Hello everyone, and welcome to my temporary corner of the world in North Devon, England.
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Many of you have asked me what’s it like here, and requested if I’d spill the beans a bit about my days. So consider this a little Post Card from a friend, and at the end of it I’ll share some great reasons to visit North Devon if you come to England on holiday.
My sister lives quite near mum in a quaint Devon village, in a 16th Century thatched farmhouse where she and her hubby have chooks, and ducks and a lovely white horse called Flicker. It’s mid winter so the meadows are muddy. When Vicki was bringing Flicker in from the field the other day, she asked me if I’d like to help get the mud off Flicker’s feet and pick-out the gunk using a hoof pick. It’s been a long time since I did anything horsey. I said no thank you. I think I’ve got a bit soft 🙁
Flicker is very handsome, don’t you think? If you ever come to Devon on holiday, my sis has two gorgeous holiday lets, tastefully decorated barn conversions that she rents out.
In the chook pen there’s a duck, wait for it … called Jemima. Well, why wouldn’t you? Lol – Hello Beatrix Potter. The chooks live in a bit of a chicken Hilton, and have lots of room to roam free with some pretty substantial houses to retreat to from the foxes at night. How lovely their free range eggs taste. I’m going to make a Mary Berry lemon drizzle cake with them one of these days.
Every time I visit Devon, I love going to Rosemoor Gardens, which are part of the Royal Horticultural Society. In summer they’re awash with the sweet smell of roses and in winter there’s the smell of wood chips and bonfires. It’s a very different scent to the voluptuousness of summer, but the scenes are still tranquil and beautiful.
I haven’t seen snow drops in about 8 years. Of all the woodland flowers, I love dainty snowdrops almost as much as I love bluebells. How about you?
Ohh, but then there are daffodils. Aren’t they just the freshest most vibrant colour, and in England they really do signify that Spring is just around the corner.
North Devon has some of the most gorgeous beaches. This one below is Westward Ho. I’ve posted better photos of it here in Best Summer Things to do in North Devon. Right now it’s cold but still lovely to walk along. There’s a pebble ridge on the right of the sea which stops the sea flowing onto the historic Burrows area, and when the tide goes out it goes out for miles and then you have a huge wide stretch of beach. On the other side of this photo you can see Saunton Beach and the white building is Saunton Sands Hotel.
Winter is the time of year to be spotting pretty little Robin redbreasts in trees devoid of foliage. This little chap posed for us and sang his sweet tune as if he was performing just for us. Aww, just too cute for custard.
And just so you know that I haven’t stopped working, this is Lifestyle Fifty Central for the duration of my time in England.
Top 5 Things to do in North Devon
Having lived in beautiful North Devon and since I left I’ve holidayed here often, it’s hard to pick just a few things to do. So these tips are quite general and I’m linking to sites which will give you much better information about specifics.
- Go on a road trip to Woolacombe, Coombe Martin and Ilfracombe and take in the stunning coastal scenery and beaches.
- Visit Exmoor, walk, sit by the banks of a pretty river, have lunch in a quaint pub with beams and low ceilings. I’ve written about a beautiful walk on Exmoor here at yTravelBlog.
- Visit Hartland Abbey (Prince William stayed here on his stag night), or Arlington Court and be taken back through time to how the aristocracy used to live.
- Walk along a section of the beautiful South West coastal path.
- Visit the fishing village Clovelly which is ancient and atmospheric and full of tales of yore.
I’ve written about another beautiful part of Devon here: National Trust Walk on Dartmoor.
More posts I’ve written about North Devon
On the Write Trail in North Devon
Books I’ve loved that have been written about North Devon or in the region include: Tarka The Otter, by Henry Williamson, Lorna Doone by R D Blackmore and Westward Ho by Charles Kingsley (these links go to Amazon, so if you purchase from them, you’ll help keep this blog alive.)
I hope you’ve enjoyed a little jaunt to my neck of the woods. Would you like more about my days here?
Have you visited England? Where do you dream to go?