Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Such a perfect day!




Generally, when it comes to weekends, Mr S and I have an agreement.

Saturday is 'going out' day...Sunday is 'staying in' day!

But there are exceptions to every rule!

(If I smile nicely!)

And so, on Sunday, off we went, through the Devon lanes.

Come with me!






First brief stop was here!




'Stop, stop, '' I shouted as the words, ' The Old School House''

appeared in front of me.



This would be my idea of heaven...a little school,

set deep in the Devon countryside!

(With a fabric shack on the back of it!!)






On we drove...to Powderham and THAT nursery which I love!

I'm not going to blog that again but just to say that

we've been making a new herbaceous border in our garden and I wanted

a few plants to add to that!

That done, we parked up here, in the beautiful little village of Kenton.

And this is where the 'treat of the day' really did take place!!




We always drive through Kenton if we take the alternative route

back from Exeter..(i.e. the coast road not the A38, which I hate!)

But we never stop at Kenton... and

I've been saying for ages that we ought, as there must be more to it.




There just happened to be a very nice pub serving a Sunday carvery!

Having partaken of that, we walked around this delightful village,

which surprised and delighted us at every turn.

Most of the properties seemed to have a name.




Firstly, we came across these very attractive and well preserved almshouses.

Built in 1888 by the Courtenays, of Powderham Castle.

(The almshouses were Grade 2 listed, 100 years later.)




The Hollyhocks caught my eye..how I love them!













As we walked on further,this row of coloured houses came into view!








And here's the school...




It was sheer pleasure!

The birds didn't stop singing and it was as if we had stepped into another world.






When you next take the coast road from Exeter to Dawlish, you'll pass through

Kenton; be sure to stop, park up and walk around!

You won't be disappointed.


















Such a perfect day !

I'm glad I could share it with you!

;-)

13 comments:

Andi's English Attic said...

I'm glad you shared it with us, too. I've seen so much of Devon since I joined your blog. Thanks for that. xx

Menopausalmusing said...

Those Almshouses - the stuff of dreams. I see the hollyhocks down with you are ahead of ours.... mine are just getting the bottom flowers opening.

Miss Holly said...

What a spectacular post!!!! How I have enjoyed the trip to Kenton...Mr. has been sitting across from me and I keep saying " oh...you have to see this!! " " oh ...look at this.. the hollyhocks..." they have always been a top of the list favorite! My mum used to make us hollyhock dolls when we were little....and my name is Holly....so they are special!! thank you so much..I will be looking at this many times today!!

The Devil Makes Work said...

Wow Sal, what great photos. Devon is so beautiful.

KC'sCourt! said...

What a lovely day you had.
Julie xxxxxxx

Pennyblossoms said...

Many thanks for sharing!
The almshouse garden is how I dream mine will look one day...my hollyhocks are all still in tight buds. Soon, my beauties, soon!
I rather like that metal plaque of the swallows too.
It is said that Kent is the garden of England. I think your photos prove otherwise!
Z xx

Bobbie Lynn said...

What a charming home you have and thank you for taking us on your beautiful outing. What fabulous photos you took. Love them all. : )

Susy said...

Hello Sal,
Susy is from Italy, we met
Chipping Sodbury, you remember me?
I often come to see your blog,
Why, from a good teacher you are,
I do know many beautiful villages which then
I come to visit. thanks
a hug
Suzy x

Sal said...

Yes Suzy..I do remember! I hope you are keeping well!
Thanks for visiting my blog again ;-) x

Anna at the Doll House said...

Hello Sal

What picture perfect cottages: Kenton certainly looks to be worth a visit. I have to admit, though, that if I had to choose, it would be the old school house which is my favourite.

I look forward to following future posts on your lovely blog.

Anna

June said...

What a super Devon village! WE had a walk around Shaldon recently and that also is very beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I'll certainly put Kenton on my to do list!
June

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that I spent I with you


Hey Lou

Maybe you could write a song about this

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely to see those pictures of a perfect Devon village, Sal - so very different from our villages up here that as you say it seems to be another world.