The Best Car Ever!

There have been many good things about the Bank Holiday Weekend, not least the fabulous weather! But among everything else we had Lorraine and her fabulous car at Sandays; without a doubt the best car ever.

I don’t think we were the only ones who took some photos!

Dawlish Museum Opens Wednesday 2nd May

Dawlish Museum opens for the 2018 season tomorrow, May 2nd.

We were lucky enough to have a sneaky preview on Monday evening with the Dawlish Rotary Club and would definitely recommend a visit. The volunteers have been hard at work over the winter creating new displays and updating information around the museum. Over the years people have donated both artefacts and accounts of life in Dawlish and the result is a fascinating local history with lots to interest both children and adults. 

Opening times vary so have a look at the museum website to plan your visit.

Green Man Spring Festival

We enjoyed the Green Man Spring Festival today over at Bovey Tracey. A rather grey day weatherwise became technicolor as the street filled with Morris sides and music.

The Green Man and the May Queen lead the procession of dancers and musicians to herald the Spring; winding as they did so past many food & drink stalls!

Fabulous Day to be Out on the Exe

Today was a fabulous day to be out on the Exe, courtesy of Stuart Line Cruises as they celebrate 50 years of cruising the estuary and the coastline. 

Like many of our guests at Sandays, we love a cruise on the wonderful Stuart Line boats and for all “fair weather sailors” it was a perfect day to be out on the water: very warm, calm & sunny.

Gorse in the Sunshine

Some warm spring sunshine is bringing about a transformation as nature leaps forward. The Warren crocus is appearing all over the place; our Echiums are growing like weeds, and the landscape is turning green! Out on the Warren the most striking colour is yellow as every bush seems to have burst into flower all at the same moment!
Very beautiful.

Dawlish Walking Festival 20th – 29th April 2018

The Dawlish Walking Festival returns soon, full schedule available on line or in hard copy (leaflets around the town).
So whether you fancy a saunter around the town centre or hike take a look; there will be something there for you and a warm welcome awaits.
We will certainly be joining in from Sandays.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Look out for this movie which is in cinemas from next weekend. Set in the Channel Islands in the aftermath of WW2 … but much of it was filmed in North Devon! Sites included Saunton Sands (where a Dakota lands), street scenes in Barnstaple, and the picturesque Clovelly.
So do look out for lovely Devon and no doubt lots of Devonian “extras” too.

Sidmouth is blooming beautiful

Sidmouth is rather beautiful at any time of year but is particularly lovely in the Spring due to intensive bulb planting over the last 5 years.
The benefactor was Keith Owen, who frequently visited his mother in Sidmouth and had a great affection for the resort. On his death he left his whole estate of £1.5 million in cash and £800,000 in property to the town with the stipulation that the interest should be spent on keeping Sidmouth, Sidford and Sidbury beautiful. He also wanted some of the money spent on getting the whole community involved in planting a million flower bulbs in the town!

Planting started in 2013 and five years on there are plans for plenty more in the coming years. The result is lovely and the blooming beautiful town is now “on the map” for a Spring visit. This year the first “Daffodil Day” was held on Easter Saturday.

Easter Update

As a result of all the recent rain the brook in Dawlish is looking rather full and charging along vigorously. The gap between the water and the bridge (by the bowls club) is very small!

At least one of the Black Swan families doesn’t seem to mind at all and we were pleased to see four wonderful cygnets doing very well and attracting a lot of attention from Easter visitors.

Happy Easter!

The weather forecast is not wonderful but as I write this the sun is shining and there are simply loads of Easter events happening around the area over the school holidays.
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Happy Easter from Sandays!