A little land time
28 October 2012 | Marmaris, Turkey
It was with heavy hearts that we left the Gocek/Fethiye area of Turkey. We felt that summer was starting to come to an end as we made our way to Marmaris even though the weather was still gorgeous.
We spent a few days at Yat Marine connecting with old friends before we left Ta-b to spend a couple of weeks in England. We had a family wedding to go to and also a friend's 60th. My cousin Alex's wedding was fantastic and luckily the rain did not arrive until we were settled in at the reception. We stayed at a lovely pub in Hind's Head and it was wonderful to get together with so many of our family there. Then it was off to see Alex and June "Sonsy Lass" in Cardiff and we had a great time catching up. They live in a delightful town called St. Fagans and we had a lovely sunny day at St. Fagans castle and grounds. From there we headed down to Exeter and Plymouth before meeting up with Peter "Excellence" for his (and Russell's - they are kind of twins) birthday. We had an excellent evening with several friends, a fun way to celebrate together.
Our next port of call was Salcombe to visit Caroline and Simon who have recently built an eco house. Their new home is fantastic and we had a great couple of days exploring the local area. I used to spend summers in Salcombe as a child and luckily it does not seem to have changed much. Devon is a stunning area with delightful single lane (high walled) roads, little towns and a fascinating coastline.
It was not far to go back to Dittisham for Peter's 60th birthday partly. A group of us from the EMYR rally were there, so there was a lot of reminising while we ate, drank and danced the night away. Dittisham is a charming village on the river Dart and the next day a large group of us went on a boat trip down to Dartmouth which Peter had arranged. We last visited Dartmouth and Dittisham on our first boat Waatea, so the area holds special memories for us. Definitely one of our favorite spots in England.
The last few days in England were spent back in Poole where my brother Jamie lives. It feels like one of our homes (with Ta-b and Vancouver we have a few) and we always enjoy our time there and my mum is in a home close by so we were able to visit her each day.
Our plan on getting back to Ta-b was to go off for a week, but the marina had a jumble/BBQ that we wanted to sell some of our stuff at so we stayed put for a few days. Then the weather started to change. We have had two fronts come through with another expected in the next day or two, so we have had a bit of everything and have decided to stay put and slowly get the "to do" list done and get Ta-b ready for the winter. We are due to fly out of Istanbul on 28 November and plan to drive up there, seeing some of the sites we have not yet seen on our way.