Archive for May, 2008

Edible landscape

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Choppy water round the corner of Froward Point persuaded us that a relaxed tour of the beach in Newfoundland cove would be a good way to enjoy the spring sunshine, and it gave us an opportunity to sample the spring crop of wild food – Rock Samphire (Crithmum maritimum, not to be confused with marsh Samphire) at the back of the beach, wild cabbage, whose yellow flowers colour the lower slope, interspersed with pink Valerian further up.

newfoundland cove


Tim P

A melancholy monument

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Under the high and jagged cliffs west of Dartmouth a small memorial is set into the rock, only reachable by kayaks and swimmers.

Memorial cliff

The inscription reads:

Erected by friends of Reginald Colebrooke Reade, of Torquay, architect, M.A. to mark the spot where he fell and lay dying in the prime of health and strength, 28 June 1891, aged 37. He was heard to say “It’s all right”.

reade memorial

New tourist season at the Mewstone

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

We were greeted by the seals, more than usually curious. Maybe they missed us. No wind but sufficient swell to make some white water.

mewstone whitewater

First meeting of the season

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Low tide and a sunny evening make even the lower depths of the Kingswear railway station look romantic.


And it’s the last season for the higher ferry and the gentle surfing waves generated by its paddles. The paddles have been painted for the season but the rest of the boat reveals its soon to be scrapped status. Or was it always like that?

higher ferry