Autumn Days

It is undeniably Autumn now but despite the damper and shorter days there is an increasing amount of colour in the hedgerows, on the Warren, and generally around the countryside. Not to mention here on the garden at Sandays where among other things, our creepers front and back have turned a lovely shade of red.

Here are a few pics from the Warren.

Dawlish Triathlon

The Dawlish Triathlon is this Sunday; fingers crossed that the weather isn’t as bad as forecast for all involved. Assuming all goes ahead as planned, look out for large numbers of runners and cyclists taking priority around Dawlish Warren on Sunday morning. The roads have not been closed, but the inner car park at the Warren will be closed.

Ponies back on the Warren

A sure sign of Autumn, we have ponies back at Dawlish Warren.
They are doing a great job of grazing the grass and helping to provide the right conditions for the native rare plants. And they are a rather lovely sight out on the Warren, sturdy enough to cope in all weathers.

Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

We called in at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary this week and very much enjoyed our time there. The new facilities for the public are amazing; maps and information are great; there are walks and gardens; and of course LOTS of very happy donkeys. Definitely a “feel good” place to visit and it is free, although donations are welcome.

Summer Extension

We have had a week of glorious weather here, a real extension of the summer and very well received by our guests. The beach has been popular along with with walking, cycling and general exploring. Some very active guests this week enjoying both the South West Coast Path and the estuary trails.

Still lots going on around here as we head into the weekend. Devon Open Studios completes another fabulous year on Sunday with dozens of local studios to visit and the chance to talk to the artists and enjoy some amazing work.
Heritage Open Days provide an opportunity to gain access to places normally off limits, and find out a bit more about them.
Powderham Castle plays host to an Arts Festival over the weekend, see their website for all the information.

And on a smaller scale but will be lovely: an Autumn Fruits Fair at St.Paul’s church Starcross on Sunday afternoon.

Carnival Firework Night at Dawlish Warren

Yesterday was the carnival firework evening here at Dawlish Warren and what a lovely evening it turned to be.
A calm, warm evening during which people gradually moved from the beach to the green, leaving behind sand castle relics and allowing lots of Sandpipers, Plovers and Dunlins to feed on the beach as the tide receeded.

It was lovely to be able to enjoy the fading light and sunset, the music and funfair, and the anticipation of the fireworks to come. Of course plenty of refreshments kept everyone going!

After the fireworks another band took to the stage whilst the moon put on its own show and families with younger children started to drift away.

T.R.A.I.L : Teignmoth Recycled Art In the Landscape

T.R.A.I.L. is an Artists led organisation exploring the themes of recycling and the environment through an annual gallery exhibition and sculpture trail along the sea front in Teignmouth.

The sea front sculptures are always fun as well as thought provoking and a much loved part of the summer season in Teignmouth. A lot of work and planning goes into it all so we were relieved on Saturday evening to find that despite the ridiculously strong winds we had experienced, most of the exhibits were still there!

A few pics below, but lots more to see if you pay them a visit and a stark reminder about human impact in the environment.

Sidmouth Folk Week 2019

Sidmouth is always a lovely place to visit, but during folk week the town spills over with colour, music and dancing. Flags flying, flowers everywhere and the most wonderful mix of ages and folk related activities for all. If you haven’t been there yet, there are 3 days left!! Even without planning in any particular events you will have a very full day just strolling around and enjoying the amazing vibe, the numerous free performances, and much more besides.

Teignmouth Carnival this Week

Lots going on in Teignmouth this week with the carnival underway. Don’t forget to check out the “Arts Quarter” around the TAAG Centre, look out for the recycled art trail along the promenade, and of course get ready for the parade and fireworks on Thursday evening (August 1st). We love it 🙂

Some Views from route 222

The Stagecoach Open Top bus No.222 seems to be a great success this summer. We certainly enjoyed the return trip to Teignmouth this week. There are no detours off the main road so this is quite a speedy journey whilst enjoying the wonderful views from the open top deck. The No.222 runs hourly from the usual bus stop just a few metres from Sandays.