Monday, 30 August 2010

Letterboxing....

Bank holiday Monday dawned bright and beautiful and after a few hours of work I decided that I wasn't going to waste the day any more sitting indoors hunched up over my computer.. I was going to pootle out to Dartmoor yet again.. and I am sooooo pleased that I did. It was magical today, the sun shone, the breeze was minimal, the colours were stunning and the scenery awesome. I called up a friend and off we set.. packed lunch, chocolate cake, flask and, of course, cameras! (Sounds like something from the Famous Five stories... unfortunately we didn't have lashings of ginger beer this time!)
I thought you might like to share the day with me and just take some time to put yourselves in these pictures, listen to the sounds of crickets chirping and horses munching, breathe in the scent of bracken and clean fresh air, and marvel at the beautiful scenery and give yourselves a minute to relax and allow your soul to be restored.....


After parking the car at the top of the hill it was a little scramble down into the boggy valley.....


... past the weathered tree ( I loved the shapes and texture of this tree... it fascinated me...!)



... yes ... more tree photos!


... and up the other side to the tor.... this one is called Sharp Tor... that is if I'm reading my map correctly!


The views from the top were just incredible... you had a 360 degree view all around....


The photo above shows the view back towards the car park...


Below you can see the views straight across to Torbay. If you are able to zoom in you will see a small white dot on the horizon... this is a very expensive ballon 'lift' that you can take from the centre of Torquay... floating you up above the town to view the scenery... I was amazed that we could see it from this tor!


I love the colours of the grey rock and the purple heather together... more inspiration for my jewellery making..







Looking back towards the car park and beyond to Yar Tor.... (above)


Isn't this gorgeous... the heather and gorse growing together, and aren't the colours just so vibrant?


There were plenty of dartmoor ponies and their young to be seen meandering over the moor... Rosie would have loved to have seen these!


After our lunch we decided to walk up the gentle incline towards Yar Tor...


For a long while now I have been wanting to try my hand at 'Letterboxing' ( Click on this link to fine out more about it) on the moor but have never really known where to start... well, with some good advice from a friend I had more of an idea of what to do and where to look, so decided that we would try to find a letterbox around Yar Tor....



... so it was with much excitement that, after stepping over a wobbly rock, I thought I'll just take a look and stick my hand into the unknown... hoping that not too many spiders, frogs, adders were be waiting to greet me....


... we found our first letterbox.......



As you can see there was much excitement and jumping around. We opened the pot to find a small film pot with a few strips of paper in them . The idea is that you leave your mark... usually a stamp and/or written comment and date, sometimes there is a stamp in the box for you to stamp your own letterboxing book (not in this one though). Well.... we hunted high and low for a pen in our bags... how unusual not to have one... I really did come very unprepared for this... I will be much better prepared next time!.... neither of us had a pen... the only thing we had between us was some lipstick... so there was nothing else to do except lipstick up and smooch away... at least we left our mark (not really sure if this is allowed but I just wasn't going to go home without acknowledging that I had found a letterbox!)


So... here's my friend Wendy leaving her mark....


S.W.A.L.K!!!


More wonderful views from the top of Yar Tor....




If you look carefully in the picture below ( zoom or magnifying glass might help) just to the left of centre you can see a very tall mast... that is Princetown where the famous dartmoor prison is situated...


Wendy and I then went on to find... and kiss(!!!!) 5 more letterboxes around this Tor....


"I found another one...."


We left our mark.....




.... and another one..... aghhhhh... it's got me!!!


We did have a laugh....


I just had to take this shot of the little blue VW camper van nestled in amongst all the brilliant yellow gorse....



One last lingering look at the moor before driving home via the river in my last post..... What an exciting, inspiring day... and many more happy memories stored away!


Time for me to pootle off to bed now.... dentist in the morning... I H.A.T.E. the dentist... it goes back along way... I ran out of the waiting room when I was 7 leaving my mum with 2 other small children and a newborn baby to see to... she was not best pleased!!! I promise not to run out in the morning but it will take everything in me to stay put... think of me! I shall have to lie back and think of dartmoor!




7 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

I remember trying our hand at letterboxing in the mid eighties with the boys - it was fun as I remember.
Thank you for the virtual guide on Dartmoor. I love the place for its quietness.
I know exactly what you mean about the dentist. I would rather give birth than go. I go now but I won't let him take any teeth out!!!
Julie xxxxxxx

Helen said...

Gorgeous!!
Love Helen

Rosie said...

Lovely post and photos. Good luck with the dentist. I too HATE it but I now listen to my ipod while i'm in the chair and it really does help take your mind off things x

Lyn said...

It did look like you had such fun, just like the famous five finding treasure! Well done.
I have to say, mother nature just knows how to put her colours together doesn't she?
love
Lyn
xxx

Tabiboo said...

What a fabulous idea - I have never heard of letterboxing before, it reminds me of Flash Gordon sticking your hand into somewhere you can't actually see it going.

Brilliant pictures and 'yes' I can see the big white dot!

take care,

Nina xxx

Blooming Felt said...

What a wonderful day out - such beautiful scenery too. I'd love to give letterboxing a go - I remember reading about it about 6 months or so ago and thought it seemed like fun.

Good luck at the Dentist - you'll be fine. I'll be thinking of you xxx

llynnea said...

Your photos take me back to my childhood when many happy hours were spent on Dartmoor. I called in at China Blue in Totnes a few weeks ago.... looked at some of your lovely work on show. Will call again soon and hopefully meet up with you. Lynne x