18 degrees in Salcombe today….beautiful sunshine…crab sandwich, sea salt fudge, yummy salad, The Village Inn in Thurlestone; Doombar, Doggy dining at the Victoria Arms in Salcombe
A very exciting day out for Rolo today! Parked the car at Dartmouth park and ride, and then a bus to Dartmouth and a ferry ride to Kingswear and then half an hours steam train ride to Paignton through Churston and Goodrington. Kingswear had its 150th birthday on 16th August this year. Rolo had his own ‘dog’ ticket and a biscuit from the ticket man. All very scenic and another gorgeous sunny day. Fish and chips on the quayside at Dartmouth watching the crabs being brought ashore (big uns!)Salcombe Dairy ice cream to finish off…alas not for Rolo! Saw the oldest building in Dartmouth, The Cherub Inn dating back to the 14th century.
This is Rolo’s third visit to South Devon and he loves it here. It’s late September (and I really should be back at school…) and the sun is still shining. Seaweed to sniff, rock pools to explore, dogs to meet, sea to bark at and run into, coastal paths to climb, pubs to sleep under the table and be slipped tidbits…what’s not to love about holidaying in Thurlestone.
Today we walked from Thurlestone to Hope Cove. Last year we abandoned because the coastal path had subsided, making a very long pedestrian detour along the windy road. Thankfully there is a newly opened ‘permissive path’ which follows the fields and puts you back on the coastal path for the steep descent to Hope Cove. Of course the great thing about coastal paths is that when there’s an ‘up’ it is natural that there will be a ‘down’ and whatever you do on the way there, you will do in reverse on the return.
A big fat bacon butty at The Beach Hut, South Milton Sands, and then on to The Hope and Anchor for a pint of well earned Tribute. So many dogs to meet and play with, and what a big adventure. Rolo was very interested in the Lifeboat Station at Hope Cove and thinks it may possibly feature in book 3 of his Secret Adventures.
I would just like to take a moment to rave about Winterbourne Opera. This was my fifth consecutive visit to their wonderful summer perfomances. This incredibly talented local opera group have just staged Donizetti’s ‘Elixir of Love’ staging it in the wonderfully versatile Salisbury Cattle Market!
I really did not think WO could top last year’s astonishing performance of Carmen but ‘Elixir of Love’ was set in a 1960’s Hi-de-Hi style holiday camp and was truly colourful and very entertaining right from the first few notes. Sung in English and easy to follow, a classic 3 stranded love story. The principal roles are sung by brilliant upcoming London based opera stars of the future, and the standard of the chorus (Winterbourne based) is extremely high indeed.
I love the founding vision of Winterbourne Opera – ‘to provide opportunities for young singers and musicians in a nurturing environment whilst making opera accessible for everyone’ – and they do this with bells on!Such enthusiasm and extreme talent! I am only sorry you missed it…you will have to wait until next year…keep an eye on http://www.winterbourneopera.net
Slightly disappointing were the number of empty seats…admittedly the seats (concrete blocks in the cattle ring) are not the most comfortable (but we took cushions!) and as the weather has been incredibly kind all week it was hot in there – but where else can you enjoy a picnic with friends and be entertained by West End quality opera and fabulous orchestra in Wiltshire, for a comparatively small ticket price?
I can’t wait to see what they turn their talented hands to next year and hope to see you there!
For photos of this marvellous production please go to http://ashmills.zenfolio.com/elixir