Monthly Archives: July 2010

You see the strangest things on Dartmoor

After Thursday’s turquoise sheep I supposed I shouldn’t be suprised by seeing strange things on Dartmoor. Coming past New Bridge today I saw a group of men with 2 surfboards, a pile of childrens rubber rings, various inflatable animal swimming … Continue reading

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We have grasshoppers!

To be more accurate the dressing room has grasshoppers. It also has a fireplace opening onto a chimney that has a pied wagtail nest at the top of it. The parents are feeding their chicks insects and some of them … Continue reading

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Catching a dry spell in a wet and blustery day

This morning was dreadful on Dartmoor. Even the National Park’s Twitter post said don’t come to Dartmoor today because of the torrential rain. We saw the bright turquoise sheep again on the way to and from Postbridge – a flock … Continue reading

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Oh, lovely rain and teasing spiders

It’s been raining all night and this morning I could hardly see the end of the garden let alone the other side of the valley. Walked down to the river and upstream as far as Long Island. The rain higlighted … Continue reading

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A dipper by the River Dart

Yesterday we went downstream along the Dart from Dartmeet. The morning was perfect and the valley deserted, not even a pony in sight. The river is running very low now. Great shelves of granite that are normally under water are … Continue reading

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A bovine roadblock, Bellever and buzzards

Just passed the Cherrybrook bridge, towards Two Bridges, there is a cattle grid. This morning a herd of Galloways were gathered around it and across the road, leaving just enough room for one car to get passed at a time. … Continue reading

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Dr Blackall’s legacy

Dr Blackall’s drive runs from the top of Newbridge Hill along the Dart Gorge  and comes out at Bel Tor Corner, passing Mel Tor and a host of amazing views on the way. We hadn’t been up there for ages … Continue reading

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