Archive for Tourist Attractions

Perry’s Cider Mill

Today Neil and I took his sister Carole for lunch at Perry’s Cider Mill in Dowlish Wake, close to Ilminster. We drove along pretty and narrow country lanes into the village, past the Dower House and turned into Perry’s Cider Mill, where we had a most convivial meal with good service and excellent food.

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There was an old plough and many pictures of farm labourers from the past.

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An old apple cruncher reminded us of more modern ones we use in our apple pressing.

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I loved the old carts

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and the old bellows

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And then alongside, a piece of modern machinery.  They still do apple pressing and cider making and bottling here.

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If you want to visit Perry’s cider mill, and stay with our B&B then visit us at

http://www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

 

 

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Visit to Haynes Motor Museum

Today we visited Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford.  It is a 30 minute drive from here and just off the A303 so not too far.  It is a modern impressive building housing the largest collection of cars in the UK. The new section of the building was opened 2 years ago.

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I really like the old cars. The one below is a Model T Ford, finished in black as they all were!

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This blue one was my favourite.  I quite fancy owning something like this and taking it around to shows, if only we could afford it of course. (Neil driving me!)

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Mind you this one was also really smart. It is a 1935 Mercedes.

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There was section of just red cars, including some Ferraris, AC’s, MG’s, Gilbern, Marcos, a Sunbeam Tiger, Lancia, Austin Healey and many more.

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The cars below were predominantly American.  The white one on the RH side is a Cord which was a streamlined innovative pre-war car.  The car with wood on it is a Ford Station Wagon and famously referred to a “Woody” in Beach Boys surfing songs. The car on the LH side with the door open is a Stanley Steamer, basically a steam engine with a flash boiler installed under the bonnet and powered by water and kerosene that sometimes caught fire!  This vehicle was purportedly owned by Dame Nelly Melba who was a famous Australian opera singer.

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There was a motorcycle section and the side car outfit in the centre is a Brough Superior, an iconic British motorcycle of the type owned by Laurence of Arabia.

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The car below is a Lamborghini Countach from the 80’s.  This was a “pin up” supercar and whilst Neil would love to own one, it would be difficult to fit in the shopping and me, all in one go.

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This splendid attraction is within striking distance of where we live, so why not combine a visit with a stay at our B&B?

http://www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

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