Thursday, 1 January 2015

Settled In Broadsands At Last

Greetings from Broadsands and Happy New Year to you all. Thank you for following my blog and sharing the ups and downs of life in 2014 for the SeagullSuzie family.


Out in the bay, plenty to watch from Broadsands Beach. I don't think I'll be changing the blog name now, even though we are no longer living in Brixham...something to think about perhaps.


Part of the remaining reed bed alongside Broadsands car park. This was originally a huge area of wetlands and of great importance to bird habitat. Sadly in the 1960's the reed beds were destroyed for a car park and only a small amount remains today. However Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust are working on a wetlands restoration project here at Broadsands, which will be exciting to follow.

I am looking forward to a lot more birding living here. I take the binoculars out on our daily walks and one of the nicest birds to watch is the Gannet. With their striking shape and movement, they fold their wings at high speeds and plunge into the sea with a splash.


What's coming around the bend?


We are much closer to the picturesque steam trains of the Paignton to Kingswear Line from the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company. You can read about the locomotives they use here. It's a real treat for us as we can see them from the living room window and hear their wonderful sounds too.


For 2015 we are looking forward to giving a Springer a new home and completing work on the house


Broadsands Beach in the sunshine over Christmas where we enjoyed plenty of walks. As a lot of you know moving house is an exhausting time. We were very lucky to get in just before the holiday period. We worked non-stop to empty boxes and make space just to move around in.

On Christmas morning whilst hubby had a little lie in, I moved more things about so that we could get to the dining table and eat our Christmas meal properly...I even found some candles for the centrepiece.


Busy working over Christmas, a trawler alone in the bay.


Here are the four cats, finding a quiet place to rest together..which is quite unusual...safety in numbers in their new and unfamiliar home.


I have genuinely missed your posts and following what's been happening with you all in the run up to Christmas. We have a busy month ahead with more work on the house booked in...the worst kind electrics and plumbing (noisy, messy and disruptive) but it'll be worth it in the end.

Hello and welcome to new followers and thanks to all of you for being patient whilst I've been occupied with house moving and not posting or following your lovely blogs.

Until next time
SeagullSuzie


31 comments:

  1. Hi Suzie,
    It is so good to see you settling in to your new location especially after all the problems you had finding a new home. Move house is difficult enough without it being so close to Christmas too! It must be wonderful hearing and seeing those lovely old team trains and having the beaches and seaside so close by. I hope life is easier and more settled for you in 2015, (once all the work on the house is completed) and you have the joy of giving another dog a wonderful home. Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah, it felt like we just made it in time, but was great to be in. It's been lovely to go for walks and meet all the dogs romping on the beach. We are hoping a dog will come along soon.

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  2. Take your time and enjoy settling into your new home. Now that all the stress is over (apart from the plumbing!!) it should be an exciting time too. I remember the train. We saw it from Greenway making its way up the hill from Dartmouth.

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    1. Many thanks, electrics next week, plumbing now booked in for the start of Feb, and various work still to be done.....I can't wait until it's all over, definitely not going to let it all drag on. The train is very pretty and so iconic here, especially as it is so high up and travels over the viaduct, even the dogs on the beach stop to look at it!

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  3. Wow! looks a great place Suzie and I look forward to all your new images.
    Have a great 2015.

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    1. Thanks Roy, I am really looking forward to getting used to the bird life here, I have seen so many garden birds already.

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  4. So happy to hear you are settled in your new home. There's always a lot to do but you'll get there one step at a time :) Loved these photos. I thought of changing my blog addy when I got my citizenship but decided against it. I think this has a nice ring to it and wouldn't change a thing. Looking forward to following you in 2015.

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    1. Thanks Denise. It's at times like these that I wish I wasn't working as I'd have time to get everything done more quickly...but then I wouldn't have the money! Yes I think I'll leave the blog title alone, but 'Ill have to go to Brixham to get my photo and boat fix!

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  5. Happy New Year Suzie. I am so glad you managed the move into your new home before Christmas and I hope you will be very happy there.

    Have really missed your posts so look forward to reading all about your new local area this year. It looks absolutely beautiful there :)

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments. I'm delighted we are here as it so quiet but close to the beach and lovely walks. I hope I can take some good photos of the wildlife here and learn much more about sea birds. It seems a really friendly place too.

