The Life and Times of this Old Git

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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pictures and URL

OK all I'm away for two more weeks can one of you clever so and so's out there tell me how to add a picture similar to these to my Profile,(without having to type in 4 miles of URL).For all you poor lot having to look at these pickies for two weeks I apologise ,I will delete this post if I get a reply so get your thinking caps on

Monday, September 17, 2007

SHAMMICK for an ex Shammickite.

Above, The main beach, showing the concrete path and of course ex- shammy's old bungalow.
Above, the village looking up from the end of the bay on the concrete path. Below, look how clear the water is in these pools.
These rock pools are made by the sea leaving water behind a concrete path that has been built right around the bay,these are cleaned regularly by the higher tides which leave shrimps, crabs, other molluscs and a few varieties of fish, much to the pleasure of adults and children alike.
This picture below shows a couple of small caves which eventually became free from children(they loved them) so we were able to photograph them.

I will do a short blog about Combe Martin, being as I have done nothing locally in the last few blogs,(plus it will please ex-shammy).We have stayed in this rough area for over 40 years now and we had never ever walked on the other side of the main beach so we recently decided we would.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

LUNDY ISLAND part one (The boat journey)

Lundy Island what a magical place you must all try to visit.Please click on a few of these pictures to be able to appreciate the scenery. Above as we are pulling away from Ilfracombe pier at the start of our journey to the lovely island of Lundy 11 miles off the North Devon Coast, although the nearest viable harbours are Bideford and Ilfracombe , they are both about a 24 mile sea journey, the island is 3 miles long and a half a mile wide, this trip takes around two hours. The vessel the MV Oldenburg which makes this trip 2-3 times a week in the season is owned by the Landmark trust who of course also own Lundy isle. This beautiful Island looms 400 ft above sea level and is home to a lot of rare birds, plants etc including the Puffin the last place in Britain to support a few breeding pairs.The steep uphill climb made me puff and grunt a bit but we eventually climbed the man made path (with more than a bit of oxygen and a fair few stops). Mind you within yards of reaching the top your welcomed by the very pleasant friendly pub the Marisco Tavern!!! (welcome it is too).Unbeknown to me at the time was the fact that, had I mentioned that I'm disabled when on board the boat, I could have travelled up by land rover (A few choice curses were made when we discovered that). Below the rocky mouth of the Ilfracombe pier and harbour entrance as we head out to sea. (note the chapel on the top of the hill).
Ilfracombe town just after clearing the harbour as we're about to follow the coast.
Just along the shoreline from Ilfracombe. You can see the coastal footpath as it meanders along in a few pictures.
Following the coast along just about at Lee bay.
Bull Point light house (Morthoe) just before the vessel turns directly out to sea for the island.
The first real sight of the landing jetty and extreme relief for Sue who braved the sea crossing well considering she's not a great sailor.(note one of the islands light houses)
Below the start of the steep road up (about 400 ft above sea level).You can also see the ruins of a disused castle.
The "Oldenburg" as we were docking on Lundy.
This is the landing jetty on Lundy when we arrived.On our next trip home I will blog on our time on the Island.


Lost then Found, we spent an hour or two looking around Exmoor for this pretty little bridge, eventually discovering it on the Devon- Somerset border, Its name is the lower willingford bridge, now myself the wife and of course Mojo are all happy.
When we first arrived there were a family already there enjoying a picnic.

Of course we had to include a picture of Mojo after her paddle.

A week or two ago I did a blog all about a bridge we found whilst touring around Exmoor, during this trip we spent an hour just chilling out by the water.This time we walked the hills overlooking the area but I'm afraid the sun was in the wrong place for pictures looking down on the bridge.