Every picture on this website, with no exception, is taken from one place - our Dartmouth office garden

For those of you that don’t already know..........every single snap on this website is taken from one place -

our garden in Above Town, Dartmouth, Devon, England

Sunday June 9th 2024 2.00pm

One of the best sights out the end of the river ever, as classic yacht Atlantic passes by.

And lots of fun and games from teh Richard Mille Cup classic yacht crews.

Do also look inside the January, February, March, April and May albums.

TVFTDO is a unique record of life in, on, around and above the wonderful river Dart.

See all of last years albums here.

You can also take a look at The Pick of TVFTDO.


Well done for getting this far. You now have a choice. Continue on below looking at the previous updates or heading inside to look at  ALL the March photos. For every one here on the front page there are ten more inside. February pix here


01 June 2024 - 12:35:48

Let's face it everyone will see just what they want to see.

It was Saturday morning and Kingswear had a long distance arrival, steam locomotive Mayflower (no 61306) coming from Crewe.

It had been a long journey and well, Mayflower felt the need to let off some steam. It's probably operated by a relief valve.Which only leaves one question as posed by a P Callis of Dartmout: "Willy he make it back to Crewe"?

If you click the pic and look at more pix of this inside the June album the real reason for the unual shape will be clear.

30 May 2024 - 13:34:08

Much the same as these chaps elsewhere in Kingswear.

29 May 2024 - 17:40:20

Garden spider hatchlings found huddled on our box hedge.

Each one is about 2mm across. So not scary. Yet.

30 May 2024 - 13:30:52

If you have seen the latest series of Clarkson's Farm you'll know what these guys are doing.

27 May 2024 - 09:19:32

Inverdart Boathouse is having a makeover. The interesting thing about this pic is the date.

It was taken last Monday. A Bank Holiday. Yes, those really are workmen working.

02 June 2024 - 05:14:59

Insomnia is a terrible thing. But I do get to see sights such as this early morning.

02 June 2024 - 15:45:09

An unusual design. It's mainly for observation work. Although that torpedo thingy suggest it has another string to its bow.

02 June 2024 - 15:45:

But the best aircraft was this slow moving Bronco. Not quite close enough to get a wave from the pilot.

01 June 2024 - 17:48:26

Much missed over Dartmouth. The Red Arrows closed the English Riviera Airshow on the Saturday.

The nine man formation were just about visibey to us as they rotated around Brixham.

01 June 2024 - 16:39:32

Shoreham put paid to airshows in Dartmouth, so we have to make do with the arrivals and departures for the English Riviera Airshow at Torbay over the weekend. This is the Typhoon shifting along for its display. Couldn't actually see the display. Certainly heard it.

30 May 2024 - 09:14:58

I did a similar pic back in September 2022 when a house immediately in front of us was given its flue injection.

This is a new build (well, a replacement build) over at Hoodown getting the pipe down treatment.

27 May 2024 - 16:34:36

Training ship TS Royalist came in for an overnight visit.

31 May 2024 - 11:59:31

Quite a few interesting newcomers on the water. This is RNLB Herbert John. It's a Liverpool class RNLI lifeboat originally built in 1939 in Cowes and now restored to almost pristine glory.  The cost in 1939 was £4054 9s 1d. Which nowadays would get you enough fuel for a serious search.

30 May 2024 - 09:45:29

Meanwhile, the Torbay lifeboat had been up to Noss for a regular maintenence check.

One happy crew member enjoyed the ride on departure.

29 May 2024 - 13:05:41

Another new craft is Gugh. It's a 22m freight vessel for the Isle of Scilly. Built in Exeter by Coastal Workboats who seem to send their new craft to Dartmouth for trials. Here's the crew testing the 'door'.

30 May 2024 - 00:01:34

Whilst we were away, Noss gained a huge crane to assist whilst construction of the new hotel progresses..

So far, the best pix have been at night.

25 May 2024 - 21:20:12

I told you it was big.

27 May 2024 - 15:23:06

This house in Kingswear has long sported a large Swedish flag which has recently been replaced by this pennant.

A bit of research revealed that flags should only be flown on flag days whlst pennants can be flown at all times.

And in case you were wondering, the length of a pennant should be one third the height of the flag pole.

It's good to know these things.

31 May 2024 - 13:19:21

I'll call this a new arrival, but that's only because it's new to me.

Called Alysee, from Brixham it's an Offshore Shellfish boat.

31 May 2024 - 13:19:04

As you can see, Alysee has all the neccessary kit. Including surfboard.

Lobsters do so love to catch a wave.

31 May 2024 - 06:11:04

It'll soon be time for another major construction update, there's enough of it going on.

Early morning sun at the end of June almost managed to make even the builders tarpaulins attractive. Almost.

30 May 2024 - 13:37:29

The blossom over on the headland south of Kingswear Castle has been standing out in the recent sun.

It probably won't last long. Anyone know what it is ?

01 June 2024 - 12:36:15

With steam let off, the crew slowly brought Mayflower into the staltion

02 June 2024 - 15:42:59

Kittery Court was one of eight gardens open to the public on Sunday. All in aid of Cancer Research and it looked to be pretty successful.

