Monday, December 31, 2012

farewell to 2012

No road out.
It feels like 2012 inches of rain  have fallen this year!
Happy New Year and here is to a sunny 2013.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Black Blondin

This jackdaw insisted on trying to eat peanuts while perching on the clothes line. Every time it leaned forward to peck at the nuts it lost balance and toppled too far forward. Nevertheless it persisted for a long time.

Sunday, December 23, 2012


the Tamar below Lammerhooe, in its flood plain and calming down a bit before tomorrow's torrential rain

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Bridge farm to Horsebridge, land not yet owned by rich banker

Noah where are you 2

and the scene at Horsebridge this afternoon, Royal Inn still accessible but you may need to go now if you want a pint before Christmas.

Noah where are you

The world may not have ended yesterday, but it certainly feels like the second flood is upon us. The Inny, which is usually a timid little river, has become a raging torrent. This is only the second time in 20 years that I have seen this meadow flooded. It does clean and scour the meadows and I guess lays down some fresh silt. The high volume of water created the standing waves seen in the bottom photo.For some comparison with quieter times it is worth browsing through the pictures linked to the Inny label below.When I looked through them today it made me realise what a wonderful rich little place this is and how much pleasure it gives me

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

buzzard off

It is turning cold and food is getting scarce so buzzards increasingly turn to road kill to keep themselves going through the winter. Their problem is that they are not the most nimble of birds and are slow to take off and can easily get hit by passing vehicles. A lot of young buzzards die at this time of year either of starvation or road accidents.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Inny views

mist forming in the Inny valley, Kit Hill in the distance, Trecombe lodge (the single white building) on the opposite side of the valley.

Friday, November 30, 2012

unseen view

Our village glimpsed through the few trees left from the great larch cull along the side of the road running into the village. The flash of orange is caused by the morning sun shining on the ends of the larch logs.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

moon over

The full moon this evening rising over Trecombe woods. This little cottage is between Downhouse and Upcott and has appeared on this blog before (see link).

snowy waxcaps

not snowy but damp enough for these common and edible mushrooms to appear in our paddock. Unfortunately, as always seems to be the case, another mushroom Ivory Funnel, grows in much the same places and is similar but extremely poisonous, so we won't be having them for breakfast.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


the turbulent Tamar at Horsebridge today. It is already breaking its banks and if it rains as much as is forecast tonight it will flood tomorrow. It is a powerful force when in spate.


This is a view I never wanted to see. Our village was surrounded by conifer plantations and mixed deciduous woods. Suddenly we have a new view of the village through the woods especially at night driving home. This is because the larch trees have been cut down. They are the host of a fungus, phytophthorum ramorum (see link), that has suddenly become rampant and is killing trees. It is a threat to our native oak, and the removal of larch is part of a scorched earth policy to prevent its spread. Unfortunately we are also at the beginning of an epidemic of fungal disease in our ash trees. We have lost 90% of all our elms, and there are threats to horse chestnuts and other trees (see link). Perhaps mother Earth is trying to shrug us off, or maybe we should stop importing all foreign plant species just to make money.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


a panoramic view of the village of Venterdon, looking North, with Spot's house behind the big cedar tree in the middle. And just for a bit of colour, a bird's eye view of our Rowan tree.


and in sight of the Temple a flock of gregarious redwings, winter visitors from Scandinavia and other colder climes. They have  red flashes on their sides and a distinctive creamy streak above the eye.

the Temple of Diana

the huntress caught watching over the Temple
(at which you can come and stay for a weekend see link and we would come and visit you!).

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Burell farm 3

and Summer out for a gallop chasing a rainbow

Burell farm 2

dogs, cats, doves....

Burell farm near Trematon

 At Burell farm today where a friend keeps some horses. It is the site of an old tudor house, now in ruins, and its origins go back to William the Conqueror. The yard is full of animals large and small.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

winter time is here

the Tamar, below Luckett, looking North towards Horsebridge, and Penny's piece (qv) in its autumnal colours.

Friday, October 19, 2012

summer is over

so, of course, the weather improves, and the sun returns just in time for winter.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

on Brentor

the little church at Brentor that is such a prominent landmark from Kit Hill. The bottom photo is looking towards Dartmoor, quite a view for one's last resting place.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

birds of a feather

Waiting to munch,one colourful goldfinch and one not so drab house sparrow, as it happens and probably for the best, they prefer separate feeders although most birds appear to follow some sort of bird table etiquette at least between species.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

on Kilmar tor

mare and foal ambling across the seemingly barren landscape of Kilmar tor. In fact these moors support a large number of sheep, cattle and ponies.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

never can tell

These mushrooms have appeared in our paddock. As far as I know this is the first time they have appeared. It is very hard to identify mushrooms without some expertise but I think these might be sheathed woodtufts (who knows?). No wonder we don't eat wild mushrooms. There seem to be more mushrooms around this year than for some time so it looks like it may be a good year for fungi.