One of the wonders of life in Totnes is its infinite variety. This morning a group of us walked in a biting sea wind from Start Point Lighthouse along a circuitous route via lanes and the coastal footpath to beautiful Lannacombe Beach – passing these unusual grassy hummocks en route. Our walk took us two hours and we felt we’d earned our lunch by the end of it.
Then, this afternoon, I strolled into Totnes and encountered … this owl:
Today I went with a friend to visit Greenway – Agatha Christie’s summer retreat. We took the ferry from the picturesque Devon village of Dittisham. This involved leaving our car and walking down a steep hill to the River Dart, where a sign told us to ring the big bell to summon the ferryman.
So we pulled (hard) on the rope provided and awaited his arrival from the far side of the river. There was a biting wind, but at least it wasn’t raining (or snowing, as it has been doing today in some parts of Devon). We were soon aboard the small ferry boat and then had a steep hill to climb before reaching Greenway. As well as exploring the house, with its far-reaching views and the artifacts collected over a lifetime (many brought back from Baghdad, where she and her archaeologist husband also had a home) we visited the boathouse – scene of the murder in Agatha’s novel DEAD MAN’S FOLLY.
The surrounding gardens – with their primroses, daffodils, magnolias, camellias and other delights – were where we spent the rest of our time.