Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A Walk on Dartmoor and House News

Today was our nineteenth wedding anniversary. We we always try to go out somewhere nice. We took a drive over to Dartmoor and since our compass and maps are packed in boxes we decided to take a safe walk from the Haytor Visitor Centre up to Haytor Rocks.


The weather was beautiful and we were rewarded with wonderful colours

It was still quite early in the morning and I managed to get a few images on the way up without the many ramblers that had appeared by the time we reached the bottom again.


Spectacularly bright colours in the early morning sunshine

 Perfect place for a graze

 More grazing friends


I love the colours in the foreground and you can still see the early morning mists in the distance


Quite an unusual sky as the clouds rolled in

Haytor Rocks looking like something from a Dr Who set


No visit to Dartmoor would be complete without a pony picture!

We had a wonderful day out on Dartmoor and drove across the road networks after our walk, taking in the beautiful scenery that Em from Dartmoor Ramblings photographs so well in her blog. 
We stopped at Princetown for lunch and a visit to the Dartmoor Prison Museum.

We have been very busy with house viewings recently and I'm happy to say we have found our new home at last. Providing the survey goes well tomorrow we should be moving in late October/November.

Sadly it's not in Brixham, but not far away in an area of Paignton called Broadsands, which you may remember me talking about from this previous post. Broadsands is only about three miles down the road and still just a walk away through the woods on the South West Coastal Path.

We will still visit Brixham regularly for shopping, meals out, beautiful walks and all our favourite things to do, so we are very happy with our choice and can't wait to move in.

Now time for a glass of champagne to celebrate

Until next time, wishing you all well
SeagullSuzie (soon to be back by the sea)

31 comments:

  1. Great news about the house and even better you'll be in by Christmas! x

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    1. Thanks CT. We are excited and so looking forward to settling in. I will be making sure I know where the Christmas decorations are as it will come around very quickly. One of the best parts is that we can start looking for a new dog, as we feel it's time to move on and give another lost dog a seaside life with us.

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  2. I know Broadlands! Happy anniversary
    Julie xxxxxxx

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    1. Many thanks Julie, I'm sure it'll be lovely once the chaos of moving in is over and we get the cats settled again. Had a lovely day yesterday and enjoying the rest of the week off work...hurray.

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  3. Congratulations on your anniversary Suzie. I read it quickly and thought "ninetieth"!!! No, I know you're not that old or you'd be in the Guinness Book of Records. Lovely Dartmoor photos - I know Hay Tor so well, and my dad grew up just down the road in Bovey Tracey.

    I am glad you have found your new home and hope that it all goes smoothly with the purchase and moving. Not too far from Brixham and right by the coast still.

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    1. Thank you very much, can't believe it's 19 years already! There was an article on the radio recently about a couple who were in there early 100s and celebrating 80 years of marriage..fantastic!
      I think we have been tested in how much we miss the sea living inland in this rented place. It's very nice and central to everything, but we keep jumping in the car and going to the coast.

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  4. Lovely photos Suzie with just a hint of autumn showing in the lovely colours.
    What great news that you have found a house that you are happy with - fingers crossed that the survey goes well. If I had some champagne then I would raise a glass to celebrate with you - cheers.

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    1. Cheers Rosemary! Champagne was lovely which we enjoyed with an M&S meal. Yes the colours were beautiful and I think the camera did a fairly decent job of picking them up, I'm glad they came out so well.
      We are meeting with the surveyor this afternoon after his visit to go through things, so fingers crossed he doesn't find anything seriously wrong.

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  5. I really do hope that all goes well with the house purchase! The Haytor rocks look as though they have all crashed into each other while waiting in a queue to me! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy. Dartmoor is a beautiful place and there is so much more to see and do than I have pictured here, but Haytor Visitor Centre is easy to get to and a failry short walk but a steep one up to the rocks.
      So excited about the house, we have been back a couple of times for viewings and measuring up.

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  6. You have captured Dartmoor beautifully Suzie, I look at your photos and smile broadly and remind myself that it wasn't so long ago that we were there. Thank you so much!

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    1. Thank you Denise, I'm so glad they came out ok, the autumn colours were beautiful. We sat outside to eat our lunch at Princetown and had fairly good weather all morning, although clouds rolled in, they went quite quickly again.

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  7. Congratulations on your new house too :) Exciting that you have found a place you will be calling home in a little while.

