I'm thinking of buying shares in National Rail as we are using the train so often lately!
Last week we had another day out and this time we took a train to Honiton where we spent a couple of hours wandering round and visiting the little Museum which is the tiny building bottom right in the photo above.
Honiton is famous for its lace - the art of lace making was introduced to Honiton by Flemmish refugees in the early 1500s. In the early stages of its production it was made by first working individual motifs which would then be incorporated into a background (sounds a bit like Irish crochet to me) The pieces I saw were very intricate and when I consider the difficulty I had with a tiny scrap I made as part of my City and Guilds Creative Textile course I am in awe of anyone who could do this fine detailed work especially when one thinks that it would have been worked with very little daylight (tiny windowed cottages) or by candle-light.
We had a coffee in the Lacemakers cafe before catching a bus to Sidmouth - a beautiful ride with stunning scenery all seen from the top deck as before!
I had visited Sidmouth last year when on my BBB II but had only spent a couple of hours here so this time we had time for a better look.
I like Sidmouth it is a genteel kind of town and maybe because the beach isn't fine golden sand it doesn't attract the hoardes like Weymouth with its long sandy beach, Punch and Judy shows and shops all selling candy floss and plastic flip flops, although in fact those were available in the town should anyone want them and of course the schools hadn't yet broken up so maybe it will be different this week now that they have.
We had fish and chips for lunch in the town and then walked up to the Connaught Gardens where we wandered round enjoying the views.
There seem to be a lot of wildflower meadow beds everywhere this year and of course lots of poppies.
Our outing on Frdiay didn't involve a train though. A friend had sent me a 2 for 1 voucher and an article from the RHS magazine about East Lambrook Manor Gardens and although we had been some years back when our French friends were staying and none of us had been over impressed with it we thought we'd take another look as we wanted to visit the Field of Dreams anyway which is only a couple of miles away from East Lambrook.. The manor house is a lovely golden hamstone building set in a couple of acres of garden.
Not far down the road at South Petherton is the Field of Dreams which opened last weekend and we had already decided to go there as the afternoon was fine and this didn't disappoint - it was as lovely as when I went last time.
I have spent some time this weekend catching up on the neglected chores: housework, washing, ironing and gardening etc though as I always think nobody on their deathbed ever said "I wish I'd done more housework" but they might wish they'd been out more mightn't they?! Whilst the summer is here I intend to get out and enjoy it and if the chores get left well so what?!