Thursday, 28 April 2016

Cliff Top Bluebells!


I should have taken my walking boots to tackle the steep, rocky, and often dangerous cliffs that I scrambled up so easily as a youngster!!!
The cliff top bluebells may have escaped my lens, but extravagant displays of primroses caught my attention. They decorated babbling brooks, gave lacey edges to the hedgerows, prettified grassy banks along Devon's narrow lanes, and scattered their pale lemon faces all around the village churchyards. 

We stayed in Soar Mill Cove, accessible only by foot from our hotel or across the clifftops, and by canoe from the sea


Part way up the cliff - it's starting to become very rocky and dangerous -  time to turn round and go back down
past the tangled web of Gorse bush branches 

to safety
In the next post our journey takes us along


Devon's narrow roads, then across a headland 
to visit a subtropical garden

41 comments:

  1. Good morning Rosemary!I'm in awe...again of your magnificent pictures.Pure bliss!
    Thanks for letting us tag along the English countryside.A real pleasure, unfortunately a virtual one.
    Enjoy the weekend
    Olympia

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    1. Thank you Olympia - I was delighted that you came along. We had a great break in three different but lovely locations.

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  2. Stunning, Rosemary! My new blog address is: http://www.kukkaiselamaa.fi

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    1. Thank you Satu - I will change your blog address

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  3. The landscape of Devon looks very dramatic, wild and rugged. What a great place to climb, but wise to turn back. The primroses are pretty (I'm not sure that I have ever actually seen them), and I love your round picture of them, growing wild by the bubbling stream. Beautiful post, thank you Rosemary.

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    1. Dear Patricia - I don't think that I have ever seen so many primroses growing in such great qualities before. I am pleased that you enjoyed seeing this little corner of Devon.

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  4. Beautiful coastline and landscapes you showed us. Great photos.

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    1. The coastline is very dramatic around that corner of Devon.

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  5. Just beautiful scenery Rosemary. I particularly like The cottage, the second last photo.

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    1. We had been going along narrow twisty lanes for many miles when we suddenly came across the river with the bridge and the cottage - what a very quiet and secret location in which to live.

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  6. Hello Rosemary, Some of your most beautiful photos yet!
    --Jim

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    1. Hello Jim - glad you enjoyed seeing them and thank you

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  7. Must admit that although I've visited Salcombe often, I don't recall getting quite as far as Soar Mill Cove. However dear Rosemary, many thanks for these beautiful photos from Devon, my always 'home' despite living so far away now. The photo of the primroses especially brought a lump to my throat, love how they carpet that wonderful old country churchyard. The statue on that gravestone is very lovely.

    You certainly appear to have enjoyed beautiful weather to get so many scenes in bright sunshine, so happy you experienced that, always makes the sea colors look so awesome and the fields green and gorgeous.

    Looking forward to your next post to see where else you visited. Dartmoor perhaps?
    Hugs - Mary

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    1. Next time that you are 'home' Mary you must visit Soar Mill Cove it such an idyllic spot and also Hope Cove next to it. The hotel we stayed in is wonderful having the "Taste and Stay" award for the whole of the southwest.
      Where too next? well Mary you answered the question in your first sentence - we just hopped over the headland from Soar Mill Cove to Salcombe.

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  8. The pale lemon faces of Devon's primroses are perfectly lovely. Our primroses are mostly shades of pink as is called “Sakura-so” meaning “cherry blossom grass”. I especially like them along the babbling brook (the 5th image). The views of the open sea, rocky shores, narrow roads, aged arched stone bridge, rolling hills…. everything looks so fascinating in Devon. One of the places in Britain I'd like to walk around in person.

    Yoko

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    1. Devon is a very pretty county to visit that has something for everyone - quaint little villages, moors, woodland, and a lovely coastline too.
      Some of our primroses are pink too Yoko, but predominately they are pale yellow.

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  9. Beautiful photos. You're much braver than I am. I once "wigged" out on a costal path, had to look down only at my feed and have Mac lead me to safety.

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    1. Well I didn't get to the top Janet - if I had taken my boots I would have scaled the heights though - I don't mind being high up.

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  10. So beautiful!!!! Some really wonderful views and photos! I hope that you enjoyed the gardens too, they are wonderful!

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    1. I am guessing that you know where we went to Amy!

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  11. This looks like a lovely place with some gorgeous views. I think the south west coastline looks its best at this time of year with the spring flowers in bloom and everything so fresh and green. The bluebells and the primroses are even more beautiful because they spread so freely.

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    1. There seem to be lots more primroses this year than I have noticed in previous years, even around here they are growing all along the roadside verges.

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  12. Hello Rosemary,
    This looks like a fairytale Rosemary. I can almost smell the perfume from the bluebells and primroses. I picked some last week and they are still blooming.
    This looks to be a perfect get away and you had sunshine too.
    Have a wonderful weekend

    Helenxx

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    1. Hello Helen - our first stay was in Somerset, and it was pouring with rain as we left there for Devon.
      We shall hope to return to Soar Mill Cove, the hotel and the spot is delightful.

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  13. Stunning as always Rosemary. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Susan - I haven't been to this spot since I was a youngster, and happily it still remains exactly as I remember it.

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  14. What a lovely sceneries. It would be nice to walk there. And your photos are so wonderful and beautiful, as usually.
    Hugs

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    1. Dear Orvokki - it is a lovely place to walk and enjoy all of the nature surrounding you - thank you♡

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  15. Just beautiful, thank you.

    All the best Jan

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    1. That is kind of you Jan - thank you

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  16. I don't think I've ever seen the primroses looking as good as this year. As you say, they are everywhere!

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    1. I don't remember seeing so many large clumps before Jessica - it must be the rain that they like!!!

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  17. This post made me misty, Rosemary. Great Britain has such beauty. I'm glad you opted for safety over more adventurous rock climbing, though. :) What gorgeous pictures!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed them Yvette - If I had taken my proper boots and walking poles it would have been possible, but better safe then sorry.

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  18. What an amazing country you live in. So small yet so diverse. The cultivated and settled contrast fantastically with the wild and wooly. We have forests and cliffs and beautiful spots but many are accessible only to the truly athletic and most are truly too far from any place of human habitation to be easily got to in one day.

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    1. You are right H, we can get to anywhere in this country from the tip of Scotland to the bottom at Lands-End within a day from wherever we live. Fortunately that accessibility does still have lots of wild uninhabited parts to it for those of us that enjoy its seclusion.

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  19. How lovely to enjoy a secluded cove that you can get to only by taking a walk from your hotel! Wonderful photos of the rugged coastline.

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    1. Soar Mill Cove hotel is an idyllic place to stay, and they serve the most delicious and beautifully presented food too.

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  20. I always this part of the Devon coast. Sarah x

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