Seen at the Festival of the Tree

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Sunday, 7 August 2016

Postcard from Devon

View of the Otter Valley at Newton Poppleford
The view from our B&B over the Otter Valley at Newton Poppleford  
We've just come back from an idyllic few days away in Devon near Sidmouth. We had the benefit of local knowledge as Barrie, a fellow volunteer with NAH at at Midsomer Norton lives nearby. He recommended the B&B which not only has the pictured wonderful view, the owners also provided a decanter of sherry in our summerhouse accommodation.

All future B&B stays will be measured against this benchmark.

We wove our time away around Reg Meuross's concert at Sidmouth Folk Festival. Little did we know that when we saw him accompany Jess Vincent at Westonbirt's Tree Fest 3 years ago, we would find ourselves sponsoring the vinyl version of his latest album, which was launched at Sidmouth.

Westonbirt proved to be a pivotal moment in our lives, just as finding the Erigeron steps in my last post was a pivotal moment for my gardening.

The concert was magical, followed by beach side fish and chips and a general soaking up of the festival atmosphere. The next day we discovered the village of Beer, thanks to our B&B hosts and rounded off our stay with a trip on the electric tram at Seaton.

Even better was the lack of internet in our lives for a few days :)


  1. Sounds like fun! Pretty countryside view!
    Have a great week!

  2. Love the whole are, and we used to go down to the coast for Beer and not sidmouth or lyme regis or even exmouth :-) enjoying pictures of the rolling hills than you.

    1. Thanks Ruan... the dawn over those rolling was breath taking :)

  3. You were so close to us, just 5 mins away! It is a lovely spot, so glad you enjoyed it and wasn't the weather wonderful for you!

    1. Oh lucky you to be so near Pauline! The weather was perfect - I was worried it would be too cool for a beach side fish and chip supper, but needn't have. We were accompanied by swirling bagpipes too :)


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