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Beautiful Bluebells

One of our favourite walks is to go to Otterhead Lakes and walk by the lakes and through the woodland.  We went a couple of weeks ago when my brother was here but the bluebells were not quite out so we went again today to see the beautiful carpets of flowers.

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The sunlight was just shining through the emerging Beech trees with their light green leaves.

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Just off the path before the bluebells were beds of wild garlic.

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As we walked further down the blue of the bluebells got more intense.

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Neil took my picture sitting amongst the flowers.

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This is such a beautiful place, so peaceful and today there were no other people around, just the sound of the birds and the rustling leaves.

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We stopped by the first lake and could see the swan still sitting on her nest and also the Heron was in the same place as we had seen it a couple of weeks ago.  I took a picture of Neil by the lake.

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As we were driving from the car park up the lane we noticed that the Devon banks were also topped with bluebells.

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We are so lucky to live nearby.

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Abundant Almonds

Our Almond tree groaned with the weight of the nuts it had produced and then one heavy limb broke off.  We propped it up the best we could and hoped the nuts would still ripen.

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The branch that had snapped seem to have more nuts than any other.

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The outer casing was starting to crack open on a lot of the nuts, revealing the shell of the actual nut inside.

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This afternoon I have picked two big pots full and will dry them out and then crack off the outer casing.  We will have our own nuts for Xmas!!

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visit to Killerton House

On Tuesday we decided to visit an National Trust property as we are members and want to make use of our membership.  Killerton House is about 30 miles from here in Devon.

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According to the National Trust Sir Richard Acland gave away his family home for his political beliefs. His estate, at 2,590 hectares (6,400 acres) it is one of the largest the Trust has acquired (it includes 20 farms and 200-plus cottages).

Killerton House, built in 1778-9, brings to life generations of the Aclands, one of Devon’s oldest families. This year there is a fashion exhibition ‘Objects of Desire’ designed and guest-curated by renowned interior designer Russell Sage.

The masterpiece of Killerton, beautiful all year round, is the garden created by John Veitch – with rhododendrons, magnolias and rare trees surrounded by rolling Devon countryside.

The first room we visited was the music room that had its own organ.

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There was beautiful furniture, paintings, and collections of porcelain.

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There was also a well stocked library. We went up the lovely staircase to

an exhibition of fashion.

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There were exhibits of vintage clothing and shoes:

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The gardens outside were really lovely, lots of unusual trees and flowering shrubs and a flower border.

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There was a “bear hut” where the son of the family kept his pet bear.  The ceiling was decorated with pine cones.

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Then we visited the little chapel with its lovely stained glass windows.

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As we walked back to the car park we were met by a flock of sheep.  One made us laugh as he was down on his knees eating grass.

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We came across this fabulous twisted tree:

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The sun shone for us and we had a cream tea before heading home.

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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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