Blogs from Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Widecombe-in-the-Moor June 26th 2015

A couple of great days connecting with family, under sunny skies and amidst breathtaking scenery. Each town in Devon, England that we have visited has a prominent veterans or WWII memorial. The effects of the war over here were far-reaching. There are so many individual stories to hear. Yesterday made for an enjoyable 4 hour ferry ride from Poole, UK to Cherbourg, France. The water in the English Channel was glass. Renting a car is less intimidating, as they drive on the 'right' side of the road. On Utah Beach (Normandy) there is a memorial with Grampy's LST listed. That is powerful, and personal. As the week begins drawing to a close, it is getting more difficult for me to recap my day in a blog because there is so much to process and I'm not ... read more
At the top of Haytor
Sunset in the moor

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
St Pancras Church, Widecombe
The three rabbits on a roof boss

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Widecombe-in-the-Moor July 20th 2009

Well, it was off to Devon for the weekend with my girlfriends, Hannah (friend who got married in Feb), Emma, Bethany and Julie. I was the only non-family member that came along so it was special. On Friday, we drove about 5 hours north to North Devon to a small village called Berrynabour, voted the best kept village for several years now. It's an award for the whole of England which is pretty darn good! We stayed in the Ducky Pool Cottage (Hannah's parents own it). Saturday morning we got up rather late and didn't have much morning left, ate some breakfast and got ready for sea-bracing! We went to the seaside in Woolacombe for some bodyboarding, luckily we had wetsuits to keep us relatively warm. The weather was pretty crazy and ended up pouring but ... read more
Seaside at Heddon's Mouth

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Widecombe-in-the-Moor June 29th 2007

June 29, 2007 “Pork Bellies Please!” We made it out of London. We have a lovely brand new Peugeot station the wagon. We took off and within 2 blocks almost had an accident…driving down a dead end lane! OMG….so after that while Scott had his head buried in a map and we missed our turn onto the expressway and 1.5 hours later we are on the motor way to Bath. We actually got the hang of driving on the “wrong side of the road” rather quickly. We had a fabulous time in Bath! It is gorgeous, charming, the quintessential English town. This was our first experience trying to obtain a room without a prior reservation. I was very tense about this. We tried three places that were full and I was ready to have a ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Widecombe-in-the-Moor October 6th 2006

After managing to get Grant added to the driver’s list moments before the car hire place closed, we headed back to the 'Grand Shey Bu Hostel' and waited for Matt to arrive at Helen and Beth’s. We chucked everything in the car and headed towards the M3 motorway with the help of Grant’s fancy GPS navigational device, which proved to be very useful throughout the trip, even though it rendered me jobless. We stopped to get more petrol plus food from the service station (where are the Bombay Hills or Mercer when you need them!). We had to stop later on so Matt could get some food as well. After a bit of a mission, we finally found a services area that was open and he was stuck with a rather early cooked breakfast for dinner, ... read more
Widecome on the Moor
The Little Country Lanes
Helen, Hannah, Brendan

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