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Devon 19 - Day 6

Or Bust!


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Didn't we have a lovely time on Dartmoor?

No we didn't.

I set up a route to take in some bronze age and medieval settlements on the rugged moors.

We set off and ahead the weather looked increasingly black overhead and then it simply pee'd down. Roads began to run with water. None of this deterred the locals who continued to drive way too fast for winding country roads.

We aborted and set a course for Okehampton, somewhere to the west of our position. In the end we passed through and decided to head back to the cottage.

By chance we saw a sign right to a small town called Hatherleigh. A chance for a cup of something and Reggie to "stretch his legs" etc.

There is a Co-Op shop and a nice thatched cottage lined high street. Plus, find of the day, One Market Street Cafe, where we had lunch.

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Pasties and chips for us and a bowl of water and a gravy bone for Reggie. I also had a bonio in his accessory bag.

Claire popped into the Co-Op for essentials of clotted cream and scones... We have plenty of strawberry jam.

Shepherd Statues

Shepherd Statues

We always "seal" the scone with butter, then apply jam and then the clotted cream. But apparently that is wrong in Devon where the cream goes on before the jam. Weird. Maybe give it a try this afternoon.

Once back on the road we had a shortish trip back to Langtree and the cottage. We tend to eat out at lunchtime and eat in each evening and have yet to try any of the local pubs. Today will be the same.

Once back. Kettle on. And sit reading in the shingled enclosed garden.

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Although Reg looks to be sleeping we need to wear him out a bit. Next. The Tarka Trail.

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The Tarka Trail was nearby and we had a walk for a couple of miles and Reggie enjoyed sniffing all the way up and back. Dinner in and then a bit of TV before bed.

Tomorrow we are going to a friend's to catch up and have lunch.

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Devon 19 - Day 5


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As is his current trend Reggie had us awake at 5am for his first pee trip. Then at 6am and finally at 7.15am for breakfast.

We had sorted the bins as well as the instructions said to have them out for Monday. Different recycling regime to home, but at 4.45pm they are still by the kerb untouched.

But back to the morning. Today we decided in a trip more locally (!) to a garden at Castle Hill Gardens. It is in Claire's Gardeners World 2for1 offer booklet.

We spent a few hours there traipsing around the estate and park looking at the follies and plants/trees.

Again a lot of uphill and downhill walking! Three days running.

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens near Ilfracombe.

Castle Hill Gardens near Ilfracombe.

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill Gardens near Ilfracombe.

Castle Hill Gardens near Ilfracombe.

Castle Hill Gardens near Ilfracombe.

Castle Hill Gardens near Ilfracombe.

Then back via Lidl in Torrington to get lunch etc. And of course cider.

We took it in turns to ship and mind the dog in the car.

This evening eat in again and plan where to go tomorrow. About time we headed for Dartmoor.

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Devon 19 - Day 4


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Miserable start to the day. Well, not at 5.30am when Reggie decided he needed to go out into the garden. At least he had a pee!

At 6.30am it was Claire's turn to get up. Parenting a ???? seems like having a baby! He did nothing but run off the night asleep.

By the time we got up at 8.30am - it is Sunday - it was raining. Grey and very chilly. I thought about getting the woodburner alight but have no idea where to start although it looks to have wood in it. It's a long time since I was a boy scout lighting fires. I did have a badge for it... I also had hand axe and knife...

We decided on a National Trust site at Arlington Court near Barnstaple.

TomTom said it was about 40 minutes away and for once it was almost accurate.

The site is also the home of the National Trust Carriage Museum.

After a coffee we set off on the 2 mile circular walk around the estate. Although the weather was iffy when we set off, but it looked up.

The walk is pretty up and down. The first part goes through an avenue of monkey puzzle trees. Amazing. Some are massive.

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

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Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

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Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

Arlington Court NT

This was just the beginning!

The lake itself wasn't all that exciting. Along the route were photo suggestions. A photo in a frame and above it an empty frame to show where to shoot.

The bridge over the stream from the lake was full of dragonflies. Very colourful.

Claire wanted to go to the gardens and I headed to the dog poo bin and the carriage museum. The collection is quite extensive.

We rejoined Claire and needed a cup of tea so headed back to the tea shop behind the main house.

Some four hours after arriving and just before the house closed we left and headed back to the Cottage.

As we joined the A39 we found ourselves in the centre of a stinkwheel convoy. Three Vespa scooters that were headed for Lands End.

I pulled over to let the two from behind overtake and we lost sight of them.

Back home we had another cream tea. This time with ASDA scones. Very nice.

Another Cream Tea!

Another Cream Tea!

In the end it's all about the clotted cream with the scone is simply a delivery method.

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