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The seaside is so pretty. The shed looks like its about to go over the edge. I've seen things like that around here. Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes and the lake's water level is higher than normal. When we have storms the cliffs get really eroded. The beach at the end of my street is gone and the cliff is falling into the lake. The beach a few miles a way is growing. I guess the sand has to go somewhere.
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I'm with Mark. I could stand at the waters edge for hours! There's just something about it.
I think it's just the peace and quiet you get that you don't normally find elsewhere.

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Our cliffs along Lake Michigan are eroding like that too. I guess it's just nature.
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Ours are pretty tall too, actually, very similar to those in Sidmouth! It's so beautiful.
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Some great photos along the beach and the cliffs surrounding them. I would not live or rent anywhere near a cliff as all you need is one big storm to do a lot of damage! I hope the owners are in the process of getting a new shed. May be a good idea to have it built a little farther back this time!


One thing to add as being in the states we are so spoiled with the white sand beaches! There is no way at all, that I could get used to going to the beach for a great day and having to walk over rocks all day! No way in hell will I do that and if I want to take a swim! It's not like you can put a blanket on the beach and relax with some food and beverages. Time to go elsewhere with this as you need a better fix with the beach! I'm sure this is better terrain elsewhere with the beaches in the UK....at least I hope, as can't imagine them all being like this with the rocks! Not the best of places for your ankle Cheryl!
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If I was them, I wouldn't even bother, as eventually the cliff would be eroded away back to wherever they put it. One day, I suspect the houses on that road could go. Hopefully that's many years away yet...

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We have a lot of beaches like that, but not that many in the south of England. There's a stretch where I used to work in Kent and it attracts a lot of people whenever the weather is hot, as it's an easy day trip from London and a lot of the surrounding beaches are pebbles, which as you say, aren't that great. I do like the fact that we have a variety of beaches here, it adds to the scenery.
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Saturday 16 June – part seven: what a beautiful, historic place

We walked back towards the car through a recreation park called the Ham…





… and called into the tourist information centre here to pick up some leaflets about more of the attractions around here, as we seem to keep coming back on such a regular basis for some reason. Can’t think why…

We made our way out of Sidmouth….





We arrived at our bed and breakfast place for the night and my goodness, what a beautiful, historic place it was…













As we pulled up, Kim, who runs the property with her husband (I want to say Steve?), came out to greet us and took us inside. It’s even more amazing inside with so much character to it.

We settled up the rest of our check, as I’d only paid a deposit when I’d booked, and then they showed us to our room, which was small, but very nice.





Now this bit did stick a bit in my throat – they knew we were interested in a king sized room, but told me that we couldn’t have one for only one night. The minimum limit is two nights. Ok, fair enough, but to then discover that the king sized rooms were free and there were only three rooms taken over this weekend out of 10 made me wonder why they couldn’t give us the king sized room. Kim showed us one of those when we left and it was lovely for only £10 more. If she had said “usually, we only do this for two nights, but as we’re not busy, if you’re prepared to pay the extra £10”, we’d have taken that like a shot. As it is, it made me feel a bit uncomfortable, which is a shame, as everything else about our stay here was lovely.

Anyway, we ended up having tea with them in the living room that’s open to all guests to use and with one of their regular guests, Phil, who apparently stays with them all the time, as he visits his mother who lives nearby.



During this time, Kim gave me a book about the Donkey Sanctuary, taking readers through how it operates from dawn to dusk, which was a fascinating read. I learnt that they do have people there all the time, which is what we’d always figured and that where they take all their donkey dung – there was a photo of it all piled up. Nice!

We had some downtime in the room, although not very long, given that it turns out there’s no Wi-Fi here. I hadn’t even thought to ask, I just assumed everywhere had it these days. Apparently not. Sadly, another big black mark against this place. It’s perfect if you want to get away from it all, but we generally don’t.

Next: meeting the donkey reprobates!
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What an interesting place, I like the look of the dining room. Too bad about the king size bed, they lost out on an extra 10. I am with you, if there is no internet, its a strike against them.
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It is a lovely place, but you would have thought they would have offered you the chance for the king room, since they were available.
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What an interesting place, I like the look of the dining room. Too bad about the king size bed, they lost out on an extra 10. I am with you, if there is no internet, its a strike against them.
To be honest, both those things were strikes against them. I don't think we'd stay there again with no Internet and having to stay two nights to get a king size room.
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A bad marketing decision on their part, I'd say....
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