Pottering in Devonshire

26 Sep

So my boyfriend & I spent last week cat sitting for at his Gran’s in Tiverton, which is quite a nice little town. So we thought we’d take the opportunity to have a relaxed week, pottering around sitting and reading (Martin) & knitting (me).

The first place we went to was Lyme Regis (technically in Dorset), a lovely little seaside town, it was a fairly chilly Sunday afternoon, but there were still plenty of folk around on the beach & promenade.  Of course the town has the usual offerings of fish n chips, ice cream, crazy golf, arcades and other touristy bits. However as we walked down the promenade we stumbled across a small farmers market with interesting grilled & baked goods as well as a local cider. Martin went for a lovely looking fresh beef burger & I went for a massive focaccia bread with olives, sundried tomatoes and cheese – not your usual seaside option, but very good!

Most of the shops along the shopping streets in Lyme Regis are very pretty and have lovely appealing window displays however once you got into the shops they seems crammed full to bursting, giving customers very little, if no room to manoeuvre. So when I spotted this gem of a shop, Ruby Rockcake I was pleasantly pleased that not only were there plenty of lovely items to browse, there was plenty of room for several people to be moving around at once. It was a great collection of nostalgic & retro gift, home ware & bags. I was immediately attracted by the lovely teapots & Orla Kiely items in the window & ended up spending more money than I anticipated (& sadly none of the items were for me). Very good all round shop I’d recommend to anyone, even Martin found plenty of items to interest him.

Another place of interest for us was Beer, not only because Martin wanted to see the model train (& in particular model villages) at Pecorama, which I was quite surprised by, off season entry to their lovely Gardens is free, where we found brilliant Crazy golf – I won!
Beer itself has a stone beach, with lovely beach huts & deck chairs. I prefer a stoney beach, they’re generally quieter & no sand in your shoes!

Tiverton, where we were staying, is not so touristy as a lot of small Devonshire towns, however it had plenty to offer including a lovely Gallery with hand made items called Lantic Gallery. Several enticing bakeries and delis and well as one on the oddest shops I’ve some across called homefare, which sold everything & anything you could imagine – it took half an hour just to wander around it all. But for me the best bit had to be the yarn shop. The Wool Merchant run by Dawn has only been open for 10 months, but it felt like you were walking into a well established shop, the displays were thoughtfully & elegantly put together making use of all the shop space, without overcrowding it.

Chatting to Dawn, whose enthusiasm you could not fault, she’s particularly interested in having ranges of natural yarns and this is well complimented by the decor and feel of the place. A combination of well known brands such as Rowan, knit picks and Noro accompanied by more local yarns, lovely buttons and accessories makes for a good mixture. I obviously couldn’t leave without buying something I chose to buy a luscious colourful ball of Noro. Dawn was happy for me to take a few pictures & I’m so glad she did, so you can see what a lovely shop it is, then the icing on the cake, so to speak, as I left I was admiring the window display I noticed Rowan Magazine 52 open in the shop window displaying my good friend Jemma Weston’s lovely slipper pattern, one of those great ‘it’s a small world’ moments.

Lovely holiday over – back to work & back to preparing for a rapidly approaching craft fair on 7th Oct at Southwell Garden centre. The Vintage & handcrafted fair’s Autumn event.


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