Here are just some of the community projects and open spaces that Totnes has to offer
Totnes is a lovely town and deserves a visit if you are ever in the area. The high street is full of small independent shops of all kinds and the back streets are full of pretty cottages and interesting buildings. If I had known about Totnes when I was younger, I would have moved there and never have lived anywhere else.
On my visit on Friday (due to the dog needing x-rays at the new veterinary centre) I had a few hours to wait before picking him up again, so I took my camera and went for a walk around. I sadly couldn't choose the weather for this walk about. Such stormy weather with thunder and lightning, hail, rain, sunshine and flooding all in one day, sometimes all in one minute. I had to keep running for cover. At one point the shop lights were flashing and the thunder rattled directly above our heads. I ran in from rain and hail for most of the morning with the camera tucked under my coat.
The Parish and Priory Church of St Mary. 120 ft tower is build of red sandstone from Paignton in the 15th century.
Walkway of Medlar trees in the churchyard
Totnes castle is a Norman motte and bailey castle built in the 11th century and one of the best surviving examples. It was closed so I couldn't go in to get better images, so this is from the outside.
Totnes Guildhall a 16th century building and originally part of the Benedictine Priory.
I will go again to Totnes when the sun is shining, I have missed out so much from this beautiful and interesting town, but the weather got the better of me and my camera. Here is the website of the Totnes Information Centre if you'd like to know more.
The Totnes Badger Vaccination Action CampaignI saw this article in the local paper over Christmas and thought you'd be very happy to hear of the efforts of this group. They are a voluntary group funding themselves and training to vaccinate badgers against bBT and save farmers money as an incentive. They give their time freely and all the equipment and licences but ask each farmer to pay £30.00 for the vaccination cost.Take a look at the Village of Cornworthy website here to find out about this vaccination programme and why it's so important.
I'll leave you with a few images on the site of Dartington Cider Press, where the river Dart runs alongside and woodlands walks will take you to Dartington Hall (another trip for the future).
The river was full and flowing fast downstream where in Totnes itself the river was close to bursting its banks in combination with high tide.
We still have terrible wet and windy weather here, but it's not as bad as before Christmas. In between we have had some clear sunny spells which meant we were able to get out and about with the dog and walk along the beach at Broadsands, Shoalstone Pool, Berry Head and The Breakwater.
Have a good week everyone, hopefully it'll be less wet and windy for all of us. I hope none of you are clearing up after flooding or storm damage.