The manor of Poltimore was bequeathed to the Bampfylde family by a Canon of Exeter Cathedral, at the end of the 13th century. It’s likely that a house was built on the estate, but no trace has been found near the present site. The current house was completed in the middle of the 16th century and was lived in by the family until 1920.
Since then it’s been a school, a WW2 evacuation centre and a hospital.
The house fell into a dilapidated state after an arson attack in 1987. This is how it looks now.
In 2000, a trust was set up to try to preserve the house. Half a million pounds was donated by English heritage, in 2009 to begin the restoration process. Sadly it will take an awful lot more to return it to o its full glory.
Pink sky at night . . .
Aside from pink September photos, I’m in the pink today because I have one day to work, then I’m off for 16, woohoo, by tomorrow I’ll be bouncing off the walls.
If you’re a certain age, you may have been given Rose Hip Syrup as a child. The bright red round and oval gems were used as a tonic to prevent winter colds because they’re rich in vitamin C. But did you also know they were baked in tarts, added to wine, marmalade and made into soup? Best of all, they were used as anti varicose vein tea!
Now, the only thing I’ve ever done with haws is mix them with crab apples to make jelly, what about you? Well apparently, since Roman times the cheerful sprays of berries have been picked not just for jellies and jams, but to make wine and as a cure for the headaches that drinking might have caused! Women also gathered them for dyeing their hair, I touched mine up yesterday, I wonder if it’s worth a try.
I’ve always fancied myself as a medicine woman, a curandera, perhaps in a previous life.
Six Word Saturday
The new Dawlish Countryside Park
Join Debbie for Six Word Saturday
I wish, but I do have next week off so perhaps there’s hope.
Meanwhile I think I’m just in time to joins the Lens Artist Challenge this week, where Amy has chosen Time to Relax as this weeks theme.
In June I had a day out with my friend Sue, a belated birthday treat for me. We went to Burrow Farm Garden in east Devon. There happened to be a wedding there that day and we saw several guests who’d arrived early enjoying the garden in full bloom. On family intrigued me, A mum, dad and their two children who seemed quite untogether and un- smiley considering the event.
Every so often we’d turn a corner and even just a few feet away it was as if we were invisible. Anyway at one point we spotted the dad relaxing.
I expect he would have been even more grumpy if he knew I’d snapped him.
Nice place for a poetry day
A lovely group of bloggers have decided to create a new weekly photograph challenge, now that WordPress no longer run theirs. This week it’s the turn of Leya, who has picked ‘cooling’ as the theme. She brings us an unusual riverscape in Switzerland, perfect for a cool down.
My choice is one of my favourite Devon rivers, the Bovey at – surprisingly – Bovey Tracey!
This is one of the places where my children paddled when they were little, our golden retriever Jassy beside them, great for a cool down in the water and shade.
Even though I didn’t post many square’s this time, I really liked Becky’s roof challenge. I had chosen the last photo a few days ago, but I took this one today at Burrow Farm and decided to use it instead. I like it’s rustic look, it seems that nature has made it’s own way.
I made it with two hours to spare!
Most of you know that I live in Exeter, and over the years I’ve posted quite a few photos of my city. So when it comes showing my place in the world, I thought I’d focus on east Devon, some of my favourite places, east of the Exe.
The Otter, Budleigh Salterton
Exeter, the lost Clarence
East Devon is where I belong, and my heart will always be in Exeter.