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

Monday 22nd June 2021 - 11.15am

At last, a cruise ship returns.

Strings of mist maketh a merry morning.

Stone the crow, look at the size of that thing.

And a figment of..........jet skiers

Windo the Dartmouth seal is still giving his verdict on the best places to stay.

Lots more pix in May's album here. Hundreds more photos in the April album here.

If you are looking for the dolphins, that was back on 17th January. Just click that date.

Have a delve through the 2020 monthly albums. See them here

You can also take a look at The Pick of TVFTDO.

15 June 2021 - 15:33:28

The buzzards are almost always being hounded by other birds warning them off their young and eggs. This crow managed to make himself look as large as the buzzard, and just as viscious. The buzzard wasn't impressed. Total disdain just about describes it.

8 April 2021 - 08:16:10

13 April 2021 - 09:42:10

Windo, the famous Dartmouth seal becomes The Hotel Inspector with his online reviews at:


Tohatsu Room

The Blue Rib Guest House

River Dart



Location         *****

Cleanliness    ****  (overnight rain assisted)

Service          *       (appeared non-existent)

Accessibility   **     (overinflated tubes caused issues)

Value             *****  (cannot be beaten)

The Blue Rib Guest House is a converted rigid inflatable boat located on the river Dart just off the quiet country village of Kingswear. Converted from a mobile home to a static facility. The guest house is owned and run by a family who take pride in the satisfaction of their customers, and whilst they are not yet catering for parties they made every effort to make me feel comfortable. They have kept the magic and charm of its former identity and the mooring makes this an exceptionally desirable residence for a Spring break.

The early morning light shone through the non-existent windows, bathing me in a warm glow.  Breakfast was particularly lovely with a good selection of cold and colder items.

Evening entertainment consisted of some hystrerical mime artists, although they might well have simply been paddle boarders.

It has to be said that privacy was an issue, as I try so hard to not flaunt my fame. But more than once I heard jealous tourists shout out what sounded like “look at that basking seal”.

Frankly, they looked slippery customers to me.

Evinrude Suite

The White Rib Room Hotel

River Dart



Location         *****

Cleanliness    ****  (on day one) * (by day two)

Service          *       (absent. thankfully)

Accessibility   ***    (a climb, but okay for able bodied seals)

Value             *****  (owner insisted on no deposit, sorry)

Located on the wild and romantic south-west coast of England, on a slope opposite to the town of Dartmouth, with extensive views of the hillside and valley down to the (sometimes) blue waters of the river Dart, the White Rib Hotel has a total of one room. It comes equipped with seating, radio and a substantial lounging about area. The bathroom facilities are as big as the room.

The hotel offers a beautiful water garden with a 18 mile long unheated swimming pool part of which is available for aquarobics classes. There is free transport to a nearby beach, which, whilst no longer private does have occasional crystal-clear waters to explore with self supplied snorkeling equipment. The  snack bar service was perhaps intermittent and supplies seem to coincide with the tides. When open, the restaurant spoilt our palates with exquisite dishes of national and international cuisine. Mainly seafood.  The chef was likely from the Pacific rim as much of the fish was served raw. All of it actually. The White Rib Hotel  is a true haven of peace and tranquility in one of the most privileged landscapes of the world. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay although the whole area is so lovely, any perch will do us.

Windo's RibAdvisor verdict:

There was little to choose between these two fine establishments except for the decor. After few days I was joined by one of my life partners and the dual aspect of both rooms was a delight as we could keep an eye out in all directions. The Blue Rib Guest House was my initial winner, but after a few hours of drying my fur had changed colour from black to grey. And frankly, I think I clashed with the surroundings. So for more leisurely sunbathing it has to be The White Rib Hotel, their white decor matches almost any of my fifty shades of gray.

13 April 2021 - 09:25:08

Just one more Windo shot - the Hotel Inspector checking local water quality.

13 June 2021 - 08:30:05

No aerial activity visible aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales as it passed the end of the river for the third time (that I saw).

It had been stationed off Carbis Bay keeping a watchful eye over the G7 leaders.

15 June 2021 - 15:15:23

The fastest gun in Dartmouth had it nailed on a roof in Above Town this week.

He battened down the hatch in record time.

18 June 2021 - 08:27:03

The University of Plymouth has a survey boat called Falcon Spirit that has overnighted in Dartmouth. It has spent daylight hours this week off Slapton Sands with unmanned surface vessel USV Ceton doing much of the work. Ceton is the yellow boat that looks like a toy. It is anything but.

15 June 2021 - 16:43:55

What do you call a group of jet skiers causing no noise, no wake, and no nuisance ? A Figment?

16 June 2021 - 15:50:07

A Travel Air 4000 biplane. Built in Wichita in 1928 and used throughout the 1940's as a cropduster.

Bought to the UK in 2015. Sounded wonderful.

14 June 2021 - 22:52:45

No sign of Jeremy Clarkson tractoring. But the Hoodown farmers are getting the crops in late into the night.

14 June 2021 - 21:50:08

All the light here is coming from that sunset above.

14 June 2021 - 21:46:36

A stonking sunset last week. Bright enough to illuminate the other end of the river. See below.

15 June 2021 - 18:22:28

Yet another Archway to Devon (after Kittery Court). This one is at the new property being built at what used to be known as Cherry Trees high up on Kingswear. But apparently now to be known as Thiptara. Is that an anagram ?

17 June 2021 - 10:56:03

This is that helicopter. With the crew man spotting Dartmouth.

17 June 2021 - 10:54:17

Spot the helicopter.

7 June 2021 - 11:22:11

I promised more pix of the three Chinooks that flew downriver together. Here's one of them, but loads more inside. Just click the pic.

13 June 2021 - 09:47:22

Autogyro G-ORYG, a regular flyby came past good and low.

12 June 2021 - 17:52:31

A new party boat in town ? No, more likely new home owners being taken to see their new riverside constructionn down on Warfleet Creek.

Mind, you, it does look like a good party boat eh ?

13 June 2021 - 17:10:53

The previous day the field was being worked over good and proper.

16 June 2021 - 07:27:46

A rather special start to a morning with strings of mist hung across the river.

16 June 2021 - 06:57:28

See, I told you, a string of mist.

11 June 2021 - 23:27:11

The white and red trails are a yacht coming into port. The lights on the extreme right are Kingswear Castle. But it's the green light that concerns us. Previously a static white light, it is now upgraded to be a triple sector light. From our position we see the green light but could be red or could be white depending on where you are located. More importantly, the light has a name on the charts. It's called........"Unknown Grave".

19 June 2021 - 22:43:40

24 metre long catermaran yacht Mahal Ko sailed in from Portland. It looked as wide as it is long, but that's not the case.

Still, a 10 metre wide makes for quite a cabin. Room enough for a party.

21 June 2021 - 08:20:33

Hebridean Sky, the first cruise ship to visit after lockdown arrives in Dartmouth this morning. The last cruiser in was the Norwegian boat, Fridtjof Nansen which departed in the 16th March 2020. An eon ago. Sadly the passengers aboard the Hebridean Sky were not greeted by beautiful Devon sun. Instead, they got the downpour treatment.

21 June 2021 - 08:22:12

There was not much chance of anyone opting for breakfast on the terrace this morning.

21 June 2021 - 10:05:38

Hebridean Sky is considered an expedition craft and therefore passengers and crew use inflatable ribs as tenders.

So they are hardy folk.

However, today was a day for a tender with a roof.

INSIDE: There's a total of ten photos of the arrival of Hebridean Sky. To see the rest, click any pic above and head for page five of the June album.