|A view of Brixham - isn't it beautiful?|
Then, in the harbour we spotted a full-size replica of the Golden Hind, the ship in which Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe back in the 16th Century (I know, I’ve already seen one reproduction of it at Southwark, in London – there are obviously a lot of them around!). Apparently, this particular vessel is here because in 1963 a TV series about Drake was filmed in and around Brixham, and this is a replica of the replica used in filming, because the first one was destroyed in a storm… confusing, or what?
|Trying to be arty and get a close-up of the masts and all |
|A Brixham seagull. There are gulls everywhere!|
|A fire juggling pirate.|
|A wall of crab pots..|
|... And a close-up. I was trying to be artistic - again!|
Brixham, apparently, was famous for its fast-moving, powerful sailing boats, which were able to trawl for fish in the deep sea, in all weathers. Several of them, with their distinctive red sails (dyed with local ochre, which helped protect the canvas against sea and weather damage), have now been restored, and provide cruising holidays and training expeditions. We had hoped to see some of these Heritage ships in the harbour, so we could get a good look, but they were all out, and we were a bit disappointed - until we spotted this glorious craft sailing past in the distance, and felt as if we'd been transported back 150 years or so. We were really thrilled to see this - much better than looking at one in the harbour!
|Red sails in the sunshine!|
|A D Day landing - A reminder of World War II.|
There's a big, modern marina as well, and all alongside the quay, nestling up against the cliff sides, are little gardens, created by local volunteers as part of a Pride in Brixham project, and there were people fishing for crabs with string and bits of bacon, and I do wish we'd had a go at that - next time, perhaps!
|Garden by the sea... One of the gardens created for the Pride in Brixham project.|
The town itself was lovely, with some nice little independent shops - and a statue commemorating William of Orange who landed at Brixham in November 1688 with his Dutch army during the ‘Glorious Revolution; when the Catholic King James 11 was forced to abdicate in favour of his Protestant daughter Mary and her husband William..
|Crowned with a seagull! I accidently deleted my photo of the e statue of |
William of Orange in Brixham, so I've borrowe this one, from the