I’ve been coming to Teignmouth and Shaldon in South Devon since I was a child.
We would have two weeks holiday in August in self-catering accommodation next to the River Teign. It was a wildlife bonanza for me. I spent my time in rock pools or catching Sandeels in the River or watching Oystercatchers through oversized binoculars.
All the other children seemed like Greek gods to me. With sun-bleached blonde hair and tanned bodies, in swimwear, in and out of boats they lived a strange exotic life.
Decades later, I got a job nearby and had three children. I would take them to Teignmouth and Shaldon and watch them as my three children, with sun-bleached blonde hair and tanned bodies in swimwear, played in the water.
I thought, “They’re having the childhood I always wanted but only glimpsed for two weeks a year”.
Here’s a man living his best life, paddle-boarding with a dog to his boat.
And here’s the tender to the ferry between Teignmouth and Shaldon.