Today spring is definitely on the way but 2 weeks ago you couldn’t of imagined how our weather pattern has the tendency to change on a daily basis, I suppose its one of the privileges of living on an island!
We managed to arrive in Beesands before the forecasted snow but the 19.03 from London Paddington where Phoebe and Sam were passengers went through some deep snow around Taunton and finally arrived at Totnes 45 minutes late. The rain in Beesands very rapidly turned to snow as I gingerly made the journey to pick them up.
I love having new guests to Beesands ,so it was lovely to choose some nice places to take Phoebe’s boyfriend Sam to ( he comes from Dorset so I had to make sure I showed off the best of Devon) Bantham is a great place to visit from Beesands , its just a short drive from Kingsbridge and offers a beautiful sandy beach overlooking Burgh Island , enormous waves for surfing all year round even February and a lovely 14th century pub called ‘The Sloop Inn’ . One side of the beach is dog friendly so Trixie and Winnie could love running and jumping over the rocks .
We woke up on Saturday morning to be greeted by the most amazing sunrise and the clearest sky , we have had a few days of rain over the years but this patch of South Hams has a special micro climate which is very kind to us. I was so excited to take part in my 4th Beesands half marathon especially after years of being injuried and having perfect conditions to run and admire the coast path. Nick was joining me this year in the 10km something he always swore he would never do ( the course description simply says ‘severe’)As I jogged up the mile between Hallsands and Start Point I heard the conversation of a fellow runner behind me ‘ this is absolutely the best place on earth ‘ for the next 10 miles as we continued to be captivated by the stunning coastline we chatted and enjoyed what so many runners enjoy. Making running friends! Another great post race supper at the Cricket Inn followed.
One of our saddest pieces of news last year was the closing of the Start Bay Stores not only was it a life line to local residents but also for us from Beesands a beautiful morning walk to get the paper. Nick and I embarked early on Sunday morning on a new paper walk this time to Stokeley farm shop slightly longer but equally as pleasant and a lovely way to recover after the exertion of yesterday .