Chaos to Cosmos
The path from chaos to cosmos was discovered by telling one's life story

Saturday, 31 August 2019


Stop the Coup protest in Plymouth city centre

Absolutely worse than a Crinkly Bottom IMHO!

Participant in Elmer's Big Parade

Participant in Elmer's Big Parade

The reason for this visit: a boat trip

Plymouth Hoe from the sea

Pretty ship

Royal William Victualling Yard

Eastern King battery from the sea

As it's still in military use, this was the only way I could get to see the Eastern King battery, part of the Fortifications of Plymouth, where my grandfather had lived and worked while stationed at the Royal Marines' Stonehouse Barracks. My father grew up playing football on the wide landings of that ancient fortification. 

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Totnes & Dartmouth

Coffee and cake for elevenses in Totnes was the highlight of the day

Found a quiet spot to sit by the river in Totnes

Kingswear seen from a bench in Dartmouth

But the queues!

As days out go, this one to Totnes and Dartmouth was a near total disaster. 

In Totnes, I dived into the first and only cafe with any space in it, near the bottom of Fore Street to be able to have a coffee and go to the loo. It was a really nice one, but I didn't get the name. After that, I could only find a spot by the river to sit and wait until we moved on, because the town was too busy to move and there was nowhere left to sit where the buses and coaches would pull up. What I saw was lovely, but I didn't see much, but I was partly saving my energy ...

But Dartmouth was uncomfortably crawling with tourists by the bus load - the busiest place I've ever seen in already tourist-filled Devon - to the point of ridiculousness. It made the town completely inaccessible to me. The queues weren't just for the busses either, because they were the same for the boat trips and ferries - which were already full for the day, so that wasn't possible - sitting on a boat to see the sights was what I'd planned - and it was the same for every cafe and restaurant. Whilst I walked around as much as I could manage, I found nowhere, not even the chippy, where the queue was short enough for me to have been able to stand in it. There was nowhere I could sit down to eat. So, when I spotted a gap on a bench near the bus stops, I grabbed it and dared not leave it again. That was a couple of hours before I would be picked up, but there was nothing else I could do. Consequently, I didn't see any of Dartmouth either.

Excursions when you have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) are hard.

Saturday, 3 August 2019


Steam powered vehicle doing trips along the prom

Musical entertainment

Minehead Lifeboat Station

Lunch on the sea front

Exmoor Rail 2019

Only in Canada Moose Creek

Amiens 1918 - Tracks and Trenches Amiens 1918 in 009 gauge


West Somerset Railway

Ticket Office of the West Somerset Railway at Bishops Lydeard

Interior of this 'heritage train'. Or 'train' as they were called when I was young!

Pity about the dull weather.

I have some of those, only a bit smaller.

GWR station bench and lamp.

Possibly the world's most boring video as we pull out of a station.

The engine that pulled my train 53808 - my first number!

Original Number 88 now 53808 is one of two surviving members of an original class of eleven designed for working heavy freight trains over the Mendip Hills although they were also used on holidays trains between Bath and Bournemouth. 

In August 2020 it was announced that the locomotive was being moved to the Mid Hants Railway (Watercress Line) for a two year period. (As seen on Train Truckers)