Icy weather, Grit on the Roads and the Danger to Pets
Dec01

Icy weather, Grit on the Roads and the Danger to Pets

Not only is the icy weather a danger to human walkers in the form of slipping, falling and potential broken bones, but the grit that is spread on the roads is a very real danger to your pets. Rock salt is a mixture of salt and grit used to de-ice roads and paths during cold snaps. Anti-freeze is used by drivers as well as gardeners in water features. Both rock salt and anti-freeze can be deadly to animals if ingested, causing muscle...

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DARTMOOR’S TRACY ELLIOT-REEP
Dec01

DARTMOOR’S TRACY ELLIOT-REEP

I grew up on Chittleford Farm, near Widecombe-in-the-Moor, riding Shilstone Rocks Dartmoor ponies. I now live on the edge of Widecombe, where I run my Dartmoor business, producing Dartmoor cards, calendars and books. I started working with and sketched the animals in a travelling circus, then travelled through Europe and North America, teaching horse riding before qualifying as a photographer in South Wales. For several years I worked...

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RARE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE FRONT
Nov03

RARE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE FRONT

Last Friday evening I wandered up to the viewing of Dartmoor Auctions forthcoming sale in Chagford, among the hundreds of lots I found an old stereoscope, with a series of photographs.    Each photograph is in fact two photographs side by side both slightly different and when viewed through the stereoscope you see an early form of 3D photography.    The stereoscope came with two boxes of photographs, maybe 120 in all. I have been a...

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Devon needs better rail links 
Nov02

Devon needs better rail links 

Last month, I made the rather strange decision of putting myself through the Devon Coast to Coast cycle ride – a route of 102 miles from Ilfracombe to Plymouth. I know, I know – I must be mad. Halfway through, other than thinking about whether it would be a heart attack or a stroke that would get me first, I realised just how poor our Devon railway links really are. After cycling out of Ilfracombe and past Barnstaple, it struck me...

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DBN donate for Dartmoor calendar
Oct19

DBN donate for Dartmoor calendar

Dartmoor Business Network are delighted to have chosen Dartmoor National Park’s Donate for Dartmoor initiative as their good cause to support for 2018. The calendar, the second since the Network started in 2015, is made possible only by the generosity of local photographers who kindly donate one of their own images of Dartmoor for inclusion and to local businesses who each sponsor a month. Samantha Hill, Head of Communications,...

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HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES OF DARTMOOR: The Dartmoor man who rescued 900 men from the Dunkirk beaches
Oct19

HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES OF DARTMOOR: The Dartmoor man who rescued 900 men from the Dunkirk beaches

Tavistock-born Rear-Admiral Bob Timbrell was a young Royal Canadian Navy officer still at the gunnery school on Whale Island, Portsmouth, when he was summoned from his class and told to take a boat to Dunkirk in May 1940. Aged 20 he was given command of Lord Astor’s motor yacht Llanthony with a crew of six Newfoundland woodsmen, two London bus mechanics and a Royal Navy petty officer whose equipment consisted of a First World...

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