Diary for Debbie does...round the world

Driving through Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire and West Sussex


A long day driving today.

Left approx 0930 and headed eventually towards Dartmoor as i made a last minute decision I wanted M to drive this way. It was a gorgeous autumn day - one of those days that is warmish with lots of blue sky with fluffy white clouds drifting across and really nothing you would change about it.

Stopped in Tavistock for a Costa coffee - arent iphones and the internet wonderful - you just plug in Costa coffee and it tells you the nearest place and provides you a map to negotiate the town streets to get there. Doesnt tell you it was market day though. M was remarkably patient with my directions.

Then into Dartmoor proper - I was so excited - I know im strange. This was my first proper moor and it was everything I thought it should be. Shame we didnt have time to go out for a proper scramble over the moors but I did get photo stops. It was just magnificent - hards to put into words how it looked - maybe the photos will do it justice. Quick stop outside Dartmoor prison - M did threaten to leave me here. The countryside was just so beautiful and made me a little homesick. Sometimes even I cant deny that England is a pretty country.

Onto Exeter in Devon where we stopped for 2 hours with my 'third' cousins Charlotte and Becky and Charloot's just about one year old daughter Lara - she was so sweet and adorable. Took to the new faces quickly and just amused herself whilst we chatted. It was good to catch up as its been 2 years - at least a year too long. Pam was unfortunately away in Scicily.

We continued driving through Dorset and Hampshire - weather remaining glorious. Stopped at the Coach and Horse in Winterbourne Abbas - wonderful place with good good food - had kumara fries and a stone baked pizza.

Continued driving and eventually reached Horsham about 2000. a wonderful holiday which has ended too soon but ending with a lovely driving day.