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Favourite walk up Staple Hill

On Sunday, being a reasonably pleasant day we took ourselves up to Staple Hill for our favourite walk.  The trees always provide a great subject for photos.

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There was one tree that had grown higher than the others and slightly to one side.

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We could also see all the new growth on the pine trees; the ends all being lighter in colour than the previous growth.

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On one side of the loop walk you get fabulous views right over to Wales.  The land is managed by Neroche and here is a sign they put up acclaiming the woods are for everyone.

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As we rounded the corner we saw some people had built a structure like a dome shelter out of saplings.

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Inside were some mysterious hangings, one like a butterfly and one like a dreamcatcher.

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We wondered who had built it and why but there was no sign and no one to ask.  I rather liked the fact that someone had been creative in the woods.

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Wood, wood and more wood

Last Monday Neil volunteered to help out at Neroche Forest moving some wood that had previously been felled.  Glad it wasn’t this Monday as it has done nothing but rain today, but last Monday was better weather so not too bad for working in.  Neil was one of about 20 volunteers who moved masses of logs up hill to where they could be trucked away.  At the end of the day, all the volunteers were able to fill their cars with some of the wood, so Neil brought home a boot full  (For US readers a trunk full).

Neil with a log

The wood was stacked in our garage and left to dry out.  Neil will then have to use his chainsaw to cut it up into pieces small enough to go into the woodburners.  But this was a great haul and a great reward for his work, as wood is a form of currency around here, where most people have woodburners, and to buy in wood to burn is expensive.

Neil’s car full of wood

If this rain continues and it gets any colder we shall have to think about lighting a fire!!

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Lovely walk at Staple Hill

The other day we went for a lovely walk at Staple Hill.  It’s only a 5 minute drive from here and is managed by the Forestry Commission as part of Neroche.  There are signed paths and viewpoints.  The forest is dense pine forest.

Pine Forest at Staple Hill

We did the short loop walk, where there is a proper made up path so not muddy, and various benches along the way for people to sit.  This path is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs too.

An unusual shaped tree at Staple Hill

Along this walk are a couple of viewpoints with fantastic views across the west country.  On a fine day you can see as far as Wales.  It was a bit overcast when we went but still the views were marvellous.

View to the west

The car park is free, which is nice to find in this day and age.  We met several people walking their dogs or their children!!  So we asked someone to take a picture of all 3 of us.

Us 3 at Staple Hill, the day after Boxing Day

There are longer paths/walks starting from Staple Hill car park, called Herepaths but these looked to be a bit more muddy, after all the rain we have had recently.  Still it’s a lovely place to visit and so near to here.  If you want to come for a visit look us up at

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We went to a Waggle Dance!!!

Yesterday evening we went to the Taunton and District Beekeepers’ Waggle Dance and Hog roast.

So what is a Waggle Dance I hear you ask?  Well it’s the movements that the bees do to tell other bees where the forage is. But for us humans it is a celidh!!

Dancing at the Waggle Dance 2nd July 2011

This took place in Neroche Hall which is a converted church.  There was a folk band and a caller, and as no one really knew what they were doing we had to concentrate on the instructions from the caller, to know when to swing your partner, form an arch or dose do!

more dancing at the Waggle Dance 2nd July 2011

The hog roast was delicious as were the puds!.  It was a glorious evening and we had great fun dancing the evening away.  See what fun us country folk get up to!!

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