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

Sunday June 16th 2024 8.0apm

A Dartmouth firework display, as seen from Above......Town.

A couple of cruise ships in this week and an escorted departure for one.

Oh, and a snail. Close up. Very close up.

Do also look inside the January, February, March, April and May albums.

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

See all of last years albums here.

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


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 March photos. For every one here on the front page there are ten more inside. February pix here


01 June 2024 - 12:35:48

Let's face it everyone will see just what they want to see.

It was Saturday morning and Kingswear had a long distance arrival, steam locomotive Mayflower (no 61306) coming from Crewe.

It had been a long journey and well, Mayflower felt the need to let off some steam. It's probably operated by a relief valve.Which only leaves one question as posed by a P Callis of Dartmout: "Willy he make it back to Crewe"?

If you click the pic and look at more pix of this inside the June album the real reason for the unual shape will be clear.

29 May 2024 - 17:40:20

Garden spider hatchlings found huddled on our box hedge.

Each one is about 2mm across. So not scary. Yet.

02 June 2024 - 15:45:

But the best aircraft  of the English Riviera Airshow was this slow moving Bronco. Not quite close enough to get a wave from the pilot.

30 May 2024 - 09:14:58

I did a similar pic back in September 2022 when a house immediately in front of us was given its flue injection.

This is a new build (well, a replacement build) over at Hoodown getting the pipe down treatment.

30 May 2024 - 09:45:29

Meanwhile, the Torbay lifeboat had been up to Noss for a regular maintenence check.

One happy crew member enjoyed the ride on departure.

30 May 2024 - 00:01:34

Whilst we were away, Noss gained a huge crane to assist whilst construction of the new hotel progresses..

So far, the best pix have been at night.

06 June 2024 - 17:42:41

For the second year the incredible classic yachts competing in the Richard Mille Cup have come to Dartmouth following a passage race from Falmouth. They will be in the harbour for two night before setting off to Cowes and then France.

Here's a few of the crew of Mariquita hanging out on the bowsprit as their beautiful yacht enters the river Dart.

There are stacks more pix of the boats in the river, just click any shot and head into the June album.

06 June 2024 - 22:42:40

Sadly only one yacht came into port under sail, yet these craft are still beautiful, and even more so under their night lights.

Lit up, in the foreground is Elena of London, behind is Atlantic, the only triple master taking part. In the middle somewhat dwarfed is Mariquita.

07 June 2024 - 14:27:30

Six of the Richard Mille Cup entrants were moored in the cemtre of the river. From the back left is

Moonbeam IV, 29m single mast built in 1920

Patna, 16.7m twin master built in 1920

Viveka,  22m twin master built in 1929

Atlantic, 56.4, triple master built in 2008 to the original 1903 design.

Mariquita, 38m single mast built in 1911

Elena of London. 55m twin master built in 2009 to the original 1911 design.

06 June 2024 - 19:11:15

Not everything went ship shape on the passage race from Falmouth. This is the top of Kelpie's mast.

It'll take more than a pair of tweezers to get those splinters out.

06 June 2024 - 19:11:14

Kelpie was based in Dartmouth for many years. It's a 17.4 m craft built in 1903 in Southampton.

The mast break was likely terrifying.

08 June 2024 - 17:15:40

The Richard Mille Cup racing continued with a pursuit race to Cowes. This means the craft crossed the start time at different times according to their handicap with the idea being that they all arrive in Cowes at roughly the same time.

Trouble is........soon after triple master Atlantic got going and passed the end of the river affording us this magnificent view, the wind died.

12 June 2024 - 14:14:47

Hertigruten cruise line's ship Maud has been a regular visitor to Dartmouth in recent years. This was her last ever visit as she will now be renamed the MS Midnatsol. (you're in trouble if you didn't guess that means 'midnight sun') and will provide a coastal service in Norway.

A popular visitor here, the Harbour Patrol boats provided an escort as Maud departed the river Dart.

As always, many more pix inside the June album. Just click the pic.

08 June 2024 - 13:59:20

A member of Elena's crew looked pretty miffed.

I wonder what he had done to serve at the captain's displeasure?

