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I had friends up for a weeks holiday this month and we had a great time. the last time they were over was for  Glasto –The Glastonbury Festival in June. I realised when I came to the blog today that I did not write anything in June…I think it was because I was recovering from that weekend of music, food and drink – especially the drink  I think.  Looking at the pictures we took and reminising over it brought back what a great weekend it was. Although we live near(ish) we camped with friends over the weekend and learnt a lot.  I never knew how much people left behind, unbeliveable; tents, tables, all sorts of bags and baggage. I was amazed at the waste! Never did find out what happened to it – all dumped or sold on for charity?? Anyone know, I would be so interested to find out.     Somerset has something on nearly every weekend and especially in summer, its great! Using the library, Google and locals I found some amazing places to visit. One we visited when friends where here, was Weston-Super-Mare. Lovely town, which hosts a sand festival every year from April to the end of September. This year the theme was Hollywood and there was some amazing sculptures.  As a Jonny Depp fan the one below was my favourite.If you are in the area well worth a visit. We stayed at a lovely B&B there are so many to choose from and ours was a short walk from the beach and town, suited us perfectly....

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Cider in Somerset

  My city friends who come over to visit me always expect cider, Somerset cider is something well known throughout the UK but I sat drinking a long cold cider the other day and realised I know almost next to nothing about it – except the one I was drinking was going down very well as did the next few! The history of cider in the UK goes way back,all the way  to the origins of apples in our country. For a more in-depth history than I want to write, take a look at this article. It follows the origins of apples and cider from pre Roman times to present day. I decided I had to visit a Cider distillery and after a bit of online research,  I organized for a group of us to visit The Somerset Cider Brandy Co @ Burrow Hill Cider farm. What a fabulous day, the place is gorgeous and we took our time and explored and listened to all the interesting information. What attracted me was that the company is part of the Slow Food Movement, where good local produce grown organically is the focus. I am very interested in a sustainable life style and I must admit this was a bit of a surprise for me, reminded me to not be so city arrogant! Really worth going and given the nice days we have been having  go sooner than later but with our notorious weather pop in some wellies as I expect the walk could get muddy. You will not miss them but make sure you do meet up with the alpacas…my new favourite animal. Plan to visit another cider farm later in the month, addicted to it now, Sheppy’s Cider farm, another distillery that has been around for over 150 years.  Let you know how that goes next time.  ...

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Somerset and Steam Trains

        Do you enjoy steam trains? I do, love them every since my granddad took me on one when I was a kid. Any opportunity to ride on one and I am there.  Last week we had my niece to and nephew to stay and I was  getting a bit desperate trying to entertain 10 yr old twins. Then