Well it seems you can, because I just cannot get started on the introduction to the Bustaine family history, my maternal ancestors who were from Braunton in Devon. I wrote the other day that I was faffing around, but had made up my mind that I would be starting by writing about the River Tamar, however I have changed my mind and now I'm back to faffing again! Can you believe it ?
I think I will probably start a bit further north with another river, the Taw which originates on Dartmoor.
After Barnstaple, the Taw makes its way north-west until it reaches Heanton Punchardon. From here it flows in a south- west direction, and is diverted from its path by the massive sand dunes of Braunton Burrows before joining with the River Torridge to form a tidal estuary that takes its name from both rivers. From there it joins the Atlantic Ocean.
From Braunton, looking across the estuary you can see the fields between villages of Appledore and Northam which, it has been claimed, is the site of what could be called a rematch, in 1069, of the Battle of Hastings between the sons of King Harold and the Norman conquerors. I wonder if my ancestors were involved in the punch up?
Don't let me get side tracked, I've only just got as far as 1525 with this family!
Well, well !! It seems I've waffled on a bit but have written the first part of my introduction........... *copies & pastes.
Medieval Long Bridge over the River Taw at Barnstaple.
Looking across the estuary towards Northam and the 1069 battle site.