Music and Memories

Lovely evening in Dawlish in honour of D Day 80.

Exmouth Town Band did a marvellous job with many well known numbers from the forties and this was followed by a piper and lighting of a beacon.

Devon and the south west generally were among the training places for troops in the run up to D Day and events during the day in Dawlish would have been echoed in many other places locally.

June Availability

The nights of15th/16th/17th June are available in our front double room (a Father’s Day treat?? there will be lots of events around the area) and the nights of                      27th/28th/29th June in our downstairs twin.

The best means of contact is always via the enquiry form or an email.

The Summer Season has begun

This week sees school half-term and the beginning of the summer season. Dawlish Warren beach has retained its Blue Flag status and all the open air pools and paddling pools around the region have opened for the summer season. There are Lifeguards on the beaches and lots of people around. Fingers crossed for plenty of warm sunshine!

Toby’s Garden Festival: another triumph!

Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival has been held at Powderham Castle over the last couple of days and once again was an absolute delight. Everything growing related seemed to be there somewhere in the lovely grounds of the castle. Well organised, brilliant speakers, inspirational, everything you want from a garden festival and a fun day out. I was far too occupied to be taking photos but here a few.

Big Wheel open for business

The big wheel has been built over the last few days and opened to the public today for the Bank Holiday weekend. It costs £6 per adult, £20 for a family of 4.

I haven’t yet tried it out but I think it will probably be views OF the wheel rather than views FROM the wheel that people will remember the most because it is visible from almost everywhere. The size & scale is incredible compared to everything around it so it is like it has been photo-shopped into every view. From every route in, whether you are calling at the supermarket, on the beach, on the sea wall, on the Warren, having a drink, whatever; this is now dominates your view.

Will be interesting to see whether it’s a white elephant or a money maker. as the season goes on.

Big Wheel coming to the Warren

Next Monday (22nd April) will see the beginning of the Big Wheel which is going to be installed on the grassy area of beach walk. It will arrive in sections small enough to be transported under the railway bridge and is scheduled to be ready for action by the following week, in time for the next bank holiday weekend.

Do we need a big wheel at the Warren? Personally I don’t think so but no doubt there will be an initial flurry of interest. It has permission for 6 months and usually they are removed in October in any case ahead of the winter weather. For a number of years there has been a wheel at Exmouth, and one at Torquay, quite expensive to ride.

Will provide some photos in due course , perhaps of our own back garden seen from above!!

Easter Update

It has been very quiet around this area during March and we look forward to seeing more families out and about over the Easter holidays. This is probably going to spread over 3 weeks with some schools finishing today but others not until 28th March.

All the local attractions will be putting on special events and looking forward to seeing everyone.

One of the pairs of black swans on the brook in Dawlish have just produced 6 delightful fluffy cygnets, perfect timing!

Here are some photos from Sandays and from some of the places we have been over the last week or so. It is very pretty around here with Spring blossom, tulips and new green leaves sprouting all over the place.

Phone line problems

We are suffering from mainline phone problems at Sandays. Our provider (Cuckoo) are being hopeless and Openreach are nowhere to be seen.

Apologies if you are trying to contact us; we are currently unable to make or receive calls and have been told it could be May before we have a resolution. (We will be changing provider before then obviously!)

Please email us and I can contact you via the mobile if you would prefer to talk.

Signs of Spring

Despite far too much rain, and today a rather blustery cold wind, there are signs of Spring everywhere now. Lots of blossom, thousands of mini-daffs, crocus, violets and much more besides! It is a very welcome sight.

Cornwall declares the first day of Spring when magnolia trees in 6 of the great gardens there each have 50 blooms: that happened on 16th February!

I think we we have some way to go here but certainly everything is waking up and we are hoping for a mild run into the Easter holidays.

The Lower Otter Restoration Project

The construction phase of the Lower Otter Restoration Project is now complete, re-connecting the River Otter with its floodplain and creating 55 hectares of estuary habitat. In many ways however the story is just beginning and a large focus has been to attract people as well as wildlife. Improved car parking, viewing areas and information boards aimed at adults and children, new footbridges and improved paths, planting, picnic benches, play area; this is a destination in itself. If you haven’t been to Budleigh for a while you might be surprised at the work that has taken place. This intertidal habitat creation project will help to mitigate climate change and has been carried out by the Environment Agency in partnership with the East Devon Pebblebed Heath Conservation Trust and Clinton Devon Estates.