THE VIEW FROM THE DARTMOUTH OFFICE
Every picture on this website, with no exception, is taken from one place - our Dartmouth office garden
For those of you that don’t already know..........every single snap on this website is taken from one place -
our garden in Above Town, Dartmouth, Devon, England
Sunday 12th March 2023 - 1.00pm
It's been a long time since this front page had an update and for that I apologize. Much of my time has been spent some miles away helping my family care for my parents. Sadly my mother Gillian Bulpitt passed away at the start of February, so now we devote our time to my father Alan who has himself not been at all well.
Photos continue to be taken every day I am in Dartmouth, you can see the full galleries in each monthly album. However major updates will continue to be sporadic for a while.
At least that means today you have a huge selection of new pix to see.
Remember - every snap is taken from one house in Above Town.
TVFTDO is a unique record of life in, on, around and above the wonderful river Dart.
See all of last years albums here.
You can also take a look at The Pick of TVFTDO.
Big congratulations to you for wading through this entire front page.
If you want to delve deeper take a look inside, there are thousands of snaps here.
I'm still reassembling the site following a major software update, but there's still plenty of years of pix to be seen.
Head to the top of the page and surf.
2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 are completed years - along with 2010. Not all are captioned yet I must warn. The rest will be added over time.
Well done for getting this far. You now have a choice. Continue on below looking at the previous updates or heading inside to look at ALL the August photos. For every one here on the front page there are ten more inside.
16 December 2022 - 19:39:42
Fireworks at BRNC for the Winter Ball following Passing Out Parade earlier in the week.
The display was great except.......the low level fireworks created a huge smoke cloud which soon hid much of the lower explosions. But that just made me concentrate on the high level stuff. Quite pleased with this one. Loads more inside the December album. Just click the pic.
15 December 2022 - 10:58:43
Sophie, Countess of Wessex took the salute at the Passing Out Parade and these two Royal Navy Merlins did a few flypasts.
This pic shows them behind the college, but there's more pix inside if its whirlybirds you want to see.
11 December 2022 - 09:06:52
My favourite pic of the month, as usual for my favourite pix it contains mist and sun. And, in this case, a boat.
13 December 2022 - 08:32:41
Don't you just hate it when you get to the forecourt and all the pumps are taken ?
20 December 2022 - 15:15:26
Noss-on-Dart marina has been promising that their new receptioon building (the big one on the left with five huge solar panels) will be open by Christmas. The scaffolding has been coming down so fingers crossed things are going to plan.
11 December 2022 - 09:09:17
We have a metal storage box in the garden. Look what a beautiful mess the frost made of it.
11 December 2022 - 17:44:28
And look what a beautiful mess a bird made by colliding with our window. It must have hurt.
Looks like Albert Enstein to me,
11 December 2022 - 10:49:28
And talking of frost. Two sides of the valley above Kingswear see things differently.
09 December 2022 - 17:26:02
It's terrible, but it is possible to become blase about The Train of Lights.
Although a full moon does add a little something.
09 December 2022 - 08:13:18
The frosty mornings have bought some vivid sunrises. That's not a terracotta front on Ravenswell. The entire place has grey slate hanging tiles.
The colour comes from a big reddish yellow thing rising out over the sea.
13 December 2022 - 08:06:44
I make no excuses, it's yet another sunrise. But you had worked that out eh ?
20 December 2022 - 09:00:50
LNG tankers are increasing common passing the end of the river. I wonder why that is ? This is Energy Liberty heading back to the US having unloaded at the Isle of Grain terminal. In the foreground is 18m motor vessel Seven of Mine heading east from Dartmouth
15 December 2022 - 09:04:45
Thinking this was an OTB on the right - an Officer Training Boat - I had a joke prepared that an OTB would now be known as an Original Tow Boat.
And then I realised that this isn't an OTB. It's a Sandquay general runaround. Probably called 'Old Tug Boat'.
11 December 2022 - 10:57:07
The Salcombe lifeboat popped in and then joined both Dart Inshore Lifeboats for some training.
29 November 2022 - 12:01:09
Two ugly ducklings defying the laws of gravity. How do those things fly ? Answer....beautifully.
