Location: Teignmouth, Devon, United Kingdom

I'm married with two grown up children and four grandchildren, My wife of 47 years is Sue and we are the same age. My two children are Pamela (blogging occasionly under and Roy,who was recently Paralysed from the waist down due to an Absys on his Spine. My 4 grandchildren are (oldest first) Gavin, Hayley, Thomas,and Zoe. Sue and I are both retired and we're disabled too, her with a badly Arthritic back and spine, me with lung (COPD) and Heart problems.I have always loved Fishing (all sorts) Sue started fishing with me about 8 years ago, now she really enjoys it too. We both love m'cycles and m'cycling, Sue owns and rides her own bike which is a Custom 1981 250 Honda.I own a 1979 Honda CX500. We are both members of this motorcycle club ( view or join our club on or see my blog post Dec 2007 blog "Getting old, never", of course we're badly resticted now due to our illness, only riding in really good weather.Just over three years ago we lost our best friend and Baby Mojo the border Collie, Gone but never forgotten. Please feel free to use any of our photo's but do let me know you have used them, thank you.

Sunday, January 21, 2007


These pictures are of Shaldons tunnels as they are today.
The Teignmouth/Shaldon area's have a history of smuggling through the ages, it probably goes back to 1600s and was still going until the mid 1840s. These tunnels in Shaldon are carved through the "ness"cliffs to the beach the other side.The tunnels were undoubtably used by smugglers at one time or another. Originally there was only one tunnel(a short piece of this remains but is blocked off)but due to a combination of man and rock falls this was closed and a new branch off this old one was dug after the war, the part of the first tunnel thats left is said to be only a fraction of the total length of the original one,that probably went inland to possibly a holding cave or even a house cellar, any smuggled goods would then be moved on at a safe time.The new section of tunnel is lit and to make the steep descent to the beach easier has two sections of steps. The "Ness" as it is known is a steep cliff rising up from the sea,this is illuminated most nights (until about midnight) and is very attractive. Above the tunnels entrance is a nice little wildlife zoo, opposite this is a 9 hole golf course with lovely panoramic views right round the bay. The village itself has lots of small streets some with fishermans cottages still with nets and pots undergoing repair,a few are thatched and are very pretty.The village has several pubs/cafes and a bowling green this attracts quite a crowd on nice summer days.The small passenger ferry that runs regularly(in good weather) across the river is also a worth a trip.
By the way my daughters blog is now up and running, find it on


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