WHERE IS THIS FRONT DOOR?

Who Lives Here?

          Who Lives Here Do You Think?

While out and about in Devon with my camera I chanced upon this blue door, set in a pretty wall, and marvelled at its setting very close to the sea. Do you agree with me that it’s rather picturesque?

It would be all too easy to visit Brixham (a characterful town with a bustling harbour and quaint cobbled streets) without ever seeing this little garden and conjecturing on who might open the door, were someone to knock on it. I’d describe it as being hidden in plain sight – right on the quay – and will now let you into a little secret: no-one lives here!

As to the rest of the ‘secret’, I’ll leave you to find out for yourself if ever you’re in Brixham (a town justifiably proud of its ambiance and appeal for visitors). But this next picture might provide a clue for you:

Brixham Devon

                        Man Of The Sea

HOUSE FIT FOR A PIXIE – PLUS A CHANCE TO WIN A $400 AMAZON SHOPPING SPREE!

House in Castle Drogo grounds

I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this little house when I chanced upon it recently. Do you agree with me that it’s a house fit for a pixie? If you’re wondering where I was when I chanced on it, the only clue I intend to give is that I was in Devon.

Oh, but that seems a bit mean! So I’ll add that to reach the house (and the rather lovely grounds it was in) I had to pass the pub that’s in the 2nd picture. Still none the wiser?

Well, then, finally I’ll mention that at the time I was visiting a magnificent castle with a history documented in one of my earlier blog posts. Yes, I expect that by now you’ve guessed where to find the pixie house!

So now I can give you the link that could help you win (with The Portrait’s help, perhaps) a $400 Amazon Shopping Spree. Here it is: http://ow.ly/E1pEv

Moretenhampstead pub

TOTNES MARKET DAYS

Totnes MarketFridays are Totnes market days – oh, and Saturdays too! And, now that I come to think of it, on the third Sunday of every month – taking place in the same square – we have Totnes Good Food Days!

Yes, we’re very blessed here with our farmers’ markets and with all the stalls selling a huge variety of things, from fish, fruit and vegetables, meat, game, bread, olives and so on to clothes, crafts, antiques, jewellery and jeans. Whatever the weather, these traders turn out for our pleasure (and their livelihood) week after week and month after month, lending colour and an added sense of community to our very special town.

On the Good Food Sundays every kind of scrumptious fare is available, from hot curries and a whole variety of Asian dishes to home made fish-cakes and actual cakes and gateaux. I seldom cook on the 3rd Sunday of the month. I just walk round the corner (yes, I’m lucky enough to live a short walk from the heart of Totnes) and choose my lunch from the endless choices on offer.

Totnes market days are definitely days to celebrate. And you just never know who you might see there, adding their unique brand of colour (and music) to an already colourful scene!

Street musician (2)

BARREL HOUSE, TOTNES – AND GOOD NEWS DAY!

Barrel HouseThe Barrel House, Totnes, is an interesting establishment. Having said that, most establishments in this town are interesting for one reason or another!

Situated quite near to Happy Apple (the shop where, from dawn to long past dusk, you can buy more or less anything food-related) it serves coffees and meals downstairs in a fairly normal-looking environment. Upstairs, though, there’s an altogether different world. It’s a kind of ballroom, with over-the-top chandeliers – and lots of squishy sofas to loll on. They serve food and drinks up there too and people can ‘chill’ to their hearts’ content in a wholly relaxed atmosphere.

Periodically there’s entertainment, though I haven’t really looked into that yet. It’s something I must do, come to think of it!

Oh, I’m nearly forgetting to mention why, for me, today is Good News Day! I received an email from Amazon Kindle this morning telling me that SAM’S STORY: It’s A Dog’s Life is Number One in its category for freebies. How thrilling is that?! Here, if you’re interested, is its LINK.

TOTNES & WEMBURY

Castle behind houses

I thought you might like to see this view of Totnes Castle, as seen from my front door! Turning left at the street corner seen here, I very soon reach the heart of Totnes – and Happy Apple, the shop that’s open all hours and sells virtually every food item you can imagine. Don’t know where I’d be, without Happy Apple virtually on my doorstep!

In a complete contrast from Totnes, I walked with the U3A walking group at Wembury – near Plymouth – today and here’s a house that caught my imagination. How would you feel, living here and enjoying this view on a daily (and ever-changing) basis?

How would you like to live here?

How would you like to live here?

After our longish walk, and before the rain that had threatened all morning really set in, we finally reached this idyllic cafe – where we had a well-earned rest and a lovely lunch:

OldMillCafe

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour of Totnes and Wembury! Have a great weekend.

HIDDEN GARDEN

Hidden Garden

This morning I peeped through a half-open tall wooden gateway in Totnes and what did I see? This hidden garden path, stretching in front of me invitingly. I think the fact it was hidden made it all the more inviting – though I somehow resisted the temptation to trespass!

If you happen to be in Totnes and wonder where this beautiful garden is, I’ll give you a clue: it is on the same side of the road and not at all far from this brilliant gallery run by my good friends Penny and Graham. (If ever a shop was worth a visit, this one is!)

93Totnes

And right opposite Penny and Graham’s emporium (filled with amazing temptations) is my favourite coffee shop. (Pity it was dustbin day when I took its picture):

WoodsFabulous coffee (and home-cooked, locally sourced food) found here!

TOTNES CATS’ CAFE – GONE!

Sorry to report that the Totnes Cats’ Cafe no longer exists. It has had to close owing to illness, which is rather sad. Vintage Living has gone from the High Street too – but still exists at their warehouse in Brook’s Yard on the Totnes Industrial Estate. They had their grand re-opening last Saturday, giving visitors a free scented rose with every purchase. We miss their town presence, but wish them well in their new home.

Stolen From Susie

Speaking of new homes, Stolen From Susie has moved into Vintage Living’s old premises. Stolen From Susie (fabulous handbags and scarves) used to be further up the ‘Narrows’ at the top of Totnes, with its sister shop Susie & Me (fab fashions) opposite. Now the two businesses (run by Susie, her husband and daughter) have come together as Stolen From Susie And Me – and are well worth a visit!