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

Saturday 3rd September 2022 - 9.30am

Into September with one very low flypast already. Plus Devon soil doesn't like a drought.

Regatta over and done for another year. Low key, but definitely a success.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire was a bonus.

Just one night of fireworks, and what a display! The finale was sensational.

Remember - every snap is taken from one house in Above Town.

TVFTDO is a unique record of life in, on, around and above the wonderful river Dart.

See all of last years albums here.

Have a delve through 2021's monthly albums. See them here

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

Big congratulatons to you for wading through this entire front page.

If you want to delve deeper take a look inside, there are thousands of snaps here.

I'm still reassembling the site following a major software update, but there's still plenty of years of pix to be seen.

Head to the top of the page and surf.

2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 are completed years -  along with 2010. Not all are captioned yet I must warn. The rest will be added over time.

10 August 2022 - 14:40:33

A lifeboat shout on Wednesday whilst cruise ship Hebridean Princess was moored in the river. One of the cruise ship's tenders (foreground) was unsighted behind the yacht (left of pic) as the Atlantic ILB came down river. There was no real issue, it looks close-ish from this angle but a look at the full sequence (in the August album, just click  the pic) will show you the true layout.

Mind you, the lifeboat helm had to steer an avoiding course. Which they did. Very calmly.

8 August 2022 - 19:45:17

The town jetty is some distance from us, but the sounds of the bagpipes could be clearly heard. This guy was serenading his fellow crew members aboard the small but beautifully formed barge the Golden Vanity. And not one note of Mull of Kintyre.

6 August 2022 - 15:20:41

Yet another bunch of jet skiers slunk into the river with little regard for other users. Four of them proving my (prejudiced) belief that in order to drive one of these things one has to be blind or not fully mentally equipped. This is well inside the harbour, right in front of TVFTDO and so any swmmiers, of which there are increasing numbers, would have been in obvious danger. The majority of jet skiers abide by the 6 knot limit. Technically the term 'majority' means more than 50%. So the word majority is probably just about accurate. Want to see more of their 'fun'?  Click the pic/

1 August 2022 - 17:05:59

Not often seen all together in the same room. The three Castle Ferries. Say hello to Carl, Justin and Mark.

The best short ferry ride to be had.

10 August 2022 - 18:57:40

Wednesday evening racing organised by the Royal Dart Yacht Club. Frequently racing in the river there's some magnificent sights to be seen.

30 July 2022 - 18:42:28

Not racing, just making their way back upstream. This is yacht Cynthia, with sail number 223 preparing to tack.

30 July 2022 - 18:47:39

Much maligned. And is it any wonder, ther are not the prettiest of birds. This gull landed in our garden possibly expecting a welcome.

1 August 2022 - 15:37:41                                                                                                   16 July 2022 - 15:09:54

Somewhat incredibly, the river Dart now has two former Venetian water taxis.  Beautiful craft.

I'll keep an eye open to see if they take a run out together.

20 April 2022 - 15:54:45                                                                                                   26 July 2022 - 10:00:32

Two tides a day, plus a fair whack of stormy weather does take its toll on the seawalls in the river.

The modern long term solution is metal. And no wonder.

27 July 2022 - 10:43:15

Royal Navy Merlin helicopter (ZH846) did a couple of runs up and down river clearly showing off its radar array. That black blob on the side contains radar that allows the aircraft to conduct air and missile defence along with strike command and control. The 'bag' rotates downwards and hangs beneath the aircraft when in use.  Whilst properly known as a Crowsnest they are better known by a different terms. Following a tradition started with the old SeaKing helicopters, any craft now equipped with the kevlar encased radar is known as a 'bagger'.

27 July 2022 - 10:43:15

A  visit from a pair of  RAF Chinooks who executed quite a low flyby as they passed down the river. More pix inside, of course.

The only identification number I have is  for the lower, second aircaft - it's ZD981

16 July 2022 - 08:48:13

Every so often Trinity House sends one of its vessels to maintain the buoys in and around the river Dart. Most are worked on by either THV Patricia or THV Galatea, but bothare too big to deal with this particular marker which is situated at the entrance to Warfleet Creek. Not a clue of its purpose (no one I asked had either) but Trinity House send in their smaller ship THV Mair and its crew to lift it up and give it a good scrub.

Loads more pix inside teh July album.

17 July 2022 - 07:40:01

Standing room only it appears.

7 August 2022 - 23:00:58

A pathetic attempt to capture the Milky Way.

Must try harder.

21 July 2022 - 15:58:17

The display team of the South Koorean airforce have been in the UK performing at various airshows.

In between displays they have overflown the country showing off their skills. Probably taking a few pictures for themselves too.

27 July 2022 - 10:34:18

Look carefully, there's an extra passenger. Bet they never paid the fare.

27 July 2022 - 17:26:50

Scrubbers in action. Jiggy gets some tlc on its bottom.

15 August 2022 - 15:53:14

A rare visitor to the sky over Dartmouth. It's a US Airforce Osprey VTOL (vertical take off and landing) transporter.

It was a bit too high to hear, apparently it's got an unusual sound. Certainly has an unusual appearance.

And next year, a civilian version will be available to buy, and fly. About $25 million to you.

14 August 2022 - 09:34:56

Travelling down through the moorings in the Bight - where lots of people swim, one careful riveruser decides to have a video call.

