You don’t need to make too much of an effort to see the regular bird population around here, and these are a few this morning all around the Cockwood area. It was the Cattle Egret that made me reach for the camera, or rather the flock of 30 or so that drew my attention.
When the post boxes start to dress up, it is definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Although there are not the usual festivities this year, there is still plenty to enjoy safely. We took a trip to Torre Abbey this afternoon which is always a beautiful and interesting place to visit at any time of year. Having had a stroll around the garden and through the galleries, we went back out to enjoy the wonderful “Advent Windows” that were lit up as dusk set in. All different, created by different groups, and a a big dose of Christmas cheer. As you look from the Abbey across the bay you will see lights of a different sort, as the numerous cruise liners start to glow!
For even more festive spirit head to Powderham Castle. The shops are full of food & potential gifts and you can also book for an evening stroll to enjoy the sight of the castle lit up for Christmas. After which you can take cover in the barn, perhaps with a cup of mulled wine! Find all the details on their website.
Powderham Castle is a regular haunt of Sandays guests, being within 3 miles and with an array of different events through the year, quite apart from the standard castle visits and tours.
The latest changes in Exmouth are nearing completion as the new watersports Sideshore centre on Queens Drive starts to open. Some parts of this development are already open, and Edge Watersports facilities will include stand up paddle boarding lessons, kitesurfing lessons, kayak and SUP hire, beach fit, beach yoga and sea swimming. It’s a nice looking building with renewable energy built in, and intended to be of interest to locals perhaps more than holiday visitors. However, exploring Exmouth from Sandays is always fun, whether by train, bicycle, ferry or car … or a combination of all! Be prepared for lots of walking if you are going from the quay to Orcombe Point. Or hop on one of the Stuart Line cruisers: lots of good winter/Christmas cruises planned.
This is a pic taken from the quay looking back towards the Warren as the sun went down.
Today the government have published details of the Tier system that will apply when lockdown ends on Wednesday 2nd December.
Sandays is in Tier 2, along with the whole of Devon.
This means that we are able to open to guests who live in Tier 1 or Tier 2 areas, which will be based on a postcode check.
All Covid precautions will be in place as before. You will also be asked to wear a mask when moving around within the B&B, entering & leaving.
An enormous “Wave Walker” platform is the latest aid to rebuilding parts of the Dawlish sea wall. It dominates the view from just about every direction and is attracting quite a lot of attention. Sadly each move takes hours so the “walking” can only be appreciated with a time lapse camera!
Sad to say that in line with government guidelines Sandays is closed once again.
A big “thank you” to all our amazing guests who have enjoyed breaks here during July, August, September and October. It was wonderful having you here and it made our short season rather special. For those who couldn’t make it: we missed you!
We wish everyone all the best during this latest lockdown.
We will re-open on 3rd December if we are allowed to do so, and are always happy to take provisional bookings without a deposit in the current climate. There will be a special 2 night/all 3 room special offer up to 20th December.
As always, we will be closed over Christmas and the New Year.
We are definitely into Autumn now! Many of the summer flowers are still hanging on, but our lovely pink Nerine are in full flower and looking lovely.
In other parts of the Sandays garden there is a red glow, particularly from the American Ivy front and back.
We have ponies from Yarner Wood on the Warren; great to see them and they are doing a wonderful job grazing through the vegetation.
Birds are coming back too in very large numbers to winter on the estuary, and you can watch the sunrise over the water without having to get up ridiculously early.
The fallow deer at Powderham have their antlers and will be busy over the next few weeks!
There seems to be a particular abundance of berries everywhere this year, and trees are changing colour almost as you watch. Beautiful!
One of the immense pleasures of living in the South West is the way the Arts flourish and creativity is sparked and nurtured here. Usually you will enjoy an abundance of original art wherever you go, from shows and festivals to dedicated exhibitions.
However, as we keep being told, these are unprecedented times, and artistic expression is a casualty. If you would like to help give artists a voice then please take a look at www.artcry.co.uk or watch the crowdfunding video.
It has to be said that the weather forecast is not too good for the next week, but at least today there was plenty of sunshine and flowers.
Babbacombe , Oddicombe Bay, the Tessier gardens, and St.Marychurch were all looking lovely in the sunshine and lots of people were out & about making the most of it all. Add to that a superb cheese scone at the wonderful Angel tea room to make my day!
Babbacombe is an easy drive (or bus trip) from Sandays and well worth the trip, either just to potter, or to visit one of several major attractions there.
A chance to get away in your support bubble or family without worrying about other other guests.
Or come as a socially distancing group and spread out accordingly!
Subject to availability any 2 nights between the 1st & 20th December: book all 3 bedrooms: full breakfast: unlimited use of breakfast area & lounge. All usual facilities included. £350 total.