Saturday, 27 November 2010

Early Christmas

We celebrated Christmas with our friends Lynne and Barry on the 22nd November as they are off to Australia ( via Tokyo) tomorrow.

The table looked good I thought although lacking Christmas decor which I could not find as it is buried deep in the attic …….. somewhere.




We had salmon pate to start, duck and gammon for main course and Christmas pudding for dessert. We started eating at 1p.m. and finished well after 6 as we all went for a walk along the seafront  late afternoon.

Last week we all went to North Devon for the day. The weather was wonderful when we left Torbay but as we drove north it became darker and darker and eventually the rain started.

We aimed for Woolacombe as Mike and I went there when we were courting ( funny old word that) and I remember one visit when I got so sunburnt that I had to strip off most of my clothes as we drove home. I ended up with three degree burns so I never ever used coconut oil as a tanning lotion again!  The days before we knew of the damage the sun can cause.

The rain stopped just long enough to take a couple of photos – a wild and windy coast.




Sitting in the car eating our sandwiches we watched a brave couple with their dogs walking on the sand. They could not see the rain heading towards them but we could. They must have been soaked.


On the way home we escaped from the rain to a 16th. Century pub  - the Williams Arms at Braunton.


We sat by the log fire which was very welcoming and enjoyed a drink.


Then it was time to drive home as the weather closed in and little could be seen out of the misted up windows.

Still, it reawakened some memories for Mike and I and a visit in the Spring is on the cards.


  1. A lovely post. Your table setting was beautiful, and nice photos of your friends, AND those beautiful beach shots in North Devon, AND that wonderful pub!!!!

  2. Lovely Jean.... Took me way back with a blast from the past... Many a Sunday John and I would head out and about on a Sunny day and end up somewhere in the RAIN ... But OH ! well... we were out and about !!! In my best Devonshire accent ( with just a hint of Yankie )


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