Where? Where's Starcross? It's an Exe estuary village 8 miles south of Exeter, opposite Exmouth and on the South West Coastal Path Ah...near Dawlish? Yes, Dawlish - the place where the coastal railway line got washed away a while back.
It was a pleasure for Steve and I to host Laurence and learn about his quest to raise awareness that cervical cancer can be eradicated.
Tanya is Melitta's sister and my longtime ex-neighbour and friend in Windsor. Our girls went to the same schools, Saturday music school and appeared together in some shows. I heard about the great trips to the States over the years!
I recently moved to Devon to start a new life with a great guy I met online on E Harmony! My home now is still near a castle and water. Instead of Her Maj being my neighbour in Windsor on the River Thames, we now have the very down to earth Earl of Devon and Powderham Castle on the Exe Estuary!
The deer on the Powderham estate remind me of Windsor Great Park. The beautiful black swans of Dawlish contrast with the white swans of Windsor.
Instead of airplane noise, I live to the soundtrack of trains and seagulls and out of tune (but charming) church bells.
Prince Albert was instrumental in bringing railway lines into Windsor while Isambard Brunel was busy blasting tunnels through cliff rocks in Dawlish and testing out his atmospheric railway system (which failed). A grand looking Brunel pump house remains in Starcross - now home to various nautical clubs. The estuary is busy with all sorts of boats!
As Laurence is also on the lookout for unusual letterboxes, I showed him the yellow French letterbox embedded in the outer wall of the local primary school . It was given to Starcross by its twin town Henvic in France. It's good to know there's a 4.15pm daily collection!
The walk to Dawlish town was charming along the sea wall. Too much chatter meant I forgot to look out for an enchanted tree so Laurence wasn't able to open one of his mysterious treasure hunt style envelopes.
Dawlish is all about the beaches and seafront, the coastal railway line, different tea rooms to suit everyone's taste and Gay's Creamery!
We enjoyed a cream tea eating it the Devon and Cornwall way. What's your preference? All the best Laurence! We will be following your journey!