16 June 2012

Trip To Devon

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

I found my happy place a few weekends ago
Right in the NE corner of Dartmoor, Devon

Narrow, winding hedgerow lanes
Thatched houses
Fields of buttercups
Tea time with scones and Devonshire cream

- Bliss -

Yep, I could live right here

We literally made a U-Turn to get a shot of this sign
(I can't make this stuff up!)

We found the ancient 'clapper bridge' in Postbridge
made of granite slabs
This is one of the oldest surviving bridges in the UK
first recorded in 1380 AD

Next we headed to the coast to Burgh Island

This curious contraption shuttles people to mainland at high tide

Devon coast from Burgh Island

These colorful butterfly nets just screamed
'summer' to me

So here's my funny little story...
I made a total rookie move and didn't bring my camera battery charger

I found myself very sad (devastated, actually) to be without
my 'memory capturing device'

So I bought two disposable cameras at my first chance
I had forgotten what it was like to take only 1 or 2 shots per subject
with no zoom option
and wait a week to see the results

You can imagine my shock when I saw a piece of the cardboard coming off
to reveal that I had purchased a recycled disposable camera
that seemed to have been originally owned by Sophie (name written on camera) 
with instructions only in French

Furthermore, the electrical tape at the ends indicated that 
the film had not been factory loaded
- the photo developer said this was not uncommon -

Wow, was I nervous to see my printed photos!

Turns out all my photos here are from the disposable camera
except of the cutie pie cow

Thank goodness for online editing :)

- all photos by me -


tinajo said...

That´s a fun story! :-)

Sunray Gardens said...

What great pictures. Too bad about the charger and the disposable cameras. You got some great shots though.

Cher Sunray Gardens

ann said...

Be still my beating heart! What beautiful photos. What a beautiful cottage. We do take our technology for granted, don't we? Nice recovery.

beetree said...

That's fun! People use apps to get shots like that- yours came out gorgeous! I had to laugh- your sentence about the cutie pie cow (which, it totally was!), would have been a completely different thing altogether had the last two words been switched! So childish, I know. ;) So glad you had a great trip! Thanks for sharing!

louise said...

Your low tech photos turned out great! It's a wonderful part of the country isn't it?

Privet and Holly said...

Laura, I'd say you
did very well with
that little relic, aka,
the disposable camera!

Sweet pics and sunshine,
to boot!!!

Enjoy your weekend,
sweet friend.

xo Suzanne

TexWisGirl said...

what a gorgeous place! glad you could capture it to share - even w/ a recycled camera.

erinrichardson said...

The photos & subject matter are lovely. Your perception & the way you write your posts are what make this so enjoyable.

Claire said...

wow i cant believe they do that and dont tell you!! Your pics are great though, looks like a lovely place :)x

Pet said...

I could live there too. Do they still serve steak and strawberries in the pubs along the roads?

somethingswedish said...

Beautiful photos- what a lovely place! You captured it well, if you hadn't told us it was on a disposable, we wouldn't have known! :)

Jenny Woolf said...

What a lovely place. I specially love the ancient bridge.
I had NO idea that those disposable cameras were recycled. I'm glad the pictures came out so well. I didn't realise they weren't digital.

Louise said...

Your photos are not too bad considering! I would have been devastated if I had been without my memory capturing device! I don't think I would have thought of buying disposable but would have find the nearest electrical store and got a digital camera, at whatever cost, such is my need to record things!

I love clapper bridges. I haven't been to Devon since I was a child and would love to go there again, especially Dartmoor.

Ellie said...

You captured some wonderful shots. Devon is such a beautiful part of England, I haven't been there since I was a wee girl but have very fond memories of it.

NTCtag by Ning Tagle Clark said...

Beautiful photos! Who would have thought they were taken from a disposable camera.
Thank you for sharing your captured moments! Such a lovely place by looking at your photos!
My sister in law lives there and I am hoping we can visit there one day.

If I am not incorrect Isn't it Hugh from the cooking show "The River Cottage" film his show there and has a restaurant there?

I've awarded you on my blog for Sunshine Award because you inspires me a lot. And I am learning a lot of new words from your blog and histories you write. : )

La Vie Quotidienne said...

To be in England this time of year must be glorious. Devon is supposed to be lovely and looking at your photos it seems that this is very true.

greenthumb said...

What a lovely little place I think I could live there also. Your photos turned out well.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you for the award, Ning! I am so honored :) Hopping to your blog now

Happy Homemaker UK said...

According to the photo developer, all disposable cameras in England are recycled except the Fuji, Kodak ones that have a film name displayed on the carton. Who knew?!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Funny, when I read your note, I read cutie cow pie :) See, that's where I go too

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Good question - I'm not really sure. I have to admit we never ate at a pub. As you probably remember, the strawberries are amazing here!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you! At first I felt totally duped, but I guess it is done all the time here.

Robynne's Nest said...

Your photos are gorgeous..and Devon is just beautiful...have only visited briefly and is on the list for a re-visit. Have a good trip home and enjoy your time with your family. Robx

Mandi @ Southern Gnome said...

As I was reading this post and looking and the pics I was just thinking to myself what a great photographer you are. As you proved so well with this post... it's the person that makes the photograph not the fancy camera. And I could totally love there too. Gorgeous!

Iota said...

What an adventure, using those disposables. So glad the story had a happy ending! Devon is beautiful. Quintessentially English. Glad you got the opportunity to visit.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you - that's such a huge compliment!

Jackie said...

Oh we are off to North Devon very shortly staying at Westward Ho!. I want to go on that contraption over to Burgh Island, saw it the other night on a Poirot film. Love that old bridge I will try and find it. Great photographs with the disposable camera, I agree with Mandy though, it is the photographer who makes a great picture.

Jackie in Surrey, UK.

Loree said...

Devon is lovely. We'll be heading to Cornwall soon and I can't wait for cool breezes and some lovely greenery.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Love Cornwall!! If we get a break in the weather, we hope to head that way too :) Have a wonderful vacation!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you so much :) I've never been to Westward Ho!, but I am so curious about the only town in England with punctuation(!), and why(?).

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

yes - this is definitely a happy place!! simply gorgeous - thank you for taking us on this lovely trip!
Mary x

Keith Perriman said...

Great views of Devon, but just to say that your cutie pie cow is actually a bull, or at least a bullock.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Cutie pie bovine? Maybe he wouldn't appreciate being called a cutie pie :)

Cathy said...

Love your photos, I can't remember the last time I used a camera that wasn't digital :)

the cuby poet said...

Dartmoor is so wonderful glad you saw it on a good day, it can we wild an woolly when it's raw beauty is some what different. Lovely picture of the clapper bridge.

Mary Timmers said...

Remember those days before digital cameras? I personally wasted a lot of time and money!

Down by the sea said...

Great pictures of one of my favourite places in England even with the disposable camera. It must have felt so strange using one again! You were lucky with the weather too, Dartmoor can be very grim in the rain and mist.
Sarah x

Nikki said...

I love your photos!! I miss using good old film. I hope we don't lose 35mm film altogether, there is something romantic about it.

plaits and paisley said...

It looks dreamy! Scones and Devonshire cream sounds wonderful too x

Jane said...

Oh Laura, I adored this the first time I read it. You always take the most fabulous photos, even with a disposable camera! So much to love - the lushness of that grass, the charming cottages, the fascinating bridge and the whimsy of the butterfly nets. Thanks so much for joining the POTMC. J x