Sketch of beach at Budleigh Salterton by Hannah Foley. All rights reserved ( are back from a lovely week away in the southwest. Highlights included ice creams topped with clotted cream, walks by the sea, buying pollack on the beach for our tea (fresh from the fisherman who’d just caught it), sampling homebrew, cream teas, and a beer and beard competition. All of this was made all the more perfect by the company of lots of wonderful family and friends. You’ll be pleased to know the christening went off without a hitch but that does leave me with a dearth of funny stories. The vicar who conducted the ceremony was a seasoned pro and deftly deflected any attempts at disruption by my spirited little niece. And in truth I didn’t wish for any. It was a very precious day. I love these rites of passage. They are important still moments in busy lives. What a wonderful privilege to gather together to celebrate the budding life of a beautiful baby girl.

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