Devon 2014, July 30th – August 3rd

Part 1 of 2

We had planned a holiday with Rachel, Ramon and DG in Devon and had booked a cottage for a week in Teignmouth during June. Rachel’s passport had expired and, in spite of applying for a new one early in May, she was caught up in the scandal of delayed passports and it had not arrived in time. We therefore decided, rather than lose the money we had paid already, to go on our own.

At the last moment Rachel decided to go to Düsseldorf to get travel documents for the family. She and Ramon have managed to get one but the officials would not issue one for DG because he had never had a British passport. Nevertheless they decided to travel to Calais and hope to slip through the frontier. Unfortunately the officials would not let DG through, in spite of them having all the documents to prove that he was the son of the two parents. Probably they thought that the one year old child was a terrorist.

We were very lucky with the weather and it was fine and sunny for the majority of the time we were there. The cottage was comfortable with lovely view to the surrounding countryside and just a short drive away to the beach.

Frederick Theodore Albert Delius – On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring