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Ilfracombe in the rain

Last week we had a couple of days away in North Devon in the resort of Ilfracombe, just 2 hours drive from here.  We booked a pleasant B&B (busman’s holiday for us) but thought a change of scenery would be good.  Unfortunately the weather was against us. The first day it rained constantly all day, but we decided to make the best of it and went for a walk to see the sites.

The tide was out, the coast line very rugged.

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Unperturbed by the weather we ventured forth with our brolly up.

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We walked down to the harbour to see the boats.

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At the end of the quay stands “Verity” a 66 foot high statue of a naked pregnant woman standing on law books and holding the scales of justice behind her back in one hand, and a sword held high in the other.  It is by Damian Hurst and to my opinion quite grotesque.  I think it is something that divides the locals in opinion.

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One side is the outer body and the other side is the internal view!!

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After a nice breakfast is our B&B the next day we set off to the “Tunnels beaches”.

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Tunnels were dug out by Welsh miners in the Victorian era to provide a way through to the beaches, one for women and one for men, and the Victorian bathing pools.  The time of our visit saw the tide up so we couldn’t see the bathing pools but we did go through the tunnels.

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We went down onto the women’s beach and Neil took the opportunity to skim some stones, something he is very good at.

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On the way back we stopped off at the theatre, known locally as “Madonna’s Bra” due to its large conical turrets. It would appear they have a wide and varied programme of events there.

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As the weather continued to be inclement we decided to head for home early and came back to lunch in the local pub “The Candlelight” in Bishopswood and very nice it was too.

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Collecting the Honey

It was the right time to year for Neil to collect the honey from his strongest hive.  He had put 3 supers on to give them plenty of room to store the honey.  But when he looked they had only filled the frames in 2 supers.  He donned his new all-in-one suit to collect the frames.

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(That’s shadow on his face, he has not grown a moustache!!)

Yesterday we set to spinning the frames.  First he uncapped them one by one.

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Then two at a time he put them in the spinner. Centrifugal force pushes the honey out and it is collected in large jar below, first going through a sieve to collect any wax.

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It’s wonderful to see the golden liquid collecting in the jar.

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Then it has to be poured into jars and weighed to get exactly one pound in weight that is 454g.  That was my job.

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We got quite a haul.  The jars are just waiting for their labels to be printed and then we will be ready to sell some.  It will be £6.00 a jar.  Don’t forget this is an expensive premium product, not mass produced, hence the cost. All proceeds go back into care of the bees.

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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.”

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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.

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We also wandered around the gardens which were really lovely.

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They had these really big poppies in both red

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and pink.

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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.

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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.

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

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We passed lovely rhododendrons still in flower.

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

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

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

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

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

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The swans were standing on the lake bed.

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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.

Want to visit Otterhead Lakes for yourself? Then come and stay at our B&B.

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New Year 2015 comes to Buckland St Mary

Every year Buckland St Mary holds a New Year’s Eve party in the village hall.  This year was no exception and we attended as we have in previous years.  It starts with a lovely meal.  The table is laid with balloons and party poppers.

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Everyone has fun blowing up these long balloons and then letting them go and fly all round the room.

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Then there is adult pass the parcel, more silliness!!

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And after all that comes the dancing.

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At midnight we all sang Auld Lang Syne and then there were fireworks outside.

So a Happy New Year to everyone from us at Lodge House B&B.

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Bees in the roof

The men have been working on redoing the whole roof, with new timbers and insulation (that we never had before) and relaying the tiles and slates.  However near one of the chimneys they discovered a number of bees, so Neil and Harry Pym ( the boss of the builders) donned bee suits and went up the ladders to investigate.  Neil removed tiles and found a fully formed bees nest with combs they had built themselves. They had been there some time as Neil could tell from the colour of the combs.  It would appear they had built the comb into an old chimney flue.

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He smoked the bees to pacify them and then gradually started removing the comb they had built and putting it into frames and into a hive.

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Of course there were lots of bees buzzing around all the time and Neil just hoped he had captured the queen and put her into a frame in the hive, so the other bees would follow. In spite of this neither Neil nor Harry got stung.

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He got a good view from on top of the roof.

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Neil took the frames and put them into a hive at the bottom of the garden, complete with their stores, so they have some food to keep them going, but he also put a feeder in with some sugar syrup solution as extra feed.  On a sunny day we have seen some bees coming and going so we are hoping that the hive will take and be strong to see through the winter.

In the meantime the men have now finished the roof.  It looks lovely and straight and secure.  Here they are putting in the roofing felt and insulation.

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Then finishing off the lead around the chimney.

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The roof looks really good now and is not only straight but probably good for the next 150 years!

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We should be warm and toasty with the new insulation and hopefully the bees are too in their new hive.  We shall have to watch them carefully to see they make it through into the Spring.

The B&B is still open at the moment, but will have to close temporarily in the New Year when the work to put a new supporting steel comes into my kitchen and causes lots of disruption.

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The Scaffolding goes up

The builders are getting on in leaps and bounds.  Yesterday they put up the scaffolding in the front of the house in preparation for having the roof off, insulating it and putting it back.  We are just hoping for some dry weather for them to do this.

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They have finished building the blocks for the kitchen extension now and have to wait until the roof has been completed on the house before they can put on the roof of the extension.

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We can still have B&B guests whilst the work is going on, as long as they are not put off by the scaffolding.  There are a couple of poles right outside the guest room window, but hopefully the scaffolding will not be up for too long. They have had to drop the window on the first floor, so you can see where the top part is blocked up and they will have to open up the bottom part so the window is in line with the others on the first floor.

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