Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Men At Work II


Continuing with more photos of the folk who graft away whilst we enjoy our holiday in Devon.

‘Would it be Ok if I took your photo?’ I asked.

‘Go ahead, I’m a total tart’ was the reply. I’ll take that as a yes then.

Ferry steps 1

‘I’ve not spent thousands on body art to be shy about it’ he told me, ‘I’ve been an  extra in films you know, in France and Spain; but they type cast me, as a lager lout and I’m not. I’m thinking of dying my beard.’

I very doubt that a larger lout would have made such an immaculate job of clearing the ferry steps at East Portlemouth, all 140 of them. He also told me about the distinctive physique of the men of Brixham, his home town, ‘they all have beer bellies, but have legs like whippets, it’s all the climbing up and down the steep paths and steps.’

Ferry steps 2

‘I like doing a job well.’ He told me.

South Hams District Council, you have an ambassador, in your midst; I’m afraid I didn’t ask his name, but I’m sure he’s instantly recognisable.

Ferry steps 3


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “Men At Work II

  1. I have a hard time understanding why someone would go through the pain of tattoos and piercings, but it’s very popular around here with an astonishing range of people. Still more evidence for not judging a book by its cover.

  2. Yes, I imagine he would be instantly recognizable. 🙂

    I enjoyed this. It was interesting. Nice shots of the man at work.

  3. Did you see all his body art? If not, why not? Seems he would have been ready to oblige.

  4. What a great character ! There’re aren’t enough around these days.

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