We've just arrived home after a week in Devon. After our holiday there last year it was inevitable that we'd go back, and this time we stayed further south near Totnes and within driving distance of so many beautiful towns and beaches. It really is a stunningly beautiful part of the country, I can't believe we'd never been there before last year.
We stayed in a farm cottage with fabulous sports facilities - swimming pool, badminton court, tennis court, full-sized snooker table, table-tennis, boules, golf. Just brilliant, especially if you've got teenagers in your group and they need something to keep them entertained. I really enjoyed our morning dips in the pool, and trying my hand at badminton again, although I don't have the energy for the game these days.
The weather was pretty mixed for the first few days - as you can probably tell from the dramatic skies in some of the pictures above - but the second half of the week was much better and we managed plenty of beach time.
We managed to visit a few towns: Salcombe, Totnes, and Dartmouth, as well as the fabulous beaches at Shaldon, Blackpool Sands, Hope Cove, Thurlestone and, our favourite, Bantham Beach (top two photos). I haven't edited any of the photos, just thought I'd publish them as they came, although I'm yearning for a new camera.
It was just the three of us this year: me and my two girls, and I wonder every year whether this will be the last time we all go away together as a family. They're getting to the age where they may prefer a holiday with their friends, or boyfriends, and No.1 daughter has already said that she doesn't know what she'll be doing next year, so it could just be two of us, but whatever we do I really want to take our greyhound Alice with us. We didn't take her this year, and as my brother was away at sea, she had to go into kennels, and by all accounts didn't cope very well. She became quite stressed and refused to eat, and has been quite subdued since she came back home. Poor girl.
Now that we're back I'm daydreaming once again about living there. One day maybe.