September sunshine has been a delight! An Indian Summer? Certainly, a treat for our guests coming to stay for a late Summer/Autumn break. The middle of September was nicer than the middle of July or August this year! Clear, cloudless blue during the day and beautiful crystal-clear, star-lit skies at night. This September has been exceptional, the early morning, misty sunrises have tempted me out into the garden with my yoga mat and the sunsets have been extraordinary! Watching the sun fall into the sea at the end of the day or lying back in the hot tub with a glass of something cool whilst the sky is lit up then the stars come out makes me grateful to be alive. I LOVE September.
For those of us who enjoy the sunshine but prefer cooler evenings for a great night's sleep... September with its clear skies has been amazing this year and is often the best month of the year. North Devon in all its glory is delightful with a little more space on the roads and at our visitor attractions as soon as the schools go back. With a host of entertainment available: the Appledore Book Festival; the North Devon Art Trek; the Cider Festival and Apple Festivals at RHS Rosemoor; The Two Moors Festival... and lots more! there is so much to cram in before October Half Term!
The sea is at its warmest in the Autumn. Currently a really warm 17 - 18 degrees and we always keep the pool heated until October (many years until October half term) so there is no excuse not to swim a couple of times a day at this time of year... A sunset swim or surf, when the sea has come in over the warm sand at Westward Ho! is magical.
(Picture right sunset at high tide, Westward Ho! by Kim Stone)
The weather forecast predicts some stormy weather at the weekend, but I am still managing to do my yoga in the garden every morning this month - a challenge set by my youngest daughter in August!