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


Tuesday 1st July 2020- 8.30pm

Steam power returns

And the Navy have a parade.

Superyacht Bunty cam back for a third visit.

Seven super swimmers surface at the slip.

A kestrel arrived to join the buzzards

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20 June 2020 - 12:48:42

Rather pleased with this one from last week. It's a kestrel, which makes a change from the usual buzzards. Buzzards are so...passe.

The kestrel is hovering right over our garden. What a beautiful bird eh ?

20 June 2020 - 12:47:31

Amazing talons. And the head stayed totally still whilst it hovered. An expert will be able to say if this is a male or female kestrel.

So are there any experts out there to tell us ?

13 June 2020 - 23:43:15

This mist crossed the river from the college. It's usually sun and mist that makes a good snap. Here it's mist lit up by the lights of Kingswear.

17 June 2020 - 16:32:16

Sticking with the birds of prey who pass over us - this buzzard we have named Dennis. Those eyebrows !

15 June 2020 - 12:30:06

It looks like a flying Sinclair C5. But from the logos it should be a Pegasus Quantum Leap.

15 June 2020 - 12:30:43

The microlight looked low. Seems the cloud was lower.

17 June 2020 - 14:28:29

Not everyone has their garden shed delivered by boat. (In truth: garden shed = builder's hut)

15 June 2020 - 16:14:30

The race is on. A Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter (ZZ375) vs Sid the Seagull. The Navy had the edge. Sid recorded a personal best.

20 June 2020 - 13:49:58

The Dittisham ferry has put in an appearance. Not sure if it is taking passengers yet, but good to see it on the Dartmouth pontoon.

20 June 2020 - 12:53:44

That's a big heavy old chain. Presumably holding the vistors pontoon in place. Try dragging that through the mud.

20 June 2020 - 16:25:30

Summer has definitely begun for one lucky lass. What looks like an ice cream is actually a healthy apple.

18 June 2020 - 12:31:09

Not long after midday RAF Chinook ZA683 headed down river and then down coast. The white writing on the door says: Fl Lt Geraint 'Roy" Roberts.

He is likely the pilot. Obviously thirsty work, you can see his bottle of water in the cockpit.

18 June 2020 - 16:06:06

Less that four hours later it was back (same aircraft ZA683). It certainly did not sound good and the pilot was throwing it around.

And if you look carefully you can see they left the river via an unusal exit - up the valley behind Noss-on-Dart.

15 June 2020 - 21:45:48

More a technical exercise than anything else. Proving that the Devon and Cornwall police helicopter can be snapped at a quarter to ten at night.

26 June 2020 - 08:39:21

Bunty's first visit. Superyacht Bunty (no one calls their superyacht Bunty do they ?) It was only in for a few hours and then headed off to Brixham..

36.6 meters long, built in 2009 and has had two previous names. Red Anchor and Claudia Of MC. And no, I have no idea who owns her.

Lots more pix inside. Click the pic to enter the June album.

24 June 2020 - 11:53:06

An inquisitive pilot  - says the man with the long lens - put in a very tight low turn over the town.

Gee Dad.

23 June 2020 - 17:16:02

RibEye were out on a photoshoot this week. The white rib is the camera 'car'.  The rest are posers. Or poseurs.

22 June 2020 - 14:47:42

Scroll down for a bit of a corker of a shot of Kestrel that I took last week. He / she is still around and here's another angle on the beautiful creature.

25 June 2020 - 17:09:42

Whilst on the subject of birds of prey, here's three buzzards (Daddy Buzzard, Mummy Buzzard and Baby Buzzard ?) over our house.

24 June 2020 - 20:09:01

Back from lockdown hibernation, paddle steamer Kingswear Castle is being prepared for duties.

23 June 2020 - 15:17:02

Most people wear wetsuits for swimming in the river Dart. But a bikini wearer on 'Pink Cottage rock" is a first. And the swans are beautiful.

22 June 2020 - 07:18:36

HMS Lancaster has been going back and forth across the gap for a week or more.  Finally got it all in shot.

22 June 2020 - 18:49:58

This crew on a high speed rib are probably on their way out to Lancaster. That person up front is equally probably tweeting the views as they depart Dartmouth and Kingswear. Or updating their Tinder profile. What do I know ?

25 June 2020 - 16:11:28

Finally work resumes at one of the properties down on Castle Road Dartmouth. Three in a row are, or have, or will be rebuilt.

24 June 2020 - 16:08:19

Hi-ho, hi-ho........look carefully and you'll see that at least one member of the family is getting assistance in the form of a tow.

27 June 2020 - 10:34:47

Some ladies are quite rightly very pleased with themselves. They have just swum across the river Dart (and are about to swim back).

Surrounded by a safety team the four ladies in purple hats were delight with their effort. Great to see. More pix inside.

27 June 2020 - 10:18:08

Here they are soon after setting out, passing classic yacht Matawa on the way. Not the warmest day to try this.

Nor the dryest, not that they cared. Loads more pix inside the June album. Just click the pic and navigate to the date.

29 June 2020 - 08:55:38

Superyacht Bunty returns for another visit. This shows her approaching Dartmouth having been in Brixham over the weekend.

That's pretty rough stuff. And she followed her new Ribeye rib called.....Bunty Too.

28 June 2020 - 14:28:17

Lulotte does not qualify as a superyacht . Although she is, undoubtedly, a super yacht.

28 June 2020 - 14:54:27

Here's that super yacht Lulotte being sailed hard travelling downriver past the town jetty.

1 July 2020 - 14:14:22

This may well be the most important pic of the week. Clearly demonstrating that the Lockdown Lift is approaching.

Paddle steamer Kingswear Castle  is feeling the pressure as the crew try out the boiler and then let off steam.

1 July 2020 - 10:08:34

Not a bad formations eh ? Two landing craft from HMS Albion along with seven picket boats complete with attached whalers plus two of the high speed ribs headed out to the castles this morning.  Lots and lots and lots more pix in the July album. Just click the pic.

1 July 2020 - 08:31:52

Some pointed comments from the crew aboard one of the HMS Albion's landing craft as they came into the river this morning. The big Navy ship spent much of the day moored outside sending craft in and out . Once again - more pix inside the July 2020 album

1 July 2020 - 10:03:08

Okay, one more of the parade. It wasn't always this neat. But  still an impressive show of boatmanship.

30 June 2020 - 14:28:32

Our first sight of a steam train for many a month. Loco Hercules makes a quiet but brief appearance.

29 June 2020 - 10:51:03

Superyacht Bunty popped in for the third time in a week. Moored up on the town jetty for the day, the craft was given a good clean.

And there's a lot of windscreen on a superyacht. You can see a pix of Bunty from earlier in the week further down the page.

29 June 2020 - 17:26:45

This looked like a display of brotherly love (under the watchful eye of dad on the family yacht).