Hard to imagine the horrors of the First World War on a sunny July afternoon in the beautiful Northernhay Gardens in Exeter.
The current SSAFA exhibition “Lost Lives” certainly brings home the scale of the tragedy of this war. The exhibit has one shrouded figure to represent each of the 1561 days of the war, and each by each figure is a small plaque showing the number lost on that day.
On this weekend 6th to 8th July hundreds of men were lost each year. For example in 1915, 802 men lost their lives between the 6th and 8th July, and in 1918 it was 1081 in the same period.
Each little shrouded figure was stitched by artist Rob Heard.
Another amazing and spectacular display of cars at the Warren this weekend. All thanks to Cofton Holiday park who hold a whole weekend and include in it a “cruise” to Dawlish and back via the Warren.
These cars vary from unusual to completely crazy but it is a very colourful and lively event and was lovely in the sunshine on Saturday with all the flags flying and chrome gleaming!
In among enjoying the glorious sunshine which seems set to continue, here are some other things to look out for this weekend.
Cofton Holiday Park are hosting their American Car weekend, and the cars will be at Dawlish Warren on Saturday morning. Even for someone who isn’t particularly enthusiastic about cars, these are a wonderful sight!
The RNLI are running one of their regular coffee mornings in Teignmouth on Saturday morning.
The first of three “Summer Nights” festivals is being held in Newton Abbot on Saturday. Lots of street food and live music.
And then of course, there is the beach ….
The Coryton Cove Cafe is a much needed treasure for anyone enjoying the beach, but look out for lots of special evenings there over the next couple of months. We went along to sample the pizzas today: delicious! Beautiful summer evening here, so lots of people taking there pizzas down to the beach and enjoying them along with the last of the sunshine.
Coryton Cove is easily reached from Sandays.
There is nothing better than watching late evening sunshine rippling across water, and there are many spots around here to choose from. Exeter quayside was beautiful yesterday evening and even though I only had my mobile with me, these images are pretty.
We are used to seeing trains of every description pass through Dawlish Warren station, but this was a particularly long one yesterday! Coming from the Exeter direction, it slowed to a halt to allow other trains to pass. I was on the opposite platform and seemed to be more or less in the middle of the train, with it stretching out along the track about as far as I could see in each direction.
It was lovely on the Warren today. Masses of flowers around on the dunes, skylarks above, and interesting on the beach too: someone has been busy!
Steam trains are back on the Riviera Line again this year. It is a lovely sight & sound as they travel through Dawlish Warren and Dawlish and on down the line.
Sometimes we specifically watch out for them at Sandays, but this Sunday it just caught me by surprise as I walked along the sea wall.
Torbay Airshow was once again a huge success over the weekend. Wonderful weather conditions, particularly on the Sunday, made for fantastic displays of skill from the aircraft, and happy times for the spectators. A calm, flat sea was great for children those on the beach as well as those spectators who had taken to boats.
This really is great event with a full afternoon of action on both Saturday & Sunday. Leave the car behind at Sandays and take the train.
I admired these works of art at the Warren today. Was it in honour of the Arts Festival? I don’t know when they first appeared but they looked fun today against our blue skies.
It has been a scorcher of a day today with lots of people out & about enjoying it all. Flat calm sea (still very cold though!).
There has been lots happening in Dawlish over the weekend thanks to the Arts Festival. We enjoyed seeing the vintage bikes ride past Sandays yesterday as part of Sunday’s events.
Today was the turn of the Panatical Steel Band who did a great job this afternoon on the bandstand, whilst people and birds tried to stay cool.
There are just 3 days left in May to visit Delamore Arts at the lovely Delamore House at Ivybridge.
Less than an hour from Sandays and a delightful experience. A feast of works of art in a most wonderful setting, and you can spend as long as you like enjoying them. The volunteers do a great job in the cafe too!