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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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A different walk across the A303.

This morning we set off in a different direction for our walk.  As the A303 is so quiet at the moment we decided to cross it and walk down towards Beetham.20200414_113906

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On the way we passed a lovely big rainbow painted on the front of someone’s drive, thanking the NHS – really great.20200414_112947

We walked down to the caravan park which has a notice on it saying it is closed now until the 30th June due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The country lanes were deserted apart from a tractor.20200414_113252

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We noticed all the flowers in the hedges, the bluebells are starting to come out.20200414_113443

Some pretty little white flowers that we are not sure what they are.20200414_113624

And some cow parsley is in flower.20200414_114013We crossed back over the A303 and again it was deserted, so unusual.20200414_113854

We headed back towards home.20200414_113929

As we walked along the lanes we admired the view.20200414_114050

Quite a spectacular tree en route.20200414_114309

And then some blossom in someone’s garden.20200414_114535

Approaching our house we commented on the white bluebells on the corner.20200414_115020

We have narcissus growing in front of our wall.20200414_115201

And Forget-me-nots all the way down the wall on the RH side.20200414_115228

I love all the primroses at the this time of year.20200414_115239

We also have bluebells coming out.20200414_115246

And these are the pots of tulips on our front garden patio.20200414_115301

Not guests at the moment due to the lockdown, but time for lovely walks in the country and quite a bit of gardening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Bluebells at Otterhead Lakes

This lovely little nature reserve in Otterford has some nice footpaths taking you along the two lakes and the River Otter. The two lakes which remain are all that are left of a series of pools in the landscaped gardens of Otterhead House which was built in 1845 and demolished in 1952. The site includes woodland trails with snowdrops in the Winter and bluebells in the Spring. There’s also lots of wildlife to look out for. This is one of our favourite places to go for a walk in the Spring for the beautiful carpets of bluebells.

On leaving the car park you walk down some steps to the main path down to the lakes. The sun was just glistening through the newly formed leaves of the trees.DSC03089

On the way down we saw the first of the carpets of bluebells.DSC03092

Reaching the first lake we walked down past the bridge to see the waterfall.DSC03095

An then later to a smaller one.DSC03097

Other plants were coming out too, the pink flowers of Campion and the ferns were just unfurling.DSC03106

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I stopped on a smaller bridge across the water.DSC03100

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On the way back we could see more bluebells, so lovely.DSC03110

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Come and stay with us at Lodge House and you too can visit Otterhead Lakes, its just 5 minutes drive away. http://www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

 

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Repair café Hemyock

On Saturday we went across to Hemyock to the Repair Café run by the Blackdown Hills Transition Group.  It’s such a good idea, bringing broken things to be repaired rather than throwing them away.  This particular café marks the 6th one the Transition group has held, over the duration of a year.  It has gone from strength to strength with more repairers and more people than ever turning up with stuff to be repaired.

Whilst waiting for their items to be repaired, people could avail themselves of a bacon buttie or cake with coffee and tea.  It becomes very social with people sitting around talking to each other whilst they wait.

Repair cafes started in Holland but the idea has spread very quickly.  Most of us old enough to remember, will know our parents used to repair items rather than throw them away, but recently manufacturers have been making stuff that is difficult to repair, and they would rather you went and bought a new one and threw the old one away.  This is no good for the environment and as an organisation the Transition group is about finding ways to reduce waste and keep things out of landfill.

There was bicycle repairs, electrical repairs, computer and furniture repairs, sewing, knife sharpening, watches and clock repairs, and upcycling of items. Additionally there were a variety of tools for sale that had been donated. It was busy, busy, busy and became quite difficult to park!  The Repair Café is a huge success now and will continue every other month in Hemyock, but we are trying to get them going in other parts of the Blackdown Hills too.

Come and stay with us and visit the Repair Café. http://www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

 

 

 

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Rural craft – making a Christmas Wreath

I do this every year, make a Christmas wreath.  After all we have all the components down the woods.  Neil picked some thin willow whips and bent them round a pail.

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We gathered some greenery:- ivy with flowers on, holly, evergreen mint, fir tree and rosemary.

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I started by winding some ivy round the willow whips and attaching with thin wire.

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Next I added the rosemary to give the wreath a nice scent.

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Then I wound some evergreen mint  and some holly round the wreath to add some more green colour. However the holly didn’t half prickle my fingers!

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To finish it off I add a red bow and bauble, some red berries and wound some elasticated red ribbon all the way round to help keep everything in place. We added a wire loop to hang it up and proudly displayed it on our front door.

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I made another one for an elderly friend but didn’t add the holly and actually I think it is the better one.  Practice makes perfect as they say.

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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.

We have vacancies in the B&B for the whole of December. contact us at http://www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

 

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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:

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Some great willow sculptures:

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

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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.

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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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