Photogenic North Devon

Beautiful photography of North Devon. Canvas prints.

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Twyman Photography

Like most people, I appreciate a beautiful photograph. For me seascapes of my favourite North Devon beaches, especially at sunrise or sunset, hits the spot. Of course, North Devon is very photogenic, not just its beaches, but also its quaint little fishing harbours and pastel coloured cottages

Pastel coloured cottages. Appledore

I love looking at Instagram photographs, not just of Devon, from all over the world. Of course, not all the photos are equal, some people just don’t have “the eye” for seeing well photographed beauty spots from different angles. It doesn’t matter if you have the most expensive camera in the world, any photographic equipment can take the photo, it takes the person with “the eye” to frame the view. However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what I perceive as beautiful others may find dull. It takes all sorts.

I digress. Back to Instagram…

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Quaint Comparisons

Find out more about beautiful Appledore

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Appledore – Paxos

Appledore is in North Devon, UK. Paxos is situated off the coast of Corfu, Greece. Although some may think these two places are worlds apart, to me at least, they have similarities, which having lived in one, led me to reside in the other.

The Quay, Gaios, Paxi

Some fifteen years ago, my son fled the nest and headed for Medical School, a month before my beloved Mum had died. I had reached that cross road in life, which we all experience at some stage. I was lost! Having had a mental breakdown at the same time, I just did not know what to do, or where to go. I needed escapism ? Sticking a pin in a map, it hit on Paxos in Greece. I booked a flight to Corfu and was gone, I originally booked a two week return flight. – I know you…

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Holistic Happiness

On line sessions now available.

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Relax your body, free your mind

And, breathe…… Yoga and pilates along with swimming have always been my thing, along with a nice therapeutic dog walk along the beach. I have never been much of a one for therapies – unless with the psychiatrist -, of course. Reiki and Kinesiology have entered my orbit, through my social media feeds, but I have never taken the trouble to find out, what exactly it was all about. This week I have rectified my ignorance by having a coffee and chat with the lovely Sam Ashbee, an Holistic Therapist from Bideford in North Devon.

Holistic Therapist, treating a client.

Meeting Sam, was a truly rewarding experience. A bouncy, softly spoken young lady with a happy demeanor. Sam Ashbee original hails from Bristol, on leaving school, she started a career in hairdressing but after qualifying found it was not quite what she wanted to do. At the time…

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The Royal Hotel, Appledore

A real British Boozer. How can you not visit.

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Alice Kitto

Mine host. Alice Kitto.

Me. I love a good old British Pub. You will have to be of a certain age to appreciate what I am talking about here. I’m not talking about the fancy wine bars and soulless chain establishments found on today’s high streets, but the good old British Boozer of yester year. These drinking emporiums, were to be found tucked in side street, nestling down a country lane or on the prom at the seaside. Drink, fun and community spirit, was their motto, along with good old sing songs, folk music and a general feeling of togetherness. The only food found in these hives of happiness was a pickled egg and maybe a dried up cheese roll! Hey ho, how times have changed.

In the UK it is estimated that one pub closes down, every twelve hours. I didn’t think I would ever have the…

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Appledore, Instow Ferry

Appledore – Instow Ferry

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Across the Estuary

Appledore shore line

Had to get my sea legs on the other morning, well to be correct, my estuary legs. Goodness what a beautiful morning it was, brilliant sunshine a light breeze and the clear aquamarine waters of the river Torridge sparking against the golden, sun drenched stone of Appledore Quay.

Small ferry crossing the river, children and adult passengers
Buckets & spades at the ready

I had arrived there, with my faithful friend Gypsy – yes Appledore is very dog friendly- to meet the Skipper of the historic ferry, which whisks you across the river to the sandy shores of Instow. We had agreed to meet at 9.30 am, on a Saturday morning, which is usually quiet – late sleepers in Appledore, – not this morning though, there was a queue of passengers waiting for the first ferry trip of the day, across the water to Instow. During the season, April to October the ferry…

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Emergency Services

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Help needs to be at hand

In today’s modern world, for many reasons, we have become less compassionate and helpful to our neighbours and local community in general. In past times, help was at hand, when ever it was needed. People looked after each other, cared about the elderly, sick, those less fortunate than themselves and those who’s lives or property was in peril. Although I am aged, I’m not quite that long in the tooth to remember the community cry “All hands to the pump” I take it that means the village pump? We don’t have those anymore.

Now, in our transient society, things have changed and not, in some circumstances, for the better. Rural communities have been greatly hit by latter day funding cuts. In recent years, resources for many of North Devon’s major services, including Police and Hospitals have been, or are in the process of being…

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Gardeners delight

Appledore Flower Show

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Appledore Horticulture Show

Carnation, pink, Doris pink, fragrant pinks, flower show,
Doris Pink

There’s something about a room full of fragrant flowers and giant veg that attracts me. My imagination goes into overdrive as I walk along the lines of artistically arranged, produce of nature. These exhibits have been carefully planted, fed and watered, over the months, leading up to the flower and produce show. I can almost feel the energy and pride of each person, who has exhibited the fruits and flowers of their labours.

Blooms, floral, floristry, plants, show,
Dahlia Blooms

Appledore Horticulture Society’s Annual Show, was held last Sunday 11th August in the Appledore Community Hall. The day being a damp, more like an October day, was made considerably brighter,by the vast array of colourful exhibits, held within. Paying my entrance fee at the door, I enquired “Can I bring my dog in”? The stern reply “As long as it doesn’t eat anything”. Now, Gypsy being a typical Labrador, stuck…

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