The Strangest Pub I didn’t go in

First of all, I’ll confess that the title of the post was going to be the weirdest no the wierdest pub but I couldn’t make my mind up how to spell it. Do you ever get letter blind and unable to spell a word that you’ve written a million times? Please don’t all say no, you’re losing it G ūüôā

Anyway, back to the strange pub. It’s called the Highwayman and it’s on Dartmoor. Here he is holding up a coach!

and a gallery, click for a bigger view.

Here’s the man himself, unless you want to risk highway robbery,get off the moor before night falls.

What a weird place, I’ve heard it’s even stranger inside. They have rooms if you want to stay, but of course it’s haunted.

Stop climbing over the balustrade

When I was a little girl, we didn’t have an upstairs, so any chance I could, I’d scramble around on stairs and climb over balustrades. I always wanted to climb right¬†to the top¬†and slide down the stairs. Of course I’d get told off, and off course I told my children not to do it as well!

Did you ever climb over balustrades?

These three are all in Tavira, have a lovely time Jo!

I was over the moon, when I saw Paula’s Thursday Special.


My son shared his friend’s post¬†on Facebook yesterday and I just had to pass it on. Please, please¬†watch and share it in any way you can.

We see images of the people who put their lives at risk to defend us, hear of loss of limbs and life, but not like this.I was very moved from the beginning, then suddenly the mood changes.

See the story of Mark Ormrod’s incredible courage and determination.

in his own words,

OK guys HERE IT IS the brand new #noLIMBits Teaser Trailer!!!
You guys have seen the immense quality of the work that MATT ELLIOTT PHOTOGRAPHY does and this is no exception so please take 5 minutes to check it out, leave a comment, give us a ‘like’ and please, please, please share this as far and wide as you possibly can across all of your different social media platforms.
Where possible please tag myself and Matt in when you share it, tag as many big hitters, influencers and film companies as you can, tag celebs and if you think she’d be interested tag your Nan in there, you never know who might enjoy it.
You know our aim is to make this video go viral to raise awareness and support for the project and I know that with the help of my social media family that goal is easily achievable.
LETS DO THIS!!! Team #noLIMBits


Sungai Kinabatangan

The word delta has always conjured up images in my mind of powerful rivers flowing into the sea. The Nile, the Niger and the Mississippi, exciting places that make me think of the great explorers of days gone by.

Erica at the Daily Post throws wide the definition of delta, she says,

This week, share a photograph that signifies transitions and change to you. It can be the very beginning of a phase, or the very end. As you pick up your lens, explore the ways in which a single photograph can express time, while only showing us a small portion of any given moment.

so I’ve taken advantage a little with my photo.

The Kinabatangan in Borneo rolls into the sea near Sandakan, Sabah. I was there in 2009, taking this photo five minutes before landing.

I love how the river swirls, curves, and seems to turn back on itself, an unstoppable force heading for the Sula sea.


Views of Dartmouth

One of this year’s birthday trips was a day at Dartmouth. We began with a hot chocolate and cinnamon toast¬†at Alf’resco, then meandered gently along the narrow streets.

stopping to see the Lower Ferry,

and enjoy the view to Kingswear, via a very pretty garden, then on along the waterfront.

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The next stop is at Bayard’s Cove Fort, a single storey artillery fort built in the 1530’s as an extra defence against any invaders making it past the castle.

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The path climbs a little now, but that means nice views.

over on the bend

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Around the creek we continue towards the castle, which I think I showed you a few weeks ago.

I’ve never been inside, but I did get told off for peeping around the door in the picture below, it’s English Heritage and a man thought I was trying to sneak in without paying.
But we were hot and in need of ice cream, not dungeons! No photos I’m afraid, but mine was toffee fudge. We retraced our steps to summon the little ferry, turning the board around so that the ferryman could see he had passengers from the other side of the river.I rarely go on a boat, so it’s always a delight to see the view from one.

Lot’s of interesting and very expensive properties on both sides.

and there’s Bayard’s Cove Fort again.

Nearly back to town. Just ten minutes or so on the water, and it feels like a different world.

They’re still crabbing, I’d be a bit nervous if my child was sitting there. We’ve missed lunch, so we stroll towards the little harbour to see what we can find. No lunch, just a pasty and some new sunglasses for me!

It takes less than an hour to walk from the town to the castle, even taking lots of photos and view stops. Even though it’s short, I know that Jo will like it, for the boats if nothing else. She likes to walk on Mondays, or with her lovely daughter, last week they went to Rufford Abbey near Nottingham


Black and white Sunday, typical

Driving around Dartmoor this evening, I spotted¬†this Devon village green. It’s typical of the sort of place you find on the moor, with it’s Saxon stone cross.¬†It looks as if nothing has changed for centuries, but apparently the cross was found in a barn and moved to the green in1985. It’s early Christian and has X’s and O’s engraved on it.

This is for Paula’s black and white Sunday typical theme, she has a dreamy image of Venice this week.

A transient cliff

West Bay in Dorset lies somewhere around half way along the Jurassic coast. The coast is a world heritage site, 95 miles long and 185 million years old.

So why am I showing you a picture of cliffs that old for a photo challenge theme of transient?

The cliffs are unstable in several places along the coast, West Bay has signs warning of rock slides just behind where people are enjoying the sun.

Quite a few years ago,¬† David Attenborough, the God of television nature documentaries, compared the age of our planet to the hours and minutes¬†of a day. Apparently humankind arrived in the last minute of that day, and the planet is 4.54 billion years old. So not only are the people on this beach a mere blink of the Earth’s eye, but the crumbling cliffs are somewhat transient as well.

Turning Tides

My friend and I were at a craft fair today, Sandford Craft Fair took part in Credfest, a few miles from Exeter. The fair occupied the town square with live music on stage most of the day. One of the first performances were a vibrant group of musicians and singers, I could here but not see them from across the square, Later on I caught a couple of them dancing with their dragon and found out a little about them.

The Turning Tides project is a¬†community interest company who¬†believe that everyone has the right¬†to equal access to music, the arts and life in. They work to make this a reality for people with ‘learning disabilities’¬†or ‘autism’ labels. The project’s core values are,

Encouragement to star-gaze

Freedom to follow dreams

Support to make dreams a reality

Opportunities to shine

Isn’t this wonderful? to learn more, maybe even volunteer if you’re local, visit TheTurningTidesProjectCIC on Facebook or the turning tides project