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.

Saturday, December 29, 2007


On boxing day morning Sue and I decided to go to Exmouth, the idea was to go to an Exeter classic motorcycle club bike meet. A few of our CX-GL members decided to join in with this club for the morning meet, this gave us a chance to meet a few of our club members, who before this we had only met on line. The weather was good (mostly sunny and dry) and the classic bike turn out was fair for winter, about 45-50 in all.The meeting point was a cafe on Exmouth sea front, where a welcome cuppa was enjoyed by most, and we spent over an hour meeting and talking to a few bikers, very enjoyable too.
We then thought as the weather was still holding up that, a stroll along Teignmouth sea front would be pleasant. We parked on the sea front and strolled (very leisurely) along past the Pier taking a few pics as we went.There were an awful lot of people still about, probably after watching the annual boxing day walk in the sea.This event is done by all age groups for charities, most of those taking part dress up in some sort of fancy dress costume.80% of the people who actually go into the sea, only go in to around their knees, although there are always the brave ones who go the whole hog and SWIM !!!. On exit there is always a warm towel and a hot cuppa waiting them and of course the local inshore lifeboat is in attendance the whole time. I suppose this event has been happening for 10-12 years now, so attracts quite a good crowd.Anyway we reached the far end of the beach outside the "Lido" outdoor swimming pool, here there is an outdoor beach cafe (open nearly all year round) so a sit, a cuppa and watch the world go by was in order (Pss don't tell anybody but a bacon butty was also enjoyed, naughty naughty). We spent about half an hour there, then ominous clouds started rolling in, so we called it a day.
Above, the view along the sea wall towards Holcombe and Dawlish, taken just yards from our favourite sea front cafe.
Above, The wall further along, note how there is no safety fence along the whole 800-900 metre length.This area is used a lot by enthusiastic steam train spotters/photographers, as the lines are so close. The premonitory sticking up in the sea to the right of the photo is called "the Parson and Clerk" this until a few years ago had another smaller rock perched (obviously) on its top, nobody is actually sure when it fell off (in the last 10 years or so).
The photo above was taken while sitting at our table in/on the sea front cafe. You can see what a lovely day it was by the amount of people.
This photo was taken a few yards along from the car, I'm afraid I had to use this picture as I must have deleted the wrong ( and much better) one by accident, sorry about half in the shade!!. Its not too bad if you click to enlarge it.
The two pictures above and below are taken from the area in the middle of the sea wall walk to Holcombe, this area juts about 25 metres out into the sea and contains the welcome to Teignmouth sign, this sign is for travellers coming into the town by rail, This area is known locally as "Teignmouth letters "or " the letters".If you enlarge this picture you can just see the railway tunnel as it appears just outside Dawlish.As mentioned in a past blog I adore these fern like trees as they remind me of foreign holidays.


Blogger Peggy said...

The trees look like the ones at the military cemetery at Omaha Beach in Normandy. They are pretty. Looks like you guys are having better weather than we're getting (naturally). I don't think it is ever going to stop raining here.

2:27 pm  
Blogger Ex-Shammickite said...

Ah yes, I have been to Omaha Beach cemetery too... and you're right Peggy, very similar.
I'll have to visit Teignmouth next time I'm in UK. Put the kettle on Bob and Sue.

1:45 pm  
Blogger Changes in the wind said...

What is boxing day morning? I have read that a couple of times now and whatever it is don't think we have it here in the u.s.

3:04 pm  
Blogger Martin Stickland said...

All the best to you both for 2008 and I can think of nothing better than sitting by the sea with a mug of hot tea and a bacon buttie!

9:19 pm  
Anonymous Mike said...

You can't beat the British coast line. I miss it.

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