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Walk through Buckland St Mary to the church and back.

During this coronavirus lockdown we are making more time to go for walks so that we get some exercise other than gardening.  Today we walked through the village up to the church and back and these are some of the views we saw along our way, for the benefit of those who don’t live locally.

Firstly the view across the fields from just up from our house.20200419_125805

A field had either been mowed or rolled into neat lines,20200420_114502

and this is where the footpath sign to the church is.20200420_114517

The telephone box by the telephone exchange is looking a bit worse for wear. Perhaps we could have a village book swap in there like some villages do?20200420_114849

Further up the lane a flag was flying.20200420_114956

We passed a Dutch barn where they store hay in the Winter and commented on the lovely view.20200420_115136

This is the lane to the mill.  We  have never been down there as we are told the path becomes very muddy.20200420_115221

A sign post shows the way to Buckland Church and in the other direction to Birchwood.20200420_115308

Bear right there and you can see the church.20200420_115336

Opposite the church is a small shelter.20200420_120407

The lychgate to the church has been recently renovated.20200420_120503

This is the wording as you pass under.20200420_120519

As we walked around the outside of the church we spotted this gargoyle.20200420_120631

The steps up at the back of the church lead to private land.20200420_120648

All the tombstones were showing up brightly in the sunshine.20200420_120748

The memorial still has some poppy wreaths on it.20200420_120858

On the way back home we stopped to look at the view towards Birchwood.20200420_121912

This is the lane homewards.20200420_122710

The junction of the lanes that make the triangle near us, also shows a neighbour’s field.20200420_123059

And home again.  En route we stopped to chatter to locals in their gardens or in their cars, all from a suitable 2 metre distance of course.  It makes for a sociable walk.

 

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A different walk across the A303.

This morning we set off in a different direction for our walk.  As the A303 is so quiet at the moment we decided to cross it and walk down towards Beetham.20200414_113906

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On the way we passed a lovely big rainbow painted on the front of someone’s drive, thanking the NHS – really great.20200414_112947

We walked down to the caravan park which has a notice on it saying it is closed now until the 30th June due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The country lanes were deserted apart from a tractor.20200414_113252

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We noticed all the flowers in the hedges, the bluebells are starting to come out.20200414_113443

Some pretty little white flowers that we are not sure what they are.20200414_113624

And some cow parsley is in flower.20200414_114013We crossed back over the A303 and again it was deserted, so unusual.20200414_113854

We headed back towards home.20200414_113929

As we walked along the lanes we admired the view.20200414_114050

Quite a spectacular tree en route.20200414_114309

And then some blossom in someone’s garden.20200414_114535

Approaching our house we commented on the white bluebells on the corner.20200414_115020

We have narcissus growing in front of our wall.20200414_115201

And Forget-me-nots all the way down the wall on the RH side.20200414_115228

I love all the primroses at the this time of year.20200414_115239

We also have bluebells coming out.20200414_115246

And these are the pots of tulips on our front garden patio.20200414_115301

Not guests at the moment due to the lockdown, but time for lovely walks in the country and quite a bit of gardening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Green Scythe Fair June 2015

Last Sunday we also went to the Green Scythe Fair at Thorney, Mulcheney in the Somerset Levels. It’s a sort of hippy, environmentally friendly fair, where all the power is generated on site by wind generators or solar power, and discounts are given to those arriving on bicycle or by foot.  There are lots of stalls and exhibits and people who made seemingly useless objects into useful items, like a 5 litre metal paint tin which had been converted into a “rocket” stove. This stove worked on twigs and small pieces of wood and boiled a kettle in a very short time.  One stall was using this to make cups of tea:

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Some great willow sculptures:

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There were some haystacks and the children had great fun running and jumping on them.

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There was a scything competition of one man scything versus some one strimming with a power tool.

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On the various stalls were antiques and old farming or garden tools.  Neil took a fancy to this lamp.

