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Odds and Sods August 2021 Part 2

Originally published on Photoblog by Gethin Thomas SEPTEMBER. 02, 2021

Part two of August includes a few macro shots taken for a series of daily challenges and Mondays are macro day.

Back to the creek again and this seems a bit scary to me, reversing down a slipway into the water. Not something I want to try. This boat was proving reluctant to launch so in the end it needed some brute force to get it afloat.

Meanwhile elsewhere in the village a volunteer project is ongoing to rebuild the stone wall in the community field. There has been a temporary halt due to needing more stone and also volunteers were needed on the more urgent task of preparing the new phone box site where a memorial bench is being installed in time for our first big celebration, post pandemic.

Some of you will remember all of my posts about the rescued phone box which this week acquired it's new lighting. The official opening and Mad Hatter's Tea Party is to be held this month. I hope to cover that event and do a post about it.

A day out in Plymouth has inspired me to go back and do a photo walk as soon as the tourist season is over.

This is Plymouth Hoe. Plymouth Hoe, referred to locally as the Hoe, is a large south-facing open public space in the English coastal city of Plymouth. The Hoe is adjacent to and above the low limestone cliffs that form the seafront and it commands views of Plymouth Sound, Drake's Island, and across the Hamoaze to Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall.

Plymouth Hoe is perhaps best known for the probably apocryphal story that Sir Francis Drake played his famous game of bowls here in 1588 while waiting for the tide to change before sailing out with the English fleet to engage with the Spanish Armada.

A prominent landmark on the Hoe is Smeaton's Tower. This is the upper portion of John Smeaton's Eddystone Lighthouse, which was originally built on the Eddystone Rocks, located 14 miles (22.5 km) to the south, in 1759. It was dismantled in 1877 and moved, stone by stone, to the Hoe where it was re-erected.

Some sights on a country walk.

This was a nice discovery, a pub on the moors. Dartmoor is higher in altitude and the buildings mostly old and built from granite. Here in Chagford, this pub has very thick granite walls so even in August a fire is kept burning. Can you guess the name of the pub? There is a clue in the photo.

Chagford seems to have several pubs still open which is unusual these days for such a small place. I put it down to the fact that it is on Dartmoor which attracts mostly walkers and outdoors types on holiday which means the season is longer and people even travel there and walk over the moors in winter.

North of Dartmoor is a village called Meldon, which gives it's name to a disused railway viaduct and a reservoir. The Meldon viaduct is huge and quite famous as a listed structure which has been converted to a cycle route. Because it is in a steep sided wooded, valley away from the road network it is surprisingly difficult to find. After a bit of searching around we got advice to park in the reservoir car park and walk to it. You can't see it until you are nearly on top of it and frankly when you are on it it is a disappointment. To get the best view of it, take the footpath underneath it or cross over the top of the viaduct which is also a pedestrian route.


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