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A drive through Dommett to see the Bluebells

On Saturday we took a mini detour through Dommett (which is still part of Buckland St Mary), as the scenery is so beautiful and picturesque along there.

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Someone had a vigorous Clematis Montana in their front garden.DSC03935

Another householder had painted a rainbow for the NHS on a tyre, very imaginative!.DSC03936

Then we came to the Bluebells.DSC03938

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And another bank of Bluebells.  I do love to see them.DSC03942

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A walk that was an excuse to wear a dress

Ever since Lockdown we have been out in the garden, weeding, digging, preparing the veggie beds and I have been wearing old gardening clothes.  I have 3 new Summer dresses, bought before Lockdown and no reason to wear them.  So I decided I would put one on to go for our walk along the lanes of Buckland.

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I don’t think we have ever walked these lanes at this time of year before.  Normally when the Bluebells come out we head to Otterhead Lakes as they have swathes of them there and they are so beautiful.  So this was the first time we came across the fields of Bluebells here in Buckland on our walk.20200508_113519

They were not easy to photograph as they were behind a tall hedge, but we had a go.20200508_113418

It’s amazing what you can discover because we are being forced to do things differently and this gives us an opportunity to view our local nature in a new light.20200508_113401

 

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Walk through Buckland St Mary to the church and back.

During this coronavirus lockdown we are making more time to go for walks so that we get some exercise other than gardening.  Today we walked through the village up to the church and back and these are some of the views we saw along our way, for the benefit of those who don’t live locally.

Firstly the view across the fields from just up from our house.20200419_125805

A field had either been mowed or rolled into neat lines,20200420_114502

and this is where the footpath sign to the church is.20200420_114517

The telephone box by the telephone exchange is looking a bit worse for wear. Perhaps we could have a village book swap in there like some villages do?20200420_114849

Further up the lane a flag was flying.20200420_114956

We passed a Dutch barn where they store hay in the Winter and commented on the lovely view.20200420_115136

This is the lane to the mill.  We  have never been down there as we are told the path becomes very muddy.20200420_115221

A sign post shows the way to Buckland Church and in the other direction to Birchwood.20200420_115308

Bear right there and you can see the church.20200420_115336

Opposite the church is a small shelter.20200420_120407

The lychgate to the church has been recently renovated.20200420_120503

This is the wording as you pass under.20200420_120519

As we walked around the outside of the church we spotted this gargoyle.20200420_120631

The steps up at the back of the church lead to private land.20200420_120648

All the tombstones were showing up brightly in the sunshine.20200420_120748

The memorial still has some poppy wreaths on it.20200420_120858

On the way back home we stopped to look at the view towards Birchwood.20200420_121912

This is the lane homewards.20200420_122710

The junction of the lanes that make the triangle near us, also shows a neighbour’s field.20200420_123059

And home again.  En route we stopped to chatter to locals in their gardens or in their cars, all from a suitable 2 metre distance of course.  It makes for a sociable walk.

 

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Today’s walk around the country lanes

This morning was raining again, but this afternoon the sun came out so we thought to go for a little walk around the nearby country lanes to get some fresh air.

As we walked along we were looking out for the different trees and plants and we spied this unusual fungus growth.20200127_152952

All along the hedgerows little snowdrops had pushed through and were bobbing in the wind.20200127_153405

As we looked up we saw all the mistletoe in the trees, a bit to high up to get down at Christmas.20200127_153524

Even on a dull day there is always something to see in the country lanes.

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Flower Show at Buckland St Mary 2018

Today was the annual flower and vegetable show in the local village hall.  I entered just 6 categories this year as I knew I couldn’t get down there on Sunday morning to put in perishable items as I would be serving breakfast to our guests.

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The show was very well attended and I saw lots of my friends there and I had a cup of tea and a lovely piece of carrot cake whilst waiting for the prize giving.

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I got two 2nds, one 3rd and two “highly recommended” so not bad for only 6 entries.

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I was miffed our eggs only got a 3rd, I really think they should have been a 1st as they had the deepest yellow yolks.DSC02407

But it’s nice to think my Blackberry jam and my Marmalade are up to standard, certainly our guests seem to think so.

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I only managed to print 2 pictures of my container garden instead of 3 as the 3rd file was corrupted so I got a 2nd for that.

