Every picture on this website, with no exception, is taken from one place - our Dartmouth office garden

For those of you that don’t already know..........every single snap on this website is taken from one place -

our garden in Above Town, Dartmouth, Devon, England

Monday 7th June 2021 - 11.45am

A trio of 'nooks

Plus total lack of common sense near a wild animal.

There's a superyacht. Along with a supertaxi and a less than super car..

Oh, and a bit of wevver.

Windo the Dartmouth seal is still giving his verdict on the best places to stay.

Lots more pix in May's album here. Hundreds more photos in the April album here.

If you are looking for the dolphins, that was back on 17th January. Just click that date.

Have a delve through the 2020 monthly albums. See them here

You can also take a look at The Pick of TVFTDO.

29 May 2021 - 13:36:39

I hesitated to publish this pic - and deliberately waited long enough for the people involved to have probably left the area. Firstly, yes, you're quite correct, the snap is not sharp. However it does show an instinctive behaviour that most of us posess. The want to get close to a wild animal. This is shot on a very long lens and so the distance between Windo the seal and the boat has been foreshortened. But clearly the boat and its occupants is still way too close. Now, we can all call them names and wonder what they were thinking but surely we all need educating. The Marine Management Organisation recommend following the Wildlife Safe (WiSe) scheme and to stay 100 metres away from wildlife. In the river Dart that might be somewhat restrictive when a seal plops itself down on a pontoon in amongst moored boats. The actions of the folk in the boat above cannot be defended (have a look at the other pix in the sequence by clicking the photo and seeking them out) but this seems like good advice:

S : Stay quiet and calm

E : Eye contact to be avoided

A : Always watch the seal's reactions

L : Leave space between you and the seal

S : Stay still and move slowly away

Take a look inside to see how the family above most certainly did not comply with that last one.

8 April 2021 - 08:16:10

13 April 2021 - 09:42:10

Windo, the famous Dartmouth seal becomes The Hotel Inspector with his online reviews at:


Tohatsu Room

The Blue Rib Guest House

River Dart



Location         *****

Cleanliness    ****  (overnight rain assisted)

Service          *       (appeared non-existent)

Accessibility   **     (overinflated tubes caused issues)

Value             *****  (cannot be beaten)

The Blue Rib Guest House is a converted rigid inflatable boat located on the river Dart just off the quiet country village of Kingswear. Converted from a mobile home to a static facility. The guest house is owned and run by a family who take pride in the satisfaction of their customers, and whilst they are not yet catering for parties they made every effort to make me feel comfortable. They have kept the magic and charm of its former identity and the mooring makes this an exceptionally desirable residence for a Spring break.

The early morning light shone through the non-existent windows, bathing me in a warm glow.  Breakfast was particularly lovely with a good selection of cold and colder items.

Evening entertainment consisted of some hystrerical mime artists, although they might well have simply been paddle boarders.

It has to be said that privacy was an issue, as I try so hard to not flaunt my fame. But more than once I heard jealous tourists shout out what sounded like “look at that basking seal”.

Frankly, they looked slippery customers to me.

Evinrude Suite

The White Rib Room Hotel

River Dart



Location         *****

Cleanliness    ****  (on day one) * (by day two)

Service          *       (absent. thankfully)

Accessibility   ***    (a climb, but okay for able bodied seals)

Value             *****  (owner insisted on no deposit, sorry)

Located on the wild and romantic south-west coast of England, on a slope opposite to the town of Dartmouth, with extensive views of the hillside and valley down to the (sometimes) blue waters of the river Dart, the White Rib Hotel has a total of one room. It comes equipped with seating, radio and a substantial lounging about area. The bathroom facilities are as big as the room.

The hotel offers a beautiful water garden with a 18 mile long unheated swimming pool part of which is available for aquarobics classes. There is free transport to a nearby beach, which, whilst no longer private does have occasional crystal-clear waters to explore with self supplied snorkeling equipment. The  snack bar service was perhaps intermittent and supplies seem to coincide with the tides. When open, the restaurant spoilt our palates with exquisite dishes of national and international cuisine. Mainly seafood.  The chef was likely from the Pacific rim as much of the fish was served raw. All of it actually. The White Rib Hotel  is a true haven of peace and tranquility in one of the most privileged landscapes of the world. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay although the whole area is so lovely, any perch will do us.

Windo's RibAdvisor verdict:

There was little to choose between these two fine establishments except for the decor. After few days I was joined by one of my life partners and the dual aspect of both rooms was a delight as we could keep an eye out in all directions. The Blue Rib Guest House was my initial winner, but after a few hours of drying my fur had changed colour from black to grey. And frankly, I think I clashed with the surroundings. So for more leisurely sunbathing it has to be The White Rib Hotel, their white decor matches almost any of my fifty shades of gray.

13 April 2021 - 09:25:08

Just one more Windo shot - the Hotel Inspector checking local water quality.

30 May 2021 - 16:46:00

Sometmes scaring the wildlife is unavoidable. Few will symphathies for these seagulls. And certainly not when they are in the way of the lifeboat.

6 June 2021 - 07:33:31

We've had same glorious weather this half term (blimey, has the town been packed). But it's the less than perfect weather that makes the best pix.

30 May 2021 - 15:55:50

Chomping on his cigar, the distinctive owner of Egle takes it out for a run.

30 May 2021 - 15:55:49

Egle is this glorious former Venetian water taxi.

5 June 2021 - 17:33:37

Strangely the owner of the Venetian water taxi also owns this amphibious car, a Thames Dutton. Here it passes in front of superyacht Constance.

I was going to write a caption about a superyacht and a supercar. But actually the latter is more naff than super. Other opinions are available.

6 June 2021 - 01:11:28

Constance, on the other hand is a bit of an understated gem. Welcome here anytime.

4 June 2021 - 09:03:46

Actually, the river welcomes everyone.

4 June 2021 - 18:07:29

As the story broke on Friday about the Border Force's ship HMC Valiant having acted as a 'taxi' for migrants in French waters, the craft involved slipped into Dartmouth. Probably for fish and chips..

1 June 2021 - 11:37:59

The numerous new buildings in Dartmouth and Kingswear come in all shapes and sizes.

So do the builders.

3 June 2021 - 23:04:39

I like taking night shots and the ever increasing number of craft up at Noss-on-Dart seemed a good excuse to point the long-tom lens that way.

5 June 2021 - 23:39:12

Just before midnight and cloud descended to the point where the lights of Kingswear started to bounce off it.

2 June 2021 - 18:14:37

We haven't seen much of the university squadron river patrol vessels for a while. And then in come four.

At the back, partially hidden, are HMS Smiter (P272) and HMS Blazer (P279). Closest to us are HMS Ranger (P293) and HMS Exploit (P167)

3 June 2021 - 14:40:59

The steam train usually stops for nobody. But on this occasion loco Omaha came to a halt and the crossing gates reopened to allow a fire engine to get off the ferry and head on up the hill.

28 May 2021 - 09:12:32

Never noticed the name of the ferry company's fuel barge before. Dis-Sel-Do. Ha-ha.

Which could so easily lead to that old joke's punchline of "These'll fit 'er".

3 June 2021 - 22:52:34

And still the cruise ships pass by.

31 May 2021 - 09:58:19

Constance has been in Dartmouth a week now. Here's their arrival.

7 June 2021 - 11:22:06

Last minute post - three RAF Chinooks barrelled down the river - probably on their way to the G7 in Cornwall.

Loads more pix of these three to come, but not until later in the week. I'm busy.