Devon, England.

We have never felt the saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ more keenly than during our stay in Devon. We had kept referring to our stay in England as a point so distant to us at the start of our journey back in May, it seemed to come and go so quickly!

We spent time with Jeremy’s family in both Teignmouth and Ivybridge, seeing lots of the Devon countryside and visiting wonderful places. There were National Trust houses, the wild moors, vintage steam trains, village pubs and of course, a Devon cream tea.

Brian and his partner Patsy took us on a ’round robin’ experience. We got on a ferry at Totnes that took us up the river Dart to Dartmouth. Along the way we saw tiny fishing villages, grand homes and wildlife. We had lunch at a pub called the Cherub, before catching a steam train along the coast to Paignton. Along this stretch we saw beautiful views of the coastline in the most amazing weather. From Paignton we then caught a bus back to Totnes taking in the rolling fields and hedgerows.

Dartmouth from the ferry.

Dartmouth from the ferry.

We visited two very beautiful National Trust buildings during our stay. One was Buckland Abbey, which was once home to Sir Francis Drake, and Cotehele, a grand building with gardens and a flour mill overlooking the river. I couldn’t help but imagine the Antiques Roadshow theme song in my mind as we twisted through the tiny hedgerow lanes of Devon, the music reaching a crescendo as we drove through the entrance!

National Trust building Cotehele, from the top garden.

National Trust building Cotehele, from the top garden.

At the top of Cotehele tower, in a paddock!

At the top of Cotehele tower, in a paddock!

Another highlight was our trip to Plymouth with John and Clare. We walked along the port and took a tour of the Plymouth Gin Distillery which has been in operation since 1793 and was the main supplier for the Royal Navy. At the end of the tour we sampled the products, including a delicious variation – Sloe Gin!

On our last full day, we gathered for Brian’s birthday in Exeter for a very lovely lunch.

Happy Birthday Brian!

Happy Birthday Brian!

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