When the sky turns lilac, I know my day is nearly done. The trees fade into the horizon and make way for the nighttime sky. I’ll miss the stars when we move to the city. Four months worth of days have passed at this window from Autumn into Winter sun. People say England is grey. In Devon, it’s kaleidoscopic.
A hail storm gives way to a brilliant blue sky, cotton wool clouds speeding from the winds of sea. The sky is never still.
I love the rustles, the whistles and the roar of the breeze, making its music through the leaves.
But most of all, it’s the light. A song across the landscape, shining notes of magic on all it sees – the gold of honey, the sharpness of white, the mute of when it hides.
“Why be in England for Winter?”, people say. This is why. The sea, the sky, the wind, the light and the magic it creates day by day.
Here are some photos from around our tiny town. They were taken on a walk from our hamlet, Batson, to Snape’s Point, which looks out over our local town of Salcombe.
Visiting the south-west of England
We love the south-west of England with its gorgeous countryside and magical light. It’s filled with cute villages and feels a world away from London. Although we’ve spent more time in Devon, we’re also big fans of its neighbour, Cornwall. It’s even where we chose to get married. If you go to Cornwall and you’re looking for somewhere special to stay, I highly recommend the Siphon, a converted railway carriage, which offers a cool glamping option near St.Austell. We also have a post with photos and inspiration of things to do near St.Austell. Highlights include visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project. In Devon, our favourite town is Totnes. It’s somewhere we’ve considered moving to – it could happen yet!