Friday, November 30, 2012
Just had a report by a resident in Sladnor Park that a silver Subaru Impreza was seen entering the lodge car park area and leaving without stopping a few days ago. I have looked at a photo of this make and it is very similar indeed. If you see this make and colour of vehicle driving in or around Maidencombe, please take a note of the registration number and forward it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by MR CRUISEDOG at 23:29
Thursday, November 29, 2012
So Cruise and I were walking past the Thatched Tavern at about 12:50 am this morning when we encountered two men - in their twenties, both wearing dark jackets - walking towards us from the direction of the Court House. Neither looked at me as we passed each other, but I did venture a 'good evening' (can't really say good night at that time of the morning) and they replied in similar vein. I thought it odd as they were strangers but assumed they were occupants of Suite Dreams. I looked back and saw them walking down towards the beach car park. There was a high powered silver sports type car parked opposite the Court House. It was only later today that I learned that two prowlers had been chased off Maidencombe Farm by a very alert resident - some 10 minutes or so after my encounter. Apparently some tools were also stolen from a nearby property. Counter measures have now been put into place by a concerned community to augment/assist local police.
Posted by MR CRUISEDOG at 21:04
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Another very wet day and I cannot recall such sustained rainfall in one year such as we have encountered here in Maidencombe. I have spent much of the afternoon and evening cleaning up after my outside shed was swamped by near liquid mud on Saturday evening. Yet, all things considered, we have got off lightly compared with other areas in Devon and Cornwall. The inordinate rainfall in June and July was blamed by forecasters on a southward meander of the jet stream though that reason has not been cited this time round. My garden is currently a sea of mud and a journey to replenish the bird table is now a perilous mission.
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Friday, November 23, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Plans are afoot for placement of a notice board on or near the village green adjacent to the Thatched Tavern public house. Approval has been sought and readily given from the Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust and Hal Bishop on the Torbay Council. Siting proposals are in progress but would probably be at the northern end of the green facing Steep Hill lane. Councillor Ray Hill has been notified at a meeting of the Neighbourhood Steering Group held on Monday November 19th. There is an existing covenant on the green and planning permission will be needed though it should be noted that there was a notice board on the green several decades ago.
Posted by MR CRUISEDOG at 21:20
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
From 3 pm Thursday afternoon further bursts of heavy/torrential rain forecast. Flooding into properties down Brim Hill/Steep Hill/Rock House lanes owing to leaves blocking the flow of water. Just finished clearing the road outside my bungalow which was blocked and directed water down my entrance. House holders in these lanes should ensure their entrances are clear.
Posted by MR CRUISEDOG at 18:47
No sooner had the combe nearly dried out from sustained rainfall, a further four inches has fallen over the past 72 hours with watercourses once again inundated. The natural bowl of the combe will always pose serious problems with heavy rainfall and care of the maintaining of hedges and trees is essential.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
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Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The ancient Judas Tree (Cercis siliquastrum) lies within the garden and is believed to have been brought back from the Lebanon as a sapling in the mid-16th century.
Posted by MR CRUISEDOG at 02:14
Monday, November 12, 2012
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Saturday, November 10, 2012
Plans are already in motion for an official village notice board to be sited on the village green. I'll keep you updated on this ongoing project which has been favourably received by the TCCT and Torbay Council.
Posted by MR CRUISEDOG at 17:46
Friday, November 09, 2012
So Cruise and I heard the 'Hound of the Baskervilles' again and the sound appeared to be coming from the Teignmouth Road and behind or beyond Jon Glanvill's Garage. It still had an echoing quality as if the animal was in a large room or hall. The howl stopped after a few seconds and was not repeated. Strange ..
Posted by MR CRUISEDOG at 01:51
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Well, what happened last night? Apart from a few isolated bangs mid-evening, the expected barrage never came on Bonfire Night. The weather was obliging, but apparently the wallets were not. In the midst of bleak economic conditions, the like of which have not been witnessed since the depression, folks made the wise decision to 'opt out' of sending their cash up in flames. It was particularly good news for the denizens of the night (wildlife) who are reluctant to venture abroad on this dreaded night.
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Sunday, November 04, 2012
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