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6 || Overbeck's

Updated: Oct 14, 2019

Tuesday 27th August


Salcombe

This was my day! I planned a trip to the National Trust home of Otto Overbeck, famous for his "theory of electric health” through a Rejuvenator devise. That’s all I’m saying about him, plenty more to put you off on Wikipedia. We were only interested in his beautiful Edwardian house and gardens.



It was a very long upward trek to the top of the hill, but well worth it. I suddenly realised I missed the smell and feel of plants. I was in my element. The planting was well thought out and I think in keeping with the original plans when Overbeck lived there. The colours flowed effortlessly and the grasses swayed gently adding an air of gentleness to each bed. I was in Heaven. The boys tolerated my ramblings, noting they were clocking up the brownie points for another day! I couldn’t stop talking. Dugald remarked how uncanny it is that I can remember the planting depth of a bulb, identify a plant from it’s seed or the latin name of many species, but after 20 years of sailing I fail to remember the difference between the main halyard and the main sheet or indeed which side of the boat they are on. I have no answer for this. I try, but clearly not hard enough.



That evening we meet up with our friend Charles Darley and crew who were on their summer adventure to the Scilly Isles. We had a very boozy evening in the Victoria Inn, finishing with a few night caps on board Distant Dream.


Jax

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Fatjax
Fatjax
Oct 14, 2019

Hello Didi! So glad you are keeping a track of us. Lots of highs and lows and miss home too. Will get on some more postings. Love to all Jax

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didibriggs
didibriggs
Oct 14, 2019

Dear, dear Jax! I have just signed up to your log-in so that I don't miss a thing on your blog. What an adventure you are having and your haven't left the UK at the point I joined the blog. Your day enjoying the garden/dryland looked amazing - I know just why you can remember the names of plants and depths of bulbs whilst forgetting what halyards are! Sounds as if you are seeing lots of people and making lots of new friends - I have heard it before that there is a water caravan traveling round the world - what fun! Loved the video of you crossing the Solent on just the jib - my goodness you were going-some!…


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