The Loud Laugh of the Ocean Waves

In the week before Christmas, Andrew and I stayed in a centuries-old cottage in the Cornish hamlet of Coombe. It’s a homely place, safe in a quiet wooded valley, with a river running through it, sweet and clear, but relentless. Its rushing and babbling can be heard constantly from within the cottage, bringing peace and…

I’ve gone a little bit quiet…

You may have noticed that there haven’t been a great deal of new posts coming up on here recently. Lately, writing’s just not coming as easily as usual, so I’m trying to use my spare time to rest and to nurture my creativity rather than force it. Life of course is carrying on, a sweet…

The North Devon Coast: Crow Point

Just at the place where the river meets the sea, at the end of a tiny, winding toll road, is Crow Point. Driving there today to meet friends, my tired body and mind perked up at the anticipation of some sea air and sunshine. I already felt happier just at the thought of getting to…

The North Devon Coast: Heddon’s Mouth

What do you do on a Bank Holiday Monday in sunny Devon? (Read sunny, with a few rainy spells.) We were planning to do the whole food shop, DIY, cleaning thing, and then we came to our senses and joined our friends on a walk at Heddon’s Mouth, not far along the coast from Woody…

The North Devon Coast – Morte Hoe

The beautiful Morte Point has been one of my favourite places to go for years now, and this weekend when I was feeling a little fragile, I knew that a trip there was a surefire way of lifting my spirits. Morte Hoe is a tiny village nestled on a cliff just along from the popular Woolacombe…

The North Devon Coast – Saunton Beach

Saunton Beach is long, sandy and beautiful. It has its own car park, which can be expensive in summer but is practical if you are bringing surfboards etc. There are toilets and showers and a small shop and a cafe, and above the beach on the cliff is the Saunton Sands hotel and a few…

The North Devon Coast – Watersmeet

This weekend I took a trip with an old friend to do a beautiful walk, just a tiny way along the coast from Woody Bay and Lynton and the Valley of the Rocks. As well as providing beautiful views out to sea from the cliff top, and a lunch stop in the seaside town of…

The North Devon Coast – Woody Bay

A while ago, I posted about the Valley of the Rocks and Lynton, as the first installment in my North Devon coast series. Today, we took a trip just a little way around the coast from there, to Woody Bay. I got ready with a real air of excitement, as going to Woody Bay calls for a…

The North Devon Coast – The Valley of the Rocks and Lynton

Now that we’re lucky enough to live in North Devon again, I thought I’d share some of my favourite places to go along the beautiful North Devon coast. Last week we drove over to The Valley of the Rocks. The drive there is stunning, taking us through parts of Exmoor with rugged views of farmland, fields,…