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.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Burrator Reservoir.

Last Sunday started off lovely and sunny so of course a car ride to Devon's Dartmoor was again on the cards. This time we decided to go up on a different route to our usual. We left Teignmouth through Newton Abbot on to the A38 Plymouth rd. Instead of turning off at our usual Buckfastleigh turn (famous for its Abbey and Monks) we went on to the Ivybridge turn, then across the moor. After visiting one or two Tors we ended up at Sheepstor which is very close to the Burator reservoir. After strolling the bottom of the Tor and making a cuppa, we decided to go to the reservoir, i hadn't been there for more than 12 years. This blog is a mainly a picture one, so the first is as we got out of the car on arrival.
This was taken looking down from the top of the Dam.
Below, these trees are right opposite the small car park, i love the texture of the Moss everywhere.
Again from the Dam wall, with Dartmoor hills behind.
Again these Trees (sorry) are just so lovely, below.
We jumped into the car and started off on the road that circles completely the Reservoir. Just a few hunded yards into the Journey is this very pretty Waterfall. Please click on any image to enlarge it.
A further half a mile on we found this clearing with a clear path one side and the ruins of this building on the other.
Below, this board (enlarge it) tells of the demise of "Longstone Manor"around the late 1800s when this Reservoir and Dam were started.
Below, whats left of the Manor house, a lot of the stone was removed but luckily some was saved in these remains. If these are not cared for soon it will be unrecognisable which would be a shame.
More of the remains, imagine if the house was rebuilt right here as close to the waters edge, what a desirable house that would be.
Below, A full circle, now almost back to where we came from. I have just checked these pictures after coming back to this post (it was saved) and discover 2 pictures missing, how on earth am i going to put those in?. Annoying thing was that one picture of the back of the Dam was in my opinion the best one !!! b***er b***er.
Oh well i knew i shouldn't have started a post so late, i always get problems.

Joke of the day.
Again folks i have decided to forgo the joke of the day as, I have just heard the sad news that one of my very good Australian blogging buddies has passed away.
So Gwen, all my love R I P.


Blogger Jeanette said...

Gday Bob..
I just come over to see your blog before I emailed Regarding Gwen.. I see you have already been notified.
I have just made a small post on my "Mate" Gwen..

5:58 am  
Blogger Serenity said...

A wonderful post once again Bob, making me want to jump in the car and go!
We can swap boating stories soon!
So sorry to hear the sad news of your friend Gwen. I lost a good blog friend recently, George, known as Beachhutman. It's very sad. His was one of the very first blogs I ever read.
Take care you both! x
oh! I'm using my blogger blog, it's daffy here, but I'm considering moving over and using this blog all the time... not decided yet. Might just use it to comment on blogger blogs as it's easier.

7:55 pm  
Blogger Patty said...

Some very beautiful photos. Hope you have a wonderful week-end. so sorry to hear about your blogging friend.

7:53 pm  
Blogger Shammickite said...

I haven't been on Dartmoor much, as you know I lived closer to Exmoor. These pictures are lovely. The moss on the trees is so green and soft... just shows how damp the atmosphere is most of the time.
How did you find out about your blog friend?
If I died, nobody would ever know, I'd just disappear and never be seen again!

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Blogger Aiden said...

Those look lovely mate, looks like you've had better weather than i have

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