Saturday, 11 September 2010

Holiday in Devon

We are home from Devon! We've had a lovely, lovely week and were very sad to leave.
We have played on the beach,visited with friends, explored a gorgeous part of Cornwall on my birthday, with our friends who recently moved there, spent a whole day showing Hannah around the village where i grew up and also spent a wonderful day in Totnes. It really has been the best week!

This is what Hannah did on arriving at the caravan - she was soooo excited to see the sea!

She spent so much time in the sea, rock pooling and trying to ride her boogie board - she also swam every day with Dean in the heated pool by the caravan and loved every minute!

She also built lots of lovely sandcastles!

Wednesday was my birthday, and we drove to Lostwithiel in Cornwall to meet our friends who recently moved there. We have missed them so much since they left and it was wonderful to spend the day together. Emma baked me this delicious birthday cake, which we had after a yummy lunch (also a birthday treat - thank you Emma and Steve) and then the children all played in the river and had a great time spotting fish and little eels.

Later on during the day we visited a really sweet little museum in Lostwithial centre, before heading up to nearby Restormel castle.

On thursday we spent the day walking around Ringmore Village where i grew up and i showed Hannah all the places i loved as a child - it was so nice to see her enjoying the same places that i've always thought of as home.

We visited the church where i used to sing in the choir every sunday and Hannah sat in my old choir pew and tried out the pulpit, she was amazed at how small the little church is.

We finished our village walk with a refreshing drink in the 700 year old Inn in the village.

Yesterday we finished our holiday with a trip to the very green and alternative town of Totnes - what a fantastic place, i didn't want to leave!
Our holiday has made me realise more than ever how much i miss living in a rural area, and how much more i want for Hannah than this city childhood - if only we can find a way to make it happen!


Rae said...

What a lovely sounding week; we love Devon too and got back last Sunday :)I love the photos of Hannah in the sea; V is like that too and I would like her to live closer so she could experience it more often. They seem so alive, free and healthy by the sea don't they?

Glad to have you back though and belated happy Birthday!

Fiona said...

Your holiday looks wonderful and the photos of Hannah on the beach are gorgeous. I really miss the beach :-(
And how wonderful that you got to share some of your childhood with Hannah - what a lovely gift for both you and her.
Mmmm, feeling all nostalgic now (although there is no chance of me sharing the beach or my childhood with my children in the foreseeable future!)

Dawn said...

Looks like you had a great time!

I love Restormel castle, so peaceful and lovely views. We often visit on holidays down that way.

Happy belated birthday too!

Jules (Classroom Free) said...

Awww, we missed you down here!!! Can't believe you visited Totnes and were only 20 minutes or so away. Would have been nice to have met and said hello in real life :)