Archive for July, 2015

Lavender Gin

This year we thought we would try making Lavender Gin.  Firstly find your lovely bush of lavender flowers and cut 20 unsprayed heads for a 70 cl bottle of gin.


Dry the heads on a sheet of kitchen paper for approx. 10 days


Then add to the gin bottle and allow to macerate for 14 days.


To make Lavender Gin cup you then pour approx. 50 ml of lavender gin into a tall tumbler containing ice and top up with old fashioned cloudy lemonade, adding a few drops of lemon juice to taste.  Serve with a stalk of lavender. Very refreshing!!

Want to try some?  come to Lodge House B&B

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The Courthouse, Chard

On Saturday the Courthouse at Chard was open for visitors as a one off for the Chard Festival. The Town Crier was out in his finery announcing what was going on.


The Courtroom is a very old building dating back to the 1640’s and part of a complex of ancient buildings in Chard.  This floor plan shows the age of these buildings.  We went through the first passageway on the left to the light blue building and up the stairs to the courtroom.


This is an outside view.


We went through the door way and past a really old door.


then up the stairs and into the courtroom.

The windows were mullioned and had leaded glass, which was not original but had been replaced as part of a restoration.


The most striking aspect of the courtroom are the plaster murals and decorative ceiling.


The murals on the end of the wall where the judge would be seated all had meanings which people of the time would have fully understood.

There was the judgement of Solomon.


And David in the lions den.


meaning that if you innocent then no harm will befall you.

It is said that the infamous Judge Jefferys known as the “Hanging Judge” presided here in 1685 and Taunton as part of the “Bloody Assizes” after the failure of the Monmouth rebellion.

The mural on the far end of the room represents a Phoenix rising from the ashes, which symbolises Chard rising again from the large fire of 1577 which destroyed a large part of the town.

Certainly an interesting visit and good to learn a little of the history of our nearest town.

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Visit to Ferne Animal Sanctuary

On Sunday we dodged the rain to take Neil’s sister Carole to Ferne Animal Sanctuary, where both our pussycats came from. There were some lovely cats there and some adorable kittens that make  you want to take them home with you, but maybe 2 cats is enough!!


at Ferne

Waddling along the path were some happy ducks.


The Ducks have a big pond to swim in and several of them were just sitting about by the pond.

The pigs looked content, one of them was wallowing in the mud.



There is a lovely wooded area where chickens run free and another pond for the geese.



We stopped for an ice cream to finish the afternoon off and some chickens were pecking at our feet.


There were also some handsome chicks picking over the grubs on the dung heap!!


If you want to visit Ferne it is only a couple of miles from our B&B.

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Buckland St Mary Summer Fete 2015

Saturday saw the annual Buckland St Mary Summer Fete take place.  We were so lucky as the sun shone and we have a glorious day for it.  Neil’s sister Carole came down to help on the book stall.  We raised £72.80 which isn’t bad when you think we were selling paper backs for 50p!


There were lots of other stalls including a cake stall where I bought a delicious lemon drizzle cake.


The afternoon tea and cakes proved very popular.


Over £1200 were raised altogether which goes towards funding our youth worker.

The summer Fete was a great social occasion in the village, a good time to meet up with friends and neighbours and have a chat in the sunshine.

Next week it is the Duck racing so watch this space for news of that!!

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