My Travels

A day in Dartmoor - Jane Foster

We've had a hectic few weeks here so it seemed like a good idea to get away from our home / work / DIY etc..  and escape to Dartmoor for the day. We took our daughter and her friend and parked near some of the wild ponies who although aren't fed by the public, are very friendly. We walked for a while before getting a hot chocolate and cream tea from the cafe at Powdermills Pottery. A great little place that serves hand made ginger cake and drinks from pottery mugs made from local potters. In fact, the little gift shop sells handmade items from 20 or so local makers.

We took a long walk up a steep hill to reach some granite torrs. It was a bit cold and windy so we hiked at quite a pace to keep warm. (I wasn't wearing the right gear at all - I'm such a city girl at heart and always forget to pack walking boots and a suitable coat!).The view from the top was breathtakingly beautiful.We hid a few chocolate eggs for my daughter and her friend to find, sat down for a while before stomping back to the car. We drove back home with a sense of peace. I find it hard to find peace in my life as I'm always chasing my tail and working on various things. Even if I'm on the sofa I'm checking social media or surfing the net etc.. Taking time out like this is exactly what I need more of as I loved being out in nature, loved the scenery, the calmness and the sheer contrast to my busy life. I will make sure I definitely get back to Dartmoor more often. Feel so lucky to live within reach of it.

Sunday beach trip - Gara Rock, Devon

It was a gloriously sunny day here in Devon today so we decided we needed to get out and have some fresh air. We asked our daughter where she'd like to go for a walk and she suggested a beach walk at Gara Rock. We parked at the top and took the coastal path down to the beach. The scenery is just breathtakingly beautiful from all angles. We passed some sheep which Polly calls the 'Blueberry sheep' as they've all got blue ink markings. There were only a handful of others on the beach and at one point, we spotted a seal who kept appearing, much to our daughter's amazement.

I looked for sea glass, driftwood and then lay on the sand soaking up the sun and listening to the large waves. Polly paddled and created a dam. The afternoon ended with drinks and falafel from the wonderful

Gara Rock cafe.

Recharging my batteries - 2 day break in Cornwall

Yesterday morning I left the house at 8.30 am and drove all the way to Falmouth in Cornwall. It only takes two hours but I've not been back to Falmouth for years. I decided to go alone as I had a need to recharge my batteries after having spent what has seemed like months and months in my studio in solitude working on lots of new books. My partner and daughter were fine about me going away for 2 days and told me to enjoy myself. I occasionally go to London for meetings but haven't ever gone off like this alone on a mini adventure for years and years. I had a wonderful stimulating time and it was just what I needed. I walked around Falmouth, Penryn and Flushing, looking at new undiscovered streets, cafes, boats, art galleries etc...  It felt so good being somewhere new. I didn't take any work with me and I made a concerted effort not to check emails. I'm now back at home and have made a promise to myself to get away more! Here are some of my snapshots. Some of the coloured houses reminded me of when I lived in Hanover in Brighton - my first terraced house was pink with turquoise window boxes.