Thursday, 18 August 2011

A little trip to Somerset

 Hello all, hope you are enjoying the early arrival of Autumn - there's definitely a chill in the air and I've seen more than a few autumnal leaves, although I think we may still have the odd day of sunshine and warmth before Autumn really sets in. We are still on our staycation at present, my husband goes back to work on Monday and he commented yesterday that staycations really don't work as we (read he!) always ends up doing jobs around the house. So far, we have been to Ikea, necessitating the building of two pieces of furniture. He has also (very bravely, I couldn't watch!) borrowed a chainsaw from a friend and tried chopping down the tree stumps a little lower. No injuries incurred but not a successful endeavour as the chain needed sharpening several times. Will need to have a re think.

Anyway, last week we pootled down to Somerset for a couple of days, and we stayed at this little place in Axbridge.
 It was a lovely hotel, we enjoyed some amazing food there and the staff were so friendly and helpful.
 There is a museum in Axbridge which was King John's Hunting Lodge - there he is, looking right at you! Quite freaky really!! A beautiful old tudor building and unfortunately the museum was closed at the time we decided to go have a look around. Never mind.
 Here is the old church (1400s if I remember correctly) that was next door but one to the hotel. E was especially interested in looking around the graveyard, reading all the names and dates on the gravestones. She takes after me.
 Never too far away from crochet, I spotted this hanging in someone's front window. An intricate lacy design, very beautiful. Not sure I'd have the patience to create something like this. Maybe one day...
 On the one full day we were in Somerset, the heavens opened so it made sense to go with our back up plan for rainy weather. A trip to the cinema to see Cars 2. Not just any cinema though, we went to this one in Clevedon. It's run by the community and it was like stepping back in time. There were two organs at the front, a little ice cream kiosk and I really wish I had taken a photo of the inside because it was a sight to behold. Definitely worth a trip if you are in the area. I felt like I was 7 years old all over again. There was no interval though!
Before we went to the cinema, we visited Cheddar Gorge. It was tipping down with rain so we popped into a coffee shop and spent half an hour goat spotting. F adores goats so she was very happy. Bit difficult getting a decent photo of them though. This is the best I could manage. Cheddar Gorge has changed a lot since we last visited 20 years ago. It probably didn't help that last time we came, it was glorious sunshine and this time it didn't stop raining. We didn't bother with the caves, partly as the kids weren't really fussed and partly due to price. On the last day we were there, we visited Wells Cathedral - will do another post as there are so many photos. It was amazing.

Another rainy day here but the kids won't mind as they have the Playmobil out. I love listening to them making up different voices and scenarios. I will be ploughing on with my Mollie Makes blanket - haven't really touched it for over a week. We are hoping for another trip out tomorrow (if the weather behaves), just a wildlife park or farm. Next week my nephew is coming round to help clear the veg patch at the back. I cannot tell you how happy I will be once that patch is turfed and looking neat and tidy. And if it stops raining, maybe the weeds won't grow so quickly before it's turfed! Have fun, whatever you have planned. x

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tip about the Clevedon cinema - I must pay it a visit. Congratulations on remaining upbeat despite the good old weather! I'm camping for week on Saturday and the drop in temperature is frightening me a little!