I grew up in West London so you could say I’m a town girl, but from as far back as I can remember North Devon has held a very special place in my heart. I thought I’d write this blog post to explain where this love of the area I now live in comes from.
I’ve been visiting North Devon with my family for as long as I can remember. Every year my Mum and Dad would pack up the car with my older brother and I, plus an array of pets – dogs, cats and a budgie (yes, I did say a budgie!!!), hitch the caravan on the back of the car and make the drive down to North Devon. We would base ourselves on a huge rambling farm in Combe Martin for the next couple of weeks, and spend those idyllic summer days exploring. It was the stuff of children’s stories – pony trekking, climbing trees, swimming in the sea and building sandcastles, and to top it off it seemed to be perpetually warm and sunny, with ice cream on tap.
As a little girl one of the fondest memories I have is of a little tucked away place called Lee Bay. My parents used to take me here every year, in fact it was a ritual to spend a day at Lee every time we visited, and two days if we were lucky. It’s a beautiful little place – a chocolate box village with it’s ice cream colour houses and thatched cottages, gardens full of tumbling strawberries and cream coloured fuchsias, but follow the little path a little way through the fields to discover the beautiful sandy coves of the bay. It became a family tradition to enjoy a clotted cream tea at the Fuchsia tea rooms before going for a paddle down on the beach – but not before a trip to the beach shop to buy a new fishing net and ice cream!!! I have never grown out of my love for Lee and I am looking forward this summer to strolling down to the front with my husband for a cream tea or a glass of pop!!
When I was little I always said that one day I would live in North Devon, and although from London originally I think my heart has always been here. I can honestly say that I fell in love with North Devon from the word Go! That dream of eventually living here turned into a reality when, 3 years ago now, my then boyfriend and I had a weekend in North Devon to visit family. It was my boyfriends first time in the South West so while we were here I took the opportunity to show him all my favourite haunts, showing him all the things and places that I fell in love with when I was a little girl. Within that short break I obviously did a good job because he fell in love with Devon as much as I did, and as mad as it now sounds, in those few long days we decided to make the life changing decision and move our lives from London to Barnstaple.
Two and a half years on we are living in Barnstaple, our roots are down and when I am not working with clients I still like to spend my time visiting all those places I so fondly remember as a little girl. Of course now I am doing this with my husband, and because we are here permanently there are so many more places to discover and enjoy in this beautiful part of the country.
With summer upon us, now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the sunshine in some of the beautiful places on our doorstop. Happy Summer.