2011 Hogarths on the move again - to places afar travel blog

Dartmouth

Dartmouth

Devonport in the background

Finally able to get out of the wind


Firstly we venture to St German and Torpoint – from where we can see Devonport and some of the British naval vessels. At torpoint we see the naval training college HMS Raleigh.

Amuses us all the names that are so familiar from home. Here we have Launceston which is on the Tamar River – only here it is pronounced Lanston. Margate, Kettering, Devonport etc.

Then to a park and ride where we leave Pierre and catch a bus into Plymouth. We shop in Marks and Spencers and then enjoy a wander around the water front, taking in the memorials, and then the harbour until late in the afternoon.

We watch a couple of boats going through the locks. Locks are essential, as the tides in this area are enormous. Quite like the city, what little we see.

Later we drive to the east of Plymouth and visit Dartmouth – would like to have taken the scenic drive back but the heavens open and we have our first real rain.

The farms are very lush, a mixture of cropping and cattle. Mainly cereal though we have seen potatoes, broad beans, corn, and canola. We keep seeing advertisements for fresh asparagus outside some farms but we haven’t seen any in the paddocks.

We stop and watch some silage being harvested and taken away to be stacked.

I notice a couple of signs saying ‘Stags For Sale’. Then ‘Stags Sold’. Seemed quite logical to me as we are always seeing warning signs representing deer however seemed strange when the next sign said ‘Stags Under Offer’. You guessed it – A real estate agent called Stags. Sometimes one does feel a fool.

The cattle have been a variety of breeds, some that David hasn’t seen before – naturally we have to stop and investigate, especially if the farmer is around. Many of the cattle are still housed in huge sheds.

Of course many breeds of sheep – some of the villages use their sheep breeds as a tourism draw card so lots of little sheep museums run by volunteers.

Doesn’t pay to mention the EU or Brussels to people here. They are most unimpressed and curse what it has done to the various rural industries and the amount of paperwork and legislation they have to comply with.

Later we drive to the east of Plymouth and visit Dartmouth – would like to have taken the scenic drive back but the heavens open and we have our first real rain.

Finally make it back to Sparkwell about 9pm – cannot find any other pubs so we visit the Miners Arms again for tea – then home, been another big day and am wearisome



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