Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mr Life's photos of Devon and Cornwall including the Cobb and also quite a lot of transport-related items. Also wildlife and lunch.

Mr Life speaks

A guest post! Wow! What an honour.

Umm, what to say?

“Just make it mainly pictures,” says Daughter 2.

Would that be all 400 then? Maybe not.

Maybe not even all of my 86 selected photos highlighting what we did and saw?

Highlights of the highlights then!

Launceston Steam Railway – both steam and narrow gauge, so the best kind, of course.

Falmouth – where we “parked and floated”. Many towns have “park and ride” facilities – car parks on the outskirts with buses to run people into town – but this had a ferry instead.

One of Pencarrow House’s peacocks.

St Ives harbour with the tide out.

Isabelle’s picture doesn’t show off the Bodmin & Wenford locomotive in all its glory because it’s hidden by some fat chap.

Padstow harbour with the tide in, too many people around and the rain about to start.

I like cats as well! This one looks after the garden at Castle Drogo –

and some garden it is, too!

The church in Colyton, the nearest village to our Devon cottage.

Seaton Tramway at Colyton – this is a replica of a Glasgow tram.

Lyme Regis harbour and the Cobb.

The Cobb again. Think of Jane Austen’s Louisa Musgrove and the French Lieutenant’s woman. It was a trifle breezy.

Beer Heights Light Railway at Pecorama, Beer. A miniature railway based on my favourite narrow gauge railways.

The stream flowing down the main street in Beer – water, not beer, but pretty flowers. We bought a very expensive painting in a gallery just left of this stream.

One of Sidmouth town council’s many floral displays.

The museum at Budleigh Salterton. We took so long to be served our (excellent) lunch in The Cosy Teapot that we didn’t have time to visit this museum, but admired the quaint exterior.
(Bows and walks off.)


  1. Hurrah! A very impressive debut -pretty, pithy, informative, nice pics (a trifle too many of trains and trams for your mainly girly audience perhaps, but you weren't to know...)

    Bravo Mr Life!!

    Lesley x

  2. Anonymous9:20 pm

    Bravo! Encore, encore! clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap! (Wolf whistles)

  3. You've been hiding your light under a bushel, Mr Life. Lovely photographs (even the trains)

  4. Lovely little pictorial travelogue, thank you, but not enough cats.

  5. Anonymous12:16 am

    Oh!! I have always wondered what the Cobb looked like. Thanks for the pictures.. I can now envision it so much better when I read my favorite Austen.

    Trying to comment anonymously because the comments are not letting me sign in normally...an issue on my end I am sure.


  6. A standing ovation Mr. Life! (As I wave Hello! madly.) Your pictures are beautiful and oooh, don't we love a man who can cite literature in a post, knowing full well he's dreaming of those trains! Now that we have all seen your guest post talent, Isabelle will have to let you fill in when she's mired in her busy marking times!

  7. Well done Mister Life. I've already warned Isabelle that if by miracle I ever get to take my family overseas I will be coming straight to you two for advice on where to go, particularly as the 3 males in my family would adore all those trams and trains. (Actually I'm pretty fond of them too, shh)

    Are people allowed on to The Cobb? It looks quite dangerous with the big lashing waves.

  8. Lovely photos I enjoyed the trip.Mr Life you did well.
    Hugs Mary.

  9. Thank you, Mr Life. I really enjoyed the photos, the Cob, the church at Colyton - how old? and that extremely disciplined stream! You can tell me more about Lyme Regis any time you like.

  10. My favourite is the second photograph of the Cobb. Was Meryl Streep unavailable?

  11. (Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap!)

    Always nice to see a guardian cat.

  12. Top marks to Mr Life for a wonderful post. Loved it!

  13. Wow -- lovely photos! Thank you for sharing.

  14. Good on you, Mr. Life!
    I'm obviously uncultured..I've never seen "The French Lieutenant's Woman".
    I wonder what it would be like to live in a place called Beer.
    Do you think the townsfolk get ribbed a lot? ;)
    Is it OK to drink wine?
    (my humour is going downhill, fast. It's time for bed).
    Lovely photos of wonderful places...and trains. Thank you.

  15. Thank you so much for the Cobb photographs. By a happy coincidence, today I checked out of the library the DVD of Persuasion (for the 2nd time in as many months) so I will watch it tonight and think of you and Isabelle walking along the Cobb not so long ago.

    Excellent guest post, by the way. Bravo!

  16. Isabelle, you and your Better Half are both excellent photographers, even making mundane subjects interesting; although the commentary helps as well! I'll show my B.H. the steam train shots - he's always interested in those. As for me, the stroll around Edinburgh was fascinating. All I know of your fair city is the Castle and the Tattoo, which I suppose for the residents is a bit blah blah, after having it for so many years.

  17. beautiful images and nice blog. thanks for sharing.
    - St Austell