When I read your blog about living in Devon I thought about this picture of a 'Welcome to Devon' sign.
Because the picture is quite small and I haven't a clue if you can 'zoom in' it says the following:
'Welcome to Devon
You are not driving a tank! The hedges won't bite! Learn to reverse! The beach isn't on fire, it will still be there when you arrive! Enjoy your stay!'
NB Cornish hedges do bite! They may look green but underneath is rock! I know about this from personal experience.