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By Adriana Hutchins 22 Mar, 2017
Welcome to the new website for Kirkside Barn. We hope you find it interesting and helpful, and that you like Kirkside Barn enough to book it for your holiday.
We are so lucky to live in Mary Tavy, within the stunning Dartmoor National Park. It’s a lovely village – very friendly, and particularly pretty in the old part of the village where Kirkside Barn is situated, next to the village church, within a conservation area. Just a few minutes’ walk away is the River Tavy, tumbling over the rocks under the bridge on the walk to Peter Tavy.
Last week, we thought that spring was on its way, but it’s decided to delay a little longer. The first wild flowers of the year, the snowdrops and crocus, are now over. They have been replaced by the heralds of spring, hosts of golden daffodils, both wild and in gardens.
Mary Tavy churchyard is a picture, with daffodils all over to brighten the day and lift your heart.
On the main road through the village, there is a stretch of bright daffodils to welcome travelers entering the village, or to say goodbye. This is the same on the approach roads into Tavistock too, and they really are a welcoming sight after the winter.
Come and see this beautiful place for yourself!
By Adriana Hutchins 18 Nov, 2016

Last Friday was 11 November, Armistice Day, and the weather was fantastic.   The sky was pale blue with strips of white cloud, and it was so warm, a coat wasn’t needed.   You would have thought it was summer, but for the low sun and the paleness of the blue sky, rather than the deep blue of summer.   It would have been good to lie down to soak up the warmth, but the grass was wet from the melted frost.   There was even a summer flower, a pink Campion, blooming in the hedge.

What a beautiful place to walk the dog – surrounded by fields with the River Tavy running swiftly in the bottom of the valley.   A little higher up on the opposite side, the moor proper started, with the bracken brown in the shades of autumn.   The turrets of Peter Tavy church were sticking out of the trees to the right, and to the left, half of Mary Tavy’s church tower was visible over the trees.

Many of the trees had brown leaves, but there were still many green ones too.   Autumn was coming slowly and late – how wonderful!

The tors above looked majestic – Cox Tor, Smeardon Down, White Tor and further away Staple Tors.

There were no chimes from Big Ben at 11am, or cannons fired, to signify the 2 minutes silence to mark the Remembrance, just an old-fashioned watch with hands.   Thoughts turned to the 1st   World War – how did anyone survive those trenches?

Different landscapes of war came to mind.   The prisoner of war camps in Europe and the jungle camps in the Far East of the 2nd   World War, and the lands of all the different conflicts since then.   The 2 minutes silence passed and it was still silent, apart from the tweeting of the birds.   All the beauty was still there, stretching for miles.   How lucky we are!

What a difference a week makes!   Today, the weather is not so kind.   It was only 4.5C by 11am, there are masses of brown leaves all over the wet ground, and there is snow on the moors above Okehampton.   It is mid-November!

However, the sky was again blue with strips of white cloud, and it looked lovely.   The beauty was still there.

By Adriana Hutchins 14 Jul, 2016

Carnival time is here again. It’s Tavistock Carnival week, one of the highlights of the year.  There is so much happening, with something for everyone.

 

Saturday

Saturday is the real day of excitement, with an all-day fair on Bedford Square, so there will be lots of fun for all ages. There’ll be tummy churning rides and more gentle ones for youngsters and the less brave, as well as games to win teddies, sweets and wrist bands, and stalls of goodies, candy floss and ice creams.

 

The atmosphere will be electric, and everyone, young and old will have a great time.

 

The Carnival Procession on Saturday evening is the highlight of the week. Lorries, vans and cars will be beautifully decorated for this year’s theme “The Road to Rio”. All the waving, shouting volunteers dress up in their home made costumes. It will be even more colourful than ever this year, thanks to the Rio theme, which may feature Mardi Gras as well as the Olympics. It is always very exciting and great fun. The procession of floats and individuals meanders its way through the town. Some shops stay open late, and the onlookers line the streets, many waving flags and cheering. Come and join us. All proceeds go to the community, so bring your small change.

 

To take us to Saturday, there is a heritage walk around Tavistock today, led by Simon, a local historian. For the energetic, we have the Town Relay Races this evening in the Meadows.

 

Friday

On Friday there’s a Traders’ Skittles Competition, so we can expect some rivalry there. Also Simon is giving an inspirational talk about Dartmoor Prison.

 

Other activities

There is such a range of events during the week. There has already been the Baby Show, a Sunset Supper in the Vicarage garden, and the Fun Day in Tavistock Meadows. This event had everything for family fun from a dog show to a tug of war competition, a falconry display to a duck race on the canal, and lots of children’s games and activities. There were children and dogs everywhere. We’ve also had a celebration dinner and wine tasting, a concert in the parish church, and a pavement art competition.

 

Tavistock is a lovely vibrant town, with many independent shops, cafes and restaurants. You can also visit the remains of Tavistock Abbey, the Wharf theatre/cinema/arts centre, Meadowlands leisure pool, the Meadows Park and riverside walks, so there is plenty to do here. Come and see for yourself.

