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Sunday, 3 October 2010

Better than expected!

Picture this - it's really dark outside; the noise is of rain lashing against the windows and strong winds gusting through the trees just outside; it's 5.30 a.m.; you're on holiday and going out for the day so what do you do? You make a cuppa and get back into bed and pretend it's all a bad dream. But.... later after a mighty breakfast you brave the elements. And, in fact, going out to the car it's actually stopped raining!

Right the designated drive for the day is? Moi and we set off for Budleigh Salterton. Fairly dramatic black clouds kept us company en route.

When we got into the car park by the sea we were at a nature reserve; reports of three Glossy Ibis in the area but not seen by us. We walked along through the muddy water filled path. Saw Meadow Pipits and three Black-tailed Godwits - many gulls, a few Grey Herons; plenty of Mallards, some Teal and a couple of Mute Swans.

Looking down along the river to the sea.

The river was gushing along and coloured by the typical red Devon sand.

It's difficult to imagine this as the Cricket Pitch!

The sea was dramatic with churning crashing waves. It's a pity that we can't take pictures in 3D because this really would benefit from it!

The shingle was lovely with many varied and subtle colours in the (in the main) large pebbles.

Wonderful vegetation tumbled down from above - this must have looked amazing when it was in flower.

Conscious now that the time for the car park was coming to an end and, by now, the hunger pangs were making themselves felt after the bracing sea air, we headed off to Barrington Court for a spot of lunch and a visit to the gardens.

On arrival there were Stewards directing cars in the car park - there was an event on - A Chutfest!! In other words a festival of chutneys (and other food stuffs) - and someone was cooking sausages. Help!! OK then - off to the cafe for lunch; a tasty bowl of soup and bread.

The clouds were now allowing some sunshine through and we saw BLUE!! sky. Lovely.

Lots of colour still about in the gardens.

This collection of umbrellas was (in part) to celebrate three famous female "gardeners" Gertrude Jekyll, Veta Sackville-West, and Phyllis Reiss

Although this collection that we saw yesterday at Tintinhull I thought to be a very entertaining!

Wonderful colours of the Virginia Creeper as it's now Autumn..

And inside the house.. bet this fireplace creates a roaring blaze!

Rather ornate bathroom facilities :)

From the inside out...

Details on the wooden panelling.

and a final stroll..
and a check on the picture we've just taken ;)

and a drive home in the sunshine!!

Fingers crossed we have the decent weather the forecast is suggestion for tomorrow!


ADRIAN said...

This is superb, I love the first image. You made a lot more of your day than I did mine. Congratulations.

Wilma said...

So many wonderful photos and entertaining words. The "inside out photo" at first looks like stained glass, just beautiful.

Janine said...

Hi Tricia, it is so interesting to see the photos that you and Pete take when you guys go out, different perspectives on the same subject! I like the close up of the beach pebbles.
Arent the spammers so annoying!!! I had to disable comments completely on my blog until I can figure out a better way to do it. I had the "word verification" as well but somehow they got around it.

oldcrow61 said...

I love this place. The flowers are so colourful. The garden statues are just wonderful.

Glo said...

Considering the rainy start to the day, you certainly made the most of it. I enjoy the variety of sights you share ~ fascinating places!

Naturedigital said...

Great photographs and narrative .
Have a great week.

Anonymous said...

Love that 'inside out' photo. Looks like you're having a good time. Glad the weather improved.

Anonymous said...

Shame about the weather Tricia as the river and surrounding areas by Budleigh is normally very good for birdwatching. We walked along the river on the opposite side of Budleigh one September and it was teaming with birdlife.

Miranda Bell said...

Sorry I've not been around for a while - stopped in my tracks now with a bad back I decided to make the most of my time and catch up on some of the blogs I've not had the time to visit in a long time!

You look as if you've had a lovely time away - Barrington Court is beautiful - I went there quite a few years ago now...

Hope you've had a good summer - Mirandax

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