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Monday, 11 March 2019

FROM PRIDDY TO WOOKEY HOLE!


Today's walk was all about the views!  Early this morning, Belinda and I drove to Priddy, and took the Wookey Hole road until we found a car park, with picnic area and footpaths.  We were still high up on the Mendips so had fantastic vistas which were made even more special with blue sky and white fluffy clouds.  We could see Glastonbury Tor and way beyond for miles. Belinda tried out some panoramic shots with her new phone!

 

We had to wrap up warm as there was a chill in the air and a bracing wind, but it was bright and sunny.  We came across a very smart modern stile of a design we had not seen before - see centre pic.  The footpaths took us across farmland which was well managed with more good fencing and metal gates...


This morning I was looking for derelict farm buildings to take photographs of, as subject matter for an art course.  We spotted this building, shown above, just outside of Priddy and had to stop as it fitted the brief perfectly!

Monday, 25 February 2019

IT IS WORTH WALKING TO WELLS!


Today it was a beautiful sunny morning for a walk.  Belinda and I drove to Dulcote and then walked into Wells and had a cup of tea at the Swan Hotel!  The only blott on the landscape was a sculptural concrete bench, which had been defaced by offensive messages and ugly graffiti...  

The pathway in, which is popular with joggers, brought us to the moat around the Bishop's Palace with a direct view of wonderful Wells Cathedral - see pics below...


Wells is full of historic buildings, especially around the Cathedral and the Vicars' Close -  which is claimed to be the oldest surviving residential street with original buildings in Europe - see bottom photograph.


I am always interested in window displays and this morning I was taken with the surreal looking mannequins, in a Wells clothes shop, that had animal heads!  There was a rabbit. wolf and owl - see middle and top right pics above.  Wells is always an interesting and picturesque place to visit...


Monday, 18 February 2019

SNOWDROPS ARE EVERYWHERE!


Today Belinda and I went for local walk and viewed the aftermath of the Snowdrop Festival, which took place at the weekend.  Belinda said that Shepton had been buzzing!

I was right about the winner of the Best Dressed Window - it was Anna's Attic.  The trophy can be seen above top left.  Incidentally, it was made by Fran Davies, a specialist stained glass artist, and one of the members of the One Craft Gallery.  We, at the gallery got  highly commended, as did the Opticians in the High Street - Christopher Young, whose window can be seen in the three bottom pics above...


Our walk took us to the Charlton Viaduct, part of which is in the gardens of Kilver Court.  Our route went by their vegetable garden which is being prepared for planting - see above centre top photograph. 


The snowdrop festival is run by Shepton Mallet Horticultural Society and they have implemented a massive planting programme, so wherever you go in and around the town, you can see the delicate white snowdrop heads.  We saw them everywhere - they are a welcome sign of the forthcoming Spring!



Tuesday, 12 February 2019

ANTICIPATING THE SNOWDROP FESTIVAL!


So much for good intentions!  Belinda, Jenny and I have found that colds, work and life commitments have got in the way of the three of us going for a walk!  However, yesterday the sun shone and we managed to get together to have a look around Shepton and follow some public footpaths around the outskirts.

The walk, for me, starts by walking to Jenny's beauty salon, Skin and Tonic - see above right pic.   We had a look at the new lifestyle shop in Town Street - Cedar House and checked out what was happening in the High Street...


As Shepton is quite hilly, you get some interesting views, looking down into people's houses and gardens - see above. 


The town is starting to buzz in anticipation to the Shepton Snowdop Festival which takes place this coming weekend.  At the One Craft Gallery, I had a hand in the window dressing (see above).  My painting, 'Dancing Snowdrops' can be seen in the bottom right photograph. 


Above is the fabulous snowdrop window done by Anna for her shop, Anna's Attic. She won the best window design last year and it looks as though she is set to win again!


Monday, 7 January 2019

A NEW YEAR OF WALKING!


Today Belinda, Jenny and I managed to get together for a walk, the first of the New Year.  We were all busy in the run up to Christmas and Jenny went to America and I went to the Isle of Wight for the festivities.  We all decided that we definitely needed to get fitter this year and do more exercise, so this was a start!


Although we have had the shortest day, it was still quite dark when we set out in the early morning.  Today, we went into the countryside above Shepton, and ended up at Bowlish before heading home.  The doorway pictured above is at the historic Old Bowlish House and the allotments we passed on our way back through the park were showing signs of activity - see above.  The top left photograph shows a creative bug hotel which we didn't investigate for activity...


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!