debris4spike: (Camera)
... England had a Bank Holiday, and the weather was lovely!  Truly felt so wrong, even though it was lovely.

Christine came over for the day, and after an early lunch I drove us to Sand, in Sidbury.  As well as the famous stately homes, we still have houses that are privately owned, and open a few days a year to help with the upkeep.  Sand is one.  We were given a guided tour, as well as a history lesson, by the owner.  Obviously there are no indoor photos, but for a house that dates back to 1200 it was fascinating.

The small original building was ignored in 1300 when a new building was built, and then in 1500's the original was added to, thus making a Tudor house.  The owners rented it out for years which meant no real changes were made, although lighting, indoor plumbing etc was added at the beginning of the 20th century.

Anyway, here is the house and gardens ... in the sun )

A Nice Thursday

Saturday, August 12th, 2017 05:15 pm
debris4spike: (Camera)
A couple of days ago, I took the day off work, and Christine came over.

We started the day with taking Jiffy for a local walk, and then we looked at some of my American photos on the computer.

After an early lunch the two of us headed out to the outskirts of Exeter. One great thing about this city is within a couple of miles you are literally in the middle of nowhere. We went to see Fursdon House. It is a house that has a basic Tudor inner, with a Georgian extension and facade. As it is still privately owned, I couldn't take photos inside, but thought you might like to see some images of the gardens.

Enjoying nature )

A Nice Walk

Thursday, August 10th, 2017 06:14 pm
debris4spike: (Woodland walk)
Last week Christine, Jiffy and I went to Becky Falls It was great fun - Jiffy only needed help once at the end, and ended up sleeping all the following day!
Enjoying a walk )
debris4spike: (Woodland walk)
In actual fact Jiffy and I went here on the Bank Holiday (Monday) with our friend Christine.

We went to Canonteign Falls which is the highest waterfall in England. Jiffy really enjoyed himself, and despite some of the huge steps he didn't need any help. In fact I think Christine and I stopped more than him. Both to enjoy the view and to catch our breath.

It was a lovely day - the weather was kind with it not too hot, but keeping dry, so lovely to have such a great day out - Thank you Christine for joining us.


A lovely day out )

Sorry I have yet again been missing, but have been trying to get some organisation at home. Finished my study this afternoon, so that is good. Tomorrow morning I am going back to Mum & Dad's to try to do a really good sort out. I am getting to the end now, which seeing as we actually move out soon is good.

I hope you have all had a good week - and if I have missed any news please point me in that direction.
debris4spike: (Spike - Made in England)
As I said I went with Jiffy and my friend from Church on a lovely walk last week ... so just had to share the beauty of the afternoon ....

England at it's best )

Buckland Abbey

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 07:38 pm
debris4spike: (James with Halo!)
Yesterday my friend Christine and I had our last day trip of the summer and went to Buckland Abbey on the edge of Dartmoor.

Buckland was originally a Cistercian abbey founded in 1278 by Amicia, Countess of Devon and was a daughter house of Quarr Abbey, on the Isle of Wight. It remained an abbey until the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII. In 1541 Henry sold Buckland to Sir Richard Grenville who, working with his son Roger, began to convert the abbey into a residence. Roger died in 1545, leaving a son, also named Richard Grenville, who completed the conversion. He eventually sold Buckland to Drake in 1581. The abbey is unusual in that the church was retained as the principal component of the new house whilst most of the remainder was demolished, which was a reversal of the normal outcome with this type of redevelopment.

Drake lived in the house for 15 years, as did many of his collateral descendants until 1946, when it was sold to a local landowner, Arthur Rodd, who presented the property to the National Trust in 1948.


Buckland Abbey )

The rest of the area had rain - but we were very lucky!


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debris4spike: (Charlemagne Bolivar)
I said life has been hectic - yet I don't know why.  Work is busy, although next week I am going to London for 2 days of museuming (a new word there I should imagine!) ... can't wait.  I didn't get my annual trip to the city this year to see James, so am going up by myself - I think at the very least he could meet me there so I could get his autograph again!  I would even promise to talk!

On a weirder note, this afternoon I am helping to train new staff - can't believe I have been there long enough to do that!  No extra pay, but someone took the time to teach me, and I learnt when at the stables in helping others it reminds you of what you really know (or don't know!)

Sorry for my absense again - I really must get time more organised.  I keep saying it and then failing.

Last Friday I didn't work and Christine (from Church) and I went for a walk at Haldon Hills - half way between Exeter and Torquay. The weather wasn't as good as promised, but we had a good time ... we walked although bikes were available for hire.

