Rolo spent Saturday morning at Hungerford Library meeting new fans and presenting prizes to children who had entered the writing competition sponsored by Hungerford Book Shop. Debi explained how Rolo wrote both of the books ‘The Secret Adventures of Rolo’ himself and why he appears so tired during the day – because he is out adventuring via a time tunnel found in Athelstan’s oak tree on Savernake Forest by night! He is very proud of his second adventure book called The Chilvester Passage which is just out.
The quality of the 30 entries for the children’s writing competition was very good and made judging difficult. The brief was to write a poem or beginning of a story with the words ‘The mist was rising. I was lost.’
Rolo was slightly annoyed that he didn’t get to meet Kate Adie at the speaker’s reception in The Corn Exchange last night. He would have regaled her with his own battle stories. Debi had a wonderful chat with the venerable broadcaster, reminiscing about time spent in Dubai.
The third Hungerford Literary Festival is running until 22 October.
18 degrees in Salcombe today….beautiful sunshine…crab sandwich, sea salt fudge, yummy salad, The Village Inn in Thurlestone; Doombar, Doggy dining at the Victoria Arms in Salcombe
A very exciting day out for Rolo today! Parked the car at Dartmouth park and ride, and then a bus to Dartmouth and a ferry ride to Kingswear and then half an hours steam train ride to Paignton through Churston and Goodrington. Kingswear had its 150th birthday on 16th August this year. Rolo had his own ‘dog’ ticket and a biscuit from the ticket man. All very scenic and another gorgeous sunny day. Fish and chips on the quayside at Dartmouth watching the crabs being brought ashore (big uns!)Salcombe Dairy ice cream to finish off…alas not for Rolo! Saw the oldest building in Dartmouth, The Cherub Inn dating back to the 14th century.
This is Rolo’s third visit to South Devon and he loves it here. It’s late September (and I really should be back at school…) and the sun is still shining. Seaweed to sniff, rock pools to explore, dogs to meet, sea to bark at and run into, coastal paths to climb, pubs to sleep under the table and be slipped tidbits…what’s not to love about holidaying in Thurlestone.
Today we walked from Thurlestone to Hope Cove. Last year we abandoned because the coastal path had subsided, making a very long pedestrian detour along the windy road. Thankfully there is a newly opened ‘permissive path’ which follows the fields and puts you back on the coastal path for the steep descent to Hope Cove. Of course the great thing about coastal paths is that when there’s an ‘up’ it is natural that there will be a ‘down’ and whatever you do on the way there, you will do in reverse on the return.
A big fat bacon butty at The Beach Hut, South Milton Sands, and then on to The Hope and Anchor for a pint of well earned Tribute. So many dogs to meet and play with, and what a big adventure. Rolo was very interested in the Lifeboat Station at Hope Cove and thinks it may possibly feature in book 3 of his Secret Adventures.