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June 18, 2006

Dartmoor sunset


Dartmoor sunset
Originally uploaded by ** Robyn **.
From the high places on Dartmoor you can see forever, no matter what the time of the day. Sunset in December comes early so you need to be sure that you are not too far from home and we weren't here.

This is the evening that Dianna and I walked to see the stone row in the previous entry. The walk is not very long as the row is just above the house so coming home did not take very long. The path is a bit rough, though, and it is important that you watch where you are putting your feet. Sturdy shoes are a must for ankle support and to make sure that the mud stays on the path and not on your socks.

By the time we reached home the air was freezing cold so the warmth of the house was very welcome.

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June 17, 2006

Dartmoor stone row


Dartmoor stone row
Originally uploaded by ** Robyn **.
I have some sort of mystic connection to Dartmoor. My grandmother's father was from Newton Abbott and his ancestors farmed all around the edges of the moor. When I go onto Dartmoor I have the feeling that I have come home, at last, even though I was born half a world away.

Another of the ancient treasures that I was shown during our stay at Headland Warren Farm was this stone avenue that is on the crest of a hill just above the farm house. The walk up the hill is well worth the small effort, to see, not only the twin rows of stone and their headstone, but also the magnificent view which stretches out across the moorland toward the sea.

I am sure that if I lived here I would be much fitter and definitely a lot slimmer than I am now.

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June 10, 2006

Grimspound


Grimspound
Originally uploaded by Robynls.
In my previous entry I wrote about our stay at Headland Warren Farm on Dartmoor. Across the road, just above the farm house is this beautifully preserved megalithic village known as Grimspound.

Diana walked with me here one evening, early in our stay, after she had finished her day's work. On this walk we were accompanied by her dogs Heron and Hookie who we might meet in this a little later. In this photograph can be seen the lower wall of one of the hut circles in the village. The stone wall would have had a teepee style roof made from reeds. In the distance the stone wall of the village can be seen.

The village is located in a saddle just below a hill known as Hookney Tor.

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June 9, 2006

Headland Warren Farm


Headland Warren Farm
Originally uploaded by Robynls.
I have neglected my postcards for a long time. I have been thinking about our last holidays in the UK. My friends here are telling me about the hot weather that they are having but all I remember is the blissful cool of the winter.

Headland Warren Farm is a peaceful retreat way up on Dartmoor. Within the boundaries of the property, just across the road from the house is a well known and much visited megolithic village site called Grimspound. The house itself is a renovated long barn that includes the home of the owner, Diana, space for a long term tenant in the centre and a disabled friendly area on the end for short stays. Click on the photograph to see a larger image and see The Poet enjoying the Christmas sunshine on the porch.

We had two wonderful weeks at Headland Warren Farm. Our hostess made sure that I had a chance to enjoy the natural surroundings by organising company to walk with. She visited The Poet and invited friends to visit and chat with him. Diana is a very caring and considerate hostess who helped us make the most of the calm afforded by her wonderful home.

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