It was a bit of a miserable start to half term week as far as the weather went today, but the early spring flowers at Powderham are looking quite magical. A carpet of primroses and big clumps of snowdrops all around the entrance area and lambs in the field just beyond. Beautiful even on a murky day.
Being an eternal optimist I braved a hail shower to put out some Spring baskets this morning, and while doing so found we had a starfish on the front decking! We do have a seaside theme on our decking but that doesn’t extend to starfish! I presume the unfortunate creature was helped into position by a gull and it was larger than any I have seen on the beach. Not entirely sure that it was dead so gave it the benefit of the doubt and put it back in the sea.
Just around the corner from Sandays on the edge of the outer car park is Exe trail Cycle Hire at the Velo Shack. They became established towards the end of last summer and are now very much part of the scene here at the Warren. There are bikes to hire (half or full days) but also servicing and repair, and in the perfect place as we are at the start of the Exe Estuary trail. Even better, there are two businesses here and the other is a cafe serving snacks, coffee, cakes etc and proving very popular especially when most of the seasonal places are closed over the winter months. Good stuff!
It was another beautiful winter’s morning here at Dawlish Warren. Cold & sunny and lots of shells and other natural sea debris on the beach. The beach is being re-shaped by the tides each day and you never know what you will find on the shore. It is the time of year when the birds are more in evidence than people and the perfect time to take a stroll from Sandays.
The Comedy Wildlife Awards Exhibition is currently running at Hannahs at Seale Hayne until Monday 5th March, 10am until 4pm each day. Hilarious photographs from the 40 finalists are sure to put a big smile on your face.
Hannahs is one of our favourite places and there is lots more to enjoy there. From Sandays go to Newton Abbot and then take the Ashburton Road.
Not only does “The Mercy” star Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, but also Teignmouth!
It was filmed back in 2015 partly in the town, so look out for familiar scenes and perhaps faces too. The release date is February 9th and it will be shown twice daily for a couple of weeks at the Pavilions on the sea front. We have booked our tickets from Sandays and I think it might be quite surreal at the end when we leave the building but still feel like we are on the set!
A friend of ours called at Sandays today and whilst here showed us a decorated stone found along Dawlish beach, with “Devon Rocks and Stones” on the back. He will now take a photo of it and post it on the Facebook page to say where he found it, before leaving it somewhere entirely different to be re-discovered by someone else. This is such a fun idea that has been going for about 5 months now but is gradually spreading around Devon, enjoyed by adults and children alike.
We will be looking out for stones: they could be anywhere in towns or countryside. You never know, we might even find one on our wall at Sandays one day.
We are counting down to re-opening at Sandays, although if you were here today you would still be dodging around wet paint! I’m sure all will be serene when 5th February arrives.
We are changing our telephone provider at some point before that date, hopefully with the minimum of disruption but if you can’t get through or don’t hear a familiar message please just try again in day or two. Or even better, send me an email!
Look forward to hearing from you during 2018.
A big “thank you” to all our lovely guests who stayed at Sandays in 2017. Have a wonderful Christmas and hope to see you again in 2018.
Sandays re-opens on Monday 5th February. However we will start taking bookings during the latter half of January for the year ahead, so do send us an email if you have something in mind.
Still looking for presents and bits & pieces to complete your Christmas? Just enjoy the ambience of a Christmas Fair with a glass of mulled wine? Either way, there are still opportunities just about every day local to Sandays.
Just to get you started: The Lantern Parade and Christmas street fair happens this Wednesday 13th December in Newton Abbot, Christmas with the Lord Mayor at Exeter Guildhall on Thursday 14th, and The Shops at Dartington hold their Christmas Fair on 16th & 17th December.
We have once again dodged the snow here at the Warren, no doubt to the great disappointment of many children who would have enjoyed having an extra holiday.
It was a lovely frosty morning today though, with pale winter sunshine making it all look lovely. And yes, that is an intrepid swimmer in the sea!