Down a pretty leafy lane in the rural Devon countryside
Sits a sweet little cottage
....which is the home of this beautiful American family. We met through our blogs awhile back (one of the reasons I love blogging so much - making so many lovely friends!)They have been living in England for the past two years on a work assignment and are moving back to the States next month. We are so pleased we got to spend some quality time with them before they go back home.
And as you can see, Tess was instant friends with this very loving family.
The boys had some quality time with Mario.
And they even made me a belated birthday cake! Isn't that the sweetest?!
This loving family made us feel right at home in their beautiful cottage.
I'm totally obsessed with how cute this English cottage is.
Isn't it perfect? Look at that pretty view to the green fields outside.
It's so secluded and peaceful here.
You can see right onto the River Exe from the garden.
Another really unique thing about this cottage is that it sits directly across the street from this 13th Century church.
and like all old churches in this country, it has it's own peaceful cemetery.
Here's a pretty view of the cottage and church. Apparently, a long time ago, this cottage is where the family lived who cared for the church grounds and dug the graves in the churchyard. Cool!
There's even a castle just down the road from the cottage and church.
Our friends took us on one of their favorite walks.
We passed through green fields, along the train track, and right up to the River Exe.
Susan pointed out where the river empties into the ocean - the English Channel.
The kids collected shells and stones from the bank of the river.
Then we splashed in puddles all the way back home
I'm going to show some restraint and stop here for today. I think I've bombarded you with enough photos for one day. Come back soon for photos of our snowy visit to the moors and the city of Exeter.