Topsham is just a short train ride from Taunton but it's like stepping into another world.
There are many beautiful Dutch style houses dating from the time when Topsham was an important cotton port exporting to Holland and Dutch bricks were brought over as ballast and used to build houses there.
Our first stop was Pink String, a previously undiscovered (by me) shop which had a sign outside saying 'stock clearance'.
Well, I can't resist that and I'm SO glad I didn't.
How pretty is this place? I could have bought everything in it!
But I didn't ...
I limited myself to just these pretty lavender coloured candles (because lavender may be my new grey ...) and a few delicate metal butterflies because they were just too pretty to leave:
After a little mooch around a few Charity shops we stopped for a restorative cup of tea at the The Cafe - not the most imaginative of names but it makes up for it with bundles of charm, great food and a pretty courtyard garden:
Thirst sated we headed down the hill towards the harbour passing by some of those beautiful merchants houses:
Aren't they stunning?
Many with equally stunning views across the estuary:
to the harbour itself:
To the right lies my Topsham house (I have at least one house in almost every place we go, it's the house that I would buy were money no object).
What do you think - will it do? I hovered in the gateway to take this photo, I would of course have preferred to walk right in and get a better one but I'm learning not to do that kind of thing ...
To the left we passed by the Topsham museum with it's period town house and popped in for the briefest visit (it really deserved far more consideration!).
After a final stroll up the hill we went back to The Cafe which, shock, horror!!! had run out of scones so NO cream tea for me!!!
But a pot of tea went down pretty well without it and we walked back to the train station hot, happy and with an even deeper love for Topsham.