15 December 2022 - 10:59:08
Another shot of the two Merlins on their flypast of the BRNC Passing Out Parade.
It was clearly so balmy that day they had the doors open to let some fresh air in. They must have froze.
14 December 2022 - 10:35:18
These two guys were out mackeral fishing for hours at a time on a couple of the coldest days so far. They must have froze too.
15 December 2022 - 10:20:09
Not sure what to call this.
It's a cloud drawn with a protractor maybe ?
22 February 2023 - 23:46:23
You may well ask. It's a vast container ship called One Cygnus, all 354 metres length of it passing by the end of the river. The lights are around the top of its deck. And you can just make out the water line. On its way from the Thames to the Suez Canal.
You didn't think these mega boats only travelled by daylight did you ?
14 January 2023 - 15:28:05
Upriver at Noss the new reception building has emerged from its scaffolding cocoon. Premier marinas wanted it ready for Christmas.
I suspect that's a deadline that slipped a bit. But the place is coming along nicely.
21 February 2023 - 10:05:14
Meanwhile, at Darthaven, their new reception building is still cocooned.
Looking forward to the grand unveiling.
18 January 2023 - 09:51:58
Continuing the construction theme, Dart Harbor have this year completed the replacing of the commercial fishing pontoon that was begun last year. Here you see the final southern end piece being hauled away.
05 March 2023 - 11:51:58
And here it is completed. We have to assume the fishermen are happy. If fishermen are ever happy.
23 January 2023 - 16:15:03
Passing out parade was conducted under the watchful eye of the very popular Countess of Wessex.
The flyby pilots put on a little bit of extra 'show'.
24 January 2023 - 07:41:41
Delivery / collection Dart style. Inverdart is not a house with normal access.
It's also probably not a house that gets too many Deliveroo orders.
14 February 2023 - 07:44:26
A grey sunrise ? All sunrises are good. This one just a bit more special than good.
05 March 2023 - 00:34:24
Not seen one of these for quite a while - it's a sky lantern. Not banned yet in England they are much frowned upon.
This is the second one seen that night, but it wasn't initially clear where it was launched from...........
05 March 2023 - 00:33:11
.........and then I realised an earlier frame showed exactly where lift off occured - from the pontoon nearest to the North Embankment scrubbing grid.
26 January 2023 - 15:58:13
It's the river's equivalent of 'the grass is always greener'.
In this case, the Dart is always bluer at the far end.
26 January 2023 - 15:58:13
Some days the light is exceptional.
21 February 2023 - 10:01:12
Back to Construction News. Of the five properties visible in this shot four have or are being totally rebuilt.
And one is becoming two. The Gunfield is the exception although that had a multi year refurbishment ten years ago.
And hasn't been lived in since.
05 March 2023 - 11:52:32
Heck that must have been cold. Not the Sunday to be part of a kayak convoy if you liked your creature comforts.
16 January 2023 - 08:32:51
It's Broog from Zeebrugge.
It's an LNG (liquified natural gas) carrier heading for Egypt probably topping up at the Damietta gas terminal to return and replenish Europe's much needed energy supplies.
22 February 2023 - 08:56:35 22 February 2023 - 14:00:10
The highest tide of the year (apparently, I didn't check). Have to concede I missed the highest of the high moment.
But later captured the lowest of the low.
25 January 2023 - 01:08:34
The new-ish nav light over on the Kingswear shore underneath the Daymark usually only shows green when viewed from TVFTDO. But a little bit of mist proves it really is a red light district. I was actually tring to snap the visiting comet hence you can see the stars above.
Never did see that comet.
05 February 2023 - 09:40:32
The sea wasn't looking all that rough.
But hit a wave wrong and you'll ruin your hair.
14 February 2023 - 11:13:22
Apologies, but I have been away from Dartmouth for quite a few days already in 2023.
So it was Valentines Day before I heard that welcome whistle announcing the return of the steam traions.
10 March 2023 - 18:28:00
Noss on Dart all lit up - presumably meaning that the new reception building is open for business.
All looking very neat.
This is a quick addition to the front page - you might see some repition down below. Too bad.