We dropped DC off at nursery and headed straight for the River Cottage Canteen in Axminster for breakfast.
I had the most delicious mushrooms and poached eggs on toast and a yummy mocha which hubby tucked into a bacon sarnie. If you are ever in the area, I can highly recommend a trip to the Canteen; I've been three times now and have been very impressed with the food on each occasion. Plus the deli sells some wonderful cheeses, pies, meats, beers, biscuits, etc.
We then had a little wander round the town and found the antiques centre where I picked up the hostess trolley that now lives in the snug, as well as a couple of pieces of the cream and green kitchenalia hubby and I like to collect.
Then it was on to Exeter, for a bit of a wander, a spot of shopping and some lunch. We ended up spending just two hours there; much as Exeter is a lovely city with its amazing cathedral and green slap-bang in the centre, we weren't really in the mood for everyday, high street stores (although I was very excited to find Starbucks, and indulged in a seasonal Gingerbread Latte). Although I'm probably being unfair to Exeter, and there are undoubtedly lots of "one-off" shops to be found, had we taken the time to do some hunting; unfortunately, time was somewhat limited since we had to be back at nursery by 5.30pm to collect DC.
We were very keen indeed to get to our third and final destination of the day Honiton, with its masses of antique shops. As soon as we stepped onto the main street I turned to hubby and said "This is better". As you can see, we certainly weren't fighting our way through crowds of Christmas shoppers! The lack of hustle and bustle, compared to Exeter, encouraged a much more leisurely pace and was more conducive to strolling and window shopping. And a little bit of ooh-ing and ahh-ing over antiques that we mostly couldn't afford, like this gorgeous dresser.