Back in the days before children came along, we used to enjoy days out and about each weekend visiting new places and discovering new areas. We’d heard of a pretty little village in South Devon called Cockington, and decided to try it out one weekend. The quaint little streets are car free to visitors, you have to park in a carpark just outside, then walk through the narrow streets. There are horse drawn carriages if you wish to take a ride through the village to view the picturesque thatched cottages and stunning scenery.
Cockington Court is at the heart of the village, a historic manor house with over twenty craft studios, tea rooms, the Walled Art Garden, a Tudor rose garden, contemporary art gallery and a popular children’s play area. It was the Tudor rose garden for me that was absolutely stunning. It was a beautiful place to walk around, with a romantic feel to it. You can walk hand in hand around the walled garden, sit on the benches in the peace and quiet and take in the beautiful smell of fresh roses that fills the air.
If you are ever in the South Devon area, I’d definitely recommend a visit to Cockington for a romantic stroll followed by a sumptious cream tea in one of the many tea rooms. Why not check out Coast and Country Cottages for somewhere to stay?
This post is written for the Valentine’s Day Blogger Competition in association with Coast and Country Cottages.
Waking up last Saturday to the glorious sunshine, we just knew it was a day to take advantage of. So we decided to head over to the beach which turned out to be packed, not a carpark space in site!! The tide was in, the beach was rocky, the few sandy spots were murky grey, gritty sand – but the children didn’t care!! Dressed in their rain suits, wellies and accompanied with buckets and spades they were in fresh air heaven, digging away, building dams with the rocks across the mini rivers than emanated down from the rocky cliff face, finding rectangular ‘car’ shaped rocks to drive through the makeshift sandy roads, braving the shallow waves hitting the shoreline to fill their buckets with seawater, they were in their element playing as the bright sunshine hit the beach for the afternoon.
Buckets and spades at the ready, Miss M and Mister B couldn’t wait to get digging. With the tide in, there was little sand to be found amongst the rocks but this didn’t deter them one little bit. There were squeals of excitement as they dug in, trying to build the biggest hole they could!
Mister B was excited by a rectangular shaped rock he found and decided it was a car. He then made a sandy track with his hand to drive his ‘car’ through. He was absolutely thrilled with his little road and just loved the freedom of the beach and fresh air to play in.
Miss M was keen to have a little paddle and fill her bucket with water to fill their freshly dug hole. She loved waiting for each wave to come in although had to keep emptying her water filled wellies!! Not that it bothered her, it just seemed to add to her fun!!
They then decided to venture over the rocks at the back of the beach and Miss M was eager to climb, while Mister B was desperate to copy. I wasn’t too keen so they posed for a couple of photos and came back down.
All in all we had a fantastic afternoon at the beach. The children loved being outside, the thrill of the beach, however small and stony kept them entertained for hours and they were sad to go home, but after some dinner and a warm bath they were soon tucked away in their beds fast asleep for the night and mummy wasn’t far behind after spending time in the fresh sea air!
With the gorgeous sunshine upon us last week and knowing it wouldn’t last we decided to fit in day at the beach – probably the last opportunity we would have this year. Having decided to descend upon Bigbury on Sea we set off early with Miss M and Mister B no knowledge of where we were going. The constant whines of “Are we nearly there yet?” and “It’s a long, long way” soon ensued but the delight upon there faces when we parked up were most definitely worth it.
With buckets and spades at the ready we headed down the steps to the powdery sandy beach. They were both thrilled to see the sand and run free across the beach to have a paddle in the sea. It was lovely to see them having such fun and enjoying the outdoors. At lunchtime we tucked into a homemade picnic then set about burying daddy’s legs in the sand!!
The beach got steadily busier throughout the day as the sun held high but what a lovely September day and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Late afternoon we set off home and within minutes of driving off through the country lanes I turned around to find two sleeping beauties – aww my little babies were exhausted and just couldn’t keep their eyelids open any longer.
We had a lovely family day out and with family days being limited with Miss M having started school and daddy working lots of weekends it was nice to spend time all together, having fun in the sun!!