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11 October 2017

Our Week in Brixham | Days 5, 6 & 7

I'm finally getting round  to writing the final instalment of my Brixham Diaries, and I think it's a case of saved the best until last!

On day 5 we took a trip over to Paignton, which is a very traditional seaside town, unlike Torquay, which has all the shops and coffee places, Paignton has the arcades and traditional pier. Paignton is only a 15 minute drive from Brixham, so an easy place to pop over to if you fancy a nosey at somewhere new.

The weather was beautiful, the sun beamed down on our skin and we headed along the beach to the pier, and of course grabbed an ice cream along the way for good measure!

I couldn't help but chuckle at this seagull, who had claimed this seat for himself, though I cant blame him, it was the perfect spot.

We couldn't resist having a go on the basket ball game, I've still not improved over the years sadly! It certainly was a laugh, with all the cheesiness a good seaside pier has to offer, including those iconic cardboard cut outs and giant sun lounges.

 After indulging our inner child at the pier we had a potter down to fairy cove, in which we passed by even more pastel houses. The cove was very pretty, and a little busier than I'd imagined so we only paused to admire the view before heading off back to Brixham for a nice night in at the apartment.

Day 6 had an idyllic start with a morning reading on the balcony, again we were very lucky with the weather as the sun shone brightly against the blue sky. This balcony was by far my favourite spot, the view peeking through the houses, and the cheeky seagulls that resided on the next roof were a joy to watch.

I had spied a cute café called Millie & Me a few days ago, and vowed to go in for breakfast one day, so that is exactly what we did!

We ordered some fruity juices and toasted teacakes for breakfast which were scrumptious.

The service was so warm and welcoming, and everyone that came in to Millie & Me was so friendly and talkative! It was really homely, and if we ever get to go back to (more likely when we go back) Brixham I will definitely be heading back here again.

Also how amazing is the flamingo wallpaper!

Not wanting to miss out on the glorious weather we were having, we headed over to Fishcombe Cove, which was like a tropical haven. You feel like your somewhere in Italy, the sandy coloured rocks and the vibrant greenery is simply stunning.

We set ourselves down to wile away a few hours in the sun, and it was bliss.

That night I really wanted to watch the sunset and see the lighthouse turn on, and with the good weather we'd had that day I knew it would be our best shot at spotting them. We set off from the apartment later than usual, and made our way down the breakwater, just in time to catch the sun going down.

It was awe inspiring, to sit and watch the sun go down and the sky turn all these fabulous colours, from bold orange to dusky pink, all whilst the sea gently babbled away in the background. It was a serene, calming experience. There's something about watching the sunset that gives you that little bubble of joy in your heart, an indescribable but familiar warmth.

As soon as the sky turned deep indigo blue, we headed for a quick drink before venturing back to the apartment, as the next day was my birthday!

I really wanted to head to Dartmoor for my Birthday as you all know by now that I love to go out walking, and where's better than a national park?!

It did not disappoint, although it was a lot colder than down in Brixham! I would definitely recommend taking a light jacket or cardigan.

We had a lovely long walk, the views were incredible and it was nice to get some fresh air in our lungs. I did fall over a few times though, which was slightly embarrassing! Even though I had trainers on they don't have much grip, and as the grass is so short I just kept slipping over! I was definitely bambi on ice.

Despite the slips, it was a perfect day and I thoroughly enjoyed it, being able to have a laugh with my family and take in the views made them worth while.

We had planned a family meal back at Brixham, so we all went home freshened up, and got dressed up.

We had booked a table at The Cow Shed, which was just off of  the dock, down a little side street.

The décor was adorable, with all different coloured upcycled chairs and wooden panelling.

The service was incredible, I was able to sample of some of the gin they had, including a delicious elderflower one and I was even surprised with a candle in my Tiramisu, which was such a thoughtful touch.

We finished the night with yet more Gin, because it was my Birthday after all, and who doesn't deserve all the Gin on their Birthday.

It was the perfect end to what had been an incredible holiday.

Brixham is a place that should be on your UK travel bucket list, its so quaint with lots of independent shops, places to eat, pastel coloured houses on the horizon and incredible views. It's like its come straight off of a post card. For the adventure seeker its a perfect base for exploring, and for the relaxer there are plenty of coves and coffee shops to enjoy a good book. It definitely captured a bit of me and I will certainly be revisiting.

I hope you've enjoyed my final Brixham diary instalment, what's your favourite UK coastal town to visit?


27 September 2017

Our Week In Brixham | Day 3 & 4

So I've finally gotten around to sharing days 3 & 4 of our trip to Brixham! Long time I know, so if you've forgotten what we did on days 1 & 2 you can recap here.

