With over 450 acres of parkland, woodland, lakes and historic buildings it's quite a surprise to find in Torquay
Cockington is undergoing a huge renovation and restoration project. The lakes have become overgrown and full of carp-which means they support no wildlife. Beautiful old 16th century buildings will be restored and put to good use.
It's really worth a visit if your are ever in the area and a great way for me to get my woodland fix
A very pretty cricket pavilion and cricket green
The Manor House dates back to the Doomsday times. I couldn't get a decent photo as there was scaffolding and work going on. So here is a shot of the very pretty Tea Rooms
Norman church of St George and St Mary
Cockington Village is picture perfect and my photos do not do it justice as I was trying to miss out the tourists! Old English gardens and thatched cottages are everywhere you turn.
A pretty rose memorial garden connects the park and the Stables. I must come back and catch it in full bloom next year.
The old water mill building and wheel which is in desperate need of restoration
The Stable Yard Studios
OurGlass - Traditional glassblowing
Maker of Cockington Rocking Horses-Jack Bowman
Rex Latham The Blacksmith
I thought I'd try a few black and white images
I'm not sure how well these will come out but there are some lovely information boards showing old and new Cockington.
It's Brixhams Christmas Market and lights switch on this weekend so we are off to support the event. This year there will be a candlelight procession too, so I shall try to capture some of it with my camera, although they may just be blurred.
We have been quite busy recently going out on our one free night together. Last week we saw Twelfth Night at Kents Cavern and it was a wonderful evening of entertainment by Butterfly Theatre Company. This week we went to the cinema and saw the brilliant Gravity and next week we are off to see a blues band in Dartmouth. So much to do here over the Christmas period, after that it's Dartmouth by candlelight which I can't wait to go to and lots of Christmas markets, including Totnes and Dartington.
I have found and added to this blog the new Berry Head webcam and the live weather and shipping map. The shipping map is great fun as you can get information on each boat and when it's really windy you can see the actual wind speeds recorded at Berry Head. The links are just above the two pictures at the bottom of the blog page.
Thank you for all your kind comments about the injured swan on my last post.
Hopefully I will be out and about with my camera tomorrow, although I'm not too confident in my night time photography skills. Have a good weekend.