1.   Baby Meerkat

2.   Wine @ Holliss

3.   Martha Marcy.. on tonight

4.   The Toast Rack

5.   Small News



1.  Baby Meerkat @ Woodlands (Alexander is a Dad ?)

This cute baby Meerkat was finally persuaded to take a peek at the big wide world by his mother, Gibby, after staying underground for longer than the usual two or three weeks. "Meerkats come from the hot climate of Africa". Elliott Hamilton, Head Keeper of Woodlands Zoo-Farm told us, "the whole pack have not been keen on the cold wet weather, his parents did everything to encourage him to come out of the burrow they had dug, but he wasn't budging".

The Keepers knew the mother had given birth because they could hear the "giggly" sound a new baby makes. The last few days of sunshine have encouraged him to explore his pen and play with his elder brothers and sisters. "The pup is approximately 12cms tall and too young to sex" Elliott said, "but the pup is displaying strong male instincts to be on guard and protect the family unit, I think it's a boy.

The cheeky new pup is currently waiting for a new name, at present the Keepers at the Family Theme Park near Dartmouth are calling him 'the Lone Ranger' because it is unusual for a single birth.  Click here for more.


2.  Wine @ Browns @ Holliss BP Garage

We all use Holliss garage, now you can pick up a bottle of wine from their Browns wine selection.  We're experimenting with the right blend of price and variety so that you don't have to think too much about what to buy. We aim to have something for a casual drink and wines for more special occasions.

Vasse Felix Semillion Sauvignon
Margaret River is in Western Australia and is home to some of Australia's freshest styled, white wines. Vasse Felix was the first commercial winery in this area and its reputation has iconic status in Australia. This Sauvignon/Semillion wine is similar to a Marlborough S/B but with the added interest provided by the blend of semilion.  Mathew Juke put this in his top 100 Australian wines 2011. It has numerous other awards.  We've bought a batch and have priced it to sell. At £9.99 you could pay 20%  more at Waitrose or Majestic!! Buy local, pay less!

Ca'Stella Pinot Grigio, Friuli, Italy
If you are going to drink Pinot Grigio but are wary of bland/thin or frankly horrible examples then look for Fruili, on the label. Although it's easy to grow, Pinot Grigio really prefers the cooler climate of North East Italy and is consistently well made in and around Friuli.  This is what Berry Brothers say: Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, a north-eastern province bordering Slovenia, with Trieste as its capital, is responsible for a mere 2% of Italy's production but is significant qualitatively with over 50% of its wines credited as DOC. It has become famous over the last 20 years for relaunching the fortunes of Italian white wine via the Pinot Grigio grape. Ca'Stella is the second most popular wine at Browns Bar, and is a good example of a well made entry level wine from one of the best Pinot Grigio wine growing areas. We think that at £7.99, this is very good value.

Why not come down for the weekend, or even a week?

Self catering accommodation click here

Dartmouth B and B  click here

Dartmouth Hotels click here

A Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here

Shopping in Dartmouth click here

Eating and drinking in Dartmouth  click here


3.   Martha Marcy May Marlene

Director: Sean Durkin : Actors: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes : 102 minutes : Cert. 15. Drama/Thriller

‘Something's lurking in the woods in this disquieting, ambiguous indie about a young woman escaping from a cult…’
Martha Marcy May Marlene is a powerful psychological thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a young woman rapidly unravelling amidst her attempt to reclaim a normal life after fleeing from a cult and its charismatic leader (John Hawkes). Seeking help from her estranged older sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson) and brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy), Martha is unable and unwilling to reveal the truth about her disappearance. When her memories trigger a chilling paranoia that her former cult could still be pursuing her, the line between Martha's reality and delusion begins to blur....

This film is on tonight.  Films are screened at The Guildhall, Victoria Road, Dartmouth. The bar is open from 7.00pm and the films start at 7.30pm Guest tickets are available on the night for £4.00 each from “The Windjammer” Victoria Road between 7.00pm & 7.25pm only. No guest tickets will be sold on the door. For more information call Clive Osborne on: Tel. 07968 026449


4.   The Toast Rack

We have all seen it, and often not looked very hard?  Just outside Vavasour House built in 1981 on the North Embankment, boats often come in on a moderate tide, tie up on to the big capstans and wait for the tide to go out.  Then they can clean the bottom of the boat with the water and power kindly supplied by the DHNA and then repair or antifoul their boat.  This allows easy access to the very bottom of the boat.  Of course in the Second World War Vavasour Slip was a  slipway for launching and recovering of the American landing craft.

On 3 June 1944, 485 large and small landing craft sailed from Dartmouth, fully loaded with anxious solders and their equipment, to begin the invasion of France after almost five years of bloody conflict.  Later that year with the departure of the American and British forces, the population of Dartmouth greatly reduced and the presence of so many servicemen and women was sadly missed, particularly by the shopkeepers whose income diminished considerably.  The imbalance was not so obvious in the many public houses, as due to the war there were more women visiting licensed premises, often alone.  This paragraph was taken from "The Chronicles of Dartmouth 1854-1954 click here to see more.


5.   Small News

  • Canoe the Dart by Moonlight in guided 12 seat Longbow canoes.

    Friday 29 June. 17:15 from Tuckenhay, returning at 2230 approx. Dine at The Ferry Boat Inn, Dittisham. Riverside fire and hot chocolate by moonlight on the return. Seats: adults £22, 16 & under £17.  Booking and info Canoe Adventures 01803 865301 click here for more.


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