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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Dartmoor July 5th 2014

Off to Dartmoor today! So, I learned a lesson today - if you're in Dartmoor you need a proper GPS. Or a car. Or both haha. I got... not lost but stuck shall we say because I didn't want to keep going down some random valley in the bushes and get lost. There are no signs in the paths and there are a lot of intertwining ones so having the map with you doesn't even help… What a shame. Ok backtrack. I bussed up to Newton Abbot and wandered around the village for a bit - small and cute - before heading up to Haytor Vale in Dartmoor. Basically as soon as I started the hike I was like 'yep this won't end well' haha. Right from the start there are four paths generally going in ... read more
Quarry lake
The rocks I cannot remember their name
Random lone cow

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Widecombe-in-the-Moor June 15th 2014

Tom Pearce, Tom Pearce, Lend me your grey mare. All along, down along, out along lea. For I want to go down to Widecombe Fair wi' Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davy, Dan'l Whiddon, Harry Hawk, Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all, Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all.To be sung in a fake Devon yokel's accent, preferably after a few pints of strong local ale. So goes the first verse of a folk tune called 'Widecombe Fair'. It does go on quite a bit longer - possibly a bit too much longer, unless someone else is buying the next round of drinks. It tells a tale of Tom Pearce's old grey mare being borrowed, getting lost, falling ill, dying, and haunting the moor ever after. I won't bore you with it all here but, ... read more
Widecombe-in-the-Moor
St Pancras Church, Widecombe
The three rabbits on a roof boss

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Dartmoor June 14th 2014

'I've got some rheas out back. Raised 'em from eggs I did. They're awful friendly.' In his heavy Devon accent, the elderly bewhiskered man at the gate of his lonely Dartmoor cottage attempted to detain me a little longer with irrelevant chat. It seemed that not many tourists from Hertfordshire, or indeed from anywhere, stop at this remote spot in response to his 'Fresh Eggs' sign propped up by a rock near the tall hedge. 'It's eggs you're wantin' ain't it?' 'I've only got hens' eggs. That alright?' He disappeared, leaving his two scruffy dogs seeking attention and barking madly. A few minutes later, he returned holding a grey cardboard carton containing six brown eggs with bits of straw and feathers attached. A label on the carton proclaimed: 'Laid by the girls living on Dartmoor'. They ... read more
A typical Devon lane
Sheep grazing on Dartmoor
Ponies grazing on Dartmoor

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Crediton April 24th 2014

Dartmoor it was today and the start was slow as the beers and curry combined from the night before - and as soon as I left Tavistock there was a big hill to take me up to the moor. My Grandad was tall and bald and wore a brown jacket And in the corner of the never used room stood a brown fishing rod Forever In the big silent bed, On a sunny, Devon morning He would tell tales of wild ponies. prisons and green sinking mud. Waiting on the moors with black eyes. But I made it through. A few tame sheep on the moors with very white wool and blackheads some would stare at me for a while - they all had an accompanying lamb that would not leave their side. One couple got ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Tavistock April 23rd 2014

There was the usual dilemma in the morning of what initial direction to head when first starting off in order to get the best way out of the town - anyway that solved I was on my way again. Deciding at the last minute to head along the coast as long as possible I cut to the right on a sunny, bright morning heading for a town called Fowey (later I found out pronounced Foi as in Oi !!!). There is a river crossing here with no road as such so I asked in a woodcutting yard if there was a ferry or something and the answer was yes. Asking the way to the ferry, some are glum some are merry Some are just kind and I want to pat him on the back and say ... read more

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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Barnstaple October 28th 2013

Well its been a whirlwind of a few days. I landed at Heathrow with my lovely niece Romy there to meet me. It was off to see her home which is lovely and light and bright and straight out to Brent Cross shopping centre. For me lots of nostalgia as I remembered different places all familiar. We got provisions for Friday night Shabbat dinner and had lunch at a Wagamama so I can cross that off my list. In the afternoon she dropped me off with friend Lois and it was so lovely to see her. Her garden was filled with apple trees all laden with apples love that about England. We had big mugs of tea and I mean BIG and then she and Davey took me back to Romy and Brett. We went to ... read more
Lovely drive up to the Manor house
Lois and me
Horseshoe Garden furniture

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon September 29th 2013

Landed in Bristol under cloudy skies. Dan was there to meet us which was a bonus. Hired a car (Citreon C4 diesel) and off we set for North Devon, Woolacombe, where Dan and Donna had rented a farm cottage for the weekend. Good to see Dan again. We last met up in NZ when he was out for a week to visit his family but he's pretty permanent in London now so it was good to catch up. Even better, he did all the driving. It took us about three hours to get to Higher Mullacot Farm where the cottage was. To get there we drove through miles and miles of rolling down land with gorse and stone hedges, ending up in high hedged country lanes barely wide enough for a car. There was some delicate ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Exeter September 26th 2013

Hi everyone!! Welcome to my travelblog!! My Dad and I leave for our epic adventure on Saturday and I am starting to get extremely excited now! I still have to pack but the to do list is almost complete :) I can't wait to start the trip and start uploading some amazing photos and blogs!... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Plymouth May 21st 2013

Good morning from Plymouth; just a little tidbit before we move on from here. There are not a lot of older buildings in Plymouth because of the blitz during the war. This church although it has major bomb damage it's been left as a reminder of the loss suffered at that time. On a lighter note, it's also in the center of a traffic circle. I know there are some of you who wouldn't appreciate the number or the sizes of the traffic circles here. Have a great day, later........ read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Plymouth May 19th 2013

Well folks, it was another jam packed day. We went to Stonehenge & Bath. Definitely two places I could see again. Stonehenge really left me with an unexplained feeling; awe is the only word I can think of to even capture my experience. Bath has got to be the most beautiful place I've visited so far on this trip. The Roman Baths were pretty awesome but the city was unbelievable. Our tour director and bus driver have been quite accommodating, they took us through the small villages and countryside on our way to Plymouth. The roads were quite narrow, I'm not sure how Sid our driver maneuvered the coach through them. There were many fields of rape seed, canola in bloom. The bright yellow blooms seemed even brighter against the rich green background. Tonight we had ... read more
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