Saturday, 6 August 2011

The Not So Wild West

Good morning :) from slightly soggy Suffolk.

Am up early as my 2 brass players have headed out for a long day at the races. They are playing for the Royal British Legion Race Day at Newmarket. It seems to involve an earlyish start and a car load of clothes, instruments and music.

Anyhow, you might have noticed I've been missing for a while - the reason. Summer holidays time - back to Devon & Dorset again.

We enjoyed our stay last year so much, we booked back into the same campsite so we could visit some places we liked lots again and also visit some places we'd not had time to see last year at all. Even this year with 7 days we didn't quite get to everywhere we wanted too so shall be looking for a campsite in East Dorset for next summer!! 

Right - photos - are you sitting comfortably?? then I'll begin;

 Our home for 7 days - 6 of which were lovely and sunny - the last night and the morning of packing up were not. It was very wet - no pics though of us packing up whilst wearing jimjams, crocs and raincoats!!

One of the main reasons for heading back to that area was the Folk West at Sidmouth - we visited several times - watching buskers, street magicians and lots & lots of Morris Dancers;

These pirate ones were my favourite - how they didn't get their swords tangled up I'll never know.

When it all got too much for some - we just headed to the park for a rest;

We spent Saturday in Bridport and West Bay.  We loved the market in Bridport - a proper one with a great mix of stalls. Lovely things were bought for dinner and I had a good look round the vintage/2nd hand stalls too - find a lovely vintage style tin. West Bay is a lovely place - a great mix of traditional and modern;

 Seagulls which were more than happy to pose for pictures ;)

 I love the wavy edges of this cliff face.

Of course boys can only cope with folky stuff if other days out are more to their tastes. We headed to the Haynes Motor Museum where there were plenty of shiny red cars for them to look at. I found a comfy sofa and might have had 40 winks!! It didn't take them long to find some hi-tech amusement;

Twas rather worrying that our driver was so bad at these games! He spent most of the time crashing and bouncing off the barriers!!

A trip to the West Country wouldn't be complete without a cream tea - I prefer to put my cream on first but I know others think it should be jam first;

For the boys one of the best bits about the campsite was the swimming pool - they spent many hours in there messing about with new friends. For me the best bit was the free range chickens who acted as a mobile tidying unit - no crumb spent long on the ground. This year they seemed to bring their friend - mobile alarm clock with them - quite funny how he seemed to appear outside out tent at 9am each morning to make sure the boys were awake!!

A lovely week - apart from the packing up bit. The journey home was a long one due to the rain - in fact it was too much for some - they dozed off on a pile of pillows & towels;

I'll leave you now with one last picture - the perfect Devon sunset;

See you soon - I have some crochet blanket progress to show you.

xxx Vicki xxx


crafts@home said...

What a wonderful holiday :) it seems you found something for everyone.... some of my family have been to the Sidmouth festival, and had a fantastic time when they were younger....enjoy your day without them and I can't wait to see your new crochet :)
Sue Xxx

home made gorgeous said...

Hi Vicki, glad you had a lovely holiday it sounds wonderful and I love the photos, looks like you got some good weather too! It's a lovely part of the world around there...I've been a few times. Those cream teas looks yummy! Sarah x

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a wonderful holiday ... :0)

Gem said...

Looks like you had a lovely time and at least the weather held out until the end of the week for you xxx

Kathy said...

Sounds like you had a fun-packed holiday, with lots to keep you busy and great weather too! Lovely photos!!!

Lisa said...

Welcome back! You have some lovely holiday memories there, looks like you all had lots of fun. Did you manage to squeeze in a trip to Swanage?
Lisa x

fee @ chipper nelly said...

ah LOVE a good camping trip - and my mouth was literally drooling at those cream scones (always jam first for me - but lets face it - good any which way!)
glad you had a good time - your sun kissed kids look great.
great pics
fee x

Pomona said...

It's a bit soggy in Kent today, too! Glad you had a good holiday - nice to see a bit of blue sky . . .

Pomona x

Magic Bean said...

Love the cliffs, love the Morris Men and LOVE cream teas. Welcome back to damp old East Anglia. Ax

Penelope said...

Looks like you have had a gorgeous family time away...lovely photo's xox

**Anne** said...

So glad you had a lovely holiday with good weather and activities to suit all tastes.
Anne xx

WoodbankCrafts said...

Lovely holiday pics, sounds like there was something for everyone :) x

En4tainment said...

looks like you all had a great time, and i do love a cream tea.

Scarlett said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time, and great with a bit of sunshine :o) I used to go to Bridport on holidays when I was little - total blast from the past :o) Scarlett x