Thursday, 27 October 2016

Exmouth Marina


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A brand new development is getting near completion at the marina in Exmouth. The colourful apartments look out to sea with great views of the marina and nature reserve on the River Exe estuary over to Dawlish on the other bank.

Have a look at all the different colours.

We enjoyed our walk around the area.


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Beacon


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The Beacon was one of the most sought after roads in Exmouth. High up on the hill with sea views over the top of trees, it was built in 1792 and provided homes for several illustrious people as the blue plaques on the houses indicate.

Apart from the striking shutters on the Regency buildings, you can't help but notice the buildings are called things like Nelson House and Byron Court. Interesting.  It turns out that Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson's wife Frances 'Fanny' and her son Josiah Nisbet lived there between 1803-29. She had been abandoned by her husband who had started a public affair with Emma, Lady Hamilton. 

A couple of doors down, the abandoned wife of Lord Byron, Anne Isabella 'Annabella' moved in in 1823 when it was a small hotel, after he treated her badly and they divorced. She was accompanied by her brilliant Mathematician daughter Ada, who on marriage became Countess of Lovelace.  She assisted Charles Babbage, the pioneer of computing and she was the first computer programmer with the computer programming language ADA named after her.

Both high-profile wives seem to have a lot in common, I wonder if they ever spoke to each other. Fanny would have been twice as old as the 31 year old Anne at the time but they surely would have heard about each other as both marriages ended in scandal although in those days conversation would probably be restricted to more genteel things.

A couple more doors down the road were the Assembly Rooms which conjures up Jane Austen's novels and all those dances. This was one of the main attractions of the town and brought people from outside the area to spend time there.

Nowadays many of the buildings are hotels.

If you'd like to read an article about the ladies, follow this link.

How it used to be.


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Jurassic Coast


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Down on the Jurassic Coast in Devon, Exmouth marks the western end of this World Heritage Site.  Walking away from the town alongside the sandy beach, you can see the tempting sight of a brilliant red cliff in the distance.  You just have to investigate.

The Jurassic Coast stretches for 95 miles to Studland Bay in Dorset where 185 million years of geology is revealed through the sedimentary rocks providing a near complete record of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

The red sandstone sediments at Orcombe Point from the Triassic period show that they were formed in a desert some 250 million years ago.

Following the path up and over the rock, information boards tell you about the area and give you a chance of a breather!

The Orcombe Geoneedle comes into view.  It is built from all types of rocks along the Jurassic coast by sculptor Michael Fairfax to commemorate the area becoming a World Heritage site.

If you press on for 95 miles you will find a varied coastline with bays and coves, stacks, cliffs and beaches. Rocks range from sandstone, clay, limestone and chalk all facing up to the erosion by the sea, some forming cliffs whilst others are washed away. You'll come across fossils at Charmouth, Durdle Door and Chesil Beach.  This site is ranked alongside the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef.

We turned round, however, and headed back to town.


Monday, 24 October 2016

Under Exmouth Skies


Thanks for calling in.  I've been away.  I've just about caught up with all your news and messages.  Great to hear from you.

Luckily the weather has been beautiful for our trip and I have taken a few (!) photos to share with you so that you can join in the fun.  Today we are on the beach in Devon in Exmouth.

Look at the skies!  Aren't they just marvellous.

You could sit on the red sandy beach at the crack of dawn and watch the sun glide through the sky until dusk, with only the odd seagull getting in the way.  There was so much sky full of these wispy clouds. Totally fascinating.

Have a great day.


Sunday, 23 October 2016

It's All About The Trees


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The Park by the Shops is on the edge. Glorious leaves changing colour and hanging on by a thread in the gusty breeze. Next time I go, they will all have fluttered down. Better make the most of them.



Saturday, 22 October 2016

Blue and Orange


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It's gone all blue and orange outside.

Better make the most of it before it goes all grey and gloomy!


Friday, 21 October 2016

Five on Friday - Postcards


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Amy at Love Made My Home has kindly put up a link-up for Five on Friday today, so there is plenty to have a look at by following the links.

Sometimes you can't resist buying a postcard or two to keep as well as send when you're off exploring, can you!  Here are five I have found in my cupboard for you to have a look at.

One - Ludlow

How about all these beautiful doors from Ludlow! It would be good to walk round this Shropshire town looking for the doors but no doubt some will have been repainted by now.

Two - Bath

You can see the shape of the Royal Crescent and the Circus so clearly from the air. Is it a question mark or perhaps a key?

Three - Holland

This one is so colourful with its china, windmills, cheese and clogs.  Such a beautiful country.

Four - Dordogne

These triangular formations were found underground in the caves in Les Eyzies de Tayac in the Dordogne, France - Grotte du Grand Roc.  So unusual to be triangular.

Five - Cardiff

We weren't able to visit Cardiff Castle when we were in the area so I just had to buy a postcard to remind me to go back again one day.  Still haven't been!

There we are, just a quick taster of some wonderful places.

Have a good week.