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, June 24, 2007


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Last saturday we went to Arlington Court for the afternoon, this property was originally owned (for over 500 years) by the chichester family the last of which was Miss Rosalie Chichester (who was a real accentric).The Estate houses a fine collection of horse drawn carriages and also is the home of a colony of fairly rare lesser horseshoe bats. The house and Estate is situated in beautiful Devon countryside and farmland just a few miles from Barnstaple and is a total of around 2700 acres.The house grounds are of about 30 acres and contain a chapel, stables and a walled garden that is under reconstruction. Any of you that saw the T V series (20 or so years ago) will understand the amount of work and manpower that goes into the construction and daily maintenance of this project. A lot of the produce fruit veg herbs etc are used daily in the Restaurant and Tea-rooms.As a by the way, any of you reading this who hav'nt seen the mentioned T V series "The Victorian Kitchen Garden", then if you possibly can get a copy, do so they are still available and absolutely fascinating. On our visit we started with a stroll around the house gardens followed by of course a good old cup of Tea (quite dear),then into the main house. The house contains dozens of pictures and models etc of old boats(ships ?) also a very fine collection of shapes colours and sizes of sea shells and the things that can be made from them.This suprisingly took well over an hour (so back for more expensive Tea).We then managed to walk around the well laid out formal garden and on into the walled garden, as I said earlier this is probably about 60-70% complete and to gardeners like us was wonderful. All in all a quite expensive (relative I suppose) but very enjoyable day, although I did miss out on the lake walk and the walk to see the bats due to my disability, hopefully next time.


Blogger Ex-Shammickite said...

Hi Bob:
I saw your pic on Martin's blog, and here you are displaying Martin on YOUR blog! Great stuff!
When I was a kid in Shammick, I used to go to Arlington Court in the back of Warren's Butcher Van delivering meat. And I was very interested in your pics of the Strawberry Fayre.... my dad grew strawberries in CM all his life, he grew the BEST strawberries, no doubt about it. The ones you ate would only be second best to my dad's strawberries!!

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Blogger Martin Stickland said...

Hello Bob, who is the silly git in the black shirt and glasses? Begging for money no doubt!

Great to see you both and I am glad that you had a good time!

Kind Regards


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Blogger bigbikerbob said...

Hi ex shammy, Martin,Thanks for both your comments, we are back to Berry wednesday so Martin I may bump into you again.For you ex shammy I will try a few more Strawberries just in case they are as good as the ones you remember.Bye.

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