Never seen Devon like this!


So it was the third attempt to hold a ‘wake’ for our dear departed chum Richard Cooper. It was postponed twice two weeks ago because of the snow! So again a hotel is booked in Dartmouth near to Blackpool Sands and at 7-40 this morning we set off.


It’s already not looking too promising. But the roads seem reasonably clear and we make steady progress. We stop well over half way and turn on communication devices. Pennie, Richards beautiful widow has had to cancel for the third time, the chef can’t get to the venue! We were all going to celebrate with fish and chips in a cafe they loved to frequent. Onwards or back? Both look pretty foreboding.

We phone the hotel and apparently all is pretty good. They would say that, wouldn’t they? So we decide as the evening meal is included, as is breakfast, we shall push on. It gets worse, the snow gets heavier and we do reach a point where we think, after passing a car on its side in the hedgerow, this might have not been a wise decision. It was not the first car we have seen in a dire straight. Two crashes and one burnt out were added to the list.

Six hours later, at approximately 13-30, we arrive at the Royal Castle Hotel in Dartmouth. Only 24 rooms, a harbour view, wi-fi and two bars and a dining room. What more could you ask? The Lexus can rest easy till tomorrow.

There it is down below our window on the left. Not one of my all time favourite journeys, but we are safe and the pint of “Doombar” was to die for. Sorry, no pun intended dear Richard, you will be greatly missed old chum.

Thanks for reading,

M & M 🌨❄️☃️⛷💤💤

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

4 thoughts on “Never seen Devon like this!”

  1. Hi M&M, that’s sad about your friend’s ‘wake’ having to be postponed again. We can sympathise about your journey to Devon! We had booked a stay near Tiverton when the first “beast from the east” arrived! The farm cottages we were supposed to be staying at were snowed in for two days so it looked a little dodgy. Lucky for us we were able to get down on the Monday but were driving through 8ft snow drifts, it was very hairy. The snow was amazing though. Who would have thought it would come back again?! Also, Si’s turbo blew while we were there so courtesy of Mercedes Exeter, we came home £2000 lighter than when we left!! You both stay safe and warm!  ❄️☃️ xx

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