Some people say they never see skies like this. Well, here, we do, and often – and these are just today’s dawn. Enjoy.
Had a day out at Westward Ho! the other day, but with a difference. A lovely dog walk from Northam via Wuzzy. This was a new one on me, yet high above the beach is The Kipling Tors which lead you to the South West Coast Path.
To the west of the town is a gorse-covered hill where Kipling and his friends smoked pipes and cigars and read books by Huskin, Carlyle and Whitman in their hut in the middle of the densest patch of gorse bushes. This hill, the famous ‘Wuzzy’ of ‘Stalky & Co.’, his story about a boys’ boarding school based in North Devon, was eventually dedicated to the author and renamed Kipling Tors. In 1938 it was given to the National Trust by the Kipling Memorial Fund. It is well worth a walk simply for the views. Great dog walking country, too.
Suggs and Rosie go to Duckpool…it’s a dog’s life.
If you ask any North Devon locals which ice cream to have, they will say Hockings. A true family business, Hockings’ distinctive yellow and red vehicles can be found at Bideford Quay, Appledore Quay, Torrington Commons, Westward Ho! seafront, Sainsbury’s Supermarket forecourt and Ilfracombe seafront throughout the summer season from March until October.
If you love it that much, you can buy freezer packs from the factory at Appledore, even in winter. Delish. WE can’t resist a Hockings whenever we see the van. The traditional vanilla flavour has now been complemented with other flavours, too, at some venues.
For the lucky people who were here over the Bank Holiday weekend, it was the biggest day in the Bude calendar, Lifeboat Day. The sun shone beautifully, though it clouded over a little later, the decommissioned Mersey lifeboat was moored on the canal for fascinating guided tours and the firework display later was brilliant, as was the usual search and rescue display, complete with Bristow helicopter. To complete the day, the Red Arrows flew past on the way back from an event on the Isles of Scilly.
Thanks to Nik Bloomfield for the firework photos.
First a view from the beach hut we have in Bude. It was a busy day yesterday but who can blame people for taking to the sea with skies like that and temperatures in the high 20s? After a day at the beach, what better than to drink in more sea? Early evening is a good time to go to Hartland Quay, as there are no car parking costs. Check out the Korev Cornish lager.
There’s something about Hartland Quay, whether it be the light, the ever-changing seascape or simply the wonderful view when you sit outside with a drink, or indeed a meal, on a sunny day. So, yesterday was one of those days.
The weather has been a curiously mixed bag, but this week, our visitors did enjoy a fair bit of sunshine. One of the many seasonal changes I’ve noticed this week is a large number of attractively coloured butterflies gracing our lanes. These are quite common, and this one kindly stopped for long enough for me to take a quick snap.
Holidays can cost a lot of money in terms of going out and paying to entertain the children but here, there is a lot to see free of charge. The scenery is spectacular and even a dog walk yields beauty if you look for it. Luckily, in poorer weather, the cottages having their own pools is a godsend as you can get pleasantly wet without going outside, and it helps to while away the hours for the children. It’s always lovely to hear playful shrieks and splashes coming from the pool rooms. Enjoy.
What an amazing evening. I’ve never seen Hartland Carnival so crowded, but the usual superb array of floats and a great atmosphere prevailed, as cars queued to enter the village. It felt like there were thousands of people. Maybe there were. The good weather invariably helped, with fine, cheery blue skies.
The floats were, as ever, varied and ornate (so much time and effort go into these, which makes Hartland one of the best carnivals around, if not THE best).
Then, to polish off a lovely evening, the sky turned a beautiful orange, so set off to Hartland Quay for an unimpeded view over Lundy.