People often say that Salcombe has its own micro-climate. With its very southerly position on the South Hams it certainly does seem to benefit from mild weather.
Whilst the rest of the country seemed to be in the grip of extreme weather conditions, here in Salcombe over the holiday period it was certainly cold, but we had hardly any snow and lots of sunshine.
One of the tenants at our Salcombe cottage enjoyed a coffee in the sunshine on Christmas morning. He tells me that he and his wife went home with a suntan in the new year. The second photo shows our guest's garden on their return to Oxfordshire - what a contrast!
We walked to church on Christmas morning in glorious sunshine and on Boxing day we joined with friends from South Pool for our traditional rounders match on Millbay beach. Some people arrive by the East Portlemouth ferry, but we normally keep our boat in the water all year round and so were able to land our team on to the sand! It is a great social event for four generations of people (great-grannies down to grandchildren) with mince pies and mulled wine. Quite amazingly, a number of the children voted it the best part of Christmas - for the dogs too who entered into the spirit of things - generally disrupting play - HUGE chaos all round!
After the rounders we all pile off to the wonderful Millbrook Inn at South Pool for lunch. The walk back to Millbay beach and the trip back across the estuary certainly helps to counteract the exesses of the festive season.