It was interesting seeing these snaps today as I don't think I've taken Wintery views of the cottage before. It still looks attractive, just in a different way. Ahh, I can smell the woodsmoke drifting from the chimneys.
The view of the village on the drive-in was most pleasant, too. Hooray, finally an abundance of daffs (doing their best to outshine the dull day).
On Saturday, we were up bright and breezy to catch the train into Devon. Having seen Jane's post a few weeks ago, I realised I was overdue my fix. Any of you who have been here, will immediately recognise this street scene...
Yes, we ventured to the lovely town of Totnes. Sadly, it was a dull and drizzly day. This square is usually home to a bustling market scene but there were very few sellers on Saturday (and who can blame them).
I did appreciate the beautiful primulas on the plant stand.
Behind the square, there is a flea market which was also a bit thin on the ground. In fact, it was rather rubbish!
I always venture there, though. If you're lucky, you might see Amanda of "Shabby Chick" fame on a Friday (sometimes on a Saturday, too) and there is always this fabric shop which I visit. I bought a lovely Colefax & Fowler remnant for a pound and a few other bits (including 50p bags of buttons).
I wandered on up the street (you might be wondering but the boys had obviously abandoned me in favour of the South Devon Railway) and I paused to take a photo of the lovely Anne of Cleves tea room (but I was full after my sneaky millionaire's shortbread from the Riverford shop - divine!) Totnes is not short of tea rooms.
Up at the top of the hill, we find the area called "The Narrows" (I'll leave it to your imagination to work out why) and in particular, lovely Lesley's shop, This 'n' That. Always a delight! We had a natter and I bought some lovely '30's style bathing belles figures for our bathroom at the cottage (sorry, forgot to photograph).
Opposite is another tantalising shop and I picked up some goodies for my friend Vanessa (not telling, wait and see!)
Ooooh, but I am really desperate to rush headlong into my favourite shop, a mecca of Cath K, Greengate and Pip Studio!
I have to confess that I did succumb to the Pip Studio towels and the Greengate teatowels. Quite restrained, I thought.
Flagging by this point, I arrived at Lady Grey's Tea Room just round the corner, at the appointed hour, to rendezvous with the boys.
It's a very old-fashioned, eclectic tea room. (Sorry for fuzzy photo.)
Oooh, Mr HenHouse! You can tell he was raised by die-hard Devonians, he does love a cream tea!
Moving onto Sunday, we begin to wonder if all we ever do is eat (such a chore!) as we find ourselves at our fabulous local for a Sunday roast. Our pub has won several national awards and we like to take advantage of it when we can!
Feeling chubby, my lunch is rounded off nicely by bumping into the pub cat outside in the garden. I do my best to find cats to harass (at least they seem to think it's harassing!) wherever I go.
In need of a bit of activity, we head to the park, where the Munchkin lets off steam with gusto!
Daddy is more interested in reading about steam (of the railway kind!)
Mummy is most enthralled to see a spot of repainting has been taking place...
...and can't resist having a go!