Whilst, of course, keeping a weather eye out for a little head bobbing in the water. Blimey, I sound like a Facebooker. Sorry.

13 August 2022 - 19:52:26

A bit of guesswork here, but it seems obvious this was a Navy wedding. Not so obvious is the manner of photography. Wedding pix weren't always like this. You can just about make out the bride's dress - she is helping to hold the groom aloft. To see her in full, click the pic.

12 August 2022 - 09:28:22

An oil tanker in Dart Harbour.  Of sorts. Not a huge floating gargantuan monster. Just a four wheel jobby delivering fuel for the Lower Ferry.

11 August 2022 - 21:46:00

There's a bad moon rising....over Gallants Bower. It's a sturgeon moon apparently.

Known as a Nicola to its friends.

12 August 2022 - 12:52:38

The river Dart summer curling championships are underway.

Or are they just cleaning the Kingswear slip?

18 August 2022 - 14:06:56

A heck of a racket announced the very sudden passing of an United States Air Force F-15 Eagle jet flying low and fast from east to west.

It turned out to be the first of five flying by Dartmouth. Click the pic to see the rest inside the August album.

Mighty rare bird around here. Almost as rare as an Osprey  which you can see a few pix down the page.

19 August 2022 - 06:30:48

It was six-fifteeen when Maud came pass the castles.  And just fifteen minutes later the Hurtigren Cruise ship was up at Britannia Halt turning around as the Higher Ferry waited patiently. Loads more pix inside. You know the drill, click the pic.

19 August 2022 - 06:33:40

Just for a few minutes the three largest buildings on the river today were all in the same shot. Noss, Dart Marina and Maud.

(BRNC is 'up the hill'. Definitely NOT on the river.)



Well done for getting this far. You now have a choice. Continue on below looking at the previous updates or heading inside to look at ALL the August photos. For every one here on the front page there are ten more inside.

26 August 2022 - 18:35:08

A bit of a bonus - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire AB910 had been performing a full display at Seaton and came along to Dartmouth for a couple of flyby runs up and down the river. That evocative sound and wonderful sight never fails to inspire. Almost exactly eighty years ago on 19th August 1942 this very aircraft flew in one of the largest air battles of any war throughout history. Sixty two Spitfires were lost that day.

26 August 2022 - 14:34:30

It has to be assumed that the cabin boy had upset the captain. He was towed into port.

27 August 2022 - 21:12:26

Just one fireworks display this year and it was all the better for it. A fabulous display that built up to an amazing crescendo of all white explosions for the finale. Breathtaking. More pix inside - click the pic.

27 August 2022 - 16:53:22

Right at the start of his Regatta Saturday display flyboarder James Prestwood appears to levitate half in and half out of the river.

More pix inside - click the pic.

27 August 2022 - 16:55:40

And then he puts the power on. Flips, rolls and somersaults. Great fun.

More pix inside - click the pic.

27 August 2022 - 13:42:50

Dart RNLI had a major demo routine. The volunteer victims played their roles with gusto.

Here's a couple of them abandoning their ship 'on fire'

More pix inside - click the pic.

27 August 2022 - 13:44:54

The crews also took part with 'gusto'. This victim came out of the water at speed.

More pix inside - click the pic.

23 August 2022 - 17:01:15

A few days earlier Dart RNLI had two calls at the same time. Whilst the larger Atlantic boat headed out to help the crew of a Navy yacht, the B Class crew assisted with a casualty who had fallen on one of the jetties and injured their leg.  

24 August 2022 - 18:53:05

Regatta funfair is a shade devisive. You either want to go on a ride like this. Or you don't.

27 August 2022 - 20:56:11

"The fleet's  lit up!"  No official guardship, but the visiting boats turned on their illuminations.

Possibly not too many of those on board will know about Lt-Commander Thomas Woodroofe and his famous words.

Look him up.

24 August 2022 - 22:52:08

A closer look at the centre display. I was tempted to ask what the collective noun was for a group of gin palaces.

How about...a crate of gin palaces ? But that would be unfait on Fjaella. the blue and goldy one. Now that is NOT a crate.

21 August 2022 - 00:32:41

"The moon's lit up !" Always looks strange when both sides of the moon get illuminated.

26 August 2022 - 06:30:56

Hardly any rain throughout August, and yet we still got interesting clouds.

26 August 2022 - 09:56:40

Slightly embarassing, but by far my best shot of the Regatta rowing was this one....of the boats being rowed back to the start.

29 August 2022 - 15:02:18

It being Regatta week, you expect to hear lots of warning hooters from the various ferries.

This was the closest I saw. That little hire boat is in full reverse having spied the much larger Lower Ferry way too late.

28 August 2022 - 17:12:37

It's a Convolvulus Hawk-moth, in our garden. And nearing the end of its hours. It's big, nearly three inches long.

2 September 2022 - 18:21:42

This has been a dry old summer and nothing illustrates that better than the farmer over in Kingswear working fields near the Daymark.

It's looking like a dust bowl. Here's hoping it's not The Grapes of Wrath.

1 September 2022 - 16:00:35

Not often we get to see the pilot, so it's good to see he's concentrating on the road.

This is a Royal Navy Merlin helicopter (number ZK001) on one of four up and down river passes.

All nice and low. The other snaps are worth a look. Click the pic and head for the September album.