By Adriana Hutchins 22 Mar, 2017
Welcome to the new website for Kirkside Barn. We hope you find it interesting and helpful, and that you like Kirkside Barn enough to book it for your holiday.
We are so lucky to live in Mary Tavy, within the stunning Dartmoor National Park. It’s a lovely village – very friendly, and particularly pretty in the old part of the village where Kirkside Barn is situated, next to the village church, within a conservation area. Just a few minutes’ walk away is the River Tavy, tumbling over the rocks under the bridge on the walk to Peter Tavy.
Last week, we thought that spring was on its way, but it’s decided to delay a little longer. The first wild flowers of the year, the snowdrops and crocus, are now over. They have been replaced by the heralds of spring, hosts of golden daffodils, both wild and in gardens.
Mary Tavy churchyard is a picture, with daffodils all over to brighten the day and lift your heart.
On the main road through the village, there is a stretch of bright daffodils to welcome travelers entering the village, or to say goodbye. This is the same on the approach roads into Tavistock too, and they really are a welcoming sight after the winter.
Come and see this beautiful place for yourself!
By Adriana Hutchins 18 Nov, 2016

Last Friday was 11 November, Armistice Day, and the weather was fantastic.   The sky was pale blue with strips of white cloud, and it was so warm, a coat wasn’t needed.   You would have thought it was summer, but for the low sun and the paleness of the blue sky, rather than the deep blue of summer.   It would have been good to lie down to soak up the warmth, but the grass was wet from the melted frost.   There was even a summer flower, a pink Campion, blooming in the hedge.

What a beautiful place to walk the dog – surrounded by fields with the River Tavy running swiftly in the bottom of the valley.   A little higher up on the opposite side, the moor proper started, with the bracken brown in the shades of autumn.   The turrets of Peter Tavy church were sticking out of the trees to the right, and to the left, half of Mary Tavy’s church tower was visible over the trees.

Many of the trees had brown leaves, but there were still many green ones too.   Autumn was coming slowly and late – how wonderful!

The tors above looked majestic – Cox Tor, Smeardon Down, White Tor and further away Staple Tors.

There were no chimes from Big Ben at 11am, or cannons fired, to signify the 2 minutes silence to mark the Remembrance, just an old-fashioned watch with hands.   Thoughts turned to the 1st   World War – how did anyone survive those trenches?

Different landscapes of war came to mind.   The prisoner of war camps in Europe and the jungle camps in the Far East of the 2nd   World War, and the lands of all the different conflicts since then.   The 2 minutes silence passed and it was still silent, apart from the tweeting of the birds.   All the beauty was still there, stretching for miles.   How lucky we are!

What a difference a week makes!   Today, the weather is not so kind.   It was only 4.5C by 11am, there are masses of brown leaves all over the wet ground, and there is snow on the moors above Okehampton.   It is mid-November!

However, the sky was again blue with strips of white cloud, and it looked lovely.   The beauty was still there.

By Adriana Hutchins 14 Jul, 2016

Carnival time is here again. It’s Tavistock Carnival week, one of the highlights of the year.  There is so much happening, with something for everyone.

 

Saturday

Saturday is the real day of excitement, with an all-day fair on Bedford Square, so there will be lots of fun for all ages. There’ll be tummy churning rides and more gentle ones for youngsters and the less brave, as well as games to win teddies, sweets and wrist bands, and stalls of goodies, candy floss and ice creams.

 

The atmosphere will be electric, and everyone, young and old will have a great time.

 

The Carnival Procession on Saturday evening is the highlight of the week. Lorries, vans and cars will be beautifully decorated for this year’s theme “The Road to Rio”. All the waving, shouting volunteers dress up in their home made costumes. It will be even more colourful than ever this year, thanks to the Rio theme, which may feature Mardi Gras as well as the Olympics. It is always very exciting and great fun. The procession of floats and individuals meanders its way through the town. Some shops stay open late, and the onlookers line the streets, many waving flags and cheering. Come and join us. All proceeds go to the community, so bring your small change.

 

To take us to Saturday, there is a heritage walk around Tavistock today, led by Simon, a local historian. For the energetic, we have the Town Relay Races this evening in the Meadows.

 

Friday

On Friday there’s a Traders’ Skittles Competition, so we can expect some rivalry there. Also Simon is giving an inspirational talk about Dartmoor Prison.

 

Other activities

There is such a range of events during the week. There has already been the Baby Show, a Sunset Supper in the Vicarage garden, and the Fun Day in Tavistock Meadows. This event had everything for family fun from a dog show to a tug of war competition, a falconry display to a duck race on the canal, and lots of children’s games and activities. There were children and dogs everywhere. We’ve also had a celebration dinner and wine tasting, a concert in the parish church, and a pavement art competition.

 

Tavistock is a lovely vibrant town, with many independent shops, cafes and restaurants. You can also visit the remains of Tavistock Abbey, the Wharf theatre/cinema/arts centre, Meadowlands leisure pool, the Meadows Park and riverside walks, so there is plenty to do here. Come and see for yourself.

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