When you've got a family, how do you fill those half-term hours?
If you're lucky you might have a bundle of cash to fly off somewhere posh, but we have a just-as-good alternative to that - dear old Devon where we can very luckily hitch our horses with my welcoming father in law.
Being based just outside of Exeter that allows us to hang out at a multitude of exciting places, and this time in four days we packed 'em in.
Day One featured a trip down to Torquay, to visit Kents Cavern which bills itself as a Step into the Stone Age. Well, it's certainly pretty interesting and the guide was super - kept the little 'uns entertained and informed - and even though it's pretty dark down there I managed to squeeze off a few shots in probably the lowest lit venue I'd ever had to work with - like it was pitch black at times.
Back above ground, we hit the beach for the first time in 2018 at Meadfoot, which whilst a bit chilly still allowed for some tea and ice cream action, and due to the lovely light ensured I got some nice sun-down images. Nobody got soaked too which is always a bonus.
So, to Day Three and we really maxed out with an early start to Killerton House - a lovely 18th century National Trust place which is currently running a really nicely arranged through-the-house exhibition on the Suffragette movement called 'Votes for Women' - which while well laid out, thought-provoking and interesting, also allowed the usual family 'dress-up' routine which is always a photography fave.
From there we soldiered on to Lydford Gorge - another NT place but with a spectacular 30-meter waterfall at the bottom of a medium walk down. Well, it seemed 'medium' until we had to walk up again. Worth it, but I'm not sure my knees are in 100% agreement. They hate me now.
We had planned to do a bit of Tor visitation, but with the light fading we had a cuppa in Tavistock and turned our thoughts to going to Sidmouth for a quick sea view the following day instead.
And visit we did, however Sidders was not giving us the blue skies of previous days - less blue and more white fog with a swirling dark sea and a keen cold wind. Didn't seem to stop somebody getting co-opted into some nonny nonny Morris dancing on the seafront, however. Those shots will be corkers for any eventual wedding slideshow I need to put together...
So four days, lots of photos and plenty done. I think I might need another holiday soon though - when's Easter?
All the usual subjects, although the 85mm Batis stayed mostly in the bag this time out.