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Sabbatical Diary – Day 43

Good day, with a few sessions looking at Ananias, quietly and thoughtfully led by Bishop Bob. Had a service this evening in the Beach Chapel, about half a mile walk down a fairly steep road. Bishop Bob, ready for us, and waiting in the Beach Chapel. Came out of the chapel for the second half […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 42

View down to the sea from Lee Abbey. Interesting day weather wise. Massive storms overnight and into this morning. Storm warnings over the whole of Devon and Cornwall overnight and continuing through today for Exmoor (which includes Lee Abbey). Decided to cut back on some of my coastal route to get to Lee Abbey more […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 41

Sign in Land’s End Hotel. Looks like it’s deep and meaningful, but I’m not sure it is. The photo guy at the sign was setting up as I was finishing breakfast, so I went over to chat to him. He had his signs out: 1 7″ x 5″ photo, beautifully mounted, for £9.95! Or, 1 […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 40

Me at Land’s End doing the signpost photo thing. Which is easier to do after 6.00, when the photo guy has gone and you can just drive round yourself. Generated a bit of interest and ended up with a few others having photos taken on the trike. I should have started charging. (If you enlarge […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 39

Smeaton’s Tower at Plymouth Hoe. A great place to look out at shipping movements. Smeaton’s Tower is the upper section of what was the third Eddystone Lighthouse, in use from 1759 to 1882. After it was replaced it was moved and rebuilt at Plymouth Hoe, as a memorial to the civil engineer John Smeaton, who […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 38

One Dartmouth Ferry taken from the other. The Lower Dartmouth Ferry is unusual. You essentially drive onto an unpowered raft, which is then pulled/pushed across the river by a small tug tied to the side. Pretty good day amongst terrible forecasts. Left late this morning to avoid early morning storms and got to B&B before […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 37

The amazing Lulworth Cove, Dorset. One of the world’s finest natural coves. Wonderful. Well worth seeing if you haven’t. Wikipedia says half a million people visit each year. Most of them were there today! Chesil Beach, Dorset. At one level, just another shingle spit. But Chesil Beach is 18 miles long, 660 feet wide, and […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 36

Shingle spit leading to Hurst Point Lighthouse and Castle. View across to The Needles (at the Western tip of the Isle of Wight) from Hurst Point spit. Good day. Dry and bright. Basically rode around the mainland side of the Solent looking out to the Isle of Wight. Very pleasant and quite a lot of […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 35

Beachy Head Lighthouse. This is Tim. Tim took the photo of Beachy Head Lighthouse, because I was freaking out and physically unable to get near enough to the edge of the cliff to see the lighthouse, let alone take a photo of it. Tim is my hero of the day! Just to put my terror […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 34

Looking over the shoulder of the lone airman at the Battle of Britain Memorial above the white cliffs at Capel-le-Ferne, between Dover and Folkestone. The statue portrays an airman who has returned home, looking out to sea for other flights to return. You get the impression that he has been sat there for some time […]