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Anniversary trip to Seaton in the sunshine

Thursday 18th June was our 21st wedding anniversary.  We still had to do some chores in the morning but in the afternoon we went down to the coast at Seaton.  It was the most glorious sunny day and we wandered along the pebble beach.

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We sat on the beach taking in the sunshine and just watching the sea crashing against the beach.

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I just love the surf on the pebbles.

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Of course we had to have an icecream!!

We stopped by the tram terminus.  Trams run daily from Seaton to Colyton and back.  We must do this one day.

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In the evening we went to an Italian restaurant called La Bella Luna in Chard for a lovely meal.  Great to celebrate 21 happy years together.

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Visit to Burrow Farm Gardens and Charmouth Beach

Today, being our 20th wedding anniversary and also a lovely sunny day, we took ourselves out for the day.  The first place we visited was Burrow Farm Gardens.  It is 10 acres of beautiful gardens, ponds, bogs, woodland garden and beautiful views.  This was the Millenium Garden.

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There were some lovely really large Iris flowers in this garden.

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I spotted a really large wild foxglove.

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There were several stone statues throughout the gardens.

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There were quite a few specimens of this plant that looks like enormous rhubarb and has the most gigantic leaves, I don’t know what it is called.

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We sat by the pond watching the ducks and admiring the view up the hill.

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We had a spot of lunch in their tea rooms and then left for the coast.  Charmouth is just a bit further East of Lyme Regis and is quite unspoilt and not commercialised at all.  It is a stony beach and when we walked along the pebbles the wind came up although it was really sunny. This is me in front of the beach huts.

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And this is Neil along the beach.

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There was one lady in the sea having a dip but we contented ourselves with Neil skimming stones and me watching!!

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And then of course we stopped to have an ice cream – got to be done when you are on the beach.  So all in all a really pleasant day out and all not far from here.

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Trip to Minehead on the West Somerset Railway

Today Neil and I took the unusual step of having a day off working in the garden. Instead we had a day out on the West Somerset Railway with a trip from Bishops Lydeard, just outside Taunton, to Minehead on the north Devon coast.  Yes it was grey and overcast, and we hadn’t exactly picked the best day to go, but we decided to go for it all the same.

Flowers at Bishops Lydeard

I admired the lovely flowers everywhere at the station as we waited for the steam train to arrive.

Neil admiring one of the steam engines

The train gently chuffed it’s way through the various stations and across the countryside for an hour and a quarter before arriving in Minehead.  This was a typical English seaside town with the normal assortment of amusement arcades and novelty gift shops, although out of season not that busy.  The tide was in when we first arrived at the beach.

Looking towards the harbour at Minehead

We took a leisurely stroll along the prom to the harbour where we found a quiet pub that served food, and treated ourselves to fish and chips. It was very reasonably priced and delicious.

Boats in the harbour at Minehead

We strolled back and on the way passed an old car parked in the front of a hotel.  It was a vintage Rover in excellent condition.

Vintage Rover

We sat in one of the many shelters along the sea front just watching the world go by.

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There were some really gorgeous flower beds in colours of red, white and blue, which had been planted for the jubilee.

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Making our way back to the train station we could see the smoke from the steam engine coming into the platform.

steam train arriving in Minehead

They shunted the engine up and down the track to latch onto the other end of the train to drive us back to Bishops Lydeard.

steam engines at Minehead

The early afternoon train rambled back along the track to Bishops Lydeard and the sun came out as we were chuffing along.  With the rhythm of the train and and warmth of the sun, the effect was quite soporific.  We arrived back home early evening to a nice cup of tea.  All in all a great day out and thoroughly recommended.

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