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Visit to Torquay and Living Coasts attraction

Yesterday we went on the Buckland St Mary Bellringers’ outing  to Torquay.  We are not bellringers but like a lot of people just went to make up the numbers.

The coach dropped us off at the harbour and we admired the boats whilst having a coffee. DSC03397

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On one side of the harbour was the entrance to “Living Coasts” attraction, which is part of Wild Planet Trust – a conservation charity whose vision is for a world rich in wildlife and wild places.  Their aim is to protect our local coasts as well as playing a key role in breeding programmes for rare species.DSC03403

In an netted area were a number of birds, native to the UK but which we had never seen before such as Cormorants, Puffins and Guillemots and several wading birds.DSC03421

DSC03417 There were signs to tell  you which birds were which.DSC03411

DSC03414The next area was Penguin beach, where a solitary penguin was sunbathing and then all its friends were on the beach.DSC03405

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Living Coasts also had ottersDSC03425

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and underwater areas to view seals and penguins swimming, along with glass tanks with seahorses and  lionfish.DSC03433

Through out the day there were feeding times for all the species and they catered for adults and children alike.

Living Coasts also had an environmental message about saying “No” to single use plastic, taking part in beach cleans and buying sustainable fish.

It was well worth the visit and lovely to see all the different birds and animals in such relevant surroundings.

 

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Where was Aiden Turner when we were at Charlestown Harbour?

As were staying near St Austell we visited it’s Charlestown Harbour where they shoot the harbour scenes for the Poldark series on TV.  However they were not filming at the time and Aiden Turner was no where to be seen!

There was a tall ship in the harbour.DSC03250

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And another boat.DSC03258

We walked around the walls of the harbour.DSC03253

And looked out onto the beach.DSC03252

It was a drizzly day but we made the most of it, at least it was quiet. Here is Neil sitting by the harbour.DSC03249

We ventured into the Shipwreck and Heritage centre for a coffee and a look around the museum.  There was a lovely stained glass window in the entrance.DSC03259

The museum contained many exhibits of shipwrecks and the finds that divers had retrieved on their excursions under the sea.

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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.

Us sat by the sea front

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

patriotic flower bed

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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