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Making a floral basket

Yesterday I went to a flower arranging at a local village hall.  The idea was to make a country basket brimming with flowers.  Firstly we watched a demonstration, then we were able to have a go ourselves.

The first stage is to cut then soak the oasis.  To soak it you just pop it into cold water and without touching it, let it fill with water and change colour to dark green.  Then you take it out and place into the basket, but first chamfer the edges so you create a larger area into which to push the flowers.

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Next you gradually add the greenery all the way round and also in the middle.  You need lots of foliage to give a basis for the flowers to sit on.

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I then started added the delicate flowers such as Campion and Ox Eye Daises into the foliage.

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Next I added the peonies.

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And lastly, a rose, the gerberas and chrysanthemums to fill it with flowers.

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Here’s a view from on top.

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I have never done anything like this before so was quite pleased with the results and found it quite easy so will be able to do it again in the future.

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Helping out at Taunton Foodbank

Neil and I have been volunteering at Taunton Foodbank now for 4 years.   The local County Gazette did an article on the Foodbank pictured both Neil and I.  Here is the link:-

5th May 2016

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VOLUNTEER COUPLE: Neil and Kathy Arnold

VOLUNTEER COUPLE: Neil and Kathy Arnold

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Beautiful Bluebells

One of our favourite walks is to go to Otterhead Lakes and walk by the lakes and through the woodland.  We went a couple of weeks ago when my brother was here but the bluebells were not quite out so we went again today to see the beautiful carpets of flowers.

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The sunlight was just shining through the emerging Beech trees with their light green leaves.

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Just off the path before the bluebells were beds of wild garlic.

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As we walked further down the blue of the bluebells got more intense.

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Neil took my picture sitting amongst the flowers.

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This is such a beautiful place, so peaceful and today there were no other people around, just the sound of the birds and the rustling leaves.

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We stopped by the first lake and could see the swan still sitting on her nest and also the Heron was in the same place as we had seen it a couple of weeks ago.  I took a picture of Neil by the lake.

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As we were driving from the car park up the lane we noticed that the Devon banks were also topped with bluebells.

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We are so lucky to live nearby.

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Sunny spring walk at Otterhead Lakes

Today was a glorious Spring day with blue skies and brilliant sunshine.  We decided a walk at Otterhead Lakes was in order. The scenery is always beautiful. We walked down to the first lake and a pair of swans were gracefully gliding over the water.

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There was plenty of water rippling down the steps creating a waterfall.

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We carried on following the water’s path to the little bridge where we posed.

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And then further along the path to the second lake.

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On our return the swans had come up closer.

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Neil’s sister Carole was with us.

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After our most enjoyable walk we made our way to the Candlelight pub for a quick pre lunchtime drink.  The pub was busy with lunchtime diners and there was a great atmosphere.

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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?

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Wood scavenging

Neil has got himself a wood scavenging license from the Forestry Commission.  This allows him to take wood that has fallen, but not to cut down wood and not to use his chain saw, but only to use hand tools.  The area covered is near here on the Neroche estate.

So on Monday he went off to Staple Park and loaded the car up with logs, some small, some larger.

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He unloaded this in front of our stables ready to be sawn into fire ready pieces.

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This wood will then have to dry out and will be ready for next Winter, to keep us nice and toasty warm.

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Preparations for Christmas

This is the weekend when we really feel like we are getting into the Christmas spirit.  We have just come back from a carols and lessons service at Birchwood church.  It is the sweetest little church, set in some woods, with no electricity but oil lamps, a wood burner and candles for light and warmth.  It is always packed for this service and mulled wine and mince pies served afterwards make a very convivial atmosphere.

Back home and check that the Christmas tree is still in one piece.  I say this as yesterday when we put up all the decorations and Toto pussycat spied the tree for the first time, he thought it was great fun and started playing with the baubles.  We were in fits of laughter and at the same time shouting “No” to him, but without much effect, as he played football across the floor with the one he had knocked down.

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We have some lovely icicle lights, given to us my a previous neighbour that we always hang over the fire.

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I’ve bought all my presents, along with the Xmas cake, the Xmas pudding and mince pies, so our Christmas preparations are well under way.

Wishing you all Seasons Greetings, by which I mean a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Kathy and Neil at Lodge House B&B.

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