Early spring in Sidmouth

Winter in Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth, a little area that’s usually that will soon be surrounded by plants and sunshine.

The gardens are looked after by East Devon District council and they do an excellent job.

There’s a wonderful range of plants, stunning views and through summer the bandstand often rings with the sound of live music of all kinds.If you’ve walked up Peak Hill,  to where I took the photo above, or even further to see the daffs,

you deserve a treat. See the white tower above Jacob’s ladder? The building beneath is the café in the gardens. They have lovely food, I have no idea how they make such huge cakes and if you’re lucky, you  might be able to sit at one of those windows.

Sunday Gave Even More

After leaving Branscombe, its beach and the lovely St Winifreda’s church, we drove back through Sidmouth and continued west up to Peak Hill. On the right is a free car park, the edge of Mutters Moor, a lowland heath where the walks have stunning views. There was a lot of mud and puddles on Sunday. muttersmoor1

Sunny gorse, pinecones and last years beech leaves next to this years new shoots.

Our Lady of the Woods had fallen, undermined by the flood. muttersmoor5

There were magical reflections. muttersmoor7

And after an hours walk we found ourselves nearly back at the start, when we had the first hint of something splendid. muttersmoor8

This is always a beautiful view, but today the light was perfect, changing every minute and to make it even more special, a family of ponies, Dartmoors I think.

Sunday January 19th, the day that kept on giving.

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Marianne has begun a new challenge where you take one trip every month, near or far, and take photos or write all about it. Join her here http://eastofmalaga.net/2014/01/20/new-challenge-one-trip-every-month/