Archive for June, 2018

Visit to Fairfield House, Sturgosey

Today we visited Fairfield House, in Sturgosey, North Somerset with the Combe  St. Nicolas History Group.  It took us quite a while to get there through the country roads.

The known history of the manor begins in the reign of Henry II, when it was granted to an ancestor of the present owner, and it has been in the same family ever since. The present house has a medieval west wing with the remains of a carved 15th Century roof; the rest is Elizabethan, except for part of the back which is 18th Century. It is now lived in by Dame Elizabeth Acland Hood Gass who was Lord Lieutenant of Somerset from 1998 to 2015.

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As Lady Gass still lives in the house we were only shown some downstairs rooms that are open to the public.  There were many large oil paintings of ancestors and some lovely carved wooden furniture.

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After the tour we visited the gardens. The borders of the walled garden were particularly lovely with lupins and peonies (my favourites).

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The Green Scythe Fair 2018

Yesterday we went to the Green Scythe Fair at Mulcheney, in Somerset.  It is an annual event which is as”green” as possible with power from solar panels or stationary bikes, compost loos, lots of recycling and no mains electricity on site.

There are various stalls all round the arena which is where the scything competitions take place.  But no Ross Poldark here, they all kept their shirts on inspite of the warm weather.

This is what greeted us at the entrance, wicker figures.

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There were lots of stalls selling food, some vegan, some veggie and some not.  Neil and I shared a pizza.

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Dancers formed a circle and danced along to music from a group of musicians.  People were dressed up and lots of children had their faces painted.

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Another group of musicians, this time dressed as pirates, were performing on a stage and whilst we were there, played a raucous version of “Riding on a Donkey”.

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At a green crafts area our friend Emma was teaching basket weaving.

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The fair was finishing with a ceilidh in the evening , although we didn’t stay for that.

We were lucky with the weather and it made a very enjoyable day out.

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