I know my recent posts have been a little photo-heavy (and lacking in craftiness), but I just HAD to share these with you.....
While we were back in the UK, we stayed with Simon’s parents for a few days. They live in Devon, in Exmouth. My grandparents had a static caravan in Exmouth for years and years, and we used to spend every school holiday down there (in fact, it’s where I met Simon - he happened to be lifeguarding at the site’s pool when I was 16.....).
When I was a little girl, my favourite place to visit near ‘the caravan’ was the River Otter. I LOVED paddling in the shallow bits, making dams with pebbles from the riverbed, collecting ‘nature’ to take back to the caravan, and stopping off at Otterton Mill for a slice of homemade shortbread.
The Otter is STILL my favourite place to visit when we’re in that part of the world! It’s so beautiful and peaceful. I don’t tend to build dams or collect nature nowadays (though both are tempting), but I DO still like to have a little paddle and visit the Mill. These days, I have to have a cream tea whenever we stop off there. They make THE most delicious scones in the whole wide world!!!
On this particular visit, I saw my very first River Otter otter!!! I was SO excited!!! I tried to get a photo of him, but he was too quick for me.
Here are my snaps.....
[Where the river meets the sea - Budleigh Salterton]
[Pretty little snails]
[Blue, blue sky peeping out from between the clouds]
[A perfect paddling patch]
If you’re ever in Devon, you should definitely go and spend a day paddling in the Otter!