Motivation For Today

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Even though times were pretty rough for my family and I when we were living in Buckfastleigh when we were, I wouldn’t change any of it for the world because it really did help shape me into the man that I am today. I didn’t realize it at the time, but having my family go through the struggles that we did was changing my attitude on life itself.

Perspective and Goals

When I reached my teenage years I started to have a better understanding of the situation that my family was in. While I was younger, most of my friends and other kids who went to my school were on the less fortunate side as well so it didn’t seem too out of the ordinary for me but once I started to grow up and see others outside of my small neighborhood I realized how bad our situation really way.

Even though we never had a lot of money and met pretty much every criteria described here to fall under the “poverty line” that is  to buy luxury things like televisions or computers, we always knew that we had each other and made the best of our circumstances.

I don’t remember the exact circumstances that it happened, but there was a moment when I promised myself that I would never allow my future family to fall victim to the situations that my family had fallen into.

Stay tuned to hear more about that next.

Making the Best of It

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Now that you have a little bit of information about my living situation and where I came from, I can start talking a little bit about growing up in these situation.

As I am sure most of you can relate to, when you are a kid you tend to make the most of whatever situation is thrown at you regardless of the actual reality of it. This was most certainly the case in my childhood and my friends and I never let our parent’s poor income have a negative toll on our lives.

Lived Outdoors

oldhouseIt might be hard for my children and the younger generations out there to grasp this but we never had a television, computer, or video game system when we were growing up and had to make our own fun.

How did we ever survive???

Well like most kids during those times, we were responsible for making dew with what we had and entertaining ourselves completely technology free. Just like my house, the lawn was a complete disaster and was filled with overgrown grass, rotting trees, and random mounds of dirt all over the place.

One of my favorite things as a kid was playing “war” with my friends and creating our own fortresses and home bases with some of the mess that my yard consisted of.

This was one thing that I was actually thankful for while we were living here and find it fascinating how different my, and others, children could never fathom having to go through life without their computers and smart phones.

Living Situation

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For those of you who have kept up or had the time to check out my about page, you know that my family was going through pretty rough times while we lived in Buckfastleigh. My father had lost his job and we really had no choice but to relocate to a cheaper place in a cheaper town which led us there.

Now that I am an adult and have a career and consider myself to be “successful,” I really do love looking back at where I came from and it gives me an entirely new perspective and appreciation for what I have today.

Our House

When I look back and think about it I realize that for the most part, the house we lived in was an absolute disaster. Being a kid and having most of my friends living in similar circumstances I really didn’t realize how poor my family actually was so thankfully it never really effected my everyday life.


We had major plumbing, roof, and yard issues and you better believe that there was no way my parents were spending any money to hire people to come and fix these problems because there simply was no money to be spent on it.

If we had a roof (even a leaky roof) over our head and food on the table then my parents were doing their job but anything more than that was very rare to come by.

My Favorite History As A Kid

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So as you know, I lived in Buckfastleigh from the time I was 7 for about 10 years so obviously the majority of my time there was as a child. Little did I know that what I was observing and taking in would have a major impact on myself and attitude towards life overall later on.

But I will get to that stuff later, for now I’ll talk a little bit more about the history and what I loved as a kid.

William Pengelly Cave Studies Centre

Like most of you out there reading this, I used to love taking field trips in school and the William Pengelly Cave Studies Centre is one that stands out as my favorite.

caveThis centre in Russets Lane, was established in 1962 as a focus for the study of the caves, through educational visits and research, and for the conservation of the cave environment. The focal point at the centre is the Joint-Mitnor Cave which contains the remains of animals that lived here about 100,000 years ago.

These rich bone deposits were laid down during the last inter glacial period. The climate at that time was hotter than now so such animals as hippopotamus, straight tusked elephant, rhinoceros, hyena, bison, cave lion, wild pig and many more could live here. From time to time animals fell down the limestone fissures on the hill into the caves below and died. Gradually a mound of bones, earth and rock built up. As the ages passed, the climate altered and openings into the caves appeared.

Little Bit of History

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I understand that the majority of people reading this have probably not even heard of Buckfastleigh, let alone live there or know much about the history behind this smaller English town so I want to fill you in with some of what I know about the history. For those of you who have some knowledge about it or aren’t too interested in the details, this one might not be for you.

Take Some Notes Kids

buck1Greek and Phoenician traders came to the Casserides or tin Islands from 2000 BC for tin was more highly prized than gold as it was used to make bronze.  There is no record of their having reached the Mardle Valley but they described the country as ‘hospitable, thickly populated and with an extremely chilly climate.

Until 1204 AD the whole of Devon was a royal forest, but on May 18th King John de-forested land up to the bounds of Dartmoor.  An old map painted on skin shows four circles, the  center being the true forest in which dwelt 35 tenement holders whose names had been on the Manor Rolls for ‘tyme out of mynde’.

Devon men were said to have long legs to pull themselves out of the mud. Not until 1635 was there a highway code with o Surveyor appointed for a single highway parish and a District Surveyor for several parishes grouped together by order of Quarter Sessions, the rates being ten pence, three times a year. Twenty five years later the Public Health Act divided England into Urban and Rural Sanitary Districts and that eventually formed Buckfastleigh into what it is today.

My Introduction To Buckfastleigh

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buckHaving lived in multiple countries and having visited many more, there are a few that stand out in my mind as some of the most interesting places and Buckfastleigh remains very high on my list over all of these years. For those of you who are living in the states like myself currently, Buckfastleigh is a small town in England that many people have not heard of and even fewer have lived there.

Hard Times in Buckfastleigh

I was born just outside of London, England and my family packed up and moved to Buckfastleigh when I was around 7 years old because my father lost his job and we lived there for almost 10 years before we finally got out. I used the phrase “got out” mostly because my family was very poor during these times and a lot of Buckfastleigh consisted of people who did not have a lot of money. I don’t want to sound like I am talking down about the town or the people living there at all in any of the posts I decide to write about so if at all I come across as if though I am, I would like to apologize in advance.

I have learned a lot during my time living in this small town and wanted to bring this page back to try and teach a little bit about the country as well as some of my experiences living there.