Devon and Cornwall has something for everyone and attracts visitors from all over the UK and Abroad. There are wonderful large sandy beaches, small coves, quaint fishing villages and rocky coastlines with huge waves. The Coast Path in Devon and Cornwall is popular with tourists and serious walkers being both varied and challenging. In addition there are areas of beautiful moorland, Dartmoor National Park in Devon and Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. Exmoor National Park covers an area partly in North Devon and also in Somerset.
Rosie Spooner has produced calendars and other photo products of the Devon and Cornwall area for many years. She took up photography on retirement and it has grown into a very successful business supplying many retailers and also online sales. She lives in Torquay in Devon and has a holiday cottage at Looe in Cornwall so is well placed to take photographs in both Devon and Cornwall areas. She particularly enjoys the coastal scenery but enjoys visiting the Moors as well.
Rosie’s Photo Products
For 2021 I have produced nine standard 12 month calendars throughout Devon and Cornwall. I also produce an 18 month calendar for Teignmouth and Shaldon covering the period July 2020 till December 2021. In addition I have several A5 photobooks of the area, a very large range of greetings cards and a new product Jigsaws. All these items can be bought online. I also supply my postcards and fridge magnets to retailers.
The photos below represent the twelve months of 2021 chosen from all my 2021 calendars
January – St Marychurch and Babbacombe Calendar
The wooden bridge along the coast path between Oddicombe and Babbacombe Beach in Torquay South Devon.
The climb back up to Babbacombe Downs is steep but fortunately there is a Cliff Railway at Oddicombe if you run out of energy. This Funicular Railway was built in 1926 and has been enjoyed by locals and holiday makers for many years.
February – Devon Calendar
Smeaton’s Tower at Plymouth Hoe in Devon. Smeaton’s Lighthouse was originally built on the Eddystone Reef in 1759 but was moved in the early 1880s to where it stands now. The Hoe has amazing views across Plymouth Sound to Drakes Island and beyond to Cornwall. My Devon Calendar includes this view plus eleven other views from all around Devon.
March – Cockington Calendar
Clouds gather over the thatched cottages and The Old Forge in Cockington Village. Cockington in Torquay is an unusual village as it is only a mile away from the busy seafront of Torquay and is so completely different.
April – Teignmouth and Shaldon Calendar
Teignmouth town, the pier and The Parson and Clerk Rocks captured from a high vantage point in Shaldon. Teignmouth and Shaldon are situated either side of the River Teign and both have River Beaches. Teignmouth also has a long main beach and pier. The railway line passes along the seashore edge with fabulous views.
May – Teignmouth and Shaldon Calendar
The Ferry landing at Shaldon Beach after crossing The River Teign from Teignmouth. This popular ferry joins Teignmouth and Shaldon and saves a long trip around by foot, bus or car from one side of the river to the other. Used by locals for work and holiday makers for pleasure. The ferry is possibly the oldest passenger service in England. There is evidence of a ferry service dating back to 1296.
June – Cornwall Calendar
Stunning Bedruthran Steps on the North Cornwall Coast viewed from the coast path. My Cornwall calendar includes this photo and eleven other views from all around Cornwall
July – Looe Calendar
Luggers sailing down the River Looe ready to compete in the Biennial Looe Lugger Regatta. An amazing spectacle and one of my favourite events at Looe both to watch and take photos of. This photo also features on one of my Jigsaws. As I have a Holiday Let in Looe I try to visit as much as possible as I love the area. It allows me easy access to take photos for my Looe, Polperro and General Cornwall Calendar
August – Dawlish Views and Swans Calendar
Black Swan and Cygnet family at Dawlish Brook. The Black Swans are native to Australia but were introduced to Dawlish in 1906 by a New Zealander who moved there from Dawlish. He thought the swans would make a lovely addition to the seaside resort which they certainly have. For a period between the two world wars they died out but were reintroduced and have been successfully breeding ever since. Black Swans may have several broods a year.
September – Cornwall Calendar
Port Isaac viewed from the Coast Path. Port Isaac is not only a quaint fishing village, it was used for filming of the popular Doc Martin TV series in which it is known as Portwenn. In addition it is home to the Shanty group The Fisherman’s Friends.
October – Polperro Calendar
Low tide at Polperro outer harbour. At high tide there is no beach at Polperro but when the tide goes out it is a lovely sandy area with interesting rocks and caves.
November – Meadfoot Calendar
Rough Seas at Meadfoot Beach looking towards the Beach Chalets. Meadfoot is only a short distance from where I live so I love to swim here daily usually from June till the end of October. The sea here is usually calm but on occasions there are spectacular waves which rise up over the seawall causing the road to be closed.
December – Devon Calendar
A snowy view of the thatched cottages at Cockington in Torquay. Snow in Torquay is uncommon as temperatures rarely drop below zero degrees for very long which is the reason for the name The English Riviera. When it occasionally snows, it does not settle for very long therefore you have to be quick to capture some photos.