Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The sandy side of the bay

It is hard to believe that we are in the middle of March; this afternoon we had temperatures of 15 ºC (59 ºF), the usual temperature for March being around 10 ºC (50 ºF). Where better to enjoy this unexpected sunshine than at the beach?
We are fortunate to live close to many lovely beaches. Today we went to Instow, a place we rarely visit because it is almost impossible to get close to in the summer. Although the lovely day had encouraged lots of local people to head for the beaches, the holiday season isn't here yet and we managed to find a parking space and we even got a window table at the Boathouse for a superb lunch of locally caught fish.
I showed some pictures of Appledore, which is on the other side of the bay, in this post. It is a prettier village with lots of galleries and eating places but it has no beach. All the sand is on the Instow side of the water.
The sea and sky were as blue as on a summer's day.
There really wasn't anything more to photograph but a few shells.....
.... and this rather nice willow sculpture.


  1. We too, have had a sunny day even if the temperature stopped at 7ºC - it makes the snow evaporate which we all love to see!

  2. Perhaps Spring is on the way for all of us, Margaretha.

  3. Hmmm. But where are the bathing machines?

    I laughed myself silly reading about the Rev. Kilvert's near-fatal wrestling match with the deadly bathing drawers.

    And his outrage at having to wear them. If you will recall, he said that if English ladies did not like looking at naked men, they should jolly well stay away from the shore. Is that still a problem?

  4. What lovely photos!! The willow sculpture is amazing. Looks like you had the perfect day.

  5. Harry, it's only a problem if the men are ugly, we send them into the bathing machines!

  6. Indeed it has been perfect, Karin.

  7. Oh how lovely - I haven't been to that bay for 13 long years! Definitely time for another visit soon.

  8. Even in this part of Mid-Devon, notorious for wet, miserable weather when it's glorious elsewhere, it was a fabulous day. No beach for us but at least it made working outside more enjoyable. And it's lasting till Thursday!


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