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A few days around Bere Ferrers

Not so much a blog as a photo-montage to give a flavour of our few days around this lovely quiet backwater.

Arrival in plenty of time for a nice Sunday lunch at the local Olde Plough Inn before checking into our B&B … with rather a lovely view over the Tavy estuary.

And here it is at water level, with the Church of St Andrew, which helpfully is adorned with some wonderful banners depicting the town’s location on the peninsula (that’s what ‘Bere’ actually means in fact)…

   

And here’s an external view…

We did some adventurous walking involving negotiating unexpectedly boggy ground and frisky cows, but we survived.

Let’s not forget the football. Tavistock put up a good fight but the Bluebirds won 6-0 and Ian was chuffed to get such a close-up view of the team. It was a pleasant evening in a nice little ground, but you couldn’t help thinking an even playing field would have been fairer, both metaphorically and literally. It was a tad undulating.

 

Today we’ve had a day out by train, on the Tamar Valley Line up to Calstock, where we had a dramatic arrival over the impressive viaduct, crossing the Tamar into Cornwall. Plenty of walking from there to the National Trust property at Cotehele and around its impressive environs: woodland, gardens, mill, craft shops, quay and the house itself. The latter was a bit oppressive being filled with ancient dark tapestries and no electricity, but the outdoor parts were great. We had comfortable cloud cover on and off, and even the odd shower of rain!

     

 

Blown away by excellent customer service

Volunteering.  It’s a contentious subject, as after all, if a job’s worth doing, surely it’s worth a payment.  From my own experience of our community-run library, there’s a whole raft of challenges thrown up by working within a team of volunteers.  And yet the very fact we’re doing it for love rather than money givesContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Mind the gap

“Hello?” The phone had made me jump, the ringtone cutting through the bubbling of the early morning kettle. My first anxious thought was a glitch in my mother’s plans – or worse still – health, as she was about to travel to join my sister’s family in the French Alps for Christmas. But it wasn’tContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Five ways to face the fear of public speaking

Something significant happened this morning. I gave a talk to a business networking group … and survived. Much more comfortable with the process of getting words down on paper or computer screen, voicing them aloud to a roomful of people doesn’t come naturally in the slightest. Scary stuff. But armed with a smart new banner,Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Fit for purpose

Much as I like my subject matter to be about getting out and exploring, there’s no escaping the fact that a significant part of a writer’s life is by its very nature sedentary. Add to that the inevitability of middle age’s rampages around the middle of the body, and I decided it would be sensibleContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Balletic birdlife

I came downstairs to make breakfast this morning and half an hour later I’d only got as far as putting the kettle on. The birds had clearly had the same idea (about food, I mean, not the kettle) and the garden was a-flutter with activity. The birdfeeder is one of the best birthday presents I’veContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Wise move

Now, if ever a blog was crying out for Hootsuite as a means of posting it to social media, this is it. I’ve just enjoyed a lovely day with my daughter following the trail of decorated owl sculptures around the centre of Birmingham. And they turned out to be more entertaining than your average parliament,Continue ReadingContinue Reading

The Railway Grown-ups

After a morning poring over business finances, an afternoon of countryside rambling was just the job. Recent days’ wintry weather seemed to have turned a corner, so seize the day, and all that, stretch the muscles and fill the lungs with fresh air. Rather than taking to the network of paths right on the doorstep,Continue ReadingContinue Reading

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