On Sunday we made the most of the last of the September sunshine and took ourselves off to the seaside for the day.
That’s the great thing about living in Somerset, the stunning beaches of Devon and Dorset are only a couple of hours away. One of our favourite seaside spots is the vast sandy beach at Woolacombe in North Devon, which is where we chose to go on Sunday.
As soon as we arrived, we set up camp, windbreak and all, on the beach. It was such a lovely warm day, it felt more like mid-summer than late September. After a picnic lunch, I spent most of the afternoon switching between reading in the sunshine to exploring the rock pools and paddling in the shallows – only breaking the pattern to make the trip to buy a Mr. Whippy!
Feeling windswept, sandy and sun-kissed we dismantled our camp as the tide began to quickly draw in. On our way home we stopped off at the small harbour town of Ilfracombe. It’s quite a surreal little town that feels very stuck in the past and under the shadow of Damien Hirst’s gigantic and rather controversial statue, Verity.
Described as a modern allegory of truth and justice, the statue standing at 65 feet, depicts a pregnant woman. One half reveals her anatomy, whilst she holds the scales of justice in one hand, a sword aloft in the other and stands on a pile of books. Whatever Hirst might be trying to say, I personally admire it’s powerful aesthetic and symbolism. It certainly provides a unique point of interest to what otherwise is a slightly run-down, old fashioned (and not in a quaint way) seaside town.
An afternoon by the coast was the perfect way to unwind after a stressful few days and press the reset button for the week ahead. Fingers crossed this Indian summer is here to last!