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Christmas walk and Christmas dinner

After breakfast and opening our presents we went for a walk up our favourite woods at Staple Hill.  It was a bit drizzly but as we passed people walking their dogs (some dressed with santa collars for the occasion) we exchanged cheery greetings of Merry Christmas. They’ve thinned out some of the fir trees now and you can just see the light through them.

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We came across a small tree that had been decorated with baubles by some children who had left a note on it.

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We stopped to take a Xmas selfie against the backdrop of the woods.

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It started to clear a bit and we got a good view to the North.

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So we had a go at another selfie.dsc01191

After our walk we popped into the local pub “The Candlelight” for a Christmas drink.  It was heaving with people and we whiled away quite some time chatting to friends before coming home to get the dinner on.  I had cooked the turkey last night and prepared the veggies this morning so there wasn’t much to do except put the potatoes in and then cook the veg.  We served up turkey dinner just before 3pm.

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I’m looking a bit pink from standing over a hot stove, or was it the bubbles going to my head?

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It is traditional to watch the Queen give her speech so after the main course we sat and watched that, then had a little snooze (only 2 glasses of Proscecco will send me to sleep), before Christmas pud and mince pies.

A few phone and Skype calls to family and that rounded off a lovely day.

Hope you enjoyed your Christmas Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wood scavenging

Neil has got himself a wood scavenging license from the Forestry Commission.  This allows him to take wood that has fallen, but not to cut down wood and not to use his chain saw, but only to use hand tools.  The area covered is near here on the Neroche estate.

So on Monday he went off to Staple Park and loaded the car up with logs, some small, some larger.

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He unloaded this in front of our stables ready to be sawn into fire ready pieces.

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This wood will then have to dry out and will be ready for next Winter, to keep us nice and toasty warm.

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A lovely Easter weekend with our friends from Oz!!

Over the Easter weekend we were delighted to be visited by our friends from Australia Christine and Ian. I first met Chris when she came to my parents house for Xmas 30 years ago, and then about 24 years ago I went to Melbourne and stayed with her in Gisborne approximately 55 kilometres (34 mi) north-west of Melbourne.  We have corresponded on email, so kept in touch but not seen each other for a very long time and I had never met her partner Ian, and my hubby Neil had never met either of them. But we all got on like a house on fire. They have 40 acres of land in Seymour in the state of Victoria, Australia which is located 98 kilometres (61 mi) north of Melbourne. They too keep chickens and appreciated what we are trying to do with our 3 1/2 acres here.

On Easter Sunday we took them to one of our favourite walks up Staple Hill.  Chris loves to take photos and took even more than me! I snapped her capturing the view.

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It was quite sunny with some low cloud so we couldn’t see all the way to Wales but they loved the woods and peacefulness of Staple Hill.

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I took this one of Chris and Ian when they weren’t looking but concentrating on their own photos.

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Chris and I have exactly the same camera!.  All those miles between us and we have the exact same model of camera, that’s world markets for you.

We came home for lunch and opened our Easter eggs.   I had given Chris an Easter Chicken out of chocolate and she gave me a lovely Green and Black’s egg which we didn’t take long to demolish!!

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Easter Monday and they were off on their travels again, all part of their 6 week European trip.  Still we managed to show them the lovely scenery around here, some country roads, 2 local pubs and Stentwood tea room as well as having a delicious roast lamb dinner yesterday.

I’m wondering how long it will be before we meet up again.  Not another 24 years I hope!!

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January walk up Staple Hill

Today the sun was shining and as most of the snow has cleared we took ourselves up to Staple Hill for our favourite walk.  It is about 900 feet high at Staple Hill and some of the snow was still lying in the hedgerows and on the paths.

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There was quite a chill in the air.  I think you call it bracing!!  As we rounded the corner we saw more lying snow.

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As we walked up the hill we saw that 2 trees had fallen right over the path, probably weighted down by the snow and then the winds we have had.

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One of the trees you could easily walk right under as I did.

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On the upper level the sun was peaking through the trees.

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Freshly invigorated after our walk, we made our way home via The Candlelight Inn in Bishopswood, where we stopped for a quick lunchtime bevy!!  And the best bit was that as we had the car we didn’t have to walk up the hill back home.

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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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Lovely walk up Staple Hill

Yesterday was a glorious sunny Autumn day, clear and crisp, but also bright.  We went for a walk up one of my favourite places called Staple Hill. There is a thick pine forest wood, with such densely spaced trees that there is only a little light that can be seen through them.

There was still a frost about and I got a picture of these leaves on the grass still with their white frosty covering.

We bumped into some friends as we were walking along the path.  They  had their dogs with them and we stopped for a chat as the dogs chased each other.

When we got through the woods we were delighted with the view, it was so clear you could see right over to the estuary and then to Wales.

Neil’s sister was with us and took a photo of us two:

It was a glorious day to go for a walk and just breathe in the fresh clean cold air.

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My two favourite walks

Yesterday a friend, whom we’d not seem for a few years, came to visit us.  It was lovely to see her again, and we were lucky in that the sun shone, even though the wind was cold.  After lunch we took her up to Staple Hill, which is one of my 2 favourite places nearby to go for a walk.

A wonderful tree at Staple Hill

Staple Hill is one of the highest places in the Blackdown Hills, Somerset, England and on a fine day it is said you can see right over to Wales. 

 From there we got back in the car and headed the short distance to Otterhead Lakes at Otterford.  At this time of year the bluebells are out in force and there are carpets of blue in the woods.

 English native bluebells have flowers on one side only and droop to the side.  Unfortunately there has been an influx of spanish bluebells in garden centres and these have flowers all the way round.  Luckily in established woodland the bluebells are all native English ones.

 We also spotted some wild garlic with pretty little white flowers and lots of ferns growing up poised ready to unfurl as these ones below.

It’s a lovely walk down to the first lake, then along  a footpath by the side of a stream, across a footbridge and then eventually the path comes out by the second lake.  We met a couple of guys walking their dogs and they took a photo of all 3 of us on the footbridge.

 

The footbridge at Otterhead Lakes

You can see we are well wrapped up as it was quite chilly yesterday, but it is a lovely spot for a walk, really beautiful with all those bluebells.

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