DEVON & DORSET

I’ve just had a weekend away in Devon and Dorset.

Here I am packed and ready to leave.

 

Surely I haven’t got to travel in the boot of the car?


When we reached Brixham it was so hot!

Maybe that’s why it’s called the English Riviera?

 

Here I am with the Golden Hind Ship. The Golden Hind at Brixham is a full sized replica of one of the most iconic ships from the age of exploration.

Sir Francis Drake was  the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe in an epic expedition of plunder and discovery (1577-1580).

I was being very well behaved, otherwise I might have ended up in the stocks.

I tried them out for size!

 

 

 

 

 

The following day, we went to Greenway.

This is the holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family, on the River Dart.

Just checking we’re at the right place.

 I helped Paula to sell the Greenway guides.

 

Now How do I play this?

Croquet in the garden.

 

 

 

 

 

A visit to Greenway isn’t complete without seeing the battery complete with cannon.

 

I’d have to put my paws over my ears if this went off!

 

 

The Boathouse was the scene of the crime in Dead Man’s Folly, the last episode of Poirot to be filmed, and Greenway was the location.

with a bit of help

 

This is me in front of the porch used for filming.

 

I also met Colin the Head Gardener, who was taking stock of the plants.

I liked this bit the best!

 

 

Greenway can be reached by ferry , but you have to ring the bell to get back.

 

                                                                      

The next day I had a ride on the The Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway. It will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of this railway on 16th August this year. It is in operation today, due to the efforts of the Dart Valley Railway PLC.

 

The engine driver saw me having my photo taken and asked if I would like to see inside the cab.

 

Phew it was very hot and grubby in there , but what a chance I was given.

Staying at the Exmouth View Hotel, Torquay, which now has a full claim to a connection with the Fawlty Towers series, after filming the backgrounds there.

I made lots of new friends, both staff and holiday makers.

Penguin and Bo the waiter

David the Owner

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting at the bar for my orange juice.

 

On the way home, we stopped off at Poole Quay.

 

 

Look, I found a statue of Lord Baden Powell, founder of our Scout Movement.

 

 

 

 

I had such a great weekend, in lovely sunshine and now I’m going to have a rest before I go on my travels again.  I wonder where it will be next time?

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *