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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Dead Centre Chudleigh Cemetery

Our town cemetery.
Here is a picture or our town cemetery. It's a nice quiet place to sit, when our little girl was younger, I would enjoy the countryside smells and sounds while she had her afternoon nap.

As you can see, none of them can get out so we are perfectly safe.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Artist Gary Hammond - Pet Portraits

Gary Hammond - pet portraits

I did mention, in a previous post, a painter on the stall next to ours, Gary Hammond. He paints pet portraits, wildlife, fun animals, murals and sometimes portraits of people. He has a couple of ways of painting, one with humour and the other more serious and both are very good. A lot of people stop at the stall and I notice some come back for more portraits after having commissioned one before.

You can find him at the Tavistock Panniers Market in Tavistock on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact him by email on 'gazhammond36@tiscali.co.uk', please mention this blog if you do :)

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Communications Tower

Whilst driving across Dartmoor to get the the market in Tavistock, I saw this enormous communications tower rising above the clouds. It must be hundreds of feet high and looks like something alien. It doesn't help explain why we get such poor reception of both mobile phones or TV though.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tavistock Market Stall

We have now started a market stall for GoodsFromJapan.com at Tavistock Panniers Market. I can't tell you exactly where in the market as it can be different each time but it is not a huge place so you should be able to find us in there somewhere.

The market has been there since 1105. It is called the 'Panniers' market as the idea was that traders turned up with whatever they could carry in their panniers. I don't think they had bicycles in the 12th century so maybe 'pannier' is the name used for bags on horses too!

GoodsFromJapan market stall at Tavistock.
Goods from Japan will be there on Wednesdays and Thursdays and also some Fridays when there is space - you have to be trading a while before being allowed the prestigious Friday spaces. The market opens at 9.00 a.m. and closes 4.00 p.m. There is a good cafe (run by big and friendly bob) and lots of interesting stalls including leather belts and bags, watch sales and repairs, tools, plants, second-hand goods and an assortment of arts and crafts. Plus the town itself is worth a visit - the walk down the side of the river looks particularly interesting and I plan on doing it with my partner and little girl as soon as we get a chance.

I have to mention the guy on the stall next to me, Gary Hammond. He paints portraits of pets and wildlife and deservedly does rather well as they are very good. So if you have a photo of a loved pet, bring it along to get a quote from him.

Tavistock is on the A386 from Plymouth, just at the south-eastern edge of Dartmoor. Walk up the main high street (Duke Street) heading north-east and turn down one of the alleyways on your right. The market is in the building opposite the end of the way. Or ask someone, the locals are all friendly.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Exeter City Return To Football League

Devon now has two clubs in the Football League again. Exeter City joined Plymouth Argyle as the county's representatives in the top four divisions after the team's 1-0 win at Wembley against Cambridge United in the Conference Premier Play-off Final.

Exeter lost at the same stage last year to Morecambe, but this time around a goal from Rob Edwards was enough to see the Grecians regain Football League status. Torquay United, Devon's other big club remain in the Conference after losing 5-3 to Exeter in the Conference play-off semi-finals.

Exeter were relegated to the Conference in 2003 after playing in the Football League from 1920, exclusively in the lower divisions. The team's best results were an amazing FA Cup run in the 1980-81 season when they reached the quarter finals inspired by the goals of Grecians' legend Tony Kellow.

Exeter City play their home games at the 9,000 capacity St. James Park and are owned by a supporters' trust.

Exeter City FC
St. James Park
Tel: 01392 411243

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Smuggler's Cove Teignmouth

Smuggler's Cove is the beach we use just south of Teignmouth. You can only get to it via a long tunnel through the cliffs which used to be used by smugglers to get their booty ashore and avoid the coast guards.

It's a pretty cove, big enough for a lot of people but not that many go so there's plenty of room. The cliffs are made from a course red sand which is constantly crumbling so siting too close to the cliffs is a bit dodgy.

Before you go through the tunnel there are a couple of old dis-used kilns and there's a small zoo and cafe. The car park is big and only costs £2.80 for the whole day.

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Friday, May 16, 2008


Malborough, located in the South Hams between Kingsbridge and Salcombe on the A381, is one of the area's most pictureque villages.

Malborough, South Hams, Devon

Image © Jake Davies

Malborough's most famous landmark is the All Saints Church, with its lovely spire, which is visible over a wide area. The village has two pleasant pubs and there are a number of excellent accommodation options in the area.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Lonely Planet Devon, Cornwall & Southwest England

Lonely Planet's Devon, Cornwall & Southwest England is certainly a recommended guide to include in your luggage or the glove compartment of your car if you are visiting this most alluring part of rural England. The guide includes over 300 pages on the area's main towns and places of interest but specific details are certainly kept to the minimum.

Lonely Planet Devon, Cornwall & Southwest EnglandExeter warrants six pages, Torquay five and Totnes only two. The guide skims the surface but will need to be supplemented with a trip to the local tourist office or the internet to pick up more detailed and gratifying information.

On the plus side, there are some excellent color photographs and the travel advice is precise, up-to-date and accurate. Negatives are the sombre, dark maps; there's no way you'd wish to navigate your way around Torquay on a moonless night in February after a beer or two with the LP map on page 179. Larger scale maps please Tony and bigger typeface!

The guide has good links to online resources and covers the area's best hotels, restaurant and drinking options. The book is certainly well written and full of knowlegable and hidden surprises, the authors obviously know the area well, more's the pity they were confined by space limitations to give so little detail as to what they saw and experienced.

At worst this guide is just getting there and getting away circa LP India 1988 and may be aimed more at the English-speaking overseas market rather than a native wishing to explore one of Britain's most attractive areas. However, we all need a starting point and this guide fits the bill at less than 8 pounds for lots of good travel pointers.

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Timber framed house Devon

I had to put this picture in of a timber framed house in our town. As you walk up the high street, there is a turn off and that's where the picture is taken from. I don't know how old the house is but if anyone wants to know, I'll go and ask.

Timber framed house
The town itself is Saxon in origin and the market dates back to 1309 (wool being the trade at the time) when Bishop Walter Stapledon and his successors were granted a charter by King Edward II allowing a market and annual fair to be held. During the 11th and 12th centuries the Bishops of Exeter built a large 'palace' a few remains of which can still be seen.

The local caves have given up the remains of stone age man and small groups of hunter-gatherers using the dense surrounding woodland.

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Post Offices

I remember the people who worked at Post Offices were surly, unhelpful and sometimes downright rude. The girls who work at our post office are nothing but polite, helpful and make the place a joy to visit.

Post office
I've had my ups and downs with the PO over the years but the country would come to a grinding halt if they ceased to exist. Post Offices are being closed all over the country in an effort to cut costs. We are all hoping to keep ours, I don't know what the town would do without it.

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Kingsbridge, south of Totnes and north of Salcombe, retains the authentic and tranquil feel of a traditional Devon market town.

Kingsbridge, Devon

Image © Jake Davies

Located in the South Hams on the Kingsbridge estuary, the town is 6 miles upstream from the sea.

Dating back to the 10th century, Kingsbridge has a more authentic feel than the yachting mecca of Salcombe to the south. Pretty cobbled streets, a thriving market and some good pubs and restaurants make the town popular with visitors in the summer months.

Present-day Kingsbridge is actually an amalgamation of the historic villages of Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke. The area was owned by the abbots of nearby Buckfast Abbey and the charter for its market dates from 1219.

Kingsbridge map

Things to do in Kingsbridge include visiting the Cookworthy Museum of Rural Life (Tel: 01548 853 235), housed in the old Grammar School and named after local resident and Quaker William Cookworthy, who produced England's first china clay found in Cornwall and made the country's first home-produced porcelain in the mid-18th century. The museum exhibits an eclectic array of carts, costumes, farming equipment, ploughs and even school desks.

Kingsbridge Tourist Office (Tel: 01548 853 195) is located on the quay and provides information on local sights and accommodation.

Cookworthy Museum of Rural Life
108 Fore Street
Tel: 01548 853235

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Monday, May 5, 2008


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