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.

Monday, December 08, 2008


We hadn't been to Plymouth for a couple of years now, so again being such a lovely day that's where we decided to go. Going back 15 or 18 years Sue and I used to go the 30 odd miles to Plymouth on our bikes regularly. We always stopped off at the "Barbican" this is a harbour side area, where loads of pleasure, fishing and hire boats are moored, (see picture). It also was where the trawlers berthed while unloading their catch. At the time there was a little wooden hut right alongside of the quay wall, this served up cheap, basic but great food and mugs of Tea, at the time a proper crock mug of tea was 10p and a Bacon,Egg and mushroom or similar butty, ran out at just over a £1 each. As you can imagine it was always busy with Trawler men, boatmen, local workers, bikers and people who just stopped by. This wonderful little hut was called "Cap't Jasper's". After this we would walk the famous "Plymouth Hoe"(of Sir Francis Drake fame), then up the hill for a stroll around the numerous shops. Today then would be a similar trip down memory lane. On arrival things had really changed, a Hugh big super Marina and Quays, Dartington glass had a Hugh shop and Glass blowing viewing area too. Across the Harbour was the massive new Aquarium, also a new harbour swing bridge allowing access to the inner sheltered harbour. The only really good thing was the Captain's cabin was still there!!!, much bigger and posher but still reasonably cheap, Mug of Tea 60p, Bacon, Egg, Sausage, mushroom, onions all in a half French stick for £2.65, scrummy, naughty but nice.After eating our way through that we proceeded to follow our route around.
Please do click on any picture to enlarge it.
Below the inner harbour,
This lovely 3 masted Barque "The Earl of Pembroke" was built in Sweden in 1948, she was one of the last trading Schooners built and started life as "Orion" plying Timber in the Baltic. She had a complete restoration job that was completed in 1994. Since then she has gone on to star in at least 9 films the most famous being "Cut Throat Island" or "Shaka Zulu". She is now part of the "Square sails experience", which aims to give all a chance to share in the sailing of a traditional square rigged ship.
Again another view of her, it was a shame that at the time of photographing her she was mostly in shadow.
This board is placed next to her on the quay side, it explains most of her history, if you enlarge the image.
This view below is across the inner Harbour, showing a few beautiful boats in the back ground.
This one is "my little day boat" I wish. Just around the corner there was a similar boat for sale in a Mariners window, Second hand £59,000 !!!!!!!.
Here we have just a few of the many bikers that abound here on nice days (Jaspers in the back ground). This Special is some ones pride and joy, lovely it was too, just not my cup of Tea.
This early 200cc Yamaha had been rebuilt and finished to a very high standard.
All in all a nice afternoon out doing something different, the only problem is now Sue wants to go back to do some Christmas shopping.
This video was taken on the way home at a stop off at Endersleigh Garden centre, just thought I would share the array of decorations with you. It might be as well to point out the "Sleeping Santa"isn't real but a buyable moving dummy.

Joke of the day.
A woman brought a very limp duck in to a veterinary surgeon. As she lay her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest.
After a moment or two, the vet shook his head sadly and said, "I'm so sorry, your duck has passed away."
The distressed owner wailed, "Are you sure?"
"Yes, I am sure. The duck is dead," he replied.
"How can you be so sure," she protested. "I mean, you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something."
The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room, and returned a few moments later with a black labrador retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table, and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.
The vet patted the dog and took it out, and returned a few moments later with a cat. The cat jumped up on the table and also sniffed delicately at the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on it's haunches, shook its head, meowed softly, and strolled out of the room.
The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100 percent certifiably, a dead duck." Then the vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman. The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill.

"£150!", she cried, "£150 just to tell me my duck is dead!!"

The vet shrugged. "I'm sorry. If you'd taken my word for it, the bill would have been £20, but with the lab report and the cat scan, it's now £150.00."


Anonymous daffy said...

I love Plymouth. We always visit when we head down into that area. Funnily enough my best memory is off the Sea life centre. I have an image of my two, as little 'uns running through the fish tunnels! :o)
Loved your post.

9:29 am  
Blogger Shammickite said...

I haven't been to Plymouth since the middle ages... I knew Sir Francis Drake personally y'know... well, maybe not QUITE that long but I think I was still at school when we went there for the day!
Good to know you were still able to get a mug of tea and a decent butty!

2:24 pm  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Bob ~~ Glad you liked the story of the dog, It was a good one. And so was the one about the little boy who lost his grandpa. Take care,
Regards, Merle.

2:36 pm  
Blogger Gina E. said...

LERVE those old ships. Ken and I sailed around Port Phillip Bay on one during our Bicentennial Year. It was great. Lovely photos, Bob. And we agree with you about the chopper - nice work, but not our cup of tea either!

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