Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Perfect Weather

Who says England has foul weather all the time? The past week has been brilliant - warm sunny days, no sign of clouds most of the time. Few bugs, cool nights, beer down the pub after a walk up the hill and back. Weather.com seems to be the most reliable and informative service (forget the BBC with its silly cloud icons!)

So what else has been going on? Well, we tried wild camping on the East Devon Coast. Great location (photo to come) followed by breakfast on the beach at Salcombe Mouth. We stayed on the beach all the next day, sun worshipping and studying beach cusp formation.

Then on to Dartmoor and a great bed and breakfast in Sandy Park (sorry, no internet links). We walked 10 miles into and out of the granite moors, past acid-stained rivers, farmland, green lanes, open moorland, granite tors, ancient trackways, more farmland, an isolated tor, a small town and the river again. Then dinner at a fine pub, the Ring o Bells in Chagford. Funny that, because our local is the Eight Bells. Must like pubs with bells!

Monday was a day in London where summer is already heating up the underground and things are starting to fall apart (three underground lines reporting problems at the same time). Had dinner at the Texas Embassy Cantina on Sunday evening with friends from Australia. Dos Equis Dark in England - Yes!!

Took the First Great Western high speed train back to Moreton-in-Marsh and arrived more or less intact and on time. The train is too long for the station and they make the first class passengers walk four cars to an exit that doesn't drop onto the tracks! Good reason why we saved money and traveled standard class.

So there we are after 9 days silence - the ocean, the moors, London, trains and lots of sunshine!