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Posted by robjwall on February 15, 2010

We arrived at 8.30pm (11th Feb) at my old climbing mate Jason’s house near East Allington, Devon, after some interesting ‘SatNav’ navigation.  The next day we all went for a cold walk to Start Point and back (on the other side of the ridge to escape the bitter wind).  Country life!  Sheep, hens, dogs, cats: luckily they have some antihistamines for me.

On Saturday (13th Feb) we visited Jason’s waveguide factory and got the tour from the founder & inventor of the machines.  It was in a slight state of chaos as they are in the process of doubling the capactity to cope with a large order.  Then we visited the beautiful town of Dartmouth (via the ferry).  It really is the most stunning town to look at, but don’t come for a coffee shop: the good one was closed, the next had a broken coffee machine, the next would not allow children under 7, of course when we got one it was aweful.   The kids (sans T) and I walked to the caste at the river-mouth.  On the way back you go past a 1850’s house with a 1970’s garage suspended on top!

Sunday turned out to be a great sunny but cold day so  we went for a walk on Dartmoor and came across iron age stone circles (or so Jason told me, they certainly didn’t look natural).  Lunch was in the ruin of a 3000 year old house: soup in Jason’s ‘Kelly Kettle’ that  heats the water in a metal jacket outside a small fire in the inner. I want one!

…Alf loved the ‘icy poles’ as he called the icicles that were in the shady areas.  Some mad men were climbing on some nice looking rock on Hay Tor – too cold for us!  The temperature hasn’t been above 4C since we have been in England, its fantastic.  I managed a run the other morning, but 15 minutes was the limit of my cold-endurance.


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