Archive for June, 2015

Anniversary trip to Seaton in the sunshine

Thursday 18th June was our 21st wedding anniversary.  We still had to do some chores in the morning but in the afternoon we went down to the coast at Seaton.  It was the most glorious sunny day and we wandered along the pebble beach.



We sat on the beach taking in the sunshine and just watching the sea crashing against the beach.


I just love the surf on the pebbles.


Of course we had to have an icecream!!

We stopped by the tram terminus.  Trams run daily from Seaton to Colyton and back.  We must do this one day.




In the evening we went to an Italian restaurant called La Bella Luna in Chard for a lovely meal.  Great to celebrate 21 happy years together.



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Green Scythe Fair June 2015

Last Sunday we also went to the Green Scythe Fair at Thorney, Mulcheney in the Somerset Levels. It’s a sort of hippy, environmentally friendly fair, where all the power is generated on site by wind generators or solar power, and discounts are given to those arriving on bicycle or by foot.  There are lots of stalls and exhibits and people who made seemingly useless objects into useful items, like a 5 litre metal paint tin which had been converted into a “rocket” stove. This stove worked on twigs and small pieces of wood and boiled a kettle in a very short time.  One stall was using this to make cups of tea:


Some great willow sculptures:



There were some haystacks and the children had great fun running and jumping on them.


There was a scything competition of one man scything versus some one strimming with a power tool.

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On the various stalls were antiques and old farming or garden tools.  Neil took a fancy to this lamp.


We met a lady from Yeovil and South Somerset LETS scheme and spent some talking to her.  LETS is where one person does a chore for another but no money exchanges hands, in simple terms a bit like someone doing an hour’s ironing for someone else who does an hour’s gardening in exchange.  We are going to get her to come and talk to the Blackdown Hills Transition Group as this is a really good idea and perhaps something we could start here locally.

It was a lovely day and there were lots of foodie stalls too with organic or vegetarian food, so we sat on the grass having a little bite to eat, it was very relaxing in the sunshine. It was a really enjoyable Sunday afternoon.

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Sheep and Pig Racing

Yes you did read it right, sheep and Pig racing – that’s what us country folk get up to at the weekend.  It was held today at Beechayes Farm, Churchinford, so of course we had to go along.


A bit of madness but good fun.  There was a Tote and you could bet on the pigs and sheep just like you do horseracing.  The pigs were marked with different colours.  Their race was inside a barn and it was rather crowded so I struggled to get a good picture.


Outside was the run for the sheep.  Firstly they had saddles with doll riders attached to the sheep.


Then they were herded up to the top of the run and let go.  It was fairly slow at first, then the sheep got the hang of it and came charging down the run, over the little hurdles.


At the end of the race the sheep got some feed as reward.


The event was very well supported with lots of people in attendance.  Hot food was provided by the ladies of the Smeatharpe WI who always do a good job.  So a fun afternoon all round.

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Lovely Foxgloves

In our back border have sprung up some lovely purple Foxgloves.


And some more:


And in close up:


They look fabulous towering over the fence.  I shall sprinkle the seeds later on and hopefully we will get some more next year.  I just love them!!

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Visit to historic house at Sand, East Devon.

On Monday we went on a trip to an historic house at Sand, East Devon organised by the Combe History Society of which Neil is a member.  It is most unusual for us to take time out, let along on a Monday!!

From its website it gives the following information. “An historic house lived in by the family who have owned it and shared their history with it for over 500 years; a tranquil garden in an idyllic setting – In its peaceful East Devon valley, this historic stone house is set in about 6 acres of varied gardens. Gardens in which to relax, to wander round corners, to gaze at the views, to sit and watch the birds. A sun baked terrace, shady woodland, lawns and borders – something for everyone.
The family house is principally Elizabethan. the resident members of the family Stephen and Stella Huyshe-Shires, provide guided tours showing a wealth of period interior features as well as an adjacent mediaeval hall house. They tell of the history, of the delights and difficulties and the unexpected aspects of living in and maintaining an historic house.”


We had a guided tour of the house and were told of the history which went back to Edward de Sand in the 1200’s.

This fireplace is in the main chamber and dates from 1500 when the design was very fashionable. It is rumoured that Catherine of Aragon stayed there on her way from Plymouth to London to marry the brother of Henry VIII, who died after 6 months, and she later married Henry VIII. There is a stained glass panel of her coat of arms in the grand hall.


We also wandered around the gardens which were really lovely.


They had these really big poppies in both red


and pink.


One of our group was in a wheel chair and the terrain around the gardens wasn’t exactly suitable, so Neil got involved in helping to push.


All in all it was a really interesting afternoon out.  If you want to visit Sand yourself, why not stay at our B&B which is less than half an hour’s drive away?





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June walk at Otterhead Lakes

We  had friends stay with us over the weekend and as the weather was sunny we went for a walk at Otterhead Lakes.


The walk down to the first lake was through woodland that was dappled with sunlight.


We passed lovely rhododendrons still in flower.


The water on the first lake was calm as a mill pond as they say.


The water level was low and not enough to cascade down the steps, only the bottom couple.


We stopped at the little bridge over the stream and our friends took our photo.


We remarked on how beautiful the ferns were along the stream.


When we reached the second lake we noticed how low the water level was.


The swans were standing on the lake bed.


This is the first time we have done this walk in June so we are not sure if low water is the norm or not.

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Ox-Eye Daisies

The Leucanthemum vulgare or Ox-Eye Daisy as it is commonly called is growing profusely outside our house.  I love this perennial wildflower that grows among grass.


The sunny little flower heads bob in the wind and make the outside of the house attractive.


The hedgerows are continually changing with the wild flowers.  Now the Bluebells have died down we have Cow Parsley, Campian and these Ox-Eye Daisies.  Next will come the Foxgloves and purple Willowherb.  Always something to look forward to.

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