Sidmouth micro-climate by boxplayer

Sidmouth micro-climate

The rain wasn't supposed to arrive till the afternoon, but Sidmouth always has its own micro-climate that just does its own thing.

After being relaxed into sleep with the revellers gone from Duke's, was woken up by the loudest seagulls in the world crying, screaming and mewling right outside my window. And then unbelievably the recycling came round at 6 and the lorry emptied the industrial-sized glass bins right underneath my window.

Was a drizzly morning turning to heavy blustery rain from early evening so decided to give up any thoughts swimming although I suspect it would have been fun.

Hotel did a veggie breakfast though they had one of those horrid vegetarian sausage rissole things. Unlike yesterday, all the doors to the terrace were shut as it was so cool.

Did a bit of a shopping mooch, Seasalt, Fat Face, Moshulu etc. Bought some Sidmouth mini gins for Peter and a card plus some wrapping paper. Put the stuff back in the hotel then went to an OK Radway session.

Lunch of cheese and tomato toastie in the Chattery, then popped into the Swan but nobody was in the Euro session. Back at the Radway, there weren't many seats available, so I sent a chaser message to the Bristol apartment we're staying in at the weekend.

Walked to the Bedford feeling a bit lonesome and met Cathy so we walked together to the sea front to meet Kate, Daniel and R, who were drinking wine in a hotel - me and Kate stole a bit of the cake from the complimentary (to residents) afternoon tea. Then into the Bedford for a bit of tunes and more wine.

They went on for a curry - I decided to try the dinner in the hotel as the weather was so bad. Was very good - prawns in panko batter, sea bream fillet and a gin cocktail.

Back to the Royal York and Faulkner again this evening for a session with the Harbour Inn Crowd from Suffolk - excellent. Songs, tunes, lots of stepping, both East Anglian and Dartmoor varieties. I started Paddy Carey's but my mind went blank when I tried to play the Valiant oddly.

Chatted there with a pleasant woman called Theresa who we worked out we'd met at the Halsway melodeon course 2 years ago. Went to the Bedford after to find R and Heather and Jane B already there. Stayed for a while, as it was quite good. Back at gone 1, the streets deserted and the sea quite violent.

Cheese and tomato toastie

8 August 2019
Sidmouth, Devon
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