DEVON DAY 4

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Friday 24th June. 

Best. Day. Ever.

I'm not even kidding you, today was definitely in my top 10 best moments ever, if not my top 5. It was so incredible.

As you know, we woke up to the EU Referendum vote. All of us voted in, so we were more than a little disappointed with the result. On top of this, it was drizzling and grey and we had our sea safari booked for today, so this didn't exactly thrill us. However, we set off bright and early to the town of Ilfracombe for a spot of breakfast and a wander around before our trip.

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At 2pm we made our way to the harbour, where we were first in line for the sea safari. It was on a speed boat, and being at the front meant we didn't get to sit on the normal bench seats like the other 8-10 guests. Myself, Alec, Ricarda and BJ had to sit on a thin ledge, straddling it like a bike seat. There was a metal bar in front of me and Ricarda for us to hang on to and the boys sat behind us. At first we were a little wary of this seating arrangement, but it turned out to be the best seat in the house. 




I hadn't been in a speed boat since I was 13. It was an experience I loved then and one I loved even more now. There is genuinely no words to explain just how great the trip was. First of all, the weather improved massively, with the sun coming out and the temperature rising. Whilst we didn't get to see any dolphins, we did see some seals which were cute. But for us, the best part was how the speed boat was treated as a...ride! The driver was clearly bored of the same old trips and instead took us for the most incredible, bumpy, exhilirating ride over some huge waves! One wave jump was so big I went flying out of my seat almost above Alec's head- if I hadn't been hanging on for dear life, I would for sure have gone over board! It was an hour and a half of the most fun I have ever had in my life, and now all I want to do in my free time is be driven around in speed boats!




After the sea safari trip, we decided to spend a little more time exploring the town of Ilfracombe. I'm glad we did because we discovered several ice cream parlours with incredible flavours such as white chocolate with malteasers, as well as discovering an item in a gift shop that was not only pink but had my name on- my name! That never, ever happens! It was a stamp, and of course I had to purchase it. We went to another arcade to play on the 2p games again, but they were disappointing this time round, laid out differently and not very generous when it came to letting you win! 





Returning home for the evening, we decided to go out for dinner to a pub in the village we were staying in. As it was our first meal out, we decided to dress up a little more. I'm always wary of 'pub grub' but the place we ate at could not have been more classy, the staff could not have been more brilliant and the food could not have been more delicious. Furthermore, they catered to all of our dietary needs- nut free, gluten free, vegetarian- something that has been a struggle all holiday long! I was thoroughly impressed. 





After dinner, we finished our evening off on the small beach close to our house. The sand was almost like mud at the start of the week but today it was perfect, fine, soft and golden. We strolled to the top of some sand dunes and spent an hour or two watching the sunset, having a laugh and taking some photo's for the scrap book. 








Tomorrow is our last, proper full day here, which makes me incredibly sad. I have had the time of my life on holiday with this bunch. They make me laugh like no one else and we have had so much fun together. I'm so lucky to love and be loved by such amazing people! It's the best feeling ever to have such fab best friends. Whilst I'm sad the holiday's almost over, I'm looking forward to the few plans we have left...let's just hope the weather holds out! 

Love from,
Florence Grace
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DEVON DAY 3

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Thursday 23rd June.

Well weren't we lucky that today was an absolutely gorgeous day in Devon! Waking up to nothing but sunshine and blue skies was the best thing ever...and, of course, it meant only one thing. Beach day!



I decided to be brave today and despite not exactly loving how I look, don a bikini for the day anyway! I haven't worn a bikini on an English beach or in front of people I know since I was about 14, so it was a bold move, but thanks to the cute high waisted bottoms, I actually felt like I looked okay.





We made our way to the most popular beach in the area (according to the internet!), Westward Ho!, which was just a short 10 minute drive away from where we were staying. It was so exciting seeing the sea in the distance getting closer and closer, I felt almost like a child again. When we got out of the car, I just couldn't believe how beautiful the beach was- it actually looked almost like we were abroad!


Whilst the boys played football on the slightly damp sand, me and Ricarda braved the sea and decided to go for a paddle, in our bikini's! Surprisingly, the water actually wasn't that cold and we managed to go in right up to our knee's. Only then did it start to get a little bit chilly, so we decided to make a quick escape! I went back to sunbathing and Ricarda and the lads continued to play some beach football. 


Lunch was at a snazzy looking restaurant with a lovely beach view called The Blue-Green. The food was reasonably priced, the portions were very generous in size and the service was excellent. I went for fresh fish and chips- I had to, right? 




After lunch, we strolled around the few seaside shops, indulging in some pick n mix from a sweet shop that sold some really crazy things, including a sweet sushi tray and sweets that had dolls attached! The pick n mix came in a really cute jar, rather than a bag, which I will use for some kind of storage back at home.


We then headed back to the beach to make the most of the good weather, where I allowed my friends to bribe me into a game of football. We'd already had a quick 'game' earlier on on a grassy patch, but down at the beach it got serious. My friends were so sweet, encouraging me to kick the ball and not letting anyone *coughBJcough* kick the ball or take it from me so I could try and play properly. And guess what? I actually ended up having a lot of fun!

