The Bodmin Moor...Exciting place to visit...


The Daphne du Maurier room on display at the Smugglers Museum at the site of the Jamaica Inn & Restaurant.
Fascinating Fact of the Day Bodmin Moor, Cornwall:
"Bodmin Moor, one of Cornwall's designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a remote, bleak heather covered upland granite moorland still grazed by moorland ponies and bisected by the main A30 road."
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An under-glass display of Daphne du Maurier's many novels. From this site: "Dame Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning, DBE was an English author and playwright. Although she is classed as a romantic novelist, her stories have been described as "moody and resonant" with overtones of the paranormal."
As it turned out we discovered that Bodmin Moor was simply not an area that can be thoroughly appreciated in a one day drive.  Travelers can easily plan four of five days of jaw-dropping experiences in this majestic area in Cornwall.
The Farm Shop at Jamaica Inn and Restaurant.
Yes, it requires a fair amount of planning ahead, which, unfortunately, we did not do which we later regretted.  Also, the satellite signal was poor and unavailable for a better portion of today's drive.  With all the narrow roads with hedgerows impeding the view in many areas, its easy to get lost.
Locally grown fruits and vegetables.
It definitely would be advisable to take a paper map and carefully outline the areas you'd like to explore.  We failed to do this, reliant upon a Maps signal which no doubt prevented us from the full experience.  
Locally raised grass-fed meats.
You know how frustrating it is to get lost when using Maps with the voice continually saving, "Signal lost" or in a more frustrating tone, "Make a legal u-turn," when a u-turn isn't necessary.  We'd saved the directions on my phone but with so many unmarked narrow roads it was easy to miss a turn.
A wide array of English wines, liqueurs, and liquors.
Tom, good driver that he is, stayed calm and drove cautiously around the endless array of single-lane roads and quickly adapted to direction changes.  I so appreciated his calm when I was trying over and over again to get a signal to keep him on the right track.  We both persevered.
Antique English porcelain figurines.
As mentioned above with poor planning, we missed a lot and ended up seeing very little as compared to what we could have seen in one afternoon.  While having lunch at the popular Jamaica Inn Restaurant which included museums and shops. located in Bolventor, Launceston, we did our best to decide what appealed to us the most while enjoying the scenic drive.  We opted for Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre located in North Petherwin, Launceston, Cornwall.
These pipes were used in England for smoking cocaine and other drugs in the 1920s and 1930s.
For us, this wasn't a good decision.  The centre was beautiful and well designed with a plethora of various indigenous and non-indigenous wildlife but essentially, it was a zoo with an open wildlife area contained therein.  For children and those who've had little exposure to wildlife, this is an excellent place to start.
Women and men's historical pieces are displayed in the glass cabinet.
For us, after over two years in Africa, loving what wildlife is all about and...their freedom in the savannah, we have a hard time enjoying zoos where animals are confined.  It breaks our hearts to see them in pens and cages, unable to live the life they are meant to live.
Representation of certain character from the 1700s.
There is an open and wild area of the facility where many birds, deer and oddly, wallaby's lived.  We totally agree that such a facility has benefit for those who may never have an opportunity to see animals in the wild, which is probably the majority of the population in many countries.
Articles of shoes and clothing from the 1700 and 1800s.
We decided to make the best of it, wandering through the lush surroundings and stopping to appreciate every living being along the way while we took many photos.  The park wasn't crowded but we did see several other visitors along the way.
The front garden of the Jamaica Restaurant and Inn where visitors languished over beer and other beverages.
As mentioned above, before we visited the wildlife centre we stopped for lunch at the Jamaica Inn Restaurant, we took advantage of the many sites to see right on the property such as the Smuggler's Museum, the Farm Shop, and the well-known Daphne du Maurier room was which packed with fascinating period pieces reminding me of her many popular books, some of which I'd read years ago.
Tom wasn't comfortable in this position for long.  From this site: "The pillory is a device made of a wooden or metal framework erected on a post, with holes for securing the head and hands, formerly used for punishment by public humiliation and often further physical abuse."
We took many photos, more than we can share here in one post.  Since we're leaving here today to head to our next location, we'll be posting the favorite of our photos over the next few days while we get settled in our new location.
Traditional red phone booth found in the UK.  There are currently 5,023 red phone boxes, or kiosks as they're officially known, up for grabs across the UK including 970 in the South West, 741 in Scotland, 555 in London, and 419 in Wales.
A few days later, we'll begin posting stories and photos of the new location In Devon, Cornwall, including the property, the grounds and much more. Please check back for more. We're loving the beauty of Cornwall and can't wait to see more.

May your day be rich with new experiences!
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Photo from one year ago today, September 20, 2018:
A yellow-billed heron sitting atop the back of a hippo at Sunset Dam in Kruger National Park.  For more photos, please click here.

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