Monday, 25 October 2010

YOU KNOW WHEN YOUR IN DEVON........

EXETER CATHEDRAL
You know when your in Devon.....because people park their tractors on the front drive. That's what Anne told me when we were driving down here yesterday and it's true...!

Anne was born and bred in Devon- just within the Dartmoor National Park near Tavistock and we have been down here lots of times but it is something that I have not noticed before. Last night I had a good look round some of the local roads and I must have seen at least five tractors parked in the front drive of houses where back at Bournemouth you would expect to see the 'company BMW or Mercedes'.

We are having a few days down here in Devon doing a bit of walking and taking a few photographs. Now that my cycling training seems to be getting back on track I feel that I can take five or six days away from it without any detrimental effect.

Today I spent some time looking around Exeter. It must be nearly ten years since I last spent any time in the City. Like many large towns and cities it seems to have sold out to the commercialism of the retail world. Shops- shops and more shops. Don't get me wrong, there are some nice points of history in and around Exeter but you have to look hard to find them. Some nice old buildings- Cathedral- A city wall dating back to the Romans and a very pleasant area down along the Old Quay- it's just that the visitor comes away feeling that so much more could have been made of it all.

2 comments:

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

This is a great photo of the Cathedral using the lamp post and sky as a focus. I know it has to be done but I find it disappointing arriving at a location like this for the first time and finding the classic tourist shot spoiled by scaffolding. So in another sense, this photo is inspiring.
On the other hand, talking about less than inspiring, I agree with your comments about the city. I was expecting more and probably preferred the river location.

Trevor Woodford said...

Hi J
Thanks for the comment. I was really disapointed to find the front of the cathedral cloaked in scaffold and that's why I decided to major on the lampost and sky in order to get a shot.