Of Devonshire tea...

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I have moved on to Exeter now, having finished up in Houghton on the Hill on Monday morning. My uncle Philip was travelling to near Cheltenham on Monday, so I caught a lift with him, and we had a nice day of driving and stopping in various places. We were also very lucky with the weather, which made the driving much nicer.

The first stop was Stratford upon Avon, home of Shakespeare - not that you'd notice, the locals haven't really marketed that fact at all :p Of all the many things that could possibly be linked with the bard (including the house of his son in law, wife and probably cat) we chose to visit the church where he was baptised and buried, and the house where he grew up. Stratford is in itself a lovely little town, full of all the quaint old houses and streets and hanging baskets of flowers that are still novelties to an Aussie like me.

View off Woodbury common (with Jenny)

Then it was on to the Cotswolds, a very picturesque area of Britain - more villages in beautiful hilly countryside. We had a very nice route worked out (thanks, Lou) and visited Chipping Campden, Broadway and Winchcombe, climbed Cleeve Hill, and finished up in Cheltenham in time for me to catch the train to Exeter.

I'm staying with my friend Jenny (who I met in Thailand last year) and her parents. Jenny & I explored Exeter this morning (luckily without too much of the rain that woke me this morning!) which has a nice quay, huge cathedral, and some lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Then after lunch Jenny's mum took us on a drive to Woodbury common, and then down to the coast to Budleigh Salterton (where we had a walk and a very nice icecream) and Exmouth. The afternoon was actually gorgeous and sunny which was great, and it looks like the next couple of days will be good too (so I have photographic proof that the sun does sometimes shine in England!) This evening I had my first real English pub meal (fish n chips) with Jenny & her boyfriend Rob (still sitting outside in the sun)

Heading off to Cornwall tomorrow morning - staying a couple of nights at a backpackers in Penzance.

Note: I haven't actually had Devonshire tea, but I have learnt that it's not just tea & scones - it has to have special clotted cream with a kind of crust on it, otherwise it's not real Devon cream...

bfrosier says:
Verity, I am glad that you got to Budleigh Salterton, as I cycled there back in April 1951 when I was staying with friends nearby during our Easter Vacation. I also rode to Sidmouth and was rash enough to go in for a swim! And nearly froze instantly! You are seeing nice lots of england and just before the heavy rains and flooding too.
Posted on: Jul 24, 2007
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