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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 Pam-bigbustybikerbaby.blogspot.com 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 http://www.cx-gl.org.uk/) 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

SHAMMICK (COMBE MARTIN ) STRAWBERRY FAIR.

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Last Weekend While Sue and I were at the Caravan(North Devon) We visited the,I believe annual Combe Martin Strawberry fair.This fair apparently dates back quite a few years(I'm not sure how long) and I was told originates back to the days when old cargo boats traveled frequently around the N Devon coastline apparently a common route (in the summer months) was with coal and other wares from the Welsh ports to Combe, then returning with fresh Devon produce Fruit Veg and especially in their season lovely fresh shammick Strawberries ("Shammick" I'm told is an ancient name for Combe Martin)The fair takes place in a small side street adjacent to the beautiful little harbour and is blocked off to traffic.It consists of lots of little stalls selling local (very cheap) punnets of Strawberries + plants and local arts and crafts with Tombola and raffles and charity stalls all done by local people with a real community feel, all this was supported by a display from the Exmoor Morris dancers ,While we walked around we had hoped perhaps we might bump into Martin Stickland (of Combe martin.blogspot.com ) and sure enough we did, it was only a brief chat as he had family/friends with him but very welcome anyway. While there we bought two huge punnets of Strawberries for us and two for our friends,while sitting on a wall watching the world go by we devoured one of these, delicious they were too, my wife Sue just could'nt resist buying a strawberry and Marshmallow Kebab on a stick these were coated with liquid chocolate from a special little fountain(pictured). We also met and chatted with the town crier,he was a well travelled and interesting man.

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I have a copperplste 1930's etching by R.L. Armitage of the small coaster "Snowflake" which carried strawberries from Combe Martin to Ilfracombe

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