On the way home from West Country weekend, we stopped in at Ilfracombe – which until then I’d only heard of in passing as a seaside pit-stop on an oldie road trip. It’s a pretty, typically Victorian seaside town with painted buildings and doors. We didn’t have time to properly explore or do it justice really, but what we saw we liked; the furthest we got from our pay and display car park were the Victorian Bathing Tunnels and tidal pools 🙂
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The last stop on our West Country adventure (before we started the long slog along a single lane towards the M5…) was Lynmouth. We parked up at Lynton at the top of the cliffs, and then rode the funicular railway to the bottom.
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I’m so excited that Poldark’s back. As if I didn’t need yet another historical drama to obsess over. It drives Sunny mad; especially when I start spewing out random historical facts while we’re watching (I’m the WORST – but can’t seem to help myself). Anyway, the weekend that Poldark came back, we just happened to be in the West Country for a wedding, and while I’m well aware that North Devon is miles away from Poldark’s Truro, the scenery me think of it anyway.
Before the wedding we had a bit of time to explore Instow and Westward Ho! Instow is a quiet little town that looks out across the estuary to the pretty painted houses of Appledore. While Westward Ho! (exclamation mark included!) is a small seaside-ish town on the other side of Appledore. 🙂
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You can’t control the weather, even in summer. And on those days when you desperately want it to be on your side, it usually has other plans! A couple of weekends ago we drove down to Devon to celebrate the wedding of a very good friend from our University days, at Yeoldon House near Bideford. We were optimistic right up until we left for the church (…I even braved it in a bare-shoulder jumpsuit) but the weather had its own plans and it poured all day. Still, its these sorts of things that make weddings particularly memorable, and even if the weather wasn’t lovely, the wedding itself was. The bride looked beautiful, the details were all so thoughtful and everyone had a brilliant time (even if we were all a bit soggy by the end!) 🙂
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