Here's two delicate petals relaxing after visiting seven of the eight on show.

I think they might have preferred some transport. Well, what are wheelbarrows for ?

06 June 2024 - 17:42:41

For the second year the incredible classic yachts competing in the Richard Mille Cup have come to Dartmouth following a passage race from Falmouth. They will be in the harbour for two night before setting off to Cowes and then France.

Here's a few of the crew of Mariquita hanging out on the bowsprit as their beautiful yacht enters the river Dart.

There are stacks more pix of the boats in the river, just click any shot and head into the June album.

06 June 2024 - 22:42:40

Sadly only one yacht came into port under sail, yet these craft are still beautiful, and even more so under their night lights.

Lit up, in the foreground is Elena of London, behind is Atlantic, the only triple master taking part. In the middle somewhat dwarfed is Mariquita.

07 June 2024 - 14:27:30

Six of the Richard Mille Cup entrants were moored in the cemtre of the river. From the back left is

Moonbeam IV, 29m single mast built in 1920

Patna, 16.7m twin master built in 1920

Viveka,  22m twin master built in 1929

Atlantic, 56.4, triple master built in 2008 to the original 1903 design.

Mariquita, 38m single mast built in 1911

Elena of London. 55m twin master built in 2009 to the original 1911 design.

06 June 2024 - 19:11:15

Not everything went ship shape on the passage race from Falmouth. This is the top of Kelpie's mast.

It'll take more than a pair of tweezers to get those splinters out.

06 June 2024 - 19:11:14

Kelpie was based in Dartmouth for many years. It's a 17.4 m craft built in 1903 in Southampton.

The mast break was likely terrifying.

06 June 2024 - 17:43:57

The crew of Mariquita overlook a ladies gig training night. The Mariquita has an engine. The gig ladies, were faster.

06 June 2024 - 19:21:41

Bowsprits were popular spots for crews during their arrival in the river.

This is the front end of triple master Atlantic. Do you thinkthat's his good side ?

06 June 2024 - 19:19:41

The only craft to sail into the river was Cynthia, helmed by Kingswear's very own Peter Lucas.

There are loads and loads more pix inside the June album. Just click this or any pic.

06 June 2024 - 16:35:32

Dartmouth Steam Railway brought their Second World War engine Omaha in to Kingswear towing a special D-Day excursion.

06 June 2024 - 17:20:25

One Kingswear resident was proudly flying this D-Day commemorative flag.

05 June 2024 - 18:25:37

Alex Lewis, seen on the right, is a quadruple amputee. He is rowing this specially adapted boat from Falmouth to Dover to raise funds for,

and to highlight the cost of assistive technology to help anyone with disabilities.

An amazing challenge.

Take a look at his website:

06 June 2024 - 13:07:26

Heading eventually for the Scilly Isles, this workboat, named Gugh is undergoing trials whilst in Dartmouth.

I'm guessing they are checking here to see if overloading the crane could capsize the boat. It didn't.

06 June 2024 - 22:44:38

There are actually sixclassic craft in the middle of the river. Tide and flow has seemingly hidden a few.

08 June 2024 - 17:15:40

The Richard Mille Cup racing continued with a pursuit race to Cowes. This means the craft crossed the start time at different times according to their handicap with the idea being that they all arrive in Cowes at roughly the same time.

Trouble is........soon after triple master Atlantic got going and passed the end of the river affording us this magnificent view, the wind died.

08 June 2024 - 14:02:10

This crew member from French yacht Mariquita was made to walk the plank. Turns out it was a round plank. The bow sprit.

08 June 2024 - 13:59:20

A member of Elena's crew looked pretty miffed.

I wonder what he had done to serve at the captain's displeasure?

08 June 2024 - 14:17:53

Here's twin masted Elena of London being seen off the premises. In the nicest possible manner.

08 June 2024 - 14:00:15

Each of the big yachts had dozens of crew. And no wonder. Handling just this one sail on Matiquita took ten able seapersons.

08 June 2024 - 14:12:59

Not every person aboard every boat was supplying any elbow grease.

08 June 2024 - 12:42:13

Former Dartmouth resident Kelpie broke its mast on the way from Falmouth to Dartmouth.

Eventually (after two days in port) the crew were forced to abandon boat.

The top end of the mast can be seen. Alongside the bottom end of the mast.

08 June 2024 - 13:31:21

It'll not surprise many in the town that Cynthia was the only yacht to sail out.

Cynthia is helmed by Kingswear's Peter Lucas.

Cynthia is the only competing craft without an engine. And if it did have one, it seems unlikely it would have been used.

07 June 2024 - 23:33:05

The Richard Mille Cup boats and crews took over much of the harbour, but life carried on.

Dart RNLI headed out late of Saturday night to assist  the crew and tow in this stricken catamaran that had lost power.

07 June 2024 - 11:53:41

It's a type of inspiration for many a murder mystery.

Meanwhile, earlier in the week.........