Mum & Dad’s Visit: 2016

The house feels empty tonight Mum and Dad flew back home today after a wonderful visit…  It is always so hard saying good-bye but we had a lovely visit and have some great memories to keep with us until the next time we are together.

Mum, Dad and I spent the first few days exploring North Devon from our base in Kentisbury Cottage in Georgeham (  Then we came back up to the Wirral for time together with Paul and Stella too.

Over dinner last night at The Saughall (referred to as the last supper), we made a list of the highs and lows of our time together.  Here it is.  As the publishing author I have taken the liberty of making the final call where there was discussion on some of the categories.

Credit for the pictures goes to the whole of the Alderson family and a selection of cameras from the Nikon camera range.  Credit for the fun times and memories to all of us…

Best place visited (with paid entry) – Arlington Courtdsc_8363


Best place visited (without paid entry) – Tewkesbury Abbeydsc_8518-edit


Smallest place visited – The Hawker’s Hut on the Cornish Cliffs.  The smallest property on the National Trust’s books apparently.



Best church – Chittlehampton.  The kneelers made to celebrate the millennium were amazing.



Best dinner out – The King’s Arms, Georgeham



Best meal in – This was a split decision between pork pies from the village shop and the family BBQ


Best cream tea – The award winning cream tea we had at Docton Mill Tea Rooms and Gardens in Hartland



Best lunch – Freshly caught fish along side chips and a generous portion of mushy peas at the Bell Inn in Chittlehampton


Biggest cup of tea – the one in the Broomhill Sculpture Gardens



Best cake– The birthday cake for Mum and Dad topped with sugar sheep!  Thanks to Emma’s Cupcakery for helping us celebrate.



Biggest surprise – The great weather we had


Biggest disappointment – Barnstaple pannier market. This was specifically mentioned as an attraction in the guide book but was quite small and not particularly inspiring…


Best walk – Along the shore from Moreton to Meols and back again.dsc_0257


Best view – From the top of the sea cliffs looking out to Lundy Island



Biggest moment in the spotlight – Getting caught on the Google mapping camera while walking in the centre of the village of Croyde.  We’ll have to look on that in the future and see if we can spot ourselves!


Best music – The Cello Sonata in the Music Rooms of the Liverpool Philharmonicdsc_0500



Best purchase – Finally finding the orange zinnia seeds at Carr Farm.  So it looks like there is going to be another fabulous zinnia display in Alliston again next year!


Best deal – The discount seed packs we found at the garden centre in Devon.  50p a pack!


Steepest climb – Up the stairs in the cottage.  How steep?!



Best prayer – The one Mum said about Aunt June while we were in the church in Chittlehampton



Best drive – The one we made down to Devon.  Nice clear run and great driving weather.


Best tradesmen activity – Thatching the cottage we passed a number of times in Croydedsc_0134


Biggest number of steps in a day – More than 12, 000 as measured by Mum’s Fitbit


Best television – Midsummer Murders.  Does anyone know what’s going on in that programme?


Best sport watched  – Surfing on Croyde Beach



And last.  But certainly not least…

Funniest thing – Dad in “period costume” at Arlington Court