THE VIEW FROM THE DARTMOUTH OFFICE

Every picture on this website, with no exception, is taken from one place - our Dartmouth office garden

For those of you that don’t already know..........every single snap on this website is taken from one place -

our garden in Above Town, Dartmouth, Devon, England


Thursday 2nd April 2020- 2.30pm

The river is disturbingly quiet.

Mind you there's still enough happening to keep us interested.

A socially distanced Passing Out Parade at BRNC

The world of farming goes on regardless.

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26 March 2020 - 17:20:36

Lots of fun out on the river with the cadets (who have been in isolation already for four weeks at the college). Here they have 'arrested' a man who has the gun pointed at him. In the foreground is the 'villain's' boat that he jumped off. Note the guy holding a paddle like a gun. That's because this is pretend games and that paddle is a pretend gun. See inside for more pix.

24 March 2020 - 06:54:31

I dislike over-processed snaps, but here I am guilty as charged. A light mist soon after sunrise, with is an awful lot of High Dynamic Range computing going on. Go on, look it up.


18 March 2020 - 15:38:55

That perpetual banging noise the you can hear in Dartmouth was coming from the pile-driving operation up at Noss-on-Dart.

They are installing stanchions for the new pontoon jetties.

24 March 2020 - 08:32:34

Social distancing and self isolation Dartmouth style.

22 March 2020 - 23:55:48

University Squadron Archer class river patrol vessels moored overnight on the town jetty.

L-R:  HMS Blazer (P279), HMS Exploit (P167) HMS Smiter (P272)

23 March 2020 - 07:43:19

Next morning it was time for a top up for all three. Here's HMS Exploit waiting to collect his Green Shield Stamps.

24 March 2020 - 12:08:44

There's a new star on the river - this rather exceptional sports boat called Lexi. She's a Princess R35 made of carbon fibre and designed by Princess in Plymouth with the assistance of Pinifarina and BAR. Which I now know is Ben Ainslie Racing.

So it should shift along. About 50 knots according to the sales bumf.

26 March 2020 - 08-33-13

Fishing boat MFV Harvester out of Padstow trawling off Dartmouth.


25 March 2020 - 12:48:29

This is a big Beluga, or to give it its full name:  an A330-743L Beluga XL (reg no. F-GXLH).

It's the larger version of the ordinary Beluga. Not that there  is anything ordinary about any Beluga.

Anyway Beluga XL F-GXLH is on its way from Toulouse to Broughton in Wales, where it will become a bi-plane. Well, it will gain two more wings. These it will carry in its hold back to Airbus, France to complete the A350 jets they are building.

25 March 2020 - 07:06:59

One of them lovely sun and mist starts to the day on Wednesday.

26 March 2020 - 15:54:57

So low I could have read the time on the co-pilot's watch (if I could have seen the watch)

26 March 2020 - 15:54:53

Every so often the electricity helicopter (G-WPDD) comes by to check the lines. Today it circled our house extremely low.

This pic above is just about full frame. And below.........

25 March 2020 - 14:40:53

My favourite picture of the week. An Openreach engineer going about his business in Above Town.

He's at the top of the pole way above the road. And level with our garden.

19 March 2020 - 08:41:59                                          19 March 2020 - 08:49:16

But how did Lexi get to the river ? By road is the answer. In a Convoi Exceptionnel. The turn at the banjo was clearly a skilful manouvre.

The boat itself has "Active Foil System" for sharper turns on the water. It needed that here, on the road.

1 April 2020 - 13:55:59

That quite a big field for a Devon farm. Nothing unusual about its steepness though.

And it is, of course, a harrowing picture.

2 April 2020 - 10:38:08

A socially distanced Passing Out Parade at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth today. Normally the roads around the parade ground would be chock full of families. See the parade from 2018 below



19 April 2018 - 10:08:20

NOTE: THIS IS TWO YEARS AGO               Two years ago. A family friendly Passing Out Parade at BRNC.                                                                

2 April 2020 - 08:46:10                                                                                       2 April 2020 - 10:15:12

First aerial visitor was the RAF's executive helicopter, an AugustaWestland AW109SP probably bringing the bigwig taking the salute.

And then during the parade came the extremely sudden arrival,and departure of two RAF Hawk jets. A very fast flypast.

Did I mention that the helicopter flew directly overhead? Or should that be 'drecly'? (that's a Devon tradesman's joke).


1 April 2020 - 16:41:29

This RAF Chinook was heading into the river from way out to sea when it suddenly turned left (westwards) and disappeared behind Gallants Bower.

2 April 2020 - 10:53:22

You might think that the virus lockdown might mean more scenic photos here. You think correctly. This is our neighbour's Photinia. (a Red Robin).

29 March 2020 - 13:15:58

A beautiful Sunday in late March . You would expect the river to be teeming with people out on their boats.

But no. With virus lockdown, it's just the Lower Ferry in view.

28 March 2020 - 00:11:23

Dartmouth's largest fishing boat headed out just after midnight with searchlight flickering around to check its path. Strangely the beam alighted on the single solitary craft moored on the route out of the harbour. The envy inspiring Princess R35 sports boat Lexi.