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Duck racing in Bishopswood

Today we went to the duck racing at Mill Leat in Bishopswood.  Not real ducks I hasten to add, but little yellow plastic ducks all numbered and tipped into the Yarty river.  We had to buy a ticket with a number on, and then that was the number of your duck.  We followed their progress down the river.

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Some got caught on stones along the way and had to be guided off.  One would dash past and then another would overtake.  The organiser had a loud haler and was calling out their progress.  There was money to be won on the duck first past the post.

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We didn’t win anything in any of the 3 races, but it was a bit of fun, a bit of madness on a Summer’s afternoon.  There were also other duck themed activities.  Instead of a coconut shy there was a duck shy.

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Neil’s sister was with us and she knocked down two ducks.  Then she had a go at throwing hoops round ducks.

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There were other duck stalls too and some people even dressed in duck costumes. The face painting for the children was ducks on their cheeks!

But we rather more sedately retired with a Pimms!

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The last thing was the tug of war between Bishopswood and Buckland St Mary.  Neil was in the Buckland team and went prepared in boots and gloves, but they still lost!

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You can see the lovely thatched house in the background, in whose grounds the event took place.

They are going to try and make it an annual event.  It was well supported and everyone had a bit of fun.  Other villages hold duck races too so maybe its just a local thing around here.  We certainly had never heard of it until we moved here.

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Morris dancers in Bishopswood

On Tuesday evening the Taunton Dene Morris men came to the Candlelight Inn in Bishopswood to dance in their carpark.  They were dressed in white with colourful braces and bells on their legs.

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They were accompanied by musicians with a drum, a whistle and concertinas.

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At the very last dance they asked for volunteers to join in.  I encouraged Neil to have a go and here he is stick in hand:-

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May Bank Holiday Barn Dance

Bishopswood village, which is the next village to us, organised a barn dance for the May Bank Holiday. There was a ceilidh band for the occasion and tickets included a generous Ploughman’s supper and apple pie.  It was well attended by locals from the surrounding villages and although some of the dances tied us in knots, especially one called “wringing the dish cloth”, we greatly enjoyed ourselves.

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Here are some photos of the dancing:

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They are trying to make this an annual event now, which is a good idea as it is popular.  It is important to support events in the local community otherwise these things don’t happen!!  We also sometimes go to Churchinford village hall for barn dancing on a Tuesday evening which is a regular session but they don’t get so many people there as at this one.

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Jubilee celebrations part 4 – barn dance

On Monday evening the villagers of Bishopswood and Buckland St Mary got together for a barn dance in the village hall.  We  had a band called “Trefellas” who played celtic type music and a caller who took us all through the dance moves.  Lots of people turned out and most people joined in the dancing.  It was a great community event, getting people to mix together and generate community spirit.

dancing at the barn dance

The Bishopswood Ladies prepared a delicious spread of food.  There was a ploughmans with lots of salad and for dessert apple pie or trifle.  After an hour’s break for the food, we continued with the dancing.  Lots of fun as people got in a muddle and arms and legs went all over the place!! 

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more dancing at the barn dance

It was so popular that again people want it to become an annual event, so what started as jubilee celebrations could become part of the tradition in these villages.

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Jubilee celebrations part 1 – fete at Buckland House

 Today is the start of the jubilee weekend (60 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II) and a whole host of different celebrations going on in the villages of Buckland St Mary and neighbouring Bishopswood.  At 12.30pm we went down to Buckland House and parked in the long grass for the fete in the grounds.

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It all started with a “bring and share lunch”.  We met some friends there, tucked into lunch and tea and sat and nattered.   The Rhododendrons were absolutely lovely in the grounds.

Rhododendrons in the grounds of Buckland House

There was an old Field Marshall 2 stroke diesel tractor there that Neil was entranced by.   It was about 60 years old and made quite a noise when it started up. Neil spent ages talking to the owner.

Old Field Marshall tractor

We wandered through the grounds to see what else was happening.  Our friends were running the skittles so Neil had a go.

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Later a jazz band started up.   

Jazz band at Buckland House

Then we wandered down and into the church at Buckland St Mary where they had an exhibition of all things to do with the royal family.

Royal exhibition in Buckland Church

Also on show were lots of old photos over the past 60 years, showing the village as it was through the years, various clubs and people.

Photography exhibition

Then we made our way home to welcome our next B&B guests who are staying with us tonight.  More celebrations later on this evening.visit us at www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

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Woodcutting for friends

Today we have been woodcutting for friends.  Our friends live in the next village Bishopswood, and have a thatched house, with no woodburning stove, so they have no use for all the wood from their trees.  They also don’t have a chainsaw, so they asked Neil if he would mind coming to their place with his chainsaw and chopping up some tree trunks. 

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They  had already taken down some of the smaller stuff with a hand saw, but that is quite hard work when there is a lot to do.

So Neil went up there first and got going on the tree trunks still in the ground.  He also showed our friend how to safely use a chainsaw and he had a go too.

Our friend has a go at another stump

I followed on in my car so I had an empty boot (trunk) to bring back some wood in.  Us girls gathered up the chopped wood, and bagged it up.  There were quite a few bags of it.  It will be burning wood for next  year, not this, as it has to season first and dry out a bit, so we will have to stack it all up at home and let the air get to it.

 
Whilst at our friends I spotted our house in the distance, the other side of the valley.

Our house from our friends back garden

 

Our house is the white one behind the house in front.  Anyway it was a nice mild November day, with some watery sunshine today, so good for working outside.We helped our friends out and they gave us all the wood, so a good deal all round.

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The Morris Men come to town!

Yesterday evening we walked down to the Candlelight pub in Bishopswood as the Morris Men had come to town.  They were performing in the car park in front of the pub.

Morris Men at the Candlelight pub July 2011

What a quaintly English tradition is Morris Dancing.  Grown men with bells on their legs waving white handkerchiefs in the air, and clacking sticks with each other.

Taunton Morris Men at the Candlelight July 2011

These were the Taunton Morris Men who were doing their Summer tour of pubs and locals spots to stop and dance.  Mind you on a lovely evening, it’s a good excuse to sit outside the pub with a pint of best for Neil and a half a pint of cider for me.  I’m getting into these Somerset ways drinking cider.  It’s to be recommended.

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