Remembering a childhood in Devon
My childhood and teenage years were spent living in Dartmouth and enjoying South Hams and Dartmoor.
This Collection is a retrospective review of the many places that I used to visit, play with friends and family.II have added notes on why the place is special for me....
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Compass Cove and the other walks in the Estuary evoke fond memories of walking with early girlfriends. In this image I wanted to capture the dynamism of the coast - and yes, it poured with rain within 5 minutes of this shot - I was soaked as had no coat!
I spent many hours as a child playing on this ledge with my best friend - Denis Langworthy. I was very lucky to enjoy such freedom
Bayard's Cove - My bedroom was the one above the second balcony - can you imagine! I could watch the ferry arriving each morning before school and run over to catch it!
A view from close to where I lived on Bayard's Cove
I was a choir boy at St Saviours Church - am no longer into any religion! But it has fond memories and is where we had the memorial for my Mother.
There are many steps in Dartmouth and most have something special - these steps connect Mount Boone (where Mum & Dad lived) with Market Square (where I was an extra in 'The Onedin Line' - I was a Portuguese peasant!)
Start Point is memorable for association with the beaches nearby and also the excitement of sailing around to Salcombe - past the 'skerries' - a natural whirlpool that is found about 1km out from the Point - very tricky!
Being on this coast involves negotiating with the sheep. The previous image of start point was taken at 4.30am and I was surrounded by sheep, all fascinated by what I was doing!
I was sometimes asked to sail yachts from Dartmouth to Salcombe - for maintenance. This was always an exciting day, though quite nerve racking to sail expensive yachts single handed. This image was requested by some friends for their wedding celebration.
The South Devon Coastal walk is a special place - amazing views, wildlife and of course great coast
I visited in May 20021 - much rain had fallen, so the rivers were flowing full
Fabulous shadows on the on the rocks from the old mine in the foreground
Gorgeous warm sunset colours - with Haytor in the the distance