Friday, 24 July 2009

It feels as though it has done nothing but rain for a fortnight. I seem to have spent most of that time soaked to the skin, dealing with ponies, or garden, or walking the dog, or simply dancing in and out of the house putting washing out, and rushing in with it when the rain comes, then spreading it round the house, on the backs of chairs, in the vain hope it might dry before it gets knocked onto the grubby floor. It is at times like these that I feel a small moment of weakness, and wonder whether I should go and borrow my mother's tumble dryer! I haven't yet succumbed - I think tumble dryers are horribly extravagant, and I have a great washing pulley in my lean - to porch, and if I leave the washing long enough - even on dark rainy days, it eventually dries.

We walked up Nattadon, the smaller of the two hills beside the village this evening, and stood on top. I never fail to be overwhelmed by the magnificent views from here, so I thought I'd share them with you!

These pictures are all taken from the top of the hill, as I turned a full 360 degrees around.



This is the view back down, over the village of Chagford.


This looks out across Meldon, the larger of the two hills that overshadow the village.

nestling between the two hills are half a dozen farms and cottages.


Looking out towards Easdon and Green Combe in the distance

Looking down the valley towards Bovey Tracey. On a really clear day you can see the sea in this direction.

Looking over Weeke Down

The hills on the furthest horizon here are those of Exmoor, roughly 40 miles away.
And here is Castle Drogo, high above the Teign Gorge, looking out over Chagford towards the moors.

7 comments:

Sonia ;) said...

Oh my gosh those photos are awesome


xoxoxoxo Sonia

Kathleen Coy said...

You are truly surrounded by beauty! :-)

Carol Anne Strange said...

Such captivating views, Danielle! I could lose myself in the landscape forever. The weather has been unsettled up North too ~ not as bad as the past two summers but the fequent sharp showers have caught us out a few times. Much love. x

Carolee said...

What stunning views...How blessed you are to live in such a beautiful place!

~ Carolee

Kim said...

Fabulous pictures. What a lovely place to live in (sigh!)

Kim x

adrienne trafford said...

i can't believe this is what you see at the top of a hill near your home - it's like a movie! Is that Camelot in the distance for heaven's sake?? and then all the ferns - that alone made me woozy...i have three in my garden that i'm inlove with, but a whole field...??? i see how your lovely work can be inspired...wonderful - thanks for showing all that...

Linda said...

Stunning photographs, You should be commissioned by the Tourist board, looks so appealing , and beautiful and unspoilt. Lindax

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