Now our weekends, tides permitting, will be filled with lovely visits to our local beaches and a meet up with all the doggies and their owners that we have not seen for the last five months.
The car and house will be filled with sandy boots, towels and dog beds for the next seven months and Christmas Day morning will be spent on the beach too.
Today the weather was still and fairly mild, and the terrible rain forecast for the south has yet to arrive. So with the low tide on our side we went off to Broadsands Beach for our walk. The sand is quite red due to our very red soil here. Next to the beach are fields usually populated with cattle and often with pheasants too.
Broadsands Beach is situated just outside Brixham on the way to Paignton. It's a lovely curved sandy beach with rock pools at one end and the promenade above.
Brand new beach huts have just been installed and unusually they are pastel in colour, I think I prefer the much brighter colours. However behind the beach huts are woods, fields, a park and mini golf course, so maybe they wanted them to blend in rather than shout out.
More houses on the edge! I would be seriously worried about landslip living here. The only reason the cliffs have been maintained so far, is due to the steam railway which runs along this stretch just below the houses and just above the cliffs.
The beach is always full of birds of all kinds. This morning the crows were enjoying a seafood breakfast
.........and the gulls were taking a bath
As well as birds and dogs we had a horse and rider galloping along the beach. I spoke to the rider as her horse was a real beauty and not at all afraid of dogs (as some very silly owners could not control their dogs around horses and seemed incapable of attaching a lead). This horse is an ex-racer and was beautiful to watch and hear.
Looking for breakfast and bobbing about on the gentle waves
Hookhills Viaduct designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel
It's a beautiful sight to see the steam trains crossing the viaduct. I can hear the toot toot of the trains in my back garden.
The road to Broadsands Beach goes under this viaduct and I love passing under it, thinking about the genius who designed it
Oh well as I type the rain has started and the temperature has dropped from a very reasonable 15 degrees to 11 degrees. However we have a lovely dinner to look forward to and are all dry and rested, so no need to go out again.
Work takes me to London next week. I never look forward to it. After living in this lovely little fishing town of about 17,000 people and surrounded by sea and fresh air, I can't cope with all the people, smells and pollution. I shall come back tired and weary, but oh so glad to be home.
Hello to new follower Tony, welcome aboard.
Hope you all have a good week ahead, until next time.