Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Rambling with GB

Tuesday morning began with heavy rain and no Internet connection. Neither is a disaster if one is in a 'Don't sweat the small stuff' mood but both were less than satisfying. The former meant a change of plans since walking around the parkland of Bicton Park taking photos was no longer appropriate. The latter made it impossible to collect e-mails, read blogs, post blogs or do comments; all essential parts of my 'normal' day.

Daughter-who-takes-photos solved the first problem and the Weather Gods solved the second so GB and I headed into Exeter city centre for a ramble and a coffee (with crossword, of course). We tried a new venue for our coffee - Hansons - the middle building of these three. A large tea cake, good coffee and excellent service meant it probably won't be our last visit.

We then had a look around St Martin's Church, a meander through the charity shops seeking books and a wander down the High Street looking in phone shops. One of the attractions of High Street is the lovely buildings some of which will appear on my Exeter blog in due course.

Some of the shop windows are attractions in their own right - like Lush - Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. I've left this photo large so if you click on it you can see the detailed ingredients in some of their soaps.

I bought a replacement phone but only one book. How's that for self-control?

GB and I then headed down to the Quay for lunch (and a crossword) and while at the cafe saw a Dipper. Unfortunately the craft shop next door, which we both favour, is closed on a Tuesday. We had a look at the outside of Cricklepit Mill whose wheel was turning again; work on the third waterwheel being at a stage where the leat did not need to be empty.

Then we returned to Frog End and picked up Helen to go to Otter Nurseries where GB bought some plants for his pond. After a delightful dinner at Frog End all three of us played on our laptops. That's not quite true - Helen was working on hers. "And so to bed..."


  1. OH! What a perfect rambling about! Looks wondrous!
    I know that you are having a great time!

  2. I have a weakness for lotions and soaps. This is a great collection. I can just imagine how wonderful they must all smell.

  3. Been to that T shop! Glad you enjoyed it too.
    Someone made me a gift of some hand made soap.. I am scared to use it as it looks too expensive and precious!!!
    Hope the replacement phone is behaving itself.
    Love Granny

  4. What did we do before the computer? It is good to know that we can still occupy ourselves by other means. It is raining here and by the way there is a Lush in Chester.

    Enjoy your break in Exeter.

    Thank you for your recent comments on my blog.

  5. Do you know that I captured a video on my venture out yesterday too? I was going to share it with you on my blog, but after seeing it on the computer...I thought you might feel rushed by it. The posting I shared of our Camel's Hump mountain...I have a video of the surrounding view. Maybe I will post it...

    Other than that thought...the Mill is exciting to me. I like watching the wheel turn, with water to return again.

    Sorry for the delay in your internet :o(


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