Saturday, 17 September 2011

Darting about!! ;-) we go...

And now read on!

Today, we cruised down the A38 to Buckfastleigh.

We had planned to go further afield...but...

...we have put those plans on the back burner for another time! ;-(


Here we are at, 'The South Devon Railway'.

And here you can board the steam train and enjoy

a rather scenic, thirty minute ride, by the River Dart, to Totnes.

We didn't board the train today but had a wander around the site.

The trip began badly... and I hate to criticise but I certainly wouldn't recommend

having coffee here.

We lost the will to live!

The service was slow; no-one seemed to know where they were queuing

and the only good thing about the cafe, was the wall mural.

I think they could do so much more with this restaurant.

All it needs is someone with an imagination!

In fact, although I enjoyed a potter around the whole site, I truly believe that

someone needs to take this place by the scruff of the neck

and do a whole lot more with it...

bearing in mind that vintage is the flavour! ;-)

It could be fabulous ...but it isn't!

Having said that, there is plenty here to give the children a great

educational trip...if it is planned properly!

I soon put on my teacher's hat and found myself planning such a project!!

There's a small museum on the site...

not very well signposted, in my opinion... as we had to search for it!

Splashes of colour lifted my spirits somewhat!

Sadly, I couldn't spot any vintage railway posters anywhere, apart from

one framed picture of...Cornwall!

I ask you!!! ;-)

Don't get me wrong, it's worth a visit if you do the steam train ride as well...

but, in my opinion, it could be oh so much better!

We had more to do and off we went...onwards to ...


Calling in briefly at the Dartington Cider Press Centre,

we soon found ourselves in the toyshop!!

I wonder why?!;-)

Here is one of us getting into Grandad mode!!

We now have something in our house which we haven't had for years...

a small box of toys for when Meggy comes visiting!

That done, Mr S fixed his sensible head firmly back on to

his neck and off we drove to...


I love Dartmouth but it is a nightmare to park in the summer!

Of course, if you prefer alternative travel, you can catch the steam train

from Paignton to Kingswear and then get on the lower ferry, across to Dartmouth.

There are two ferries: the higher ferry and the lower ferry.


KC'sCourt! said...

Now you are talking! Dartmouth my favourite place! We had our honeymoon there 31 yrs ago in the lighthouse cottages. Mum and dad built a house in Dittisham about 25 yrs ago and in that time we went to Dartmouth quite a few times. I have a tapestry of the Boat Float hanging on the wall. We must go again! Have they rebuilt after the fire, and what has the old Woolworth been turned into?
Julie xxxxxx
And we have an original set of Simon Drew - Happy Families playing cards!

Aunty Bee said...

Thank you for taking us on your day out, what a lovely place the Railway looks, it's a pity they don't make more of it. I would be looking for vintage stuff, posters etc too.I liked the look of the Home shop in Dartmouth, actually I liked the look of Dartmouth completely. Must put it on the places to visit in Britain.

The Vintage Bazaar said...

Thank you for sharing your jolly day out. Shame the steam railway set-up wasn't up to scratch. See you in Totnes on Saturday! Lizzie x