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.

DSC01557We wandered around the shop, sampling different ciders and admiring all the delicious looking groceries before making our way to the museum to see how apples were pressed in days gone by.

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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

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4 new hens

Having had a couple of recent fatalities in the hen run (due to natural causes I hasten to add, no fox treats here), we decided to add to our brood and yesterday purchased 4 new hens from Darren at Manor Fram in Ilminster.

All 4 hens are point-of-lay so not chicks, and we were able to put them in with the flock straight away.

Two hens are known as “Silver Rocks”.  They are mostly black with silver streaks.  Here is Neil holding one.

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Our other two hens are a “Sussex Rocket” which is white with little black and a “Rhode Rock” which is black with a golden bib.  I’m afraid I don’t have pictures of those two as my camera ran out of puff and today whilst it is charged up, it is raining so not a day for pictures.  I’m wondering how our new girls are liking the rain, having been kept in a barn up until now and not having encountered the rain.  We shall have to see how they get on and when they start laying.

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Staple Fitzpaine Church Fete 2017

On a glorious hot and sunny day today, we went to the Staple Fitzpaine church fete.  This village is approx. 3 miles from us and we often pass through it on the way to Taunton. The village fete was being held in the manor house,

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a lovely old house with a beautiful lake in the back garden.

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There were lots of stalls, the cake stall, the bottle tombola (Neil and I both won something), the coconut shy (Neil got a coconut first try), the book stall, skittles, bric a brac and ladies hats to name but a few, as well as the prerequisite burger stand and ice cream seller.

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The Wellington Silver Band were seated in the shade of a large tree and were playing when we went in.  It was lovely to hear them and we stopped a while in the shade.

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Later in the afternoon Punch and Judy were appearing and a dog show was taking place in the field, with afternoon tea being served in the walled garden.  How nice it would be to own a pile like that, and a wonderful setting for the Summer Church fete which is only held every 3 years.

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Visit to Midelney Manor, Somerset

Today we visited Midelney Manor with the Combe St Nicholas History Group.  This is privately owned house, which is Grade 1 listed and was built in the late 16th Century in two distinct halves by brothers Richard & Thomas Trevillian.

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The manor house is sited on a former island site and was the property of Mulcheney Abbey before being passed to the Trevillian family after the dissolution of the monasteries.  We were shown around by Alice who lives there with her family and is a direct descendent of the Trevillian family.

Inside the lounge was a lovely fireplace and around the walls hung pictures of the ancestors.

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The gardens were lovely, mostly being walled with flower beds.

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We went through a doorway in the walls,

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to where the flower beds were full of blue cornflowers.

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The land extended to the back where there were some handsome massive trees and a paddock.

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At the end of the tour we were invited in for a cream tea which was much needed and well appreciated.  Midelney Manor is just half an hour’s drive from us at http://www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk.

 

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Beautiful Bluebells

Today we visited Otterford Lakes to see the bluebells in full bloom.  As we walked through the woods, you could see the shades of blue on the ground below the dappled trees.

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As we walked further down hill we could see the swans on the lake.

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We walked past the bridge over the lake and up to the higher meadow where there was an absolute carpet of bluebells, really lovely.

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I took some views of the lake as we walked back down.

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Some white narcissus were still blooming.

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The pink Campion flowers were coming out too.

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Making Rhubarb Gin

DSC01378For this recipe you will need:

a bottle of cheap gin 700ml

400g of chopped rhubarb

400g of castor or granulated sugar

juice of one lemon

To make the rhubarb gin, first pick or buy enough rhubarb. Then chop the leaves off and discard, and chop the stems into inch long pieces and wash.

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Add to a clean glass jar or demijohn, together with 400g of sugar.

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Then add the gin

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and finally the lemon juice.

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Give it all a big swish round

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Keep in a cool and dark place for 2 weeks

Then strain the rhubarb off and you are left with lovely pink rhubarb gin.

Already in just an hour the gin has started to turn pink.

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You can then make a G&T in the normal way or add a little rhubarb gin to champagne for some extra fizz.  Enjoy!!

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Rat attack

Our hen house has recently been under attack from rats.  We think they can sense the food that is kept in there, although our reserves are kept in the lobby in the house, so it is safe from rats there.

At first they gnawed the side of the door to the hen house, so Neil put a piece of thicker wood across the bottom where they had gnawed through. Two days later they had gnawed above that too.

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So Neil had to add some extra wood up the side of the door, over the gnawed bit.

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As the inside frame had been gnawed too, he then added another piece of wood on the inside.

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We are hoping this will keep the rats at bay, together with the rat poison that we have put by the side of the hen house.  We have put it under some plastic boxes so that no other animal will come across it.  Lets hope this does the trick.

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