Thursday, 7 July 2011

Miss Marple for a Day!

Last Friday we awoke to a lovely morning and we had promised ourselves that the first fine day we would head towards the South Hams in Devon, our first stop was the market town of Totnes

and Friday was market day, so it was busy but there are amazing little shops in Totnes and you could be there for hours, - but there is only so much shopping the OH can manage, so we had packed a picnic and heading for the lovely village of Dittisham which stands on the River Dart.

The Ferry!!!

There was a reason for us to pick this lovely village because from there you can get a ferry across to the other side of the river to the home of Agatha Christie which is called Greenway.

This house is a new acquisition of the National Trust and if ever any of you are in this part of England it is definitely worth a visit,so many collections of china and so pretty! the house is just as it was when she lived there, you can't take photos of the inside so I only have 2 of the house outside. But the scenery is stunning

and there are many walks down to the boathouse where she based one of her novels I think it was Dead Man's Folly. It was such a lovely day, you have to ring for the boat to come and get you,
 Dittisham is also worth a visit, full of quaint cottages and steep narrow lanes.

Sunday was another picnic day and we headed to Tarr Steps in Exmoor, it was lovely to see everyone picnicking and enjoying the weather, and the Exmoor ponies came to say hello.

I am sorry if I haven't been able to visit any of your blogs recently I must try to do so, but sometimes time just seems to run away with you, we have had lots of visitors and have been getting ready (well I have been trying to find something new to wear) for our party in August, we also nearly heading to Seville for a weekend, but seeing that the temperatures were going to be in the 40s this weekend we decided to leave it until it becomes a little cooler, 40 I think is too hot in a city!!

Have a lovely weekend and keep commenting as I really love hearing from you all.


  1. Oh, I love your blog it is so full of lovely images and information.

    I have a book where I note down all the gorgeous locations you visit.
    You should write a travel book.
    We are off to France next April and hopefully will be visiting the areas you have described so beautifullly in your blog.
    Have a lovely day

  2. Thank you for sharing your lovely days out. I have the AC house to visit on my list of things I want to do! xx

  3. Merci pour la visite guidée !
    Quel endroit charmant ...
    Chez nous il fait très chaud, pas 40° mais presque !
    Gros bisous

  4. You are SO lucky to live in such an enchanting part of the country, a world away from industrial towns. Picnics and sunshine, a perfect summer combination.

  5. really thanks for this lovely trip!
    have a nice weekend

  6. Seeing such wonderful beaches makes me dream of one day visiting them. Maybe on my next visit to England.I love Miss Marple ....the house must of been full of interesting things. ciao Alison

  7. What beautiful photographs! It looks like a very lovely day indeed x

  8. I love reading your blog! Last year my husband & I (from New Zealand) visited Devon as part of our UK trip and also toured Greenway. We loved your part of England and hope to return again one day. Your words and photos bring back many happy memories of our trip.

  9. I used to take a boat ride along the river and the captain would always point at the chimney - the only part of the house visible - and say, "That's Agatha Christie's house." We would all strain our necks to see it. Lovely to hear it is open to the public now. I used to shop in Totnes often. This has been a great trip down memory lane here. Wonderful photos.

  10. Enchanting, what lovely pictures! I love Devon and have many happy memories of holidays with the children when they were younger. Will certainly visit at some point to see ACs house and surrounding areas. Wishing you a peaceful and sunny week.

  11. Hi Jill!
    I just finished reading all the posts I have missed here, so lovely to read what you have been up to! Some of the pictures made me wish to live in the English country side, with all those lovely farmers markets, the beautiful cottages and btw, your house looks so comfy, like you are living in it a long time, love the dresser in your kitchen too.
    I will be away on holiday soon, 18th of july - 12 august, take care and I will see you soon,
    Maureen x

  12. Dear Jill,

    Thank you for yet another beautiful and informative blog post, written in your lovely, personal voice.

    This looks like a lovely place to visit, and for me, still feeling a bit "foreign" and like the constant tourist in my new home country, it is great to be introduced to potential places to visit.

    Wishing you a lovely summer,

  13. Totnes looks lovely and also Dittisham - I love those pretty little quayside cottages.


  14. hello,

    wat a lovely place!!!I like it!



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