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  6. So pleased that life is getting back to normal for you. Looking forward to more pictures and tales of your new surroundings x

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    1. Many thanks CT. I'm trying to keep on top of things, but seem to be failing. I've a lot to do in the garden, but have a resident feisty Robin and a mouse already.

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  7. I can't wait to come and see you there! Happy new year. xx

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    1. Thanks Em, would love you to come over and see the place.

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  8. Well it might not be Brixham, but it sure is just as beautiful!!! I hope that you will be incredibly happy in your new home and that 2015 will bring only good things and indeed the very best of things to you and yours!! xx

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    1. Thank you so much Amy, we hope life will be a lot calmer and easier here.

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  9. It is so lovely to see you back again Suzy - a Happy New Year and new life in Broadsands. I didn't guess what was coming around the corner - I knew that it wasn't clouds but couldn't think of anything other than a large bonfire.
    You could always keep the title Beautiful Brixham, but put a line through it and write Beautiful Broadsands underneath. I know that if you change the title it can cause problems sometimes.

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    1. Many thanks Rosemary. I don't think I will change the title and I hope to include Brixham as well as other areas in posts throughout the year. You can see the steam from the train for miles and depending on which way the wind blows the train whistle can be heard around the bay.

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  10. So pleased you are safely installed in your new home! Wishing you a very Happy New Year. So looking forward to hearing and seeing snippets of your new area!! X

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    1. Thank you so much. It's great to be in and fairly settled. I did get out on Sunday morning with the camera and am trying to get a post done, but too many things have worked against me.

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  11. Wishing you lots of happiness in your new home! We moved last Christmas - it's a great time of year to move since we have so much time off work in which to unpack and any guests have no expectations. Well done on finding the candles! That photo of the trawler at Christmas will stay long in my memory. Happy new year.

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    1. Thank you Sarah, winter is a great time to boat watch as many of them come in to shelter from the storms. However this little red boat is fishing in the bay regularly at the moment. We did get 2 weeks off and that was great, it enabled us to organise so much.

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  12. What a relief for you to be in your new home, finally. I wish you health, happiness and contentment in your new home. I love the idea of being able to see the little railway from your house. Exciting that they are going to try and restore some of the Broadsands wetland area and I hope you will be involved. All the best for 2015.

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    1. Many thanks for your kind wishes. Yes I'll be following the progress of the plans and will hopefully get to see some great restoration work with the reed beds, it would be lovely to see some of the tarmac removed.

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  13. Lovely to have found your blog and I look forward to seeing how you get on in our new home. Gorgeous pictures, especially the steam engine.

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    1. Hello and thank you for visiting the blog. I hope once we get a little more settled to post more on the wildlife around here and the fabulous scenery. I know hubby would like to travel along that line, I've done it a few times with friends coming to visit, but hubby was always working.

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  14. Fantastic news, I sincerely hope that 2015 will be far less stressful for you than the year just past!

    It certainly looks a great place for birding (and trainspotting!) and I am looking forward to learning and seeing more of your beautiful part of the country in the months ahead.

    Kindest regards and best wishes :-)

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    1. Many thanks for your kind wishes. I hope your move will be everything you hoped for too. There is so much still to photograph and I can't wait to visit Greenway. We also discovered some great walks in Dartmouth and Galmpton (which is just across the road from here). I hope to provide you with a few train photos too!

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  15. Hello Suzy,

    Gosh, we must have been away a long time as you have moved house in the meantime!

    It all looks lovely where you are but you must have much work to do over the coming months to make your house into a comfortable home. Still, it will be exciting seeing the end results.

    Thank you for your kind message and we wish you every happiness in your new home. May 2015 bring you peace, joy and success.

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    1. Thank you Jane and Lance for your very kind wishes. This area is quiet and friendly with neighbours who have made us feel very welcome.
      We have already enjoyed daily walks along the coast and are getting to know all the local dogs and their owners. We are so looking forward to the day when we have a dog of our own to walk with.
      Wishing you both a healthy and happy 2015

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  16. The photos are amazing! The place seems lovely! Thanks for the post! Greets, Man With Van Belgravia Ltd.

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