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The Candlelight by Candlelight

It was bitterly cold this morning but before breakfast the power was tripping off and on several times.  I managed to cook us scrambled eggs on toast and then the power went off completely.  We went to get the paper and then made ourselves a hot coffee using the kettle on the woodburning stove.  After reading the paper for a while we decided the best thing to do in a power cut was go down the pub!!

When we got there they too had a power cut and had lit several candles around the place, quite appropriate for a pub called “The Candlelight”.

We found out from Western Power that there was a problem with a transformer down at Keats Farm in Bishopswood, and as we drove to the pub we saw the men up the telegraph pole working on the problem. Most of the cables are overhead cables here in Somerset, so occasionally there are problems. We were told the power should be back on by 1.30pm.

We settled down on a sofa near the woodburner, only to be accosted by the owners new 15 month old Labrador called Poppy.  Poppy was a rescue dog who had been very overweight as she had not been walked much and fed too much.  The pub owners had had her now for 5 weeks and she had already lost some weight and gained some muscle mass.  She was very friendly and really took to us.

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We enjoyed sitting in the warmth with our drinks and talking to other locals about the power cut.  The pub had lost all its lunchtime meal trade as they couldn’t cook without electricity. (There is no mains gas in our villages).

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At about 1.35pm the lights came back on and there was a huge cheer in the pub.  We were lucky the power was not off for longer as it would have made cooking the roast dinner impossible this evening!!

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Winter walk up Staple Hill

Today the sky is clear blue and the sun is shining even tho’ it is only 1 degree C – a real change from yesterday when it teamed with rain all day.

Being such a beautiful day we took ourselves up to Staple Hill for a brisk walk to take in some cold but fresh air.

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This view is taken as you start the walk from the car park.  You then reach a kissing gate.

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Through here takes you onto the loop walk which is popular with dog walkers, runners and walkers alike.  It’s a short walk but takes in wonderful views.  On a clear day you can see over to Wales.

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Today was a bit hazy but still a lovely view.

We met a man walking a lovely Newfoundland dog.  It was big, he said 9 stone, but quite gentle and friendly.

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The sun was shining through the dense pine woods.

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When we left Staple Hill, rosy cheeked and invigorated we made our way to our local pub, the Candlelight in Bishopswood, and called in for a quick drink.  Neil had a pint and I had a Winter Pimms, lovely…

We are only 6/10ths of a mile from the pub, although it is an uphill walk home.

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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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