Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Wet Devon with a kayak

Our week in Devon together with all the family was to celebrate my Dads 70th Birthday back in February. June being chosen for the better weather as opposed to February - except it could have easily been February!
The rain lashed and the wind grew day by day. It didn't stop us getting out and about we just had to accept we'd get wet and we did.
M had brought their kayaks but it was one of those weeks when the tide was out for most of the day although they did manage to go out once.

We celebrated the Jubilee by heading to the beach in Croyde as it was our one glorious day. We ate ice-creams and the children ran riot in the sand dunes. We came home for a BBQ tea - and look who popped by!

Prince William manning the Barbie!
We visited Appledore which was a lovely little village, lots of small little streets winding around the town. It was a pretty grim day that day but we soon found a cafe for coffees and hot chocolates and had fish and chips for lunch - just right!

Woody Bay with its amazing views as we climbed up the hill.

In Ilfracombe we only had time to visit the Tunnels Beaches built in the 1820's with their tidal bathing pools. The beach is surrounded by slate rock and my pockets were soon filled! Afterwards we headed to Instow as we had a table booked for tea at the Instow Arms - it was a very good meal indeed.

We visited Broomhill Sculpture Gardens, I particularly liked Laury Dizengremel's work with their detailed heads but barely there swaddled bodies and the pond sculpture made entirely out of plastic bottles. 

stone seat
tree chain - carved out of one trunk
child eater

We had to come home a bit earlier from Devon as Ted was competing in the Youth Games on Saturday. He did very well in the slalom and came 4th in the K1 Sprint narrowly missing out on the final. 
The Redbridge team will now be escorting the Olympic Flame when it crosses Fairlop in July. He's taking it all in his stride and doesn't seem as excited as I am! He seems more concerned about what time he has to be there!!

Well done Ted - very proud of you!

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