I had a wonderful break last week where we went to Devon, staying at Woolacombe… hmmm really should read the brochures next time. Small, yes it really was. I do like quaint towns but this was a little too small for me, night-time’s for dining, perfect, day time, not so. I do like a good old mooch around charity shops and markets to see what treasures I can uncover, this was not to be done in Woolacombe. However we did venture out and discovered Ilfracombe, Exeter, Barnstable, Bude, Camelford and Boscastle. Of all the villages we looked through, I do believe Barnstable was my absolute favourite. They have an antique market on a Wednesday *grins* and I came away with an armful, as well as a fabulous discovery of some beautiful Meakin side plates in a charity shop. Brilliant. In Exeter my husband (the book collector) whilst mooching a second hand book shop managed to uncover a book called ‘Roman Song’ signed by the author Brian Kennedy, a favourite Irish singer of mine, so that in itself was a very happy moment for yours truly. A tour of Bude led to me finding the perfect bunting for my next little venture (more of that shortly) and Ilfracombe did the most fantastic Venison sausages and plenty of charity shops to rifle through as well as being the home of Pelham Puppets. Oh my goodness, ran by David Leech who very cleverly builds and restores the magical things. Of course we HAD to buy one, and walked away with a little Marvin the Martian but believe me when I say I plan to be a regular customer there. Phoenix will definitely be guaranteed a puppet every year I live and breathe…. Best buy a theatre soon. Boscastle was home to the exciting and most excellent Museum of Witchcraft, there was so much in there we just did not have time to get through it all, lots of fascinating pieces and stories, but with a grumpy little devil of a baby, we had to make a quicker exit than planned. As for Camelford, well we really didn’t see much of that. We simply drove through to spend a couple of hours with some old friends for a bit of a catch up, which was lovely. Yep Devon and Cornwall was a good holiday, a nice break away from Wolverhampton, but the one thing I did not do was have an ice-cream, how wrong, every seaside town I go to, I HAVE to sample the ice-cream, but I didn’t, I don’t even know why, I think it was my subconscious reminding me to keep on the diet… damn it.
Today I am catching up with some guilty viewing pleasures (I’ve still not unpacked either, how tardy of me) – Hmmmm X-Factor, Rock Night, Rock, really, not too sure about that one, especially Tulisa’s selection for her groups. I have watched Kirsty Allsop’s latest, I am a fan of the Home Made Home, suits me down to the ground, but I must admit, I did find myself picking flies from this episode, some of the cakes and methods undertaken to make them made me cringe and I really honestly can say, I would not enter a county fair competition like those for love nor money. It’s a little too much WI gone rogue. Although, I had once considered joining the WI not so many months ago, however after receiving their bumf about who they are and mission plans etc. on reading about 10 typos in the first paragraph, I was permanently put off.
Right, back to bunting…. Yes I have a couple of lengths of bunting and have just ordered myself a banner..EXCITED.. just gotta get myself some cake bells sorted and display tray and we are on our way to fun things…can you guess what?!