Wednesday, August 6, 2014

GOOD FENCES and our vacation rental in Devonshire, England

 While still posting about our trip overseas in June, I am leaving France for a bit and jumping ahead to the county of Devonshire in the south west of England. 


 The first two photos will allow me to participate in Good Fences, which I don't want to miss out on.


I have already written about this part of my life in my bio shown on this blog's side bar, but Devonshire is where I lived for many years before I ever met Gregg.  I moved there when I was 15 years old, after my father retired from the Staffordshire Police Force.  Devonshire was like a second home to me, still is.  From the age of eight years old my family and I visited twice a year for several years and all those trips down there helped me plant my roots deep into the ground.  We moved permanently in 1965 and it truly was like returning home.  My Mom and Dad bought a modest two-bedroomed bungalow in a small village two miles from the coast for £10,000, a small fortune to my parents back in those days.  They had also fallen in love with Devon and had been thinking about this for years, scrimping and saving every penny to make it happen when the time was right.



 When organizing our accommodations Gregg wanted to know where I would like to stay, and the only thing I asked was could we be on the edge of Dartmoor, maybe near Buckfastleigh.  I have always had a great love for the Moors, and my memories of them were wonderful ones.  He rented a house on Airbnb.  Their link can be found here.  It was the first time we had ever used it.  It is a website where you can find a place to stay anywhere in the world, be it a hotel, a Bed and Breakfast.  It might even be a couch in someone's home, or a room or the whole home. 


Guests rate these places and the people who rent to you also rate you.  You build up a reputation on either side, good or bad, and so it gives you an idea of the kind of person and place you are renting from, or whom you are renting to. 


Gregg's sister told us about Air B and B and we are very grateful to her for doing so.  A colleague of hers had been using this method for several years, and our first experience was lovely.  We found ourselves in a cozy terraced house in Buckfastleigh, and yes we were on the edge of Dartmoor, a perfect location to enjoy all the places we wanted to visit. 


  I found a connection with our host whom we didn't actually meet because she took the opportunity to visit her family abroad. While I browsed through her collection of books, imagine my delight to see one of my favorite poets.  I had never read this particular work before.  It was called "Thirst" by Mary Oliver, and though we didn't see each other in person, I felt I knew our host a little bit more just by knowing that she was also a Mary Oliver fan. 


Mary Oliver is on Facebook at this link.  I found a video of her reading a poem - "The Summer Day", which I share below.  If you can't access this you can also go here.



Below you can see three maps of the UK, all showing the location of Buckfastleigh marked with the red button.









 (my photos above were taken in and around our hosts home)


Thank you Theresa at The Run*A*Round Ranch Report for continuing another great meme.  Click on the blog link to see other participants, and the button below to find out more information.  



23 comments:

Mama Zen said...

Your pictures are just gorgeous!

jabblog said...

Your photos give a real flavour of your stay in Devon. I love the garden angel and the foxgloves.

Blackberry Lane said...

What a great way to find B&B. I enjoyed your pictures so very much.

Wandering Wren said...

What a fabulous way of finding a place to stay and how lovely that you could go back to explore your old haunts in Devon. It looks like you had a great holiday, love the photos and hearing some more about your childhood. I wish we could still buy a house for 10,000GBP!
Wren x

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

This is my issue. Every time I think I am ready to travel somewhere else, some one writes a lovely post on one of my favorite places in the world. I've made many trips to England, but not spent enough time in Devon.

What a charming life you have had. Such a beautiful place to associate with your parents and your young self. I am reminded of the lines:

God gives all men all earth to love, but since man's heart is small, ordains one spot shall prove beloved over all.

gigihawaii said...

Interesting commentary on your lodgings. I have never tried Air B and B.

And nice looking caterpillar down below. Too bad you could not wait for it to turn into a moth.

EG CameraGirl said...

Air B and B sounds wonderful! So glad you got to stay just where you hoped you could.

Sandy Carlson said...

I'm glad you got to go home! To have a heart in two places! Not easy. Beautiful images.

diane b said...

Lovely photos from that beautiful area. Thanks for the tip on the website.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

We will check out the airB&B link for a future trip. Glad your experience turned out so perfect. Understandably yiu would not have wanted to show photos of your guest lodgings, and the artwork and flowers and descriptive text were great, Denise.

Cranberry Morning said...

Sigh. And to think that some kids grow up there... How beautiful!

Karen S. said...

What a wonderful view, every photo so lovely, but the first one, oh I wish I could duplicate that in my own garden. So lovely, and is that a poppy?

TexWisGirl said...

what a nice way to visit 'home' for you! lovely, quaint area. :)

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots. Devon is so pretty.

Kathie Brown said...

Denise, what a lovely post and an impassioned one! I love all the artwork you included! I can feel your love of that place coming through the screen in your words. How I would love to visit the moors of England!

SeagullSuzie said...

How lovely. Buckfastleigh is just a short drive from our rental property.

eileeninmd said...

Denise, what a lovely trip you had! The B&B sounds perfect for you & Gregg. I love the cute garden angel. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.

Margaret Adamson said...

This is a beautiful area. I love the foxglove shot especially

Pat said...

What a lovely experience that must have been. Beautiful pictures.

Marie said...

How wonderful that you were able to get back home...and to find the perfect rental place for your stay! Love the photos!

I didn't think Monument Valley would effect me as much as the Grand Canyon did, but it had the same effect and I love both equally. Glad you've been here to see it. Glad your son's picture is from there! :-)

Felicia said...

beautiful images. I went to that website...it looks really helpful. Its so wonderful you could go back to where you have so many memories.

Linda said...

Sounds delightful! Your pictures are lovely.

Little Messy Missy said...

Beautiful pics. I love the shrine, alter...however you chose to say it. very pretty!
xoxoxox