Here at sisterkin we are incredibly proud to call Devon our home and be true Devonians to our country bumpkin hearts.
Why would we want to live anywhere else when we have…
1. The Countryside
Or as we like to call it the moors.Where we live we are surrounded by the stuff. It’s everywhere. Sometimes it’s so everywhere that we forget. But a quick (ha ha with 3 kids, I don’t think so!) stride up to Haytor or a cycle around Haldon Forest and you soon remember how amazing South Devon is.
2. The Beach
What’s not to love – the beach is King! There is water, sand and occasionally ice cream. Our favourite beaches are Salcombe North Sands, Teignmouth (Back Beach), Shaldon and the Ness, Oddicombe and Meadfoot. But keep it to yourself we don’t want the grockles finding out.
OK, it’s not a tangible thing, but I remember when I moved to London as a teenager and I could’ve wept for those poor kids growing up in the city. With all their street-cred and latest fashions they had no idea what they were missing. Those trendy young things had never surfed a wave (this was the mid-nineties before everyone discovered Cornwall), they had never camped on Dartmoor, never caught the train to Dawlish Warren after school for a swim. And without those things what is childhood?
4. Clotted Cream
If you hail from Devon or Cornwall clotted cream is almost certainly a staple part of your diet. You are permitted to eat it at any time of the day. You may dollop it on your cornflakes, on your ice-cream, on your toast with a banana (if you’re really posh), on your runner beans (no kidding) and, not forgetting, on your scone with your cream tea. Just remember the cream goes on first my luvvers!
5. Trago Mills*
Love it or hate it Trago Mills is here. Personally I love it early on a weekday without the kids (that never ever happens believe me). And personally I loathe it on a Sunday with the kids and everyone else in the world getting in my way! To me it’s like one of those big American Malls, but with pasties and peacocks.
Pasties and peacocks…we love South Devon!
*To the uninitiated Trago Mills is a very large discount shopping emporium in the style of a concrete Norman castle.
What’s so great about where you live? Let us know and maybe we’ll pay you a visit….
(This post was previously published on our previous sisterkin site.)