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

Sunday 3rd December 2023 - 9.30am

A whole host of new pix here on the front page, and hundred more newbies inside too.

Fireworks, big barges with big cranes, Train of Lights, oh heck, tons of stuff.

See for yourself........

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

See all of last years albums here.

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


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 November photos. For every one here on the front page there are ten more inside. October pix here.


19 October 2023 - 12:14:47

Storm Babet wasn't exactly a damp squib, but certainly the South Hams escaped the worst. Although you might want to try tell that to this crew as they departed the harbour. They were in between the two castles when perhaps second thoughts might have been setting in.

As always, you can click any pic to enter the October album which has more than 170 photos already.

16 October 2023 - 10:46:25

To the crew of the William Henry II this is pretty much water off a duck's back.

21 October 2023 - 19:48:58

There has been a number of Air Ambulance missions in the viicinity recently. One daytime landing was at the top of Kingswear. This night time emergency landing was into Coronation Park, one of two sites in the town which can handle movements after dark.  

The casualty, who had fallen, was flown to Derriford hospital.

20 October 2023 - 08:29:07

It's the end of the season and soon the seal pontoon will be taken away.

Not that the seals care about their own pontoon. One of RDYC's dinghy rafts took on six new residents this week.

21 October 2023 - 10:14:38

Meanwhile, Johnny no-mates (or Joanna no-mates) decided to live aboard a nearby dinghy.

23 October 2023 - 10:38:58

End of season, chores to be done, pontoons to put away.

RDYC members sort out their winter lighting.

23 October 2023 - 11:41:01

And then take their main pontoon for its winter holiday.

22 October 2023 - 16:46:30

If it was meant to be camouflage green, someone didn't get the memo.

One of the many houses being developed along Dartmouth's Castle Road does er,....stand out.

20 October 2023 - 11:28:30

Farming over Galmpton way.

Could they be planting a flag?

17 October 2023 - 15:46:26

A call out down to Slapton was called off soon after the Dart RNLI left the harbour. Condition were a bit lumpy.

17 October 2023 - 18:44:05

And so, with lumpy conditions the crews of both RNLI Inshore LifeBoats were sent out for some rough weather training.

17 October 2023 - 18:44:21

Safe to say that the B-Class boat had the power to run rings around the D-Class.

18 October 2023 - 14:32:13

A special train trip for steam enthusiasts. The Royal Scot came down from Taunton.

Look carefully and you will see it here reversing back to Churston to turn around.

If, per chance, you want to see it properly, click the pic and head into the October album where later in the day it departed in better weather.

20 October 2023 - 07:05:15

Dartmouth Food Festival - once again a great success.

Unless, of course you want to take notice of the Facebook whiners.

14 October 2023 - 11:46:23

Last year Dartmouth could boast it had two former Venetian water taxis.

Sadly the owner of one passed away suddenly, but Serenella is still around.

I assume it's known as Serenella, but that is also the name of the company in Venice that makes them.

25 October 2023 - 08:11:36

I was told it was going to be big. But not THIS big. And it just barged in.

It's a JUB, a jack up barge, also known as a jack up platform.

25 October 2023 - 08:15:54

Towed from Plymouth by tug Kingston the barge, known as JU36201 weighs 600 tons, is 36.5 metres long and 20 metres wide. Those poles, known as spud legs are each 40 metres tall.

25 October 2023 - 08:24:52

It's owned by MPS - Modular Pontoon Systems of the Netherlands And this barge recently helped in the renovation of Fulham Football Clubs ground which is alongside the Thames. It's no surprise that the platform is here in Dartmouth to assist in the repairs at Sandquay.

Loads more pix (and I mean loads) in the October album. Just click any pic.

25 October 2023 - 08:24:05

And whilst the major towing operation continued in the harbour out on the horizon was a sunrise.

Not one of your conventional sunrises, but well worth seeing.

25 October 2023 - 14:34:33

Also out on the horizon, but much later in the day, was this tall ship.

Called Artemis and flying under the flag of the Netherlands it is on its way from Harlingen (in the Netherlands) to Cascais in Portugal.

01 December 2023 - 19:52:51

Been away for a few days, so I thought that it must have been the passing out parade on Thursday and hence, BRNC's  winter ball on Friday which culminated in a great firework display. But actually it was the Guy Fawkes Night display that had been cancelled.

It's normally good to get straight line explosions, but tonight's show was full of whizz bangs that went of in all directions.

Loads more pix inside the December album, just click the pic.

02 December 2023 - 09:26:04

The beautifully named floating beast JU36201, or as it has become known in Dartmouth, 'that big crane up at Sandquay' has finally finished its work and so was towed back to Plymouth by the tug Mercia. And with a little sea mist between the castles, it even looked an almost pretty sight.

02 December 2023 - 09:12:44

Those legs are nearly 50 metres tall. It's big.

02 December 2023 - 09:17:15

Not quite as tall as Eos, whose mast disected the Golf House. But you get the drift. Them legs are big.

02 December 2023 - 08:31:38

This sea mist, caused by warm air over cold water looked amazing with the low sun out to sea.

The boat in the centre is, I am pretty sure, the wonderfully named 'Rodfather II'. A great sequel.

02 December 2023 - 08:26:42

You can see how the sun illuminated the mist in between the two headlands.

24 November 2023 - 13:18:34

Buster Ben is registered in Littlehampton, I guess they don't get six mackerel on the line every minute as this chap did on the river Dartt in front of us.

It took longer to take the fish off the hooks than it did to catch them.

25 November 2023 - 08:17:31

For two weeks the river appears to have been full of mackerel. Fishing boats have been out en masse to revel in the catch.

Some of them may have had a BBQ on board. You know, grillers in the mist.

22 November 2023 - 13:40:24

It's November, shouldn't the herons be flying the other way ? South, for the winter ?

23 November 2023 - 11:10:20

One man went out on a limb over Kingswear way.

17 November 2023 - 08:53:30

Probably not a delivery from Amazon. Or Royal Mail for that matter.

14 November 2023 - 12:59:27

There's steak on the horizon. Very rare. That's enough of the grill jokes.

17 November 2023 - 13:59:07

Final preparations for the return of the Train of Lights.

23 November 2023 - 17:44:33

And here is the wonderful Train of Lights. On its first test run of the season.

Looking as good as ever with steam locos at both ends.

03 November 2023 - 10:06:55

I'll try very hard to avoid any jokes referencing the captain's log.

Oh heck, why should I?

17 November 2023 - 07:14:11

It wouldn't be TVFTDO without a sunrise.

So here is just one example from November.

08 November 2023 - 14:45:50

There'll be a sad story somewhere behind this.  Many of you will have seen this once proud vessel parked up near the Lower Ferry moorings.

It has been gradually deteriorating over the years and finally Dart Harbour felt it had to go.

And so off it went.

16 November 2023 - 06:54:27

The Torbay lifeboat was out of the water at Noss for a bottom scrub and so both Dartmouth and Exmouth lifeboats responded to a vessel in trouble off Berry Head. It was an early morning, rough weather shout.

Dart's ILB finally returned eight hours later having helped in two further rescues of boats being blown on to shore in the storm.

12 November 2023 - 07:24:19

It's not like I am running out of sunrises, but twice a year for four or five days, the sun rises over the sea as visible to TVFTDO.

So let's make the most of those days when the clouds allow a proper viewing.

30 October 2023 - 18:15:19

This was back in October, but it's quite a sight. The Devon Air Ambulance coming in for a landing at Coronation Park - the second of the month.

That's some searchlight.