Yesterday, after a wait for the hire car company to open we headed towards Devon, though not before we showed our ignorance of new cars by asking where the hell he spare wheel was? Apparently you don't need one these days. A few bits of fun on the way with our Sean Connery GPS voice directing usEg half a circus pulled out in front of us and up a few hills Garrie was urging our little c class vehicle to get over the hills.
Traffic slowed to 30kph in the 100kph zone, but this did allow for better sight-seeing. The problems were the Bratton Down Races and a charity bike ride. Close to our destination a fellow with a basket on a trolley reversed out into our lane with no idea we were there and around the next corner a breakdown was taking up much of the road. Between hedgerows, massive round about a (some with traffic lights), cars parking everywhere and excentric locals, Britain is a charming place to drive.
We safely arrived at the beautiful Combe Martin Devon to be greeted by Chris, Howard, Tilly and a wonderful roast beef and Yorkshire pudding dinner (after a lovely quiche lunch which I didn't photograph).
So after a great night's sleep we awoke to English bird song and I hope to improve on the pics in the next few days and we even spotted a squirrel.
This is considered a surf beach and we were impressed to see lifesavers and flags, though we felt the lengthy walk to find the water might be the dangerous part.
I should say we are also seeing loads of UK wildlife. So far a badger, a fox, a squirrel and a stout. Why no pics? Hard to take as we whizzed past their bodies on the side of the road. Also very glad to talk to Mum today, who had survived the threat of evacuation as 386mm of rain in a weekend caused flooding. Howard did comment that he could have used some of that for his water butts (rainwater tanks we hope) and Garrie also raised an eyebrow when Chris told us that the patches on the lawn were caused by squirrels burying their nuts. The penny did drop.
A lovely day in lovely company with more to come over the next few days. Xx