Unusual – scenes from a nostalgic trip

This past weekend I took my lovely woman to my old home town, Torquay. For those of you out of the UK, this is a very popular seaside town in South West England and is reached by one main route, the M5. I mention this because the combination of it being the main route in and it being the first weekend of the school summer holidays leads to chaos on the roads.

We planned to avoid some of this by leaving on the Friday morning. Good plan, except the heavens had other ideas. A biblical deluge turned visibility to that of a thick foggy twilight on a winter’s day. Even so we were an hour or two ahead of the other early leavers and the ensuing traffic jams, so we took our time with a long stop halfway to restore equilibrium!

Upon arrival we headed for two of my favourite old pubs, the second of which (The Cary Arms on Babbacombe Bay) provided the calm and beauty our jaded minds required. This was even more necessary as the first pub (The Old Rydon, Kingsteignton) was awash with mums and kids just released from school. This was exacerbated by a school trip on an old London bus depositing another 60+ kids in the car park as we left!

The weekend was a great success with plenty of nostalgia for me and lots of lovely experiences for us to share. The scenes below are ones that I felt responded to the ‘unusual’ theme for this weeks WP Photo Challenge. The header photo, also copied below, was the key photo that shouted out unusual! After all, when was the last time you saw an English pub being squatted in. It make me wonder if they were still serving beer!

The other photos initially were not that unusual to me, but then I realised not everyone has lived the same visual experiences. So I include a few more photos of an English tourist resort.

Devon Cream Tea – both sweet and savoury

The boat at the end of the lane

English seaside bathing huts

Braving the still chilly English sea

Iconic – phone box, flag, lamppost and thatched cottage

The Squatted Moon

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