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Monday, 10 December 2018

CASTLE CARY IS FULL OF GOLDEN STONE BUILDINGS!


Today, Jenny, Belinda and I explored Castle Cary, a small town eight miles south of Shepton.  It has some beautiful historic buildings, including the Round House, one of the four smallest lock-ups in the country - see centre pic.  The two top right photographs show the magnificent  Market House, the hub of the community, and even the Post Office (see top left) is housed in a golden stone building...


As part of our exploration we took refreshments in the old George Inn, sitting in the window by a roaring log fire - see above. 

We did some window shopping in the High Street, admired the Christmas decorations, and then walked into the countryside beyond.  The day started quite cold, dry and grey, but the sun came out and transformed the morning.  


In Shepton we are surrounded by great villages and towns that are worth looking at. We are on a mission to seek them out!

Monday, 3 December 2018

BRUTON IS A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT!


Today Belinda, Jenny and I combined our walk with a trip to At The Chapel in Bruton.  This grade two listed 17th-century chapel contains a bakery, bar and restaurant, which is open from 8am every morning.  With its casual and relaxed atmosphere, it was an ideal pit stop...


We enjoyed our trip to Bruton, with its historic buildings, individual shops and attractive stone cottages, but it didn't take long to walk down alleyways and lanes to reach the countryside.  It is somewhere we would like to go back to... 


In the last post we mentioned collecting branches to use as Christmas  decorations. Well, below is an example!  Jenny has used her branch by covering it in fairy lights and hanging it in the corner of her beauty salon reception.  It looks beautiful!




Wednesday, 21 November 2018

WE COLLECT BRANCHES FOR WINDOW DRESSING!


Early this cold and misty morning, Jenny and I went in search of branches to transform into free Christmas decorations!  Jenny has her hair and beauty salon - Skin and Tonic, and I have the One Craft Gallery to decorate.  We have some ideas for window dressing which may or not work...


We went up a bridleway which has an abundance of trees on both sides, and plenty of broken branches on the ground, so we were spoilt for choice!  Jenny liked the more intricate and curly branches, while I went for simpler curvy shapes.  The ones I brought back are now drying off in my conservatory before being painted...



Monday, 19 November 2018

SCRUNCHING THROUGH LEAVES IS FUN!


Today's early morning walk took Belinda, Jenny and I around Shepton and Bowlish. We walked over fields, lanes and footpaths and enjoyed scrunching through the drifts of leaves that were mostly on the ground.  The weather was perfect Autumn walking weather - cold, but dry with the promise of a sunny day to come...


The footpaths took us past horses and an equestrian centre.  The only blot on the landscape was rubbish, (see middle left pic).  How people can fly-tip and ruin our beautiful countryside, I just don't know...


Monday, 12 November 2018

POST REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY!


It was a short walk, for Jenny and I, out and about in Shepton this morning, as I was working in the One Craft Gallery at ten. It was the day after a special Remembrance Sunday, which celebrated the 100 years from the ending of World War One.  We saw the red iconic poppy everywhere...


On our trip around Shepton, we had a good look at all the shops to see what was new.  We noticed our posh interior design shop had its elegant Christmas window - see top right, and there was a new shop in town - a traditional Turkish Barber.  Soon we are going to be able to go 'apres-ski' in a new Ski-Bar!  It looks nearly fitted out with an interesting alpine exterior- see centre pic.  There isn't too long to wait to see the inside, which I have had good reports about, as I believe it will be open this week on Wednesday, which is Carnival night...



Monday, 29 October 2018

SEEING THE SIGHTS OF PILTON!


Today Belinda, Jenny and I went to Pilton, a village close to Shepton, for our walk. It is an interesting place with some buildings of note.  Apart from some lovely houses and cottages, there is the restored 14th century Tithe Barn, a large church, commemorative stone bench and a purpose built village hall (see photographs above).  We had a look inside the Tithe Barn, which as you can see in the middle photograph, is very dark as it has no windows, only narrow slits! It is a fabulous space which can be rented out for a typical figure of £2000 a day...


It was a bright, but chilly morning with frost underfoot.  We followed footpaths and lanes around Pilton, ending up on Worthy Farm, home of the famous Glastonbury Festival.  There are signs of the festival around, including the framework of the Pyramid Stage - see below.

Jenny is upset that she cannot get hold of any tickets for next year's festival.  She has tried logging on to the site as soon as they are available, but they sell out to people from all over the world in minutes.  Locals don't seem to get a look in these days!  Jenny has been and done voluntary work at the festival many times.  In fact, she remembers going to the first one which was held at the Bath and West Showground, before it moved to Worthy Farm!  



Monday, 22 October 2018

AUTUMN IS DEFINITELY HERE!


There was a chill in the air, and it had only just got light as Belinda, Jenny and I set off for a walk on familiar ground.  As we crunched our way through a carpet of dry leaves, we remarked that Autumn was definitely here!


We followed some footpaths that eventually took us up to Barren Down, a favourite peaceful green space, that has stunning views of Shepton - see above.


We walked up to Shepton High Street and had a look at the latest developments. The centre photograph shows a new shop in town - an artisan bakers called Loaf, which has a coffee shop, that looks worth a visit!  Another place for refreshment, with interesting recycle art projects to see, is the Art Bank Cafe -  left middle row pic.  Situated in the former HSBC bank building, they are a not for profit outfit, doing exciting work recycling residents' rubbish...


Having dropped off Belinda at her home in the centre of Shepton, Jenny and I walked across Collett Park, which looked glorious in the Autumn sunshine...