Yesterday, with a friend, I made my second attempt to visit Agatha Christie’s holiday home – Greenways, overlooking the River Dart near Dartmouth. Our first attempt went wrong when my friend had to make an emergency visit to her dentist with an abscess.

This time, though the weather wasn’t promising, we were determined to press ahead and set off in torrential rain for Dittisham where we planned to take the foot ferry across the river – reaching Greenways the recommended way. Well, we arrived in the car park and sat in my car for almost an hour, willing the rain to go away. While waiting, we weighed up the wisdom (or otherwise) of walking through the downpour to the little jetty, then ringing the bell and awaiting the arrival of the ferryman – all the while getting soaked to the skin, despite our brollies, given the conditions.

We eventually decided it wasn’t wise – or desirable – to arrive at Greenways dripping wet. So we (temporarily) abandoned our project and went to Blackpool Sands for lunch in the beachside Venus Café instead! Guess what happened then – yes, the sky cleared giving us this beautiful view of the empty beach!


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