Yes, I live in the area of South Hams, in the beautiful County of Devon, right down in the South West of the Country. Next to Devon, you have Cornwall, which I’m sure many of you will have heard of, from various novels and TV dramas - Doc Martin and Poldark, to name just two! After leaving Cornwall, you just drop into the ocean! That’s one of the things I love about living here, the ocean is always around us.
The first four photos were taken at Hope Cove. Walking from Thurlestone to Hope Cove is one of my very favourite coastal walks.
The photo above with the path leading to the sea, always reminds me of the poem by John Masefield, called Sea Fever .... “I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky; and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by..... I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide, is a wild call and a clear call, that may not be denied......”
We are surrounded by the sea, and I love nothing better than setting out on a coastal walk. All the photos today were taken by me whilst I was out walking. I also live at the foot of Dartmoor, one of our National Parks, but, to be honest, it has to be beaches and the sea for me every time. I feel blessed that I am still able to walk around eight miles or so, and, believe me, Devon is known for its hills, so it really is all uphill and down dale. The hills lead right down to the sea, and the lanes leading to the sea are narrow, with very high hedges, so that you can’t always see vehicles coming in the opposite direction!
This next beach has to be one of my very favourites....Bigbury on Sea. Would you believe that I’ve been going there for over 71 years, as my mum and dad took me there from the time I was six months old, so it’s almost in my DNA.
This next photo was taken at Salcombe. I really am so lucky to live in this wonderful spot, that I call heavenly Devon, as all these places are only 20 minutes from where I live.
On a lovely Summer day, it’s one of the best places in the world. Oh, okay, perhaps I AM slightly biased. I was playing with a new Camera App with this last photo. I have very fond memories of visiting Salcombe with a friend, a few years ago now. It was a boiling hot day....too hot to do much serious walking, so we sat under the sun umbrella on the terrace of a lovely Hotel, which had gorgeous views all along the estuary, with brightly coloured boats bobbing up and down. We started off with morning coffee and warm, buttered croissants, which drifted into lunch, accompanied by the obligatory glass of Rosè, and, believe it or not, we were still sat there at 4pm, so decided to have a Devon Cream Tea, complete with lashings of Devonshire Clotted Cream!
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed the little tour, and I’m sure I’ll be back again soon. Once again, thank you for taking the time to read my Blog. I really do appreciate it.