Sidmouth in Devon is one of our favourite places to visit at any time of year, but in Spring the landscape is transformed into an explosion of colourful blooms. This legacy was left to the town by Keith Owen, an ex RAF pilot, who left his £2.3 million to the town to create a valley of over a million bulbs. Keith had made his home in Ottowa in Canada and travelled all over the world. His mother retired to Sidmouth and on his visits home, he grew to love the town. He felt the town reflected "England as it used to be."
As you can imagine it has been quite a job to plant so many bulbs, and each year more bulbs have been planted to reach the target of a million. His wish was to get everyone involved and so the planting has been carried out by numerous organisations within the town, with an age span from 2 to 90! The bulbs cover all varieties from snowdrops and crocus, through to daffodils, tulips and bluebells, so there is always something to enjoy from January through to May. Sidmouth had already won awards in Britain in bloom and this legacy has just added to it's reputation.
Vistors are attracted to Sidmouth not only to see the bulbs, but also for it's coastal position, the Regency architecture and the Sidmouth Folk Festival.It is not the first time I have featured Sidmouth in this blog and it probably won'tbe the last! If you are ever anywhere near the locality I do recommend a detour.
|The painted words above the local department store|
Finally, I'm ending the post further along the Jurassic coast back at my home at West Bay. I wanted to share these pictures taken on my way to a meeting the other evening. (As usual the camera was in my pocket!) The sun was getting low in the sky and the view of the shore was like this.........
but as I turned the corner down to the harbour the colours were so different - both so beautiful in such different ways!
Wishing you a pleasant week ahead. Thank you as always for leaving your lovely comments, I'm glad you enjoyed the story of the primroses, the majority of us seem to prefer the native variety.