Even though we weren’t going home until the Saturday of our final week in Sidmouth it was necessary that the awning was down on the Thursday. We wanted to take it down without the added hassle of rain and according to the weather forecast Thursday was going to be a dry day. Happily the forecast was right and a dry day it was and the awning was down, folded, cleaned up and stacked away in the car boot by lunchtime with no major hiccups. This was no mean feat as the putting up and the taking down of awnings can be one gigantic pain in the posteria!
That wasn’t the end of it though. William then set to with a bucket of hot soapy water and a brush and gave the van’s exterior, roof included, a good old washing down. All this work took quite some time but when it was finished it was time to play.
Play which included a bracing walk along the beach at Seaton. I love the crunch of the pebbles underfoot – Muffin not so much, so one of us usually gives him a leg up. Good job he’s not a big dog!
The colours of the sea and sky were magical.
The streetlights were on by the time we got back to the car. The sun was well on its way to the antipodes and the streets were deserted. From Seaton we drove into Beer and bought fish & chips for supper. We could’ve eaten in the restaurant, it was all but empty, but decided against it sticking with tradition instead eating the piping hot chips and freshest flakiest of fish sitting on a bench in the village. The atmosphere in the village was so different from the summer months – quiet, calm and cold (let’s keep it real – it was definitely cold!) The salty chips left us both with a thirst so we called in The Dolphin for a drink before hitting the country lanes toward Oakdown.
One last picture of the sea off Sidmouth prom - just because I like it.
Despite the cold weather or maybe because of it our last holiday of the season was a good one and I’m already looking forward to doing it all over again in 2013.
Before I fall asleep tonight I’ll be counting my blessings and our holiday home on wheels will be one, very big one, of them!