Lynton, North Devon, Lots of Memories
"Blues in 2005, Smiles in 2006, Ecstasy in 2007"
Update (TWICE!!) this October 2007 - Still the most special place in the whole world and with two entirely different but equally special people - whatever needs to be done do it here, or down the bottom too!!!!
Update 10th July 2006
BACK AGAIN, but at the bottom this time in Lynmouth, though I am writing this from The Queens here at the top:)
16th Aug 2005
I've only just come back from a "in and out day trip" , stopped overnight at "The Crown", could've stopped forever given half-a-chance.
Sometimes when I've been somewhere and have good memories and then return, it's never quite the same - the novelty (for want of a better expression) has worn off. But not so for Lynton, it seems to improve on every visit.
Perhaps it's the timelessness of it, people come, people go, but some things never change - the views don't and the feel of the village doesn't either. There's something magical about the way it affects, or an even better word "it effects", people. It effects people by bringing them under its spell: "You Will Chill Out!" it says and virtually everyone does.
This is the first time I've been back for over 5 years and that is 5 years too long.
On leaving on Tuesday afternoon an overwhelming sadness took me by the throat - what's the song? "Ive got the blues for you.............
"Thoughts on South-West England"
I've probably said this before, but there is something about Devon that makes it unique. Much as I love its neighbours, Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall: Somerset is perhaps a little too pretty; Dorset, a little too polished; Cornwall, a tad coarse, but within Devon we have the prettiness, the polish and the rough edges and they all seem to fit jigsaw-wise to form a whole that approaches perfection. Aye, I've definitely got the blues.
"Views are fine, but People Make Places!"
This is Pete - go to Lynton, stay at Crown, mention my name, (AKA John the Chef) and you will be seriously looked after (and I get my 10%!)
Alternatively - go to Lynton, stay at Crown, enjoy yourselves, don't mention my name - it won't make no difference - go and chill!
Addendum Oct 2007 - Pete isn't at The Crown any more but at The Greenhouse by the bus stop these days, but all the above still apply :)
Unfortunately Pete passed away in 2010, news which only caught up with me after the fact. By all accounts the funeral was attended by thousands.
I doubt very much that he'll be going upstairs (nor I should imagine he'd want to) but I bet Old Nick will be enjoying his company. See you there someday Pete - don't let the fires go out!