Friday, 12 November 2010

Calm before the Storm!

Well the weather man promised us a nice day on Wednesday so I had to make the most of it - so off to the North Devon Coast to a place called Hartland - after a pub lunch at The Hart in Hartland (amazing beef sandwiches made with devon ruby beef - sorry any vegetarians!!) we were all set for our walk.  We parked at Hartland Quay
 and headed towards the lighthouse. There are spectacular views towards Lundy Island
 - it is really stunning and after a while you come across this lovely cottage called Millhouse part of the Hartland Abbey estate.
But we are not the only ones that think what a fabulous location as this cottage was used in the BBC adaptation of Sense and Sensibility.

As you can see they altered it a bit by added a false front door. But doesn't it look pretty, we then continued our walk to the village of Stoke,

 we came across this amazing tree across the path

you had to crawl underneath it to continue and then the first signs of christmas a holly bush with loads of berries on it. 
 We ended up although a little muddy at the lovely church in Stoke,

 it had the most amazing ceiling

It was such a beautiful walk and as I look out of the windows today I am certainly glad that we took advantage - no sewing today the house is looking a little neglected!! Off to a auction tomorrow in a small village of Hatherleigh so hoping I can find some lovely things!! I will let you know.


  1. Hiya! I just found your blog via A Place for Tea. Beautiful post - I have never been to Devon but hope to make it there soon :)

    Newest follower, Laura

  2. Dear Jill
    I never knew the cottage featured in S&S was there! I went to Hartland some years back and thought it a beautiful landscape. And the ceiling in the Stoke church - wow!! It's a stunning patchwork, isn't it? I adore the colours.
    Thank you for your lovely words about our special news :-) I'm still dancing and singing today !!
    Have a good weekend,
    Denise x

  3. The church ceiling is amazing.. as are the photos of your walk. As you say, good that you took advantage of a fine day. Our fine day was this morning when it was sunny and crisp but ever so blowy. Now it's threatening rain, and still blowy. Ah well, time to hunker down by the fire with the latest issue of CL and a mug of tea methinks.

  4. Hi,dear Jill. Tank you so much for this amazing walk with you! Those are very wonderful places. I love that cotage!!!Waaawww.
    Have a nice weekend.

  5. Thank you so much for my Devon fix, time seems to drag on when our move to the sea is so near yet so far.
    I think Florence and Michael would enjoy that walk, and I would love to see the church roof

  6. That church ceiling is wonderful! Jill, your photos always make me want to take off to Devon immediately! ... the cove at Hartland and the lovely Millhouse Cottage - swoon!!

    We had quite a nice day here after the high winds of yesterday. Hoping for some sunshine at the weekend.

    Have a good one!


  7. Hi Jill,

    Such a lovely place this is! Lucky you to be able to visit. I recognised the house from the movie!

    Happy weekend & lieve groet, Madelief

  8. That ceiling is gorgeous and the walk looks like a lot of fun and also very interesting.

    Leeann x

  9. Hello, I remember the cottage vividly from the film,as i thought it a lovely cottage and often wondered where it was, so thanks for informing me! glad you had a lovely day, and thanks for taking me with you! back soon ,Linda

  10. Hartland looks magic. Beautiful pictures! I'm so proud to be listed in your blog!
    All my best to both of you!

  11. Ce sont des paysages que je rêve de voir ...
    Bisous chère Jill

  12. Hi Jill,

    I did a bit of sewing yesterday and, while practising sewing in a straight line (!), thought of you.

    Thank you so much for your lovely email. I think you're right: it is just a matter of practice, after doing all the obvious things like lining it up.

    And my other top tip, though I'm not always good at following it myself, is to go SLOWLY!!

  13. I've just discovered your beautiful blog.

    This sounds like the perfect day. What a great walk. You live in such a lovely area.

    I have just become a follower too:)


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