Now that I've apologised for my lack of time keeping this month (seriously where are the months going?!) let's get on to day 3.

We woke up early on Monday morning, and headed off to catch the ferry over to Torquay. The weather wasn't great to start with, and our boat ride was a rather chilly one to say the least!

Once we had stepped off the ferry, it decided to chuck it down, well timed as always. So our first stop involved a nice latte huddled inside a warm pub. When we finally plucked up the courage we braved the outside and had a wander around the shops. Torquay is a lot more 'town like' than Brixham, it has your usual high street shops and coffee outlets, but it also has a lovely pier too. We did spend some time mooching around in the shops, and I picked up a copy of the latest Blogosphere magazine to read on the balcony later.

After having our fill of the shops we made our way to the sea front, stopping to admire the gardens and the big wheel that you can see from Brixham.

Stomachs grumbling we stopped for lunch at Pier Point Restaurant, for not only its fabulous food, but also incredible view.

Naturally I opted for pizza, which was delicious!

Once full, we carried on walking along the pier. The weather had perked up a bit, and i'd spotted some cute beach huts in the distance, so that's where we headed.

We stayed here for a while soaking up the warmth of the sun, and admiring the views. But before long it was time for us to head back over to Brixham on the ferry.

We'd planned a nice night in the apartment, after all that walking our legs were feeling a bit weary!

We stopped at a newly opened cocktail bar, Coco's Cocktails, on the way back, which did a delicious array of drinks, and had a copper bar! What more could a girl ask for! Then we grabbed ourselves some fish and chips to take back to the apartment.

I will never tire of that view, the pastel houses on the horizon, and of course this dinner! So day 3 drew to an end in the best way, and I headed to bed for an early night ready for day 4.

Day 4 started quite slowly, with a relaxed morning stroll around the shops, and then stopping at Curious Kitchen for one of these mega Freak Shakes. Their breakfasts looked amazing too so i'd definitely recommend a visit if you're in the area. My freak shake was a caramel, peanut, cookie filled delight.

Fish and chips, followed by freakshakes you shout?! yes, my excuse is I was fuelling myself up for our walk up to Berry Head! Which is what we did next.

The walk wasn't too difficult, but it was up hill! The views are definitely worth it though, as are all of the gorgeous plants along the way.

I loved looking at the little caves along the rocks, and just taking in the gorgeous fresh air.

There is a lovely café at the top of Berry Head, The Guardhouse, which is ideal after all that walking. No trip to Devon would be complete without a cream tea, so that's exactly what we had. It was delicious.

We finished up our break, and made our way back down, not before taking in one last look at the view though.

That night we had a light lunch at the apartment before heading into Brixham for a couple of drinks. I only took one photo! I think its because I had discovered the world of Instagram stories and boomerangs, or at least that's the excuse i'm going for!

I hope you enjoyed reading the second instalment of our Brixham trip, I hope not to leave too long between this one and the last instalment, I promise!

Read part one here!

20 September 2017

Weekly Wanderings #6 | Biddulph Grange, hair-refresh and home days

This weeks Weekly Wandering post starts on Saturday 9th September, we headed out to Biddulph Grange which is around an hours drive from where we live. I had seen photos of it online and it looked like the perfect place for a day out.

The Sat Nav took us along some amazing country roads, and we eventually arrived at the house. The building itself is beautiful, the gardens even more so.

We spent a couple of hours here, weaving in and out of the gardens, all of them beautifully crafted. My favourite part had to be Dahlia Walk, they're one of my favourite flowers, as there's just so many types and colours! We ended up so tired we headed back to the car and ate our sandwiches in it!

Sunday was a 'home' day, which basically means cleaning and prepping for the week ahead. We visited family and did some more painting in my office room. I can't wait for it to be finished, but really hate painting! I just like to do the 'faffing' like picking out the accessories and making it look homely!

Monday saw me having my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season, which I have to say won't be my last! I popped into town to do some shopping and picked up a few lovely bits from Primark, including a check blazer that everyone seems to be coveting on Instagram. It really does go with a lot of things, and it adds a little layer of warmth to outfits now that the temperature is dipping, so I was very pleased with this find!

Tuesday was the day I finally got my hair re-freshed, it was in much need of some TLC, so I had a good trim and more ash blonde highlights. I am very pleased with the result, it feels so much better and looks more revived! I spent a chunk of my morning at the hairdressers, which i'm not going to lie it was lovely to just relax!

This weeks weekly post ends here, as the rest of the week was spent at work and packing for our trip down to East sussex, which if you fancy a sneak peek at what we've been up to, you can have a nosey at my Instagram, blog posts will be following soon! Just need to complete my Brixham posts first, whoops!

Hope you're all having a good week!
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