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Saturday, 17 October 2020

Come For A Walk With Me ....

Time for another Blog Post, and it occurred to me that many of you might not know where I come from here in ye Merry olde England.  Actually, the name of my Blog is a bit of a give away - yes, I live in the South Hams, which is the most beautiful part of heavenly Devon (although others might tell you otherwise!).  Anyway, I’ll let the views speak for themselves. All of the images today were taken by me whilst out and about on my coastal walks.

The beautiful County of Devon is 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.  

This next photo is one of my favourites and reminds me of why I love this area so much.  You can be walking along a narrow path, and then, there it is, the blue sea right in front of you.  Heaven!

These next 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.  I used to walk for miles, but I have a problem with my legs at the moment, which has curtailed me somewhat over the past twelve months, but I do try to walk as often as I can.  I actually live right 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.  Devon is known for its hills and some of those 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 73 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.


Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

What a lovely walk indeed, that I so enjoyed

Suzanne said...

Such a beautiful sea Thisisme! I love your coastal walking path lined with wildflowers leading to the sea, and the beach at Hope Cove with the fishing boats. What a wonderful place to live and never tire of. I am a "sea dreamer" at heart. Your photos are so inspiring, and I always enjoy seeing your family photos!

It is true that you can walk yourself out of a bad mood. I can just walk the back yard of my property and feel better about things, especially if there is a cool breeze. We are beginning to get cooler breezes these days-so exhilirating.

Have a beautiful week, dear friend! ♥

Cathy H said...

Always lovely photos Diane......🥰

Southhamsdarling said...

Hi Jo-Anne. I’m so glad you enjoyed the walk with me today! I feel blessed to live where I do. I hope that you and all the family are doing well.

Southhamsdarling said...

Hi there Suzanne, my Texan friend. Thank you for joining me in the walk today! It’s so true, how a walk, even round the garden, can make us feel better in ourselves. I love the path lined with the wild flowers as well. Hope all is going well with you at the moment my dear friend. Look after yourself and have a good week 💖

Southhamsdarling said...

Thank you so much for your nice comment, Cathy. It’s always lovely to see you here, and I do appreciate your support of my Blog. Hope the week ahead is a good one for you. Xx

Linda O'Connell said...

You are so blessed to live by the sea. I ache for a morning beach walk and wait all year for vacation. Covid snatched this year's beach vacation and probably next year's too, so I love seeing your photos and especially like the family photo.

Southhamsdarling said...

Hi Linda. Yes, I do feel very blessed and couldn’t imagine not living near the sea! Yes, this has been an absolutely terrible year and we can only pray that next year will be better, although I have my doubts. It’s been so long since I’ve seen my eldest daughter and granddaughter. It’s certainly not going to happen until next year at the earliest. It’s all so sad. Keep safe Linda x