Monthly Archives: April 2011

Spring is at full gallop

The warm weather is scurrying spring along at breakneck speed here on Dartmoor. Wild daffodils – done, primroses – out, celandine – out, wood anemones – out, wood sorrel – out, violets – out, blackthorn -out, bluebells – just beginning. … Continue reading

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Dartmoor’s smelling of coconuts

The gorse is out in full flower now and today was still and fairly warm. So, rather disconcertingly, I was treated to a wave of coconut aroma today as I walked past a line of gorse bushes. It is strange … Continue reading

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Where’d Spring go?

Come to that, where’d Dartmoor go? Woke up to thick fog – can’t even see the other side of the valley. I’m sure it’s out there somewhere.

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Vy didn’t ze viper vipe ‘er nose?

Because the adder who ‘ad ‘er ‘andkerchief was sunning itself down by the river Dart! Sorry about the dreadful old bit of doggerel – it was a favourite of my dad’s – but┬ámy teenage kids suprised an adder sunning itself … Continue reading

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Following the Dartmoor legend of Jan Coo

Ten days ago a friend and I set out to follow in the footsteps of Jan Coo, the Dartmoor farmhand who was lured away by the pixies. It was to try out the route for a walk I’m doing, later … Continue reading

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