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, March 09, 2008


Last Friday Sue and I left for a few days in our caravan in "Berynarbor, N Devon".Unbeknown to us then that the weather would turn against us. After Forecasts of Heavy rain and gusts of wind to 70 mph we thought home would be the right place to be to ride out the storm. I had to be home on Wednesday morning anyway to undergo my annual Diabetes checks.The weather men tell us the real worse should be over by Thursday so then that's the day planned for our return.
Now this blog is the one that should never have been so, its only a quick one.The first picture is of my garden as it was when we cleared it in November.
This one is how it was this afternoon when we arrived home, in our 4 day absence the best part of the spring bulbs had finally come out.
The small baskets of Primulas and Cyclamen were also coming into their own.
One of three planters full of Hyacinth's, these we keep around the front door and steps to enjoy the best of the beautiful smell.
More Primulas.
This close up picture of one of the four varieties of Daffodil and Narcissus we have in the garden.
As you can see most of the smaller planters are now out in flower.
One more Daffodil/Narcissus close up, (not quite in focus).
These types are Dwarf or minitures, also very heavily Scented.
Most of the varieties that we chose this year we did because of their scent, now we are just starting to appreciate it.

Joke of the day.
Two bored casino dealers are waiting at the craps table.
An attractive well built blonde from Dublin, Ireland arrived and bet twenty-thousand Pounds on a single roll on
She said, 'I hope you don't mind, but I feel much luckier when I'm completely nude'.
With that, she stripped from the neck down, rolled the dice and yelled, 'Come on, baby, Mama needs new clothes!'
As the dice came to a stop, she jumped up and down and squealed...'YES! YES! I'VE WON, I'VE WON!' She hugged each of the dealers and then picked up her winnings and her clothes and quickly departed.
The dealers stared at each other dumbfounded.
Finally, one of them asked, 'Well what the hell did she roll?'
The other answered, 'I don't know - I thought you were watching.'


Blogger Peggy said...

We keep hearing about this storm that is hitting you guys. I hope the caravan survives! You were smart to head home to higher ground. The flowers look fantastic! Well done. We're not even close to that yet. Our daffodils are still just green spikes.

6:05 am  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Gday Bob, Hope the storm doesn't cause any damage in your area.
Hope you get good results from all your Medical tests..
Love all your plants. they bring spring to your front door... Take care Bob.

8:03 am  
Blogger Martin Stickland said...

Great Joke Bob.

Keep the hatches battened down!

Second time I have tried to post this comment!

11:14 am  
Blogger Ex-Shammickite said...

Your daffs are blooming lovely, Paggy's are just green spikes, and mine are buried under 1 metre high snowdrifts!

5:49 pm  
Anonymous daffy said...

Hi Bob & Sue, I must admit I have been thinking about you two, wondering how you were affected. Glad you are both fine and back home. :o)
Up here in the North East we haven't really had too much stormy weather although it is set to change today. The wind is up this morning and the forecast is for 80mph winds by this evening. I'll wave good bye to what is left of the crocus now shall I? :o)
Your flowers look wonderful, they frame the window beautifully!

6:47 am  
Blogger Bev said...

This is Bev, you came on my site because I had just done about Devon.

I loved seeing these pictures. You have made beauty out of a small area. It reminds me of a neighbout I used to have who was the best gardener I have ever know but only had a small back yard to work with. She had multitudes of pots and containers. I love to see these flowers come out - they look all the better a they are the first flowers after the winter, and are the harbingers of spring.

9:54 am  

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