Sunday, 7 April 2013

D IS FOR DEVON

This week has been the start of A-Z April and I've loved it, I knew I would before it even started because I had really enjoyed the advent calendar blogs posted in December. I've just loved the interesting variety of subjects people have been blogging about, trying to keep up with all of them is a different matter. I'm not going to mention any individual ones as I don't want to leave anyone out, but I can honestly say in the dozen or so I have been popping in and out of there's not one I haven't enjoyed.

Quite a few people have said I should have taken part, but I'm afraid I wouldn't have been able to produce my blogs to such  high standards as the ones I've been reading. However not wanting to miss out completely I have decided to do just one from this weeks letters. The letter I've chosen is Thursdays D.
D is for Devon

Devon is the part of the UK I was born and grew up in,  It's one of our most beautiful counties and that's something I had never really appreciated when I was young. Oh how I would have given anything to live in London, the bright lights and theatres not forgetting the shops. But when I was older and had moved away I started to appreciate what a great place it is. You have the rugged landscape of Dartmoor where you can walk for miles without seeing a car or even another person, just the famous wild Dartmoor ponies and lots of sheep to keep you company.


Dartmoor

You also have the magnificent coastline, to the north you have Ilfracombe, Woolacombe and Bideford, to the south Salcombe, Torquay and Paighton. Two of the places I'm always drawn to when I go back to visit are Dartmouth and Brixham, I would love to live in either of them ( you've got to have a dream )


Dartmouth

Dartmouth is steeped in naval history dating right back to the Domesday Book, it was once considered as a possible site for a naval dockyard before the Admiralty chose Plymouth. Instead they decided on Dartmouth as the site for training naval officers and in 1905 The Britannia Royal Naval College was completed. Many Royals have attended the college over the years, it is said that is where our present Queen first met Prince Philip.

One of the most important events for Dartmouth each year is its famous Regatta, every August people travel from all over the world to attend the festivities. Dartmouth to me reminds me of my family Sunday lunches at The Dart Marina Hotel, overlooking the river Dart. Very happy times were had over many years with several generations of us all getting together.

The other place in Devon which brings back very happy memories is Brixham. In the middle ages it was the largest fishing port in the south west of England, it was know as the 'Mother of Deep-Sea Fisheries'


Brixham

The fishing trawlers can still be seen coming in and out of the harbour followed by flocks of seagulls. Apart from fishing most of the other local industries were connected with stone. Limestone was once quarried and used to build the breakwater and for houses and roads.

To me Brixham is the place we would go to after having a day on the beach at Goodrington Sands, a walk around the harbour and the little streets of shops followed by one of the best parts of the day, seaside fish and chips the tastiest ones you will ever find.


Brixham Fish and Chips

So that was my little contribution to Aprils A-Z, I hope you enjoyed my letter D and hopefully before the month is out I will be back with another letter.

17 comments:

  1. I can't believe this Ian. First of all, a wonderful post! After sharing with you memories of Parga, and then Los Cristianos, can you believe we visit Devon several times a year. My daughter moved to Paignton a few years ago, but we often stay at Brixham, as we love wandering around the harbour on an evening, with fish and chips. We went to Dartmouth on the steam train - wow! Love Salcombe, Dartington - could go on forever. Our beautiful England, that we often forget about when we board that aeroplane. Looking forward to your next post : ))

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    1. Thank you for your comments Amanda if we only got better weather here i would never fly away to Greece and Spain, Devon and Cornwall are both so lovely.x

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  2. I enjoyed your D post. I've never been to Devon,it's on my to do list. The photo of Brixham looks like a Greek fishing village it's so lovely. There's nothing like a good fish supper, now you've made me hungry.

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    1. Thank you Anne i don't think you can beat sea-side fish and chips. Devon is so nice if you have the sunshine. x

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  3. Wonderful post, brought back some great memories. I was born and brought up in Exeter, spent my childhood and my teenage years travelling around by train, to obscure corners of the county. Love Dartmouth, had a Dartmoor pony back in my youth, and know what you mean about the fish and chips!

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    1. There is so much to see and do in Devon if the weather is nice, the train is the perfect way to travel through Devon and Cornwall. Thank you for your comments Jane.

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  4. Been to Devon lots of times and had several holidays there as a child. Lovely place. We are lucky to have such great places in the UK to visit.

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    1. Yes Sue you are right the UK does have some great places to visit, I never really realised until I got older how nice Devon was. Thank you for your comment. x

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  5. Well look at you - posting lovely pics!!! Suddenly your a blogger!!! We used to go to Hope Cove for holidays when I was little (I was, honest). Lovely memories rock climbing and peering into rock pools. And there was an ice-cream stall that sole BLUE ice-cream. Wow!

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    1. Blue ice-cream never seen such a thing, as for the picks I have to own up was not me, other half does all that tecky stuff. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the comments. x

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  6. Great post Ian. Reminds of what summer can be like - and boy do we all need remonding ATM.

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  7. Devon and Cornwall are two beautiful counties Lizzie, but you do need the weather to really enjoy them. x

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  8. Looks gorgeous. We've been to Devon on holiday a few times, and really love it down there :o)

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    1. Thank you Karen yes it is lovely only problem it does seem to rain a lot.

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  9. I am glad you wrote this post because it brought back some fond memories of trips I have had in parts of Devon.

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    1. Thank you I am really glad you liked it.

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