When the tide came in, we headed to the arcade, and that's where the real fun began! I spent £1, turning them into 2p's and headed straight to the 2p machines...where I stayed for about half an hour winning and winning and winning. I'm not even joking, I was the champion of the machines. I actually won prizes alongside additional 2p's which I've never done before and I had a bit of a break down about it, much to the amusement of my pals. 




Heading home, we picked up a take away and spent the evening playing games and watching the EU vote, relaxing and having way too many stomach aching laughs, as per usual! The plan for tomorrow? A sea safari! I can't wait! 

Love from,
Florence Grace
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DEVON DAY 2

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Wednesday 22nd June. 

Today we woke up and unfortunately, it was raining. This didn't alter the fabulous views from the roof of the house though!



We woke up at 9 with the aim of getting out of the house at 10...needless to say, this didn't happen! By the time we'd cooked and eaten breakfast and decided (ahem, argued) about what to do with the day, we didn't leave until around 11:30, deciding to make our way to the close small town, Appledore- you can see this town across from our part of the island!




When we got to Appledore, thankfully the rain stopped! It still wasn't sunny but it was warm and clear. The town itself is bigger than the one we're staying in (only slightly) and there was even some younger people around, although still not as young as us! BJ is a photographer so we spent some time taking good photo's of the scenery- and each other! 







Appledore is a small seaside town, so the shops were all quite quaint and sweet- some were even just the down stairs of people's own homes, which was very weird, just pushing open people's front doors and strolling in! 

For lunch, we stopped off at a local cafe called Susie's Tearooms. The service there wasn't completely fabulous but the food was delicious- I had a brie, bacon and onion toastie and a strawberry milkshake with cream and a flake. 





After finishing off in Appledore, we drove home, stopping off at Tesco on the way to buy dinner for the night (luckily we weren't as out of control as yesterday!). Whilst we were there we picked up flyers for allllll of the local attractions and took them home with us to plan for the rest of our time here! The most exciting thing I feel we have planned is the sea safari! We get to go out on a speed boat for two hours dolphin spotting and seeing seals! How cool?! 



We spent the evening cooking together, making fajita's and nachos and watching the Italian football match (I hate football, but for my Italian stallion Ricarda, I'll allow one match). I'm looking forward to tomorrow- we're hoping for better weather so that we can have a beach day, but with England's unpredictable weather, I guess we will just have to wait and see! 

Love from,
Florence Grace
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DEVON DAY 1

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So here it is, Devon day 1! Whilst today is Wednesday, I am posting about yesterday, and it will be like that for the rest of the week...so I will always be a day behind, if that makes sense! So, let's talk about Tuesday the 21st June. 

We were scheduled to set off from Aylesbury to Devon at 9am, aiming to get to Devon at about 1pm. As it happens, we didn't leave Aylesbury until 10pm and arrived at 4pm- that's an additional two hours to our original journey plan! However, an hour of this was due to an unexpected stop for lunch at a service station because we all realised that a) we would really like to stretch our legs and b) we were all starving. At the service station I tried my first ever Papa John's pizza and it was truly incredible- even better than Domino's! However, the highlight for me was definitely being given a 2002 style mobile phone buzzer so you could place your order, go shopping and then come back when your buzzer went off! This excited me probably a lot more than it should have.




One of the funnier moments at out stop was my friend, Ricarda, giving her surname at Starbucks (Casey) because no one can ever spell her first name...and she ended up with this:



The journey itself wasn't as bad as I expected. I actually managed to doze off quite a bit, and Alec had put together a pretty good playlist, so it was all fine and dandy. However, we were all pleased to see the 'Welcome to Devon' sign and for our holiday to begin.



The town we're staying in is very small and yet we still struggled to find the house we were renting out. We eventually found it, down a very narrow one way road that isn't wide enough for cars to park down. All of the houses are covered in flowers and 'beach props' and painted pastel colours. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and everything just looked so lovely. We knew we had chosen the right place to stay. 










After finally getting into the house and unpacking, we went to the local Sainsbury's to buy 'dinner and essentials'. Dinner and essentials. 



We spent £55 on one meal for that same night and then...snacks. To quote Alec, "We look like kids gone wild". 

To be honest, we do stick out like sore thumbs. Everyone in this town is aged 50+ or a dog. We have had quite a few stares because they obviously aren't used to getting youths here on holiday! 

Ricarda cooked us a delicious dinner of pasta and meatballs (gluten free for herself, vegetarian for Alec, meat for me and BJ- catering to everyone!), whilst Alec taught me and BJ to play Rummy. I actually managed to win a game too, which surprised me!




We then spent the evening planning for Wednesday and listing all the things we wanted to do and playing games- having a "family night in". I tested the power shower whilst the rest of the gang payed Fifa and relaxed. It's so nice just to be altogether in our own space- I wish we lived together like this all of the time!

Today has been truly lovely and I hope that tomorrow is as equally as lovely!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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