08 June 2024 - 14:17:53

Here's twin masted Elena of London being seen off the premises. In the nicest possible manner.

08 June 2024 - 14:00:15

Each of the big yachts had dozens of crew. And no wonder. Handling just this one sail on Matiquita took ten able seapersons.

08 June 2024 - 14:12:59

Not every person aboard every boat was supplying any elbow grease.

08 June 2024 - 12:42:13

Former Dartmouth resident Kelpie broke its mast on the way from Falmouth to Dartmouth.

Eventually (after two days in port) the crew were forced to abandon boat.

The top end of the mast can be seen. Alongside the bottom end of the mast.

08 June 2024 - 13:31:21

It'll not surprise many in the town that Cynthia was the only yacht to sail out.

Cynthia is helmed by Kingswear's Peter Lucas.

Cynthia is the only competing craft without an engine. And if it did have one, it seems unlikely it would have been used.

07 June 2024 - 23:33:05

The Richard Mille Cup boats and crews took over much of the harbour, but life carried on.

Dart RNLI headed out late of Saturday night to assist  the crew and tow in this stricken catamaran that had lost power.

07 June 2024 - 11:53:41

It's a type of inspiration for many a murder mystery.

12 June 2024 - 14:12:24

Actually, Midnatsol is definitely a better name than Maud. Apologies to all Mauds.

14 June 2024 - 08:36:26

The second cruise visitor of the week was Sea Cloud Spirit. The 138 metre vessel was another returnee having visited a year ago.

14 June 2024 - 15:10:51

Busy going nowhere. A member of the Sea Cloud Spirit crew spent a lot of the day dangling atop one of the lifeboat tenders doing maintenance.

There are worse jobs.

14 June 2024 - 16:55:26

Spot the Rocket.

14 June 2024 - 06:21:45

Ugh! Quite. Whilst the cruise ship Sea Cloud Spirit was working its way into the harbour i saw this snail gliding across the lawn.

It looked pretty amazing using a macro lens. Those tentacles house its sensors.

The two top ones are eyes and ears and the bottom two are for touch.

14 June 2024 - 06:20:24

Here's an even closer close up of the snails 'eyes and ears'.

Apparently its vision isn't good and it didn't respond when I called it, so maybe its ears aren't too clever either.

14 June 2024 - 06:42:32

This blackbird was singing its heart out and then waited for a response.

The camera's motoerdive did seem to confuse the chap. He certainly got louder.

11 June 2024 - 19:08:43

Muck flinging. Or to be polite, manure spreading.

An everyday tale of farming folk.

11 June 2024 - 18:33:15

We have an iceberg in the river. An art installationcalled The Melt depicting icebergs (whatelse?) over the years.

All to bring attention to climate change.

12 June 2024 - 16:20:14

The paddle steamer Kingswear Castle went out for a run this week although there was only staff aboard.

They'll appreciate how lucky they are. Surely?

12 June 2024 - 16:31:20

The Kingswear Castle seemed to have a few difficulties turning around as it arrived at its mooring.

A couple of handy Dart Harbour patrols added some welly and things were soon sorted.

09 June 2024 - 09:04:32

Not seen a seal use their pontoon for some time.

That's not to say it isn't getting used. Mr (or Ms Cormorant) is very happy.

14 June 2024 - 16:54:31

The trees along the shore south of Kingswear are suffering, one is already hanging upside down having toppled.

But the rock fack keeps giving way, not in a huge manner, but then, you wouldn't want to be caight napping beneath this lot.

11 June 2024 - 19:18:15

Usually it's jet-ski riders who can't read. But clearly we have another illiterate here.

Went ourt a whole load slower the next day - perhaps someone had a word in his shell-like ?

Common sense is also available.

Meanwhile, earlier in the month.........

15 June 2024 - 22:08:04

Saturday night and there was a private party down onthe waterfront below us - well, I assume that the music was also coming from there.

Very unusual feeling to be above a firework display.

More pix inside the June album. Just click any pic.

15 June 2024 - 22:14:20

A slightly novel experience. At times it felt like we were inside the display.