Saturday, 13 April 2019

Farewell to Devon

We have finally managed to sort out our lives and jobs and are on the move after ten years living in Devon.

We exchanged contracts last Monday and are moving house just after Easter.

This is one of the lovely walks me and Harry take in the countryside around Newton Abbot.

It's a walk to the picturesque village of Coffinswell.

These fields have been filled with yews and their lambs.

This was a very recent sunny day when me and Harry enjoyed one of our last walks here together.

As usual Percy is taking it all in his stride and prefers a nap to investigating all the boxes and packing material.

Not sure what to do with the blog, but I'll update it soon and then decide what will happen.

Until next time, after the move

Thursday, 28 March 2019

The Wildlife Trusts New Video

Please share and help the Wildlife Trusts with their new campaign. Join Badger, Toad, Mole and Ratty for a view of their life.

The video is available on YouTube and here's the link The Wind in the Willows so please help this video reach millions of hits.

I don't know what it's like where you live but South Devon and in particular the Torbay area is becoming one large housing estate. In just the last 10 years of our stay in the south, we have watched so many of the lovely fields that once lined the roads into and out of Brixham and Paignton sold for massive housing estates.

I wouldn't mind so much if there was room for nature in these developments, but there's barely room for the humans and their cars. 

The old more established housing estates (like the one I'm living in now) were built with plenty of room, wide roads, grass verges and flowering trees planted in them, they are a joy to live in and bursting with wildlife.

Until next time

Sunday, 10 February 2019

A Life of Contrasts

I'm feeling in a reflective mood at the moment, maybe because we are in a state of change ourselves (good changes, exciting changes). I was quite moved by an item on a TV programme about the social reformer Robert Owen (1771-1858).

 You can find out more about Robert Owen and New Lanark Mills at 

The website says "he encountered much criticism and opposition in his lifetime" and I suppose he would have because he was working towards the improvement of health and conditions for factory workers in the late 1700's and did truly marvellous things.

Then by chance another programme led me to one of the worlds largest slave owners, merchant and politician, John Gladstone (1764-1851). Although he's not the only one who received compensation when slavery was abolished, being someone who owned so many slaves, he received one of the biggest payouts from the British Government - the equivalent in today's money of £83 million.

When he got rid of his African slaves he imported Indian labour and by all accounts they were little more than slaves (see Wikipedia for more details) living in terrible conditions.

Two men, living more or less at the same time, but such contrasting ideas on the value of human life.

You might also be interested in this story about modern slavery from The Conversation

Until next time