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We’re delighted with the new photography on this site. Thank you, Adj Brown for your wonderful pictures.



Can’t wait till Christmas!

We’re living in the US for a while, really missing April Cottage and Devon. But… we have a cheeky few days booked in at the end of December. Looking forward to the log fire already… glass of wine round the little twinkly Christmas tree…. Walks on the moors are amazing at that time of year. Bracing.

Half marathon

We made it down to the cottage for a Devon weekend and ran the Tavistock half marathon. It was a beautiful sunny day and the course was stunning. It took us up onto the moors, which made it hard work on the legs, but we were rewarded by an amazing view. Really well organised and marshalled – I’d recommend it.
Poor Matt couldn’t make it because he’s ruptured his Achilles tendon (playing football – ouch). Which means he can’t cycle the Dartmoor classic… this year….So he stayed back at the cottage drinking coffee, eating bacon sandwiches and playing banjo by the stream, so he didn’t lose out too much….

Spring time… finally!

We’ve not made it down to April cottage much recently. Stuck in the greyness of February. But I think we’ve made it, sun is out, daffodils bloomin. We’re heading to Devon in a couple of weeks time to run the Tavy 13 (half marathon). The course goes through Dartmoor from Tavistock. It could be beautifully sunny or the mist could close in. Either way it will be a little holiday adventure.
Can’t wait!

December in April Cottage….

Had a few folk down over the Christmas period and we managed a few days there ourselves. We had the most amazing weather when walking on Dartmoor – cold, crisp and glorious sunshine! Devon really shone for us. I ventured out on my own one day and tackled several tors close to the cottage. It was so calm, quiet and beautifully desolate. Magical. Matt went out on his bike to begin his preparation for the June 2015 Dartmoor 100 mile bike race! Eek. I think for this challenge, I’ll be the support – flapjacks and bicycle pump to the ready…. 🙂

A run and a walk around Burrator reservoir

Started with a short recovery run for Elana before breakfast. Just up to Marystow, then down into Sydenham and around and back into Chillaton via the Tavistock road. Drove up onto the moor, through Princetown (where we stopped for a coffee in a cafe filled with sweaty mamils), and on towards Yelverton and Burrator Reservoir.

Enjoyed a tame but beautiful stroll around the reservoir, then back for dinner. Fed some ducks with the last crumbs of a cherry and almond cake Paris bought and didn’t manage to finish–I thought it was delicious but the ducks weren’t so keen. Too much almond, perhaps.

Home to find the chicken thighs I’d been saving had started to smell, so sausage casserole it had to be. And now, little light radio and reading…