As I have been feeling a bit stir-crazy, stuck in the house, with the only recent outings being to the hospital, and as today was a beautiful day, I asked my hubby if he would take me along the sea front at Babbacome, one of my favourite haunts near where we live. I wasn’t feeling too bad and just needed to get out for a while! The sea front there is smaller and more intimate than in Torquay proper, nice and high up with magnificient views down the cliffs, and very pretty flower beds (still well in bloom) and look-out points. With its strings of decorative lights and the light-hearted seaside hotel architecture it always makes me feel better! We put the buggy in the car and set off. The day seemed sunny and bright, but what a surprise met us when we arrived! It was a “Lost Horizon” experience – I have never seen the sea look like that at Babbacombe before, and the light was simply amazing with the sun low in the sky now we are into autumn. It was magical.
My hubby took this one of me on my buggy. He made me take my dark glasses off, and I’ve got the sun right in my eyes! I took one of him but for some reason it was out of focus… We went over the road to a cafe and had a cappuccino outside in the sunshine before returning home and I crashed out on the recliner and went right off into a deep sleep till lunch time!
Finally, the statue of Baroness Mount-Temple, in silhouette. This delightful little statue, which stands in a circular stone trough, depicts a local Victorian philanthropist, and every day someone puts a fresh flower in her hand.
I was so glad we went! I love the sea in all its moods, and for me, the height of summer is not the best time to see it. Out of season the light is often more interesting and the shadows longer. There was such contrast today between the brightness of the sun and the haze over the sea and there were aspects of this very familiar spot that appeared fresh to me.