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Out and about Exeter and Devon.

Thank You.

It started Friday morning.

I roused from my sleep, turned over and looked at my phone. It was earlier then I was expecting. I still decided to check Facebook.

What I saw made me sit up, it was a video of the Art Gallery building on Cathedral Green on fire.

As the morning progressed, it looked like the fire was being sorted… Then it spread.

The rooftop of The Royal Clarence Hotel caught on fire, and the fire held on.

We went up to Devon for the day, and even though we were glued to the social media updates about the fire, nothing prepared us for the smell and sight of smoke rising over the city like that.

img_6773Over the next few days, this city has been coming to terms with losing one part of its historic heart, while also massively coming together.

There are a number of companies that kept the emergency services fed and watered.

The people who saw their water pressure dwindle, as the fire was fought.

South West Water for dishing out water.

Exeter Council, and Exeter Cathedral for showing how to engage with the public on Twitter and Facebook.

People for sharing as much as information as possible about who’s open where.

Most of all, the emergency services have simply been amazing, and the fact they stopped the fire taking any other buildings has been a testament to their good work.

To those who run in, while others run out.

Thank you.

#MySundayPhoto – A Good Day To Go Hunting 

Taken during a birthday trip to The Orange Elephant in Devon.

Up on being given the chance to choose what she wanted to do for her birthday, the little one decided to do the Maize Maze at Orange Elephant. As it’s the last weekend they’re open for the year, we went for it.

The question now is, where shall we go for ice cream in Devon now?

Even if the sun isn’t shining like this today, I hope you have a good day.

Photalife

#MySundayPhoto – Days On The River

We discovered over the last week that taking the boat on the River Exe, may potentially be the small ones new favourite thing to do.

Check out exetercruises.com for more information about it.

Photalife

The Joy Of A “Stay-cation”

It’s quite a predictable conversation really, you say to someone you’re going to be on holiday, they ask where you’re going, you say your staying at home, and that seems to be the end of the conversation.

The thing is, yesterday, out on our bikes, chasing the small one around a nearby park, I don’t know where else I would want to be*, it was all quite simply glorious…

Shame Devon Council wants to dump a road over all of this really.

*It can also work out far cheaper to holiday at home…

Where To Go In Exeter When Its Raining?

There you are, visiting Exeter, arguably the capital of Devon, and its raining – not just raining, but really wet.  If its just you and possibly other adults, I’d suggest  hanging out in one of the pubs in town. If you’ve got small children with you, then its a different matter.

Heres the Dads Sofa list of where to go in Exeter, when its raining.

The Twisted OakThe Twisted Oak

The Twisted Oak pub, can be found in Ide, just by Exeter. The Twisted Oak is a combination of a pub, restaurant, tuck shop, and a indoor play area. We have a lot more about this playful pub here.

Café Connect at Riverside Church

Spacious cafe with nice food, good tea, and a box of toys. There is also good disabled access if needed. It found by the river, between the city centre, and St Thomas.

The Welcome Inn

Wonder down the quay – keep to the right hand side, and you’ll come across The Welcome Inn. Serving tea, cake, and a very warm welcome. It looks like The Welcome Inn will be closing soon, so make sure you can check it out when you can!

Stormtrooper-Lego2Thomas Moore

Because who doesn’t love a Toy Shop? That has lego and train play tables? It has loads of Legos, and this guy…

Work out the route from the City Centre down to the river, and you’ll find it.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Exeter’s, Royal Albert Memorial Museum is found in the town centre, minutes away from the High Street. There are many things to do, walk through / around, eat, and look at.

Its not open on Mondays or Banks Holidays, but feels like its open the rest of the time. Its free entry, and a great rainy day activity.

Just don’t bring in helium balloons. The staff get nervous.

Exeter Cathedral.

The Cathedral in Exeter is quite simply gorgeous.  While adults are charged, children can visit the cathedral for free, and use one of the “Explorer Backpacks” to explore the cathedral for themselves*! You can also help build a Lego Exeter Cathedral.

If you live within EX1 – 4 areas of Exeter / Devon, ask about their Resident Cards for free access. (Just remember to donate!) Theres also loads of events on, check out their website for more information.

Soft Play!

If you’re feeling brave, you could let yourself be dragged to one of the Soft Play centres in or near Exeter.  You could try…

Bear Feet

Riverside

Waie Inn (If you can get out there – give this a go!)

 

That’s a few ideas.

Are there any rainy day places to go in Exeter, that I’ve missed out, and should be included?

*Parental supervision is probably expected.

 

 

Rhino Hunting Continued…

Rota’s have aligned and both myself and Mrs Sofa have been able to get week holiday at the same time. After hearing horror stories about traffic down to Cornwall, we’ve decided to spend our holiday around Exeter, possibly also exploring around Devon a little.

After seeing the Grandparents in North Devon yesterday, we decided to go Rhino Hunting again in Exeter (as well as a few other jobs), here’s a little photo album of the ones we found – excluding the castle one… he didn’t take a good photo.

If you’re around the Exeter Cathedral Green, take a moment to say hi to the guys on the Lego table, and donate a pound to build a brick on Exeters very own Lego Cathedral.

#MySundayPhoto – More Rhino Hunting in Exeter

We spent yesterday morning searching for Rhinos around Exeter.

Quick tip we learnt from yesterday, go to the Museum first before the “Rhino Shop” in the Harlequins Shopping Centre. The staff in the museum seemed to be a little “on edge” at the sight of a helium balloon, which we got given at the Rhino shop. If you go Rhino hunting around there, probably best to go to Museum first, and avoid the staff having a nervous breakdown.

Check out greatbigrhinos.org.uk for information about why Rhinos are popping up around Exeter and South Devon.

Photalife

#MySundayPhoto – Rhino Hunting in Devon

The plan was to check out the Westcountry BrickShow, then go find a Rhino or two… Well the two hour queue for the Lego show put us off going, so instead we decided to start hunting Rhinos instead.

The “Great Big Rhino Project”, is a trail of rhinos to go and discover around Exeter, and South Devon.

Our Little One loved finding, hugging and occasionally licking the rhinos we found. Yeah… The licking thing is weird…

We found this a great way to explore around Exeter with the Little One, she particularly enjoyed the underground passages centre. (There’s one down there by the way!)

Armed with a map of Rhino locations, it’s a little bit like PokemonGo, except instead of Pokemon and flat phone batteries, you’re finding Rhinos… And it’s easier to do this in groups without all of you having smart phones.

Check out greatbigrhinos.org.uk for information about why Rhinos are popping up around Exeter and South Devon.

Photalife

#MySundayPhoto – Say hello To This Chap…

This fella can be found in Paignton Zoo, Devon.

Two lessons from our trip to Paignton Zoo:
1. Use the longer lens on the camera next time. (Would have been useful with the giraffes)
2. Snakes still make me feel uneasy.

Photalife

#MySundayPhoto – Memories of The Somme

Taken during the Shrouds of the Somme art exhibition in Exeter. It was to remember each one of the 19240 Allied servicemen who fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme 1 July 1916.

Seeing all the “bodies” lined up was a fantastic use of art to really hammer the human cost of that battle home.

For other Lego Photos please check out The Tales From The Toyshelf on Facebook.
Photalife
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