A week ago Tuesday I was in Devon with Emma and her two children. We had spent Monday on Putsborough Beach, in unexpected heat, and we were still expecting rain the next day. So we felt doubly blessed when we had lovely sunshine again. Especially as Laura, Ian and little Rowan were driving up from Taunton to spend the day with us en famille.
We kicked off Family Day with lunch on the deck. Nothing complicated: just a delicious mushroom quiche I picked up from the general stores in Morthoe, a chickpea, red onion & cherry tomato salad with some Feta, and a salad of Little Gems and alfalfa sprouts.
We could see the sea in the distance, blue and twinkling in the sun over the garden hedge.
Woolacombe is surfer central, and Putsborough was a bit far with all the children, so we decided to head to Barricane Beach, which is a little cover just between Mortehoe and Woolacombe.
It’s a very steep walk down with a pushchair…
But when this is waiting at the bottom, it’s worth it.
As at Putsborough there is a tiny café serving sandwiches and ice creams
The beach isn’t quite as sandy here: it’s a very fine shingle-y sand, but still perfectly adequate for sandcastles and digging.
Ian and I actually did go in the sea: it was absolutely freezing, far colder than the Ladies Pond, but extremely refreshing once in. It was a little too rough to really swim beyond the cove, and there were teeny tiny jelly fish floating around so we hopped it pretty sharpish.
It really was a glorious day, with clear blue skies. This was the view from the beach.
When we left the beach mid afternoon, we could see that the tide was already pretty far out over on Woolacombe Beach. The surfers were still busy though, like so many black seals.
And then home for naps all round.