2018 Devon

1040½ – Devon 2018 – Thurlestone

An unusual Christmas this year.

As son no 2 could not get time off work from his job in Plymouth and daughters were in the Far East, we rented what we thought was a cottage on the Devon coast.

The place turned out to be a mansion.

The lanes in were like being in a video game – especially on the foggy night.

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The cottage – I’ve lived in places smaller than the kitchen. That’s grandaughter in the middle window waving.


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And from the front. That wet thing behind is the sea.
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Mrs WDEOD wandering on the beach on Christmas Eve
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Me in a curious pose.
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The rocks here were vertical layers. If I was a geologist I would be able to name the rock type and describe how it formed. I’m not. At college we shared a Kitchen with them. In the early 1980s, microwave ovens were still novel, and someone had put up a list of things not to microwave. The geologists experimented and added to it daily.
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An arty shot.
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Couldn’t quite get the reflection. Looks like a face.
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I clambered over the rocks whilst Mrs WDEOD was sensible. I actually phoned her from here. O2 was the only network available.
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Took this then realised the tide was coming in and not wanting to be part of a ‘South West News’ helicopter rescue story, I quickly got back to the beach.
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The dining table. Seats about 20.
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We could not find our mini-Chritmas tree, and the shops did not have any, so I improvised with a nest of tables and the wood baskets. The ‘fairy’ is Jack Skeleton. The stockings were not up yet (and Mrs WDEOD was disappointed that the real fire had nothing to burn).
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That is Burgh Island. Dave Clark Five fans will know it from ‘Catch Us If You Can’
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Dawn Boxing Day
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Burgh Island on a clearer day. Eddystone Lighthouse is on the extreme left. Love grows where my Rosemary Goes.
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Mrs WDEOD playing silly buggers by the sea. Perhaps I should have straightened it.
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Same little beach by Thurlstone Golf Course. The pill box was built in 1940 to cover Warren Point and then lost until 2016 when coastal erosion uncovered it.
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Me.
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I have a ‘high speed continuous’setting on my camera. Most of the sequences when I take shots of Mrs WDEOD end like this.
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Sons 1 and 2, Son no 1’s partner and granddaughter looking for crabs. Son no 2 picked up a ‘rock’ which proved to have claws.
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Sunset Boxing Day. It was so warm that we sat outside later, looking at Eddystone Lighthouse in dressing gowns. No idea why it was wearing them.
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Being in a windy and saline environment, the plant life was different to inland. I decided to take a Doris macro shot with failing car in the background.
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Then back round to take the last of the sun.
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Another arty shot, Son no 1 and Mrs WDEOD mostly hiding son no 2 through the window. Mrs WDEODs brother and my mum were also around, but don’t feature in the pictures.

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