Today sees the last of our festive visitors leaving our little village. Andy's sister and her husband are trying to move down to Devon from Aberdeen. Just now they can't sell their house but we have been lucky enough to have their lovely company for a month.
It has rained so much. But yesterday morning I pulled back the curtains and it was a sunshining day. The sun was shining over the church,which is the first thing I see in the mornings. It's to the right of me as I look out of my bedroom window.
The meadow is to the left.
And the sun was casting shadows as the sheep munched their way through the morning grass.
So. With the sun on parade we decided to pick up our visitors and head off to Powderham Castle.
The Castle itself is closed until May and is the home of the Earl of Devonshire.
What a delight as we pulled in to see daffodils flowering in January.
We used to watch our oldest daughter ride her horse here when she was eventing.
So, it brought back so many memories of us both sharing nervous minutes as she negotiated the jumps and the cross country at a breakneck speed.
What a lovely place to stop for a mooch. A Farm Shop. A Garden Shop.A Coffee Shop and a wonderful Gift shop linked to the House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey.
Just about everything you need for a wonderful way to while away a lovely hour or two. And the coffee was great too.
Toby Buckland is a renowned Gardener and the plants and flowers in the garden area were simply beautiful. And in this little part of Devon Spring has arrived.
I could not resist some of the cheeriest plants I know.
These lovely sheep made me think of Meredith who has the most lovely blog called " Mereknits."
We have been exchanging some lovely bloggy comments of late and it has been lovely getting to know her.
She would love these.
Now, I could have taken literally hundreds of photos but I try and remember that people are the most important things in life and this was our last day sharing life with these lovely folk.
We had a good look around and of course bought some treats.
Who could resist this lovely lot.
Blood Orange and Figand Date Balsamic vinegars.
You can refill the bottles on your next visit.
A little gift for my Yoga teacher in Spain.
And for us.
I love Violas. They really do like they have sweet faces.
We headed on to another lovely spot called Topsham on the River Exe.
It really is such a lbustling little town full of independent traders and nooks and crannies to make you want to return again and again.
Sal of Sal's Snippets makes a very good guide and she had recommended a lovely place to eat called the Cafe.
You could plan your days out following Sal. Always lovely places to visit and tasty morsels to try.
This cafe was right up my street.
Eclectic,quirky,interesting and perfect.
I would like a flock of these seagulls made from plastic cutlery.
The food was delicious.
Bubble and Squeak with bacon and egg was such a hit with the men.
It was served with salad and beetroot coleslaw on the side.
Afterwards we took a little wander ( I took a little hobble!!) and went down to the river. Past the church door to a view ........
The sun shining on the River Exe and Exmouth in the distance.
Well,if ever you are near Exeter take the time to go to both Powderham Castle and Topsham. You will love it.