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

Tuesday 20th December 2022 - 11.50pm

I've been away a fair bit these last few months, so more than a few days are missing

But there should be enough here to interest a few folk. Loads more fireworks pix inside.

Remember - every snap is taken from one house in Above Town.

TVFTDO is a unique record of life in, on, around and above the wonderful river Dart.

See all of last years albums here.

Have a delve through 2021's monthly albums. See them here

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

Big congratulations to you for wading through this entire front page.

If you want to delve deeper take a look inside, there are thousands of snaps here.

I'm still reassembling the site following a major software update, but there's still plenty of years of pix to be seen.

Head to the top of the page and surf.

2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 are completed years -  along with 2010. Not all are captioned yet I must warn. The rest will be added over time.



Well done for getting this far. You now have a choice. Continue on below looking at the previous updates or heading inside to look at ALL the August photos. For every one here on the front page there are ten more inside.

27 November 2022 - 17:49:04

The Train of Lights is back as wonderful as ever.

Brightens up even the gloomiest night.

21 November 2022 - 18:21:57

Rehearsal run for the train and a practice run for me.

1/20th at f7.1 at 1600 ISO on a 600mm lens for those that care.

     21 November 2022 - 18:21:57                                                                              01 November 2017 - 12:46:32

Worrying. This is the stand out tree that sits atop Kingswear as viewed from The Dartmouth Office.

Five years apart, and now appears to be slowly dying.

12 November 2022 - 07:27:22

Liquid sun.

Twice a year (many will have heard this before) the sun rises over the sea as viewed from The Dartmouth Office. By moving to the extreme eastern spot in our garden it was just possible to see this beaut come up and with the optical illusion caused by defraction, or some such magical mystery, it appears to be very reluctant to leave the horizon.

11 November 2022 - 07:30:11

A wider view on the previous day

14 October 2022 - 18:33:22

Not all sunrises are made the same. Obviously.

This little gem gradually evolved. The clouds will have a name. I don't know it.

12 October 2022 - 20:38:15

Through the darkness and the rain come.....three of BRNC's Officer Training Boats - replacements for the old picket boats.

All three lights are visible because all three are heading directly towards the Dartmouth Office.

17 November 2022 - 12:34:35

This unusual craft got an outing mid-month. It's an autonomous survey boat. ie, unmanned.

17 November 2022 - 12:35:58

It was being kept under a watchful eye or eight.

Maybe it's not allowed out on its own yet.

18 November 2022 - 12:32:

Boat owners often refer to 'rafting up'.

This is not what they mean.

18 November 2022 - 11:19:07

It's an LNG tanker called Shinshu Maru travelling from Dunkirk to Port Manatee in Florida.  Its 299.99 meter length is likely travelling empty as the Florida port is where Liquid Natural Gas would have been loaded. In liquid state 600 times more gas can be transported rather than in gas form. See, you can learn things here.

27 November 2022 - 16:32:04

An exceptionally subtle light at sunset. A salmon / terracotta pink. Take your pick.

But do note the view. See below.

13 November 2022 - 14:20:13

This Monday was a bit of a red letter day for TVFTDO. This eucalyptus tree which has been progressing into our view for about five years has finally come down. The trunk had developed a fungus type rot. It is being replaced by another, more slow growing native species.

5 October 2022 - 12:34:28

Since when does a diesel have a coal tender ? Let alone four.

10 October 2022 - 11:50:21

Look carefully and you still won't see it. Because Darthaven's reception building has gone.

Replacement is on its way with a slightly larger footprint.

22 October 2022 - 14:36:18

In one night, this lot grew on the office lawn. All gone two days later.

But then some say I'm a fun guy to be around.

14 October 2022 - 09:46:32

Not too often that you see a boat on a boat.

26 November 2022 - 00:44:32

Noss on Dart development continues apace.  

But are they really working through the night ?

28 November 2022 - 12:45:04

A single rainbow. Quite a rarity around here where we are far more used to the Dartmouth Devon Double.

16 December 2022 - 19:39:42

Fireworks at BRNC for the Winter Ball following Passing Out Parade earlier in the week.

The display was great except.......the low level fireworks created a huge smoke cloud which soon hid much of the lower explosions. But that just made me concentrate on the high level stuff. Quite pleased with this one. Loads more inside the December album. Just click the pic.

15 December 2022 - 10:58:43

Sophie, Countess of Wessex took the salute at the Passing Out Parade and these two Royal Navy Merlins did a few flypasts.

This pic shows them behind the college, but there's more pix inside if its whirlybirds you want to see.

11 December 2022 - 09:06:52

My favourite pic of the month, as usual for my favourite pix it contains mist and sun. And, in this case, a boat.

13 December 2022 - 08:32:41

Don't you just hate it when you get to the forecourt and all the pumps are taken ?

20 December 2022 - 15:15:26

Noss-on-Dart marina has been promising that their new receptioon building (the big one on the left with five huge solar panels) will be open by Christmas. The scaffolding has been coming down so fingers crossed things are going to plan.

11 December 2022 - 09:09:17

We have a metal storage box in the garden. Look what a beautiful mess the frost made of it.

11 December 2022 - 17:44:28

And look what a beautiful mess a bird made by coliding with our window. It must have hurt.

Looks like Albert Enstein to me,

11 December 2022 - 10:49:28

And talking of frost. Two sides of the valley above Kingswear see things differently.

09 December 2022 - 17:26:02

It's terrible, but it is possible to become blase about The Train of Lights.

Although a full moon does add a little something.

09 December 2022 - 08:13:18

The frosty mornings have bought some vivid sunrises. That's not a terracotta front on Ravenswell. The entire place has grey slate hanging tiles.

The colour comes from a big reddish yellow thing rising out over the sea.

13 December 2022 - 08:06:44

I make no excuses, it's yet another sunrise. But you had worked that out eh ?

20 December 2022 - 09:00:50

LNG tankers are increasing common passing the end of the river.  I wonder why that is ? This is Energy Liberty heading back to the US having unloaded at the Isle of Grain terminal. In the foreground is 18m motor vessel Seven of Mine heading east from Dartmouth

15 December 2022 - 09:04:45

Thinking this was an OTB on the right - an Officer Training Boat - I had a joke prepared that an OTB would now be known as an Original Tow Boat.

And then I realised that this isn't an OTB. It's a Sandquay general runaround. Probably called 'Old Tug Boat'.

11 December 2022 - 10:57:07

The Salcombe lifeboat popped in and then joined both Dart Inshore Lifeboats for some training.

29 November 2022 - 12:01:09

Two ugly ducklings defying the laws of gravity. How do those things fly ? Answer....beautifully.

15 December 2022 - 10:59:08

Another shot of the two Merlins on their flypast of the BRNC Passing Out Parade.

It was clearly so balmy that day they had the doors open to let some fresh air in. They must have froze.

14 December 2022 - 10:35:18

These two guys were out mackeral fishing for hours at a time on a couple of the coldest days so far. They must have froze too.

15 December 2022 - 10:20:09

Not sure what to call thiis.

It's a cloud drawn with a protractor maybe ?