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We met a lady from Yeovil and South Somerset LETS scheme and spent some talking to her.  LETS is where one person does a chore for another but no money exchanges hands, in simple terms a bit like someone doing an hour’s ironing for someone else who does an hour’s gardening in exchange.  We are going to get her to come and talk to the Blackdown Hills Transition Group as this is a really good idea and perhaps something we could start here locally.

It was a lovely day and there were lots of foodie stalls too with organic or vegetarian food, so we sat on the grass having a little bite to eat, it was very relaxing in the sunshine. It was a really enjoyable Sunday afternoon.

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Sheep and Pig Racing

Yes you did read it right, sheep and Pig racing – that’s what us country folk get up to at the weekend.  It was held today at Beechayes Farm, Churchinford, so of course we had to go along.

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A bit of madness but good fun.  There was a Tote and you could bet on the pigs and sheep just like you do horseracing.  The pigs were marked with different colours.  Their race was inside a barn and it was rather crowded so I struggled to get a good picture.

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Outside was the run for the sheep.  Firstly they had saddles with doll riders attached to the sheep.

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Then they were herded up to the top of the run and let go.  It was fairly slow at first, then the sheep got the hang of it and came charging down the run, over the little hurdles.

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At the end of the race the sheep got some feed as reward.

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The event was very well supported with lots of people in attendance.  Hot food was provided by the ladies of the Smeatharpe WI who always do a good job.  So a fun afternoon all round.

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Xmas comes early to Buckland St Mary

Yesterday was the Christmas bazaar held in Buckland St Mary village hall.  For the third year running Neil and I were on the Bric-a-brac stall.  When we arrived in the morning to set up there was already loads of “Stuff” in boxes on our table for us to sort out.  In fact we had heaps of stuff and wondered how we were going to sell it all.

The bazaar was opened by Father Christmas at 2.15pm.

He has “Mother Christmas” there to help him sort our which little kiddie is going in to see him next!!

We had a great assortment of things on our stall:-  mugs and coasters, gloves, bags, plates, pictures, jewellery, books, draw liners etc to name but a few.

The funniest thing was someone had knitted some mittens and donated them, but they were both the left hand!! May be someone else is wandering around with 2 right  hand ones.

In spite of the heavy pouring rain the bazaar was well attended. There were raffles and cream teas, a bottle tombola  and the brownies were wandering around with “name the reindeer” so lots to raise money from.  We made £68.50 on our stall, just better than last year.

Busy Xmas Bazaar

The only down side to running the bric-a-brac stall is that you have to clear up whats left afterwards.  We boxed everything up and are going to take it all into Chard to the Ferne Animal Sanctuary Charity Shop tomorrow.

This was the first of various activities to look forward to in Buckland St Mary in the run up to Xmas.

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Moving the chooks

As our baby chicks are now 4 weeks old we wanted to move them and their mum, Mrs Speckledy out of the ark and into the old hen house with an enclosed run.  We had purchased a new hen house for the other chickens, so we put that in place, added an electric fence and on Friday night moved them out of one hen house and into another, so that in the morning when they were let out they would be in their new run.

The new hen house

The next day we cleaned out the old hen house and made it ready for Mrs Speckledy and the babies, but catching them to move them proved slightly problematical.  Firstly Mrs Speckledy thought we were killing her she made such a racket, but as we moved her first, she obviously didn’t want to be separated from her brood.  Next it was the turn of the babies, but they are fast!!  One jumped out of the ark when we opened it and made a bid for freedom.  Good job we had taken the fishing net down with us, so we were able to catch it.

Neil with the little brown chook

The little ones squeaked like mad as they didn’t like being separated from Mum, so we moved them as quickly as possible.

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It took a while for Mrs Speckledy and the baby chooks to come down the ramp and into the enclosed run, but they soon got the hang of it and there is a lot more space for them in that run.

The other hens were enjoying the long grass in the orchard as new turf to spuddle about in.

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They soon made themselves a spot to have a dust bath and they scattered all the bark that we had put round the base of the trees.

the light sussex in their new area

So all in all a successful move for all the chooks.  Our original hens laid 11 eggs (out of 13 hens) on the first day they were in their new hen house and area, so I don’t think they were too traumatised by the move.

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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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