The first part of the walk before lunch was to see the folley ...
Haldon Belveder )

As you can see a 3 story building, now used for weddings, but just built as a folley when King George visited the house (now long destroyed) ... that's why there was such a stunning bridge over that small stream.

After that we had lunch - whisch was lovely, especially as while there the heavens opened ... it poured.

It had cleared by the time we had our walk .... As you can see the weather was variable ... but some of the views were stunning )

One of the reasons I loved this trip was that it was well organised - 4 clearly labelled routes, of which we did a 3 1/2 mile one ... and there were things for kids (of all ages) includingthese musical instruments )

Well I had better get on - I have some icons I want to work on before I head off to work later.

have a fun day.

2011 - Day 338

Monday, December 5th, 2011 09:27 am
debris4spike: (James - buzz cut & name.)
A long journey home again ... Tim & Claire picked me up at the coach station and dropped me off at my place so that I could get my car to get home ... I think they just wanted to see how my day with James went!

Anyway - back in South Devon -

2011 - 338

2011 - Day 338

Monday, December 5th, 2011 09:27 am
debris4spike: (James - buzz cut & name.)
A long journey home again ... Tim & Claire picked me up at the coach station and dropped me off at my place so that I could get my car to get home ... I think they just wanted to see how my day with James went!

Anyway - back in South Devon -

2011 - 338

2011 - Day 284

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 07:02 pm
debris4spike: (Spuffy - Buffy's face + Spike's hand)
I was so tired when I got in yesterday I didn't turn on Dad's pc ... sorry.  But I did take this yesterday, honest!

It is of the Exeter end of the M5 ... the road I go on for 2 miles to get to where Tim & Claire live ... and I park my car. 

2011 - 284

And, for those who wonder, I didn't get out the car -- I am on the "hard shoulder" ... and took a rapid picture!  It didn't come out as great as I hoped - I just love how the orad sweeps round, and is "in the air".

2011 - Day 284

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 07:02 pm
debris4spike: (Spuffy - Buffy's face + Spike's hand)
I was so tired when I got in yesterday I didn't turn on Dad's pc ... sorry.  But I did take this yesterday, honest!

It is of the Exeter end of the M5 ... the road I go on for 2 miles to get to where Tim & Claire live ... and I park my car. 

2011 - 284

And, for those who wonder, I didn't get out the car -- I am on the "hard shoulder" ... and took a rapid picture!  It didn't come out as great as I hoped - I just love how the orad sweeps round, and is "in the air".

2011 - Day 277

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 08:57 pm
debris4spike: (Stargate - View)
As I drove to work today I realised our heat way would be finishing - and Autumn weather is on the way -

Photobucket

2011 - Day 277

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 08:57 pm
debris4spike: (Stargate - View)
As I drove to work today I realised our heat way would be finishing - and Autumn weather is on the way -

Photobucket

2011 - Day 271

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 08:46 pm
debris4spike: (James - drinking water at gig)
This is the road I use every day on my way from Mum & Dad's to work.

2011 - 271

Nice and sunny today ... annoying, as I had to work!

2011 - Day 271

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 08:46 pm
debris4spike: (James - drinking water at gig)
This is the road I use every day on my way from Mum & Dad's to work.

2011 - 271

Nice and sunny today ... annoying, as I had to work!

2011 - Day 243

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 07:27 pm
debris4spike: (Stargate - View)
We had our Bank Holiday Monday today! A lovely day, but very windy, as you can see in the picture of Mum & Dad walking along the front at Teignmouth

2011 - 243


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2011 - Day 243

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 07:27 pm
debris4spike: (Stargate - View)
We had our Bank Holiday Monday today! A lovely day, but very windy, as you can see in the picture of Mum & Dad walking along the front at Teignmouth

2011 - 243


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2011 - Day 194

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 10:22 pm
debris4spike: (James - Discovery Channel)

As I drove from Bude this morning I was fascinated by these purple flowers in the hedges for the first 30 miles ... never noticed them other years ... but such a splash of colour.

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2011 - Day 194

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 10:22 pm
debris4spike: (James - Discovery Channel)

As I drove from Bude this morning I was fascinated by these purple flowers in the hedges for the first 30 miles ... never noticed them other years ... but such a splash of colour.

2011 - 194

2011 - Day 182

Friday, July 1st, 2011 08:57 pm
debris4spike: (Spike - cartoon head tilt)

Weird, but true - I love the look of these road crossings I drive under every day on my way from Mu & Dad's to work ... and back.

2011 - 182

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