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    1. Many thanks, we can't wait and hope it all goes through ok.

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  8. I'm so pleased to hear the good news about the new house - I do hope the survey and move all go well. You must be so relieved :)

    Belated Happy Wedding Anniversary - some beautiful photos of Dartmooor. The views are tremendous. We stopped off in that area last year on our way home from a holiday in Dorset - its just so beautiful.

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    1. We feel very silly not visiting Dartmoor more often as it's not far away and in our rental place we are even closer. I'm sure we'll go again and enjoy some more walks before we move. The survey went well, with a few things that need sorting, so hopefully we can get through that with the sellers.

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  9. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour, your photos are gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Hello Linda, many thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. So glad to hear you liked the photos-a different aspect to my normal seaside and boats photos. The colours on Dartmoor were amazing and I have done nothing to the photos to enhance them, a truly beautiful and natural place.

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  10. Well done in finding a home in such a beautiful area - I almost envy you pair :)

    Great to be reacquainted with Hay Tor Rocks, I was a frequent walker on that part of the moor. Do you know that the stone for Westminster Bridge, London came from a quarry about half mile directly behind the Tor, it was carried in carts the wheels of the carts ran on hollowed out stone slabs. The slabs are still probably in situ to the right of the Tor.

    Close to Broadsands is Elberry Cove this is where we students used to have our parties, barbecue's music and midnight skinny dipping we had great fun in those times.

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    1. Hello Mel, many thanks we are very happy to be moving near to Brixham, but staying in Torbay as there is so much to see and do here we would really miss it if we moved somewhere more remote. I didn't know that about the stone. How lovely to know that you also enjoyed Elberry, I can tell you it is still well used by families all day long and couples and gentle beach parties in the evenings. We go swimming there as it's so sheltered and deep without going out far (I'm not a good swimmer). We will be able to walk down there when we move and I will think of you and your pals enjoying good times. Hopefully it's good to know it hasn't changed.

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    2. Am pleased to know that you have found Elberry Cove and that the ambience is to your liking :) !

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  11. First, a belated happy anniversary!! Hope you celebrated in style.

    Secondly, I saw your comment on Denise's blog An English Girl Rambles, and wanted to stop by and introduce myself. I'm very happy to meet you through blogland. Your photos in this post are outstanding. Such a beautiful, peaceful set of scenery you've shared.

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    1. Hello Anni, many thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, it's always nice to know people like your posts, especially when it's a different subject to normal. We had a lovely anniversary and a week off work too.
      Dartmoor is very peaceful and as much as I enjoy the seaside I do love the English countryside and especially love the animals being so free.

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  12. Oh that's great news! So glad that you've found somewhere you like. Fingers crossed for the survey.
    A belated Happy Anniversary too.

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    1. Many thanks Jessica, we had a lovely day out and would love to have the time to go back to Dartmoor now that the school holidays are over and it'll be a little quieter. Survey went well enough with a few things that do need sorting by the sellers and other things we had noted already, so fingers crossed it continues well. We could be in in about 8 weeks!

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  13. I love Dartmoor and it seems ages since March when we last down that way! Our visit there was on honeymoon although Princetown did look bleak in the rain and mist. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary and finding a new home and I hope everything goes smoothly for you. Do you have any sea views? We hope to exchange contracts next week or the week after. Sarah x

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    1. Hello Sarah, yes we will have sea views this time which is very exciting. I hope your house move goes well. Princetown is not the most beautiful place in the rain...but then where is, we had sunshine most of the morning which really helped. We have had very misty weather these last few days along the coast.

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  14. How exciting! I think I know the area you mean. M's dad lives in Paignton so we are regular visitors. Thanks for the plug too! xx
    PS - congratulations on 19 years together. x

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    1. Many thanks Em. Sorry almost missed this comment, I don't know what is happening to time at the moment, but it's going way too fast!

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  15. Suzie, love your photos! Glad you found a house not far from where you are now. I've never been to Devon. Wish we'd gone to Devon and Cornwall, rather than just concentrating on the North (my roots), I know my husband would have fallen in love with the South West.

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    1. Hello Jean, many thanks for you kind comment and for stopping by. Oh, I think you would just love Devon so much and it's very warm compared with visiting 'up north' Next time you are over you should try to visit the South West, but I think you'd need a very long holiday!

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