jamie goode's wine blog: In Devon

Monday, August 18, 2008

In Devon

We've swapped houses with my sister and brother-in-law for a week. They get to visit London but we get to have a fabulous north Devon break. It's an excellent arrangement, and their house, in Braunton, is a beautiful cottage in the centre of the old town. Another benefit is that our kids get a whole bunch of toys, new playstation games, DVDs and a trampoline too, courtesy of their cousins, to entertain them.

The only problem is the weather. Suddenly it's October when it's supposed to be August. It's chilly and wet. Despite this, we've had plenty of fun, spending almost all our time in Braunton Burrows, a remarkable system of sand dunes sitting behind Saunton Sands - it's an absolutely huge area that is also used for military training, so that means that younger son has fun collecting used blank bullets. The kids love it, as does RTL, who doesn't stop running around and finishes the day totally exhausted.

Yesterday we spent several hours there, lunching on sausages cooked on a one-use barbecue. Today we got rained on, but then the sun came out and it was glorious. It's great to be able to have a change of scene for a week - I can do a bit of work, and combine this with family time. Result.


At 9:36 AM, Blogger SBerko9118 said...

Your post immediately brought back memories of my honeymoon with the man I was married to in 1983. We went to Devon as part of a car trip Bath, Wells, Glastonbury, Lynton, Dulverton, Exeter, Totnes, Berry Pomeroy, Dartmouth, Dartington, Sidmouth and Lyme Regis to name a few towns. I remember having Devon cream tea at the Cidder Press Mill in Dartington. The towns were all so quiet and pretty. Being that it was November we bought Beaujolais Nouveau which everyone was talking about, but I had never heard of in the U.S. as a November phenonmenon.

At 8:22 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Sounds like a fun trip, and in November the towns would certainly have been quiet - beautiful part of the country - probably even more so 25 years ago


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