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.)