Monster Raving Loony Party candidates used to feature heavily in UK general elections, but you hear little of the party these days. I’ve always respected them because their slogan, which applies to most political parties, is totally honest: Vote for insanity. Whether we vote for them or not, it’s what we seem to get. Once, I almost … Read more
I’ve had a weekend off. Unusual. I’ve been walking around the town where I live: Ilfracombe. And over two days, I’ve stopped and talked to so many friendly people. It’s been marvellous. Now, I’m really a city boy, brought up to sit, or stand, on Tube trains, po-faced, not uttering a word. For years, when … Read more
10 years ago this morning, we set off in our two cars from Windsor on our big move to Ilfracombe. Were we doing the right thing? Would we settle in? How would we feel in North Devon? The answer is that the 10 years have sped past and we’ve never looked back. We know so … Read more
I was lucky to be invited to the launch of Ilfra-Expo on Sunday 14 July 2013 for a whistle-stop tour of the art installations around Ilfracombe. It made so much of an impact that today we took the day off to go round again at a slower pace. Like many people, I’m often rushing about … Read more
The Lamb has recently reopened as a steak house restaurant, so as it is just a couple of minutes’ walk away in Ilfracombe High Street, Mrs Z and I thought we would pop along for a meal. On the evening we visited, the restaurant was full (always a good sign) so we opted to sit … Read more
. . . especially in the following activities: COMBEbusiness After standing up and speaking at a public meeting, I was elected to the committee and then voted chairman of a new business group in North Devon. Thanks to my fellow directors and support from members, COMBEbusiness has established itself to promote business around the Ilfracombe, … Read more
Free parking is available in Ilfracombe for Christmas shoppers from 2pm to 6pm on Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 and Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 December 2011 at the following North Devon Council operated car parks: Jubilee Gardens Pier Wilder Road Cove Brookdale Oxford Grove Larkstone Lane Marine Drive Hillsborough Anyone wishing to take advantage … Read more
There’s so much wildlife to see around Ilfracombe, North Devon.
The bluebells on the north and east sides of Hillsborough, Ilfracombe, North Devon are astounding at the moment.
I looked over the fence and saw a mother duck and her fleet of ducklings. Unfortunately, there were three male ducks trying to mate with her, explaining the noise as she fought them off.
This morning I saw bluebells flowering in Bicclescombe Park in Ilfracombe, North Devon . . .
This pigeon landed in a tree in Bicclescombe Park in Ilfracombe, North Devon, looking very pleased with himself. He had a twig or something similar in his beak, possibly nesting material.
It’s the time when primroses, the county flower, cover North Devon.
The daffodils in Bicclescombe Park just get better each day and I couldn’t resist taking a few close-up photos.
We also accidentally woke up this chap . . . . . . . a peacock butterfly.He did not seem to happy to be woken up and ‘buzzed’ at us by rubbing his wings together. What to do? We had removed his winter sleeping quarters. Now you see him . . . . . . … Read more
Today we walked along Woolacombe Beach to Putsborough and had a welcome cup of tea at the beach hut there, admiring the views
It feels and looks like spring in the park as everything wakes up.
Pussy willow is bursting out again. It amazes me every year.
At Bicclescombe Park Ilfracombe, North Devon, the sun seemed to want to play tennis . . .
As well as uncovering its ancient historic past as a hill fort, the work clearing vegetation from Hillsborough is making it easier to appreciate different views of Ilfracombe, North Devon, especially the harbour.