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 29th November 2022 - 10.00am

Blimey, almost Christmas and the Train of Lights is back.

This is a hug upodate, almost two months of new pix. Loads more inside, just click a pic

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.

22 September 2022 - 11:35:34

A flue jab to make you wince. Avoiding all other obvious needle puns I'll just say it was a very neat job. No need to sweep afterwards.

(Yes, I know that the shortened form of influenza is spelled flu - it's a joke you see - a play on words. And probably not all that funny).

27 November 2022 - 17:49:04

The Train of Lights is back as wonderful as ever.

Brightens up even the gloomiest night.

3 October 2022 - 07:41:30

Twice a year there's the opportunity to see the sun rise behind the Daymark - as seen from TVFTDO.

The sun is a certainty. The clouds are optional.

23 September 2022 - 08:01:23

And when a cloud is low we call it mist. And sometimes the sun obliges with a little topping.

You're looking at the fields just above the Golf House.

23 September 2022 - 07:29:41

Same day, half an hour earlier. Somewhere in that candyfloss is the village of Kingswear.

23 September 2022 - 08:03:38

Looking the other way at Britannia Royal Naval College on top of which we find the Golden Hinde seeking, and finding, the sun.

4 October 2022 - 14:10:22

Feeling left out by the marina development taking place up river, Darthaven is getting its own upgrade.

First of all the old reception building has to go. So here it is........gone.

The new structure will be just over twice the size. Those buildings at the back are temporary replacements.

28 September 2022 - 08:09:27

The seal pontoon kindly supplied by Dart Harbour has had very little use over the summer.

But now the season is over and those rubbernecking tourists have gone, the residents are returning.

19 September 2022 - 13:03:49

On the day of the Queen's funeral, Dart Harbour organised a gun salute firing one shell every minute for nearly an hour.

Take a look inside the September album to see the size of the 'huge' guns they were firing. Big bangs for little bucks.

27 September 2022 - 09:52:28

A close trim for the hedge alongside the Lower Ferry in Kingswear.

21 September 2022 - 18:28:57

Just over a fortnight ago this was a dustbowl (pix to be found in the September album).

And yet now the latest crop is already coming through.

21 September 2022 - 15:37:44

Coming in to Dartmouth for an overnight visit is the tall ship Tenacious.

A day earlier and it could have joined TS Royalist and TS Pelican of London on the Dartmouth Town Jetty

22 September 2022 - 17:33:47

TS Tenacious heads for the horizon after overnighting in Dartmouth

14 September 2022 - 14:53:33

Cruise ship Maud heads out of Dartmouth.

Accompanied by one of the Castle ferries.

14 September 2022 - 14:59:59

And as cruise ship Maud passes the castles, lookwho is still there as escort.

Yes, the very same Castle ferry. It's one of the best little ferry rides at anytime. This time it must have been an extra special trip.

15 September 2022 - 10:18:38

The day after Maud departed for the last time the barriers and reception tent were take away.

So no more cruise ships until next year.

18 September 2022 - 23:50:27

Moonrise over Kingswear.

Nothing special, it was more a test to see if I could handhold the camera long enough. Answer: only just about.

23 September 2022 - 08:00:43

And once again the winner is: Sun and Mist.

Always makes the best pix. Unless you live in Kingswear which is somewhere in there.

21 November 2022 - 18:21:57

Rehersal 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.

3 October 2022 - 10:40:11

Well that's got have been a surprise. A line caught lobster is a rarity. Certainly is in Dartmouth. This chap was mackerel fishing on a little boat moored in front of us. I bet nobody believed him. Until now.