Summer Holiday

Hi, well I am back at work again now after having a good two weeks holiday, although the weather wasn’t particularly good, and it went way to quickly!

We didn’t manage to get to the beach which was a shame and only had a couple of BBQ’s on the last weekend of the holiday, but we did manage to do quite a few things, which was great.  The first week we mostly did a lot of painting as we needed to lighten the hallway up as it was way too dark in there, especially during the darker days.  So we painted it all a light sandy colour and I think it looks a lot better now.

Also during the first week, we went off and visited a few places in Devon.  We managed to go to Barnstaple, Braunton, Saunton Sands, Croyde and Illfracombe in North Devon all on the same day.  It was very tiring but highly enjoyable!  The weather stayed good for most of the day, up until about 4pm when we were leaving Braunton.  We had a good look around the places we stopped at.  Barnstaple was like a normal town (like Plymouth really) with nothing out of the ordinary apart from having to walk across a bridge to get from the car park to the town centre!?!  We had never been to Barnstaple before so it was something new anyway.  Braunton was a very small village made up mostly of restaurants and Surf shops.  Nothing much there at all, so we didn’t stay long.  I had been there once before, over 10 years ago and it didn’t look at all like I remembered it.  We then drove past Saunton Sands and stopped on the cliff to have a look down at the Surfers and the rain that was coming in from the sea.  Then we went on through Croyde and made our way to Illfracombe.  By this time it was absolutely pouring down, which was a major shame.  Even so, we parked up in Illfracombe, but Ben in his pram with the rain jacket on and went for a walk.  It was quite quiet there and lots of shops had closed, I guess because of the weather, but we had a good walk from the car park (which was on the cliffs) through the resort-like area and ended up at the harbour.  We did have a nose in some shops on the way and bought some lovely fudge, and finally had fish and chips back at the car.  Unfortunately, the fish was horrible, which was a shame.

Later on in the week we went out to Tavistock for a look around and Ben had a go on the swings, and the weather was good after a heavy shower to start with.

The following weekend we went to Polperro as we had never had a proper look around their before.  I had been there once before for a meeting for work, but Kelly and Ben had never been.  There wasn’t really much to look at but we had a nice walk through the town and out to the harbour.  We then met up with Mum, Darren, Marina, Robbie and Myra at Smugglers Rest at Talland Bay for a meal.  There was also a band playing and they were great, and so was the food as usual.  I had a lovely mixed grill which completely filled me up!  Luckily the weather was pretty good for a change, so we all had a good time, especially Ben who had several people we didn’t know wave him goodbye after he was stood on the table dancing. 😉

During the second week of my holiday, we didn’t really go anywhere at all.  Just lazed about at home.  We did go down to my Grandpa’s house in St Columb Major with my Mum for the day, and took Ben to the park and had fish and chips for dinner.  It was a very nice day, but went very quickly!

So all in all, the holiday was very nice but went too quickly as usual and I didn’t really want to go back to work to be honest! ;0)