Brixham. Well known amongst history teachers as being the place where William of Orange stepped foot on English soil before marching up to London to take the crown. Or the harbour where fishermen perfected trawler design; only a very few of the old sailing boats with their distinctive red ochre coloured sails now trawl the seas.
The town faces its harbour, brightly coloured fishermen’s cottages peer down at the modern working fishing port next to the marina full of upright white masts jostling for space and shelter behind the breakwater. The working boats and pleasure craft sit comfortably side by side.
Beyond the breakwater, with its pretty white lighthouse, the sea provides an ever changing backdrop. One moment ultramarine the next aquamarine. White caps and foam dancing across its surface lifting the sailing boats with their red, yellow, blue spinnakers as they race around the bay – Torbay.
The bay is bordered by cliffs of rich red, Lower Devonian, sandstone and outcrops of pinky-grey volcanic rock. The highest is Berry Head the area of outstanding natural beauty on the eastern side of Brixham, where you can walk around the Napoleonic forts carpeted with purple and white coastal wildflowers. Butterflies and other flying insects darting and blowing between them.
As the day draws to a close the bright colours fade and the sea and sky turn a steely bluey-grey until the setting sun picks out some wispy clouds and colours them gold and pink, its reflection draws a gold line across the marina dissecting and burnishing the ghostly white yachts.
It is impossible to not be inspired by the ever changing expanse of scenery. Coastal blues and greens that change complexion from cool and pale to rich and deep, the houses and boats providing highlight with bright and vivid coloured flecks.
Like many coastal areas the scenery draws you in and immerses you in itself, but the richness of the local life, its boats and buildings its cliffs and crags give it its individual character.
The colours and patterns make for stylish and relaxing nautical and coastal style interiors. Calming and reflective, light and airy, whilst not detracting from, but adding to the view out of the window over the marina and across the sea. Themes that have inspired people living on coasts throughout the world and do so for us living in Brixham.
Photo Brixham Harbour – Christopher Martin