Beware of the scrumpy...Kondoru said:anything in Devon?
Doubt it's changed much - but that's not a criticism. We go there a lot.rynner2 said:Ah, Teignmouth, a place I used to know well. (In fact, I have a note on my desk reminding me to unearth some B&W photos I took there about 50 years ago...)
..especially good late autumn or early spring, when you get through Dawlish Warren and past the Red Rock and basically the track goes along the beach. Great fun in high winds as waves lash the train (though they do tend to get wussy and close the track a bit more often these days apparently..)rynner2 said:Not particularly Fortean, but I recommend the train ride from Exeter to Teignmouth (or even Totnes). Along the estuary, then the coast, etc... wonderful.
Despite the threat of sea level rise, they have put the idea of an alternative route on hold for the time being, so this old track will be in use for some yet.stuneville said:Great fun in high winds as waves lash the train (though they do tend to get wussy and close the track a bit more often these days apparently..)
Ah! Thankyou. You've just explained a pic I saw a couple of days ago (click the thumbnail):stuneville said:...when you get through Dawlish Warren and past the Red Rock and basically the track goes along the beach. Great fun in high winds as waves lash the train....
Unusual view - must have been taken from a helicopter!Ffalstaf said:Caption: "Waves batter a Virgin train as it passes along the coastal railway line at Dawlish in Devon..."
Doesn't Devon have a Transcendental Meditation Centre?rynner2 said:Unusual view - must have been taken from a helicopter!
Possibly the most apt phrase to describe the present board. Fort knows, we've tried to get it simplified, let non-members view it, etc, but no. Combo of TPTB that don't give a toss coupled with the world's wankiest hosting company, that couldn't find it's own...(cot'd p94)Blinko_Glick said:..Thanks for the welcome Stu, you may remember me in a former life as Quicksilver (before the forum got all red taped & uneccessary).
Definitely go along with that - that said, I think most counties, particularly old, geographically sensible ones (ie not the product of 1970-onward, camel-designed-by-a-committee gerrymandering idiocies) have their own distinct atmosphere: worth punting that perhaps that had something to do with the location of the boundaries, which can seem otherwise oddly arbitrary in some cases?Blinko_Glick said:You use the word 'enchanted' well.
In fact, for me Devon itself holds a particular kind of 'feel' that no other county does.
Ah - I'd heard of that, but didn't know the name. Ta muchly .Blinko_Glick said:..Crazy Well pool, not far from Burrator Reservoir is an odd water filled hole on the moor. The water level varies very little during the year, in fact they used to drain water from it to assist in the granite mining, with no discernable drop in water level occuring.
There are tales saying that it's bottomless.
There's a legend that says if you camp overnight you'll see a monster rising from the pool. You will invariably die the next day or soon after.
I've really got to go, one day. Shame the inspiration himself is long gone .Spookdaddy said:
stuneville said:I also think Lydford Gorge feels somehow... oh god, I'll have to say enchanted (hate the word, but there's no other way of describing it.) Tangible nature, mischievous, busy but entirely benevolent.
Devon Smooth snake re-introduction 'successful'
Smooth snake The Smooth snake was last recorded in Devon in the 1950s
A project to reintroduce Smooth snakes to Devon has been successful, according to conservationists.
Last July, the reptiles were taken from Dorset to restored RSPB heathland in Devon after a 50-year absence.
Nick Moulton, from Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, said: "It's gone pretty well, it's been a cold winter and extremely hot summer."
He said: "We know the animals have successfully hibernated and initially it looks really good."
Mr Moulton said it was now a "question of time to see if the animals can breed".
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We don't want to put snakes back into places where they will just decline again
Dr Chris Reading UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
The RSPB monitors the restored heathland, which provides the non-venomous snakes with the correct food as well as warmth and areas for them to bask in the sun.
Dr Chris Reading, from the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, said: "The big thing that we have to be careful about is relocating snakes to an area where they once were.
"We don't want to put snakes back into places where they will just decline again."
The secretive reptile was last recorded in Devon in the 1950s, but disappeared after the loss of its natural habitat.
Conservationists are moving more Smooth snakes from Dorset to Devon this summer to boost the numbers on the heathland.
Prior to the project, the snakes were only found on lowland heaths in Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset, and due to the snakes not being very mobile they did not naturally re-colonise isolated heath sites.
The restored heathland has also led to a resurgence of other wildlife including Dartford warblers, nightjars and silver studded blue butterflies.