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How to Enjoy Monday (even in the rain)

“Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is a collection of both plants and animals; it is a botanical as well as a zoological garden.  Plants are the living powerhouse of the planet.  Leaves convert energy from the sun into foods. Without plants there would be no animals.  All animals, from insects to …

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A Lazy Sunday

  About time I made room somewhere for all those decor books …   My latest magazine to read, and the flowers (not a fortnight old, and just beginning to go over) which I cut down for this Moorcroft vase   I love a lazy Sunday and today has been …

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Old Walls Vineyard and Regent’s Bistro

We aren’t great wine drinkers, never have been very keen on any kind of alcohol. Which doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy the occasional glass, but it is occasional.  However, we love to support local industry and today we combined this with a family gathering at the Old Walls Vineyard …

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Royal Nuptials and Other Things

Today we witnessed the second royal wedding this year, that of Princess Eugenie of York, the daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah (nee Ferguson), Duchess of York.  The bride is the younger daughter of the Duke and Duchess (for a long time a divorced couple but who …

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Totnes & Brixham

  It is only 3pm but already we’ve been to Totnes and Brixham today. First to Totnes (the road above looks, in parts, as if you’re driving through someone’s rather attractive garden!) where husband bought a new strap for his watch – it wasn’t quite what he wanted but as …

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A Visit to the Isles of Scilly 2004

Hugh Town, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly A reader, Shenley, has expressed an interest in our visit, in 2004, to the Isles of Scilly.  Here is an edited version of my article which originally appeared in Cornwall Life.  (Without searching through many boxes of photographs, I have only five images …

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Embracing Autumn

We awakened to grey sky and drizzle. Undaunted, I suggested we go and get some groceries, just a few items, so that we could have our ‘free’ newspaper in Waitrose, and so this is what we did.  We kid ourselves it’s free because nothing is free from a supermarket; they …

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Film on Friday

We ‘took in’ a movie today, as they say in modern parlance or, as we educated English would say, ‘we went to see a film at the cinema this afternoon’.  But more of that shortly. First of all, it’s been a glorious autumn day here in South Devon.  I was …

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