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And a Highly Recommended for my piggies down on the farm.

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All in all it was a good turnout and a bit of fun entering various categories. Here’s to next year and a few more entries.

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Selling Bric a Brac again

This Saturday just gone was the day of the Buckland St Mary Xmas fete and we were on the Bric a Brac stall again.  We had lots of stuff – some friends were moving house and had cleared out a lot of glass ware and crockery and we had lots of books and other donations too.  This is me behind our stall.

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Neil is a very good salesman and tries to sell mostly inappropriate things to people we know,  just for fun.  However we did really well and took £77.00 in 2 hours.

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Children had the chance to visit Father Christmas (a local man from the village who dressed up the part), and afternoon teas and cake were also on offer.

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There was a tombola stall, a craft stall, a picture stall amongst others together with the usual raffle (I won a Xmas pudding – home made). Altogether £945 was raised for the church youth worker, so a good effort all round, and an early December start to get us in the Christmas mood.

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Apple pressing in the Blackdown Hills

We have been to two apple pressing events this October, one in Buckland St Mary earlier in the month, and then another one at Stentwood the weekend just gone.  These are community events organised by the Blackdown Hills Transition Group of which we are members.

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Basically we invite anybody to bring their apples along and use the equipment to turn them into apple juice.

Firstly you have to tip apples into the crusher. We used a mixture of both eating apples and cooking apples.

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This breaks the apples down into pulp that can go into the presses.

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The apple pulp is then transferred into a linen bag and put into a press.  Gradually turning the handle round presses down on the pulp and the juice is then collected below.

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The juice turns brown as the apples oxidise.  The next process is to bottle it up.  We use a jug and a funnel to transfer the juice into bottles. If the apple juice is put into plastic bottles it can be frozen to keep it fresh, otherwise it will start to ferment after 3 or 4 days. If the juice is bottled in glass bottles it can be pasteurised for 35 minutes at 75 degrees C and this will keep it to up to a year.

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Bottling up

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Apple pressing in Buckland St Mary

On Sunday the Blackdown Hills Transition Group held their apple pressing day at Buckland Village Hall and car park.  A large gazebo was set up, under which the apple presses were placed on tables.

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The apply pulper was plugged into the village hall electricity supply.DSC00554Quite a few people came bearing their apples, both cooking and eating apples and  pressed them into juice.  Neil was busy operating one of the presses.

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The juice that comes out is brown in colour as the apples oxidise.

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When the juice is squeezed into a bucket it then is poured into bottles for keeping.  If you fill plastic bottles you can freeze the apple juice as it doesn’t last more than a few days in the fridge before it starts to ferment.  If you fill glass bottles you need to pasteurise the juice by placing the glass bottles in boiling water for half an hour.DSC00557We had a couple of musicians who played guitar and sang, so there was a really nice ambience to the afternoon. The community from Stentwood (who bake The Common Loaf) were providing refreshments and lovely nibbles and cakes to eat.

There is another apple pressing event to take place at Stentwood, Dunkerswell, EX14 4RW on Sat 25 and Sun 26th October from 11am to 5pm.  So if you want lovely fresh apple juice from you apples come along.

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Buckland St Mary Flower Show 2015

Yesterday (Sunday) was the day of the annual Buckland St Mary Flower and vegetable show.  It’s always good fun and categories are hotly contested, but all the money raised goes to charity.  This year it was the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.  We entered several categories and won a few prizes.

I got a first for my peas in a pod. That’s the red ticket.DSC00428And a second for my lovely blueberries. that’s a blue ticket.

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Neil got a second place for his potatoes.

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And a second for our eggs.

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I got a third place for my lovely yellow courgettes, that’s a green ticket.

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Altogether we got, one first place, three second places and eight third places.  We got third place for Neil’s Blackberry wine, my strawberry cordial, my strawberry and red gooseberry jam and two of my photos.

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When we came home we put all our winning exhibits on the table and took a photo.

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We saw lots of our friends at the show, and were comparing notes on who had entered and won what.  We also had afternoon tea and cake there, so a very enjoyable afternoon all round.  We showed our B&B guests our exhibits and told them they could have prize winning eggs and jam with their breakfast this morning!!

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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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