Introduction. Day 1: Thursday
We were invited to visit Eileen and Patrick at their home in Devon as the Dartington Festival was in full swing and they thought we might like to visit a couple of the concerts. We took the opportunity to also visit Dave and Daphne in Plymouth, where we spent the first two nights of our stay. The journey there was uneventful and we arrived during the afternoon and spent a pleasant time lazing in the garden.
Day 2: Friday
The next day we drove to Wembury for a walk along the coastal path – a National Trust property – towards Newton Ferrers. The walk was leisurely, the sun came out and the views were stunning. During the afternoon we had hoped to visit the National Trust property, Saltram, but we were disappointed to find that the house was shut on Fridays. Instead we went to Buckland Abbey, the erstwhile home of Sir Francis Drake. All went well until we went to the attic rooms, where it was stifling and I had to make a speedy descent. We rounded off the day with a meal overlooking Plymouth Hoo.
George starts on the trek from Wembury along the coastal walk.
It was not long before we met some moor ponies, …
Dave is not sure about the height of the seat.
A five-spot Burnett moth visits a clover.
This seat suits Dave better.
View from the path to the estuary
George, Dave and Daphne take another break …
Windswept trees above the estuary
A sailing boat gets under way …
… and makes for open water …
… closely followed by others.
The shallows are visible in the harbour.
A painted lady butterfly visits a thistle.
We meet the ponies again on our way back.
Lichen, a good indicator of clean air
Buckland Abbey: the Great Barn
A fletcher talks about his arrows.
The Great Barn and part of the Elizabethan garden …
… and looking in the other direction
The abbey from the Elizabethan garden
The Great Barn, Abbey and garden
The Great Barn and garden
An 18th century cider press in the Great barn
Elizabethan garden looking out at the surrounding countryside
View from Seawings restaurant, Plymouth
Donna, Daphne and Dave waiting for their meal
Dave is enjoying the mussels but Daphne is not so sure about her dish.
Brainscapes – Secret Valley