...meaning we're back from the West Country which is perpetually draped in low clouds, or what I like to call "fog".
Spent five days in Lynton which, unbeknownst to me, is located in the middle of this huge low and rather wet cloud. After spending so many glorious days in Kent, this was a major adjustment for Draw and me. Amazingly, despite the crummy weather and a less than stellar experience at our B&B, we really did have a great time. Though... I don't think I need to go back to Lynton and environs anytime soon.
Highlights of the trip - finding Dartmoor and Exmoor ponies on the same day, seeing Dartmoor for the first time out from under its foggy shroud, finding a letterbox, and the magnificent cream tea at Periwinkle Cottage Tea Room in Selworthy.
Some quick photos before heading to bed. Lynton did not have an internet connection to speak of for its guests so there's lots of catching up to do.
Stourhead Garden on our way to Lynton. Our last view of blue sky for several days. If you're a fan of Keira Knightley's Pride & Prejudice, Stourhead supplied the glorious backdrop for Mr Darcy's first proposal to Lizzy... in the rain... gadzooks what a romantic bit that was, eh?
An idyllic view as we walked through the village at Stourhead.
Ahhh... beautiful Lynton. The view from our room on the Monday.
Looking past the raindrops...
On the Tuesday we drove about 60 miles to find the sun and found ourselves in Dartmoor. We had visited about five years ago for two days... and it rained. This time we managed to grab a few rays and such sights did we behold. Definitely our "A" day.
This day also brought us immeasurable joy as we came upon several clusters of Dartmoor ponies and... JOY!... so many babies.
Lostleigh... a tiny village tucked away in the hills of Dartmoor. Sweet little tea room here.
Selworthy is positively magical and the Periwinkle Cottage Tea Room is the jewel in its crown.
The mother of all cream teas. A snappy Loganberry jam and the thickest, most luscious Devonshire cream. This was definitely worth the five months of dieting I endured getting ready for this trip.
'Tis off to bed with me now. We have lots to do and only three days left to do it.