Archive for April, 2015

What a whopper!

Our hens are regularly laying 14 or 15 eggs a day, but the other day one laid a real whopper.  that must have hurt!


When I cracked it open it was a double yolker.


We don’t get too many of those, so Neil had a bonus for his breakfast, he loves nothing better than fried eggs on toast.


If you want lovely fresh eggs on toast for breakfast, come to our B&B see

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St George’s Day special on the West Somerset Railway

On Thursday 23rd April, St George’s Day, Neil and I were treated to a day out on the West Somerset Railway.  It was a fish and chip lunch as we chuffed our way to Minehead and then afternoon tea on the way back to Bishops Lydeard.  What started out as an overcast day quickly turned to sunshine. The steam train was waiting for us to depart.



Whilst waiting to depart we visited the museum, I particularly like the old posters.



There was a model railway on display, Neil was quite jealous.


The we set off gently chugging for an hour and 20 minutes and the fish and chips was served with little bottles of Prosecco.



Arriving in Minehead the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.


We went for a stroll along the promenade but the tide was out.



We stopped for an ice cream on the front, well it had to be done!!



The afternoon tea on the way back was also St George’s Day themed with red crosses on the cup cakes.


Now some interesting facts about St George’s Day.  It was in 1222 that the Council of Oxford declared April 23rd to be St George’s Day but it was not until 1348 that St George became the Patron Saint of England.  April 23rd 1616 was also the date of the death of William Shakespeare.

St George was born to Christian parents in AD 270 in Cappadocia, now Eastern Turkey.  He became a Roman soldier but later resigned his military post and protested against his pagan leader, the Emperor Diocletian who lead Rome’s persecution of Christians.  His rebellion resulted in imprisonment and torture but he stayed true to his faith and on 23rd April 303 AD he was beheaded.

The medieval legend of St George and dragon is over a thousand years old. The tale goes that the dragon made it’s nest by the fresh water spring near the town of Silene in Libya.  When people came to collect water they disturbed the dragon and so offered a sheep as a distraction.  Eventually they ran out of sheep and a maiden was chosen to be the next sacrifice by drawing lots.  The King’s daughter was to be the next victim.  However at the moment of offering a knight from the Crusades came riding by on his white stallion, protecting himself with the sign of the cross he drew his sword and fought the dragon, slaying the beast and saving the princess. The people of Silene was extremely grateful and abandoned their pagan beliefs to convert to Christianity.

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What a difference some sunshine makes!

We have had two weeks of glorious sunshine and the garden has come on in leaps and bounds.  Today I picked our first rhubarb and cooked it up. What I do is cut it into chunks, wash it, add some orange juice and honey to the pan and simmer til soft.  I think this was a Jamie Oliver idea,but anyhow it is delicious cooked like this.  I am making rhubarb crumble tonight.  Nothing like eating it fresh.


Also our purple sprouting broccoli has started sprouting.  Two weeks ago it was just leaves, now it has spears.  I picked some for dinner tonight.


The strawberry plants are looking healthy.


In the front garden the daffs have died off and now it is the turn of the tulips and anemones.

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Next to plant are the main crop potatoes. Looking forward to this year’s growing season.

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A lovely Easter weekend with our friends from Oz!!

Over the Easter weekend we were delighted to be visited by our friends from Australia Christine and Ian. I first met Chris when she came to my parents house for Xmas 30 years ago, and then about 24 years ago I went to Melbourne and stayed with her in Gisborne approximately 55 kilometres (34 mi) north-west of Melbourne.  We have corresponded on email, so kept in touch but not seen each other for a very long time and I had never met her partner Ian, and my hubby Neil had never met either of them. But we all got on like a house on fire. They have 40 acres of land in Seymour in the state of Victoria, Australia which is located 98 kilometres (61 mi) north of Melbourne. They too keep chickens and appreciated what we are trying to do with our 3 1/2 acres here.

On Easter Sunday we took them to one of our favourite walks up Staple Hill.  Chris loves to take photos and took even more than me! I snapped her capturing the view.


It was quite sunny with some low cloud so we couldn’t see all the way to Wales but they loved the woods and peacefulness of Staple Hill.

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I took this one of Chris and Ian when they weren’t looking but concentrating on their own photos.


Chris and I have exactly the same camera!.  All those miles between us and we have the exact same model of camera, that’s world markets for you.

We came home for lunch and opened our Easter eggs.   I had given Chris an Easter Chicken out of chocolate and she gave me a lovely Green and Black’s egg which we didn’t take long to demolish!!


Easter Monday and they were off on their travels again, all part of their 6 week European trip.  Still we managed to show them the lovely scenery around here, some country roads, 2 local pubs and Stentwood tea room as well as having a delicious roast lamb dinner yesterday.

I’m wondering how long it will be before we meet up again.  Not another 24 years I hope!!

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