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Here we go again……

Brooks running shoes

Since Saturday I’ve been wondering what to put on my lockdown to do list this time. The last time I had 20 things to do, including renewing my passport (I got a new shiny dark blue one thanks to Brexit!). Getting our tax return done in record time was high on the list as was spring cleaning all the cottages. The one thing I didn’t get done was sorting out my desk but I was waiting for a rainy day and we didn’t get many of those.

As it turns out my list this time is very short. Obviously the desk is still there, but it has been joined by sorting out the garage and creating a list of winter maintenance in the cottages. So my list totals four as this morning it was my run day and I downloaded a new app – 5k to 10k. Regular readers of my blog will remember my Couch to 5k journey which resulted in me doing some park runs before they were shut down. I’ve been regularly running and whilst I can’t claim to love it, afterwards I feel great.

To help motivate me I had a quick trip to Honiton yesterday to #shoplocal and purchase some shiny new running shoes and a lightweight waterproof jacket as treadmill running in the gym is banned. Run Venture is a great new shop that’s only been open for 9 weeks. It’s run by James who is very knowledgeable about all the types of running shoes. Within half an hour I walked away with these Brooks beauties in a rather fabulous colourway.

So this morning Barry joined me in Run 1 of Week 1, the first of 27 runs that will get me from 5k to 10k. If the weather stays as beautiful as it’s been today this is going to be a great challenge.

Do you have a lockdown list and if so what’s on it?

ps. I forgot, there’s 5 things – The Crown on Netflix is launching on the 15th November – #binge watching

#shoplocal

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been making more of an effort to shop local. The main summer season has come to an end and our local businesses need our continued support. The good news is that three new shops have opened up recently.

The first is a huge favourite, Squirrel, who started delivering fruit and veg during lockdown to many of our local towns and villages. Paula has opened up her Seaton shop and the display is simply beautiful. Marc, her partner, is a bespoke cabinet maker so you can imagine how great the shop fit out is. You can learn more about Squirrel on their Facebook page – Squirrel

The other place we’re raving about is also in Seaton; Feast. They are a new takeaway selling delicious wraps and salads. It’s all super fresh and beautifully presented; don’t be fooled by the size of the takeaway boxes – they pack it all in and it’s a main meal with an explosion of tastes.

Also in Seaton is Coast cafe – we visited for breakfast over the bank holiday weekend and were not disappointed. Whilst the men went for the very generous full English, the granola was scrumptious and looked so pretty it was almost too good to eat!

Granola

In Beer Village the lovely Chocolate N More has opened selling of course yummy chocolate but also old fashioned sweets (think fruit salads, blackjacks, lemon bon bons, etc) and gifts. Just in time for us to start thinking about stocking fillers or presents for Cxxxxxxxx…….. (We’re not allowed to mention the C word in our house yet!).

So the main season maybe over but we’re now full until 14th November – we thought that the season might go longer due to the virus. If you fancy a short break to visit beautiful Beer (and #shoplocal) do get in touch. Or if you’re still working from home and want to work from Devon this winter we can do longer lets in some of the cottages depending upon availability…………