OK where was I?
Oh yes, we were staying in Bigbury-on-Sea with a magnificent view across to the art deco Hotel on Burgh Island.
These are the security gates which are closed to prevent passing holidaymakers catching a glimpse of Agatha Christie or the Duchess of Windsor.
But how can you reach the island when the tide is in, I hear you ask. Well, unusually, the hotel has what professes to be the only "sea tractor" in the World. It's powered by an engine on top which drives a compressor connected by hydraulics to the wheels below water and was designed in 1969 by Robert Jackson CBE (a pioneer of the nuclear power station programme in the ‘50s) in exchange for a case of champagne. It cost £9000 to build but I would gladly have sketched out an alternative design for a much simpler floating passenger carrying vessel in exchange for a case of Pinot Grigio.
To give you an idea of scale here's me in my holiday hat. It's 7 5/8.
Here is the Sea Tractor in action. Most of the time the trips were actually serviced by two Range Rovers which belted across the sand and the rocks at each end. They were obviously leased.
It costs £2 for a member of the public to ride on the Tractor but I didn't fancy it because you'd have to sit in embarrassed silence opposite famous celebrities such as these.