in again soon. 





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6 comments:

Suzanne Prickett said...

Hi Thisisme. It's pretty overcast in Texas right now, but no rain or storms yet. I did see on the news channel a day or so ago, that a tropical storm was heading your way-hope you don't get pummeled to heavily, but what a great time to write. And the picture you posted from your friend, shows a pretty raging sea. I have seen most of your London photos, but they are larger and prettier on your blog. You and Diane had a real great time! I love your last photo of the bridge, but, I'm ashamed to say I forgot the name of it. I have seen it in movies with that darling 007 character zooming under it in his speed boat! I love the Bond movies!

This is a very lovely post, and Mark Twain is my favorite, with quotes that always make sense, as they test our ability to reason, haha! In seeing your photo of Princess Diana's memorial medallion, I remember that she was so beautiful all around. She is a lady who will never be forgotten or set aside as 'just' history. Even though I am so far away, not knowing much about royalty, I am still saddened by her passing, and, I also consider it our loss! Take care in that storm, Thisisme! See you soon! ♥

Southhamsdarling said...

Hallo Suzanne. Do you know, I typed a reply to your comment a good few hours ago, and I thought I had posted it! 😱. Thank you for your lovely long comment. You really are such a staunch supporter of my Blog. I agree with you about Princess Diana. She will always be remembered, and I still feel sad at the way she died, and it was 20 years ago this year. The bridge is called Tower Bridge, as it is right next to The Tower of London. It is rather iconic, isn’t it ?! I love the Bond Movies, the same as you, and I’m glad you liked the Mark Twain quote. The day here really wasn’t quite so dire as they had been forecasting , although it was very stormy right by the coast. Thank you again for coming over. I really do appreciate it. Hugs ❤️

Glenda Manus said...

The photos are fantastic. I don't think I saw those on Facebook, or maybe I missed them. Sounds like you're having quite the storm there! I agree; Brian seems a very mild-mannered name for a storm and Horatio is much more appropriate! I enjoyed your post!

Southhamsdarling said...

Really lovely to see you here today, Glenda. I’m so glad you enjoyed the Post and that you had a lovely time at the beach. Wonderful that you have that place to go to. 😊

Grammy Goodwill said...

These pictures are amazing. They look like postcards! I told you I was fortunate to visit London for my 40th birthday and my pictures don't look anything like yours. But I still have such wonderful memories of all that we saw. My dad loves to tell that my mom was strip searched before entering the Parliament building. My husband I weren't along as we had taken a trip down the Thames, I believe. Anyway, thanks for sharing these great photos.

Southhamsdarling said...

Well, hallo Grammy! What a lovely surprise to see you here today. Thank you so much for popping over. I love the story your dad tells of your mum being strip searched before entering the Houses of Parliament! I’m so glad you were able to come and visit our Country - glad you liked the photos. They were all just taken with my mobile phone. The cameras on them these days are brilliant!