Monday, June 29, 2015

England Vacation - Journal - Part 2 - Paignton

June 1st, 2015

8.16 p.m. and it has been a lovely day.  We started out sitting in the kitchen talking with our niece and nephew for a couple of hours.  Then it was decided we should drive into town as everyone wanted to have fish and chips for lunch.  

We walked down to the front (next to the beach) in Paignton, first stopping in the old fish and chip shop that my parents loved going to.  

Gregg found a friend.

Hello again My Lovelies!

It was so much fun to be in familiar territory. My niece remembers this area well from her childhood, and that is yet another thing we have in common.  

More nostalgia food!  These icons are everywhere around town. 

Our nephew-in-law treated us to an ice-cream.  

My choice was a scoop of vanilla in a cone, with a small Cadbury's Flake stuck in the top. 

The young lady almost forgot to add it.  She just did not understand how important it was to have that Cadbury Flake. It just wouldn't have been the same without it.  The ice-cream is like a soft-serve from Dairy Queen, a little firmer but not so firm like regular ice-cream.  Definitely nostalgia for me as I remember happily walking down that same street with my mum, dad and sister, when I was eight years' old.  Happy memories!

And we really enjoyed our ice-cream, nostalgia and all, and others were not forgotten either.  During our stay I noticed that lots of shops and even restaurants had put water dishes outside for their customers' dogs.

This is a seaside town and like many of its kind, it is very kitschy with lots of souvenir stores and eateries, and plenty of arcades for big kids and little kids to enjoy.  

There are gorillas sitting on the sidewalk.....

and Disney characters.

When my family and I first started coming to this area they rented a caravan at Waterside Caravan Park.  I am going back over 50 years here.  Our caravan was parked on the top of the hill.  We walked down to the train track where we had to go under the bridge to get to the beach, and climb over huge boulders which was our path down to the sand.  It worried my mother who did not like such things for her children to clamber over, especially at the high rate of speed as eager as we were to get down to the beach.  I seem to remember it being a rocky beach at that time, with lots of tide pools to explore.  We were never without one of those small fishing nets on a pole that I see kids with today.

This day, when we got down to the front we walked by the old theater and up to the pier. 

It started to brighten up the longer we were out but the first few days were chilly and rainy.

Others are enjoying a walk along the seafront but....

it is colder than last year and very windy.  I am sure I saw that seagull laughing at the cold.

My niece's husband didn't seem to mind either, judging from that lovely smile.  We were all enjoying the sight of the ocean even with the chilly weather.

I always seem to pack not quite enough of what I should have.  Like a thicker jacket or a woolly cardigan, that would have been nice. 

There were donkey rides being offered on the grassy part next to the sea. All dressed up in their finery.  They were beautiful donkeys.  

When we finally got back to the car we drove towards Newton Abbot where my niece had heard of an orchid garden.  It was a lovely place called Burnham Nurseries.  If you go here it will take you to the photos they have on Facebook. You can also look at their website here.

It reads, "We are a family run nursery, orchid specialists for over 60 years, with the widest range of orchids in the UK."

It was a fabulous place to browse around and I saw orchids I have never set eyes on before.  I will do a whole post on it sometime.  I can't remember how long we spent there but it seemed quite a long time.

After that we went to Sainsbury's and shopped for groceries, brought them home and my niece fixed a lovely dinner of scotch eggs, pork pie, sausage roll bites and veggies.  A delicious feast and more nostalgia foods.  (The vase of red roses was a welcome gift from the owner of the cottage.)  A conversation I heard in Sainsbury's at the fish counter, chap in white coat and hat, to customer, "Hello Love, what can I get you?"  Lady replied, "Hello Love...." and I missed the rest of the conversation as I didn't want to just stop in my tracks and be obviously perceived as eavesdropping.  I thought to myself, wonderful being back in England.  "Hello Love!"

After dinner I went into the next room where my niece showed me all her orchid photos.  She had taken some real beauties. I was going to look at mine but I ended up dropping off to sleep on the couch, being aware that my iPAD was in danger of slapping me in the face.  I am horizontal with my feet up, and it hovers as I try to stay awake long enough to read the article I am reading. I must have put it down just before I fell asleep.  It has been known to hit me in the face, which always startles me awake as I rub the sore spot on my nose.  I awoke to the sound of my family chatting in the kitchen and I joined them.

More to follow.

In case you miss vacation posts I will be adding a link to the previous ones.

Part 1 here.

(To all the hosts of the memes I love to participate in, I will posting my journal for a while but will be back joining in once these are over with.)


  1. Great account of your day. You had a lot of fun touring this area.

  2. Denise, what a great post! Your flowers are gorgeous, the food looks great, beautiful views, and I love the store fronts!

  3. The big smiles which everyone is wearing says it all. Lovely.

  4. Can't tell you how much I enjoyed this and the previous post from your journal. And can't wait to read about the rest of your trip. I know that "nearly home" feeling you get after a long absence. I'm heading to England in just over a month, not home for me but I'll see my brother who I haven't seen for four years. Love your Brighton photos.

  5. Thank you for sharing your treasures with us. Good to see you looking so happy and free.



  6. Some reminiscing for me here, Denise. Oh, and the ice cream. Lovely! Soft and adorned with Cadbury's flake is the ONLY way to serve it... smiles.

  7. A ownderful post of seeing all the things of my childhood as well as yours. the ice cream in a cone wascalled a 99 and still is here in N.Ireland. That was my favourite and still is!!! Gorgeous pier and beach shots. I can tell you all had a fantastic time here.

  8. Looks like you tucked into some real British grub!

  9. Excellent! I have happy memories of a holiday in Paignton when I was very young.

  10. Hello Denise, looks like your vacation is off to a wonderful start at this quaint beach town. Wonderful photos of you, your hubby and your niece and her hubby! The orchids are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your trip, have a happy day!

  11. Dearest Denise; Wow, What a GORGEOUS trip♡♡♡ Loved to read the way you enjoy ice-cream as well; love them too :-)
    The two Orchid flowers you showed us here is absolutely gorgeous♡♡♡
    Looking forward to seeing others some day♪

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

  12. Hello,love!
    The ice cream with a flake..I know it as a ninety nine ...maybe that's just a Coventry thing.
    Jane x

  13. every single photo is beautiful. i love number 19 of the pier and the first one of the shops, but they are all super.. i feel like i was there... would love to climb over the rocks if i could. mother always worried about us to..

  14. Making wonderful memories - that's a good thing.

  15. I've heard of 50s dinner but not 50's ice cream. That's interesting

  16. Looks wonderful there, love the pier shots. The town looks quaint. Looking forward to more of your trip.

  17. I'm drooling as I read, Scotch Eggs, Sausage Rolls, Ice Cream with a Cadbury's chocolate flake, I could sit on the promenade and let the world pass by, in utter
    It's funny how we all have favorite foods and places to re-visit on our 'to-do' lists, the same foods and places each time we visit....full of wonderful old memories and thoughts of places where we spent our youth.
    So enjoying your pictures Denise, I feel as though I've had a little trip home.
    Thank you !

  18. This is just plain wonderful, Denise.
    I am thoroughly enjoying your posts about your vacation.
    How nice to live just an ocean away from Europe.

  19. I love this post. I haven't visited that part of the UK for several years, and I must! Isn't it great to walk along the pier.

    Thank you for an enjoyable read

    All the best Jan

  20. Wonderful memories. I think David and I were here or someplace like it. we ate ourselves silly. I always gained 10 pounds on every trip. I used to be a svelte youg thing, but no more. At least you die with a smile!!

  21. The area looks very inviting, and that meal looks delicious!

    The gorilla's a curious touch!

  22. Great photos of the places you visited and yummy treats, Denise!
    Now, I am really craving some sugar - thanks :)
    Have a Wonderful Day!
    Peace :)

  23. A wonderful collection of photos! Great places and it seems you had a lot of fun!!!
    Have a great week!

  24. I would have been enthralled by the orchid place. The blooms are spectacular! Looks like you had a marvelous time revisiting places from your childhood. Thank you for the wonderful tour!!

  25. I am enjoying hearing and seeing your vacation. I just heard of Scotch eggs from That British woman during the past month or so. I don't recall if it was a recent post of if I was reading one of her old posts.

  26. So glad you were able to have your complete icecream ... yes, those little details are important aren't they.
    You look so happy and your relatives did a great job in choosing that beautiful cottage. Yummy nostalgia food too - I've never tasted scotch eggs but can imagine how nice they'd be.
    Cheers and have fun :D)

  27. Lovely pics from your trip! The ice cream looks yumm. Good that you could relive your memories. :)

  28. Dear Denise,
    These are lovely impressions of your vacation in England. It looks as if you and Gregg had a great time!!!
    I will come back and enjoy all your other postings about your travel, if I have a little more time...
    Have a wonderful day!
    Katrin :)

  29. Oh what a delightful day! I loved every minute of it! What a wonderful place! And that evening meal...yum! i want to try it all! :-) I have never been to England, though my husband has. I would LOVE to go! In Ireland when I was there with Mom many years ago, I loved the "You're very welcome" greeting we kept getting. As you know, in USA saying "you're welcome" comes after someone says "thank you." I felt VERY welcomed, and it was wonderful. I would adore hearing "hello love!" Of course, it has so much more meaning to you, as that is where you were raised. Had to be glorious to be back!

  30. I can hear how wonderful and nostalgic this trip is for you. How long is it since you have been there? I can't believe the fish and chip shop is still there from when you were a child. That doesn't happen here. Progress??? wipes them out.

  31. It's so fabulous that you're able to have this quality time with your niece and her husband. I can get over how much you're getting done.

  32. Some yummy treats and dinner was full of foods I have never tried...they look scrumptious!

  33. It is so good to relive one's pleasant memories, isn't it?

  34. Oh this brings back such wonderful memories! My family used to take the caravan down to Devon in the summer, and I remember riding donkeys on the beach and of course, who can have ice cream without the Cadbury's flake?