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Thursday, 31 December 2015

New Year's Eve

I probably haven't written or posted here this year as much as I could have done. Now the year is nearly ended and it is time to look forward to 2016 and look back on the achievements of 2015, both personal and professional.

I carried on with what for me is becoming an annual tradition, taking the dog out for a longer than usual walk with my camera in tow too. December here has been one of the warmest and wettest on record and yesterday we were battered by a pretty fierce winter storm.

I took the chance to explore around the Northern Fringes of Topsham and walked towards the Ex Estuary.

Enjoy the photos, and have a very Happy New Year, may all your wishes for 2016 come true.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Walking on the Quay and Reflections

Time is passing, and we are already well into summer.  I haven't posted in a while so thought I'd make amends.

I went walking on the quay today, it was interesting to try and take photographs of the reflections on the water.

Saturday, 13 June 2015


Just to let my readers know there are two great podcasts available from the BBC this week.

Two totally different topics but both amazing.

You can download them from the BBC website.

They are the Voices of Summer Gone By, a short history of cricket commentary via the medium of Test Match Special, my favourite way of wasting sunny afternoons in the summer. You can download it here.

The second is called The Mind of a Cyclist, an in depth interview with Sir Bradley Wiggins. Its interesting to find out what makes his mind tick. You can download it here.

Take the time to download these programmes, they are definitely worth a couple of hours of your time.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Visiting Killerton

After a bit of a stormy start yesterday morning, the weather improved and the sun came out. 

I took the chance to go for a walk near Killerton House and the nearby woodland with a friend and our dogs.

It was a beautiful day and I discovered somewhere I hadn't visited before which is always great. It was stunning to see the bluebells had flowered and that the wild garlic was flowering.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

My Dad's 80th Birthday

Two weeks ago my father celebrated his 80th birthday. (my niece also celebrated her birthday too)

As an amazing family treat Dad took the family away to the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport. A place famous for a fabulous hotel and the place where Europe won the Ryder Cup in 2010.

Our family had an amazing time there. We watched Wales beat Ireland in the Six Nations, enjoyed a fabulous meal at the nearby New Bridge on Usk pub and just had a great time hanging out together.

Everyone really enjoyed themselves and we had a brilliant family weekend!

I'd recommend the Celtic Manor, definitely worth visit.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Today's solar eclipse.

Today  I was lucky enough to see my second solar eclipse in person. This was was a partial eclipse, I last saw the total eclipse in 1999.

When I woke up and up until about ten minutes before the maximum eclipse was going to be visible, the sky was cloudy. But with a few minutes to go the cloud's parted and we got to view the eclipse.

It will be at least ten more years until we see such a good eclipse in British skies. I feel very lucky to have seen one again.

It was like a smile in the sky!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

First post for 2015, a trip to Dartmoor with the Spicer Road Dental Practice

On Sunday some of the team from the Spicer Road Dental Practice took trip to Haytor on Dartmoor. We went up to enjoy a day out in the beautiful countryside and to say goodbye to our recently retired colleague Robert Goodrum and to wish him the best in his retirement.

Sunday dawned bright, clear and cold, as we drove up towards Dartmoor it started snowing and we  were lucky enough to enjoy a stunning winter scene. We walked around Haytor, visited a nearby quarry and returned for a brilliant lunch at the Rock Inn. A perfect opportunity to defrost after a slightly chilly walk.

This is the map of our walk and there are a few photographs of Winter at Haytor and the team too.