Archive page from previous years. Picture sizes reduced.
Well done Victoria Pendleton.
No relation, as far as I know, but great to follow a namesake in the
Olympics. And recently in Strictly Come Dancing 2012 on BBC1, but didn’t make the final.
Enjoy “retirement”. Thanks for giving us years of GB success. Good luck Victoria.
The annual Chagford Show is always the third Thursday
The rain held off, well mostly, just a few showers that sent visitors scrambling for the nearest tent, but not for long. It was pleasantly warm with some good sunshine. Thankfully 99% of the events had taken place before the heavens opened at about 6pm. We had done our photography by then so it was home for us. New 2012 slide show below. More pictures and all show info on Chagford Show website.
Or all my pictures as a set here,
on my Picasa web albums page. There is also a better slide show with larger photos on my Picasa set page. (Click the button top left). If you would like a copy of any of the photos please email me. chagford Show
The Wedding of William and Catherine, Chagford 21st May The bride and her father left the Mill End Hotel in an American Police car for the wedding in Chagford, followed by a reception at nearby Monks Withycombe.
Mythic Garden now open for 2011
Some pictures taken at the opening today 7th May 2011
I’m immensely proud and grateful to Janet Ruth, an American authoress, for using one of my photographs of Scorhill Stone Circle as the front cover image for her latest 300 page Romance Novel, Benin’s Crown. I’m a slow reader so haven’t read it yet but the text below taken from the rear cover describes the novel. Copies of the book are available from the publishers Booksurge at booksurge.com or by email firstname.lastname@example.org Or Amazon at Amazon.com ISBN is 978-1-4392-6605-2
Janet with her book this Summer when she and her family visited Devon.As the daughter and only child of Queen Morveren and King Brenin, young Addien leads a life of luxury and security. But when all she loves is torn from her, she must learn to survive by relying on her own courage and strength of character. In doing so, she also learns about trusting others and holding onto her faith. Growing to womanhood in dangerous times, she must face disappointment, betrayal, and isolation while keeping a secret many would die to discover. For she alone has the power to choose who will take her father’s place as king. Set in the Dark Ages of British history, the story moves from a Roman-built city, to a ring of standing stones, to a Celtic stronghold, each based on real historical sites. In this land of contrast merged the passion of the Celts, the intelligence of the Romans, and the influence of the early church. This is where faith and fantasy meet, where good and evil are not always clearly defined, and it is not always possible to know the right thing to do.
Below are just 2 of the many sculptures on display (and for sale) at the Mythic Garden and Birch and Alder Arboretum near Chagford. Open all year but the sculptures are seasonal from May. The low light at this time of year (late Sept) makes it a wonderful place to visit. Go to Mythic Garden website for more info. Or visit picasa for more pictures and a slideshow.
Castle Drogo sits on top of the Teign Gorge, and from Furlong, where we live, dominates the horizon. Jill was asked by the Okehampton Times to take photos of visitors enjoying the guided tours of the roof, which is not normally open to the public. However, quite a good covering of snow had fallen overnight which left the roof very slippery and a danger to visitors so we were alone (great) on the roof to enjoy the views. Here’s a couple of pictures from the morning, More on my photography page.
A day out on the South Devon Railway. Brilliant! From Buckfastleigh to Totnes, only a short ride but fantastic fun. Hats off to the volunteers who work tirelessly to make this all work so well. We had intended to do the boat trip on the Dart but Totnes took up most of the day
Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain cycle race, Tavistock to Glastonbury.
Came past our house today 15th Sept 2010. There seemed to be as many Police motorcyclists as racing bicycles. But here are a few shots on the A382 as they rode up towards Whiddon Down. Click each to enlarge.
2011 Tour 11/09/2011 – 18/09/2011. Devon section on 15/09/2011 starts Exeter Cathedral Yard at 10.15 Click here for pics and a short video of the stage.
Devon Air Ambulance Trust, motorcycle fundraising run across Dartmoor 12th July 2009
Just a few of over 500 motorbikes that took part in the fundraising run across Dartmoor on Sunday,
all sizes all types, all ages, all sexes of riders and pillions. To see more pictures please follow this link to my Picasa album.
The UK has had its fair share of bad weather for this time of year. When it snows heavily on Dartmoor life becomes difficult. The farmers are having a terrible time, not only with the blanket of snow but with temperatures never getting above freezing during the day and falling to -15 at night all the indoor drinking water for the livestock has frozen solid. Our farmer is having to let the stock back into the fields to drink for a short time before bringing them back in again, difficult enough normally, but testing in these conditions. We haven’t had the car out for over a week now, fortunately we stocked up with provisions and should be ok till after Christmas. Our village is within walkable distance and the main roads to it are now passable for HGV deliveries so at least the shops have enough to keep stocks up.
Here’s a few pics of our village.
This pic taken on Christmas day. All the snow has gone now, (31st Dec)
Quite a weight of snow on the greenhouse roof. Didn’t want to leave it
in case we had even more.Chagford Agricultural and Horticultural Show August 20th
This years show (09) in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance.
Just a few of my recent pictures taken at Chagford show. A wonderful day with a huge variety of entries.
(Previously on Sunday 19th July, please see update below).
On the wall by our garden this Fox looks in need of feed but our hens are only a few metres away. We watched it for a while but possibly the house and the smell of our dog might have put it off and it jumped down from the wall and into the field and away. It may well be back so a constant lookout is necessary.
Update 13th January 2010
Sadly we think this fox, going by the colour markings, died in the first week of the new year (2010) during the very cold weather. It now lies in a field not far from where this photo was taken, and as nature provides, will help other wild animals and birds survive this horrible weather. Our bird table has never been busier, with garden birds including somewhat rarer birds such as Hedge Sparrows, Nut Hatches, Wood Peckers, Jays.
We moved the table nearer the house, this seems to have deterred the Crows and Magpies from coming to the table as it’s too close to humans for comfort. The most territorial of the regular birds seem to be the Wagtails, which will patrol the bird table attempting to shoo off all who dare come close. He doesn’t stand a chance overall and the Blackbirds have a higher pecking order.
Our battery rescued free range Chickens have had to be culled, we had 2 left out of the original 3 and they had had a good life since being with us. The severe cold was more than they could cope with and they hadn’t laid for weeks. They are not as prepared as normal hens, their genes are for battery conditions and rather than them suffer we decided to take the necessary action.A thaw has started today, thank goodness. Yesterday afternoon (12th Jan) saw a fresh 4 inches of snow in only a few hours causing havoc locally. The National news featured the A30 and A38 on Dartmoor which had again become impassable. Our neighbours have been using our facilities as their borehole had frozen up. I managed to get into Chagford yesterday morning and those that could get in were buying sufficient provisions to last for a few days just in
case. Thank goodness we work from home.
Update 16th Jan
Prolonged overnight rain and much milder temperatures has seen most of the snow
disappear, only the heaps in the drive remain.
Occasional sunshine this morning is a much welcome sight. Lunchtime now
and an afternoon walk is on the cards. The ground has remained frosted and
it will take some time for it to thaw. Shame I didn’t get round to lifting
all the potatoes in the veg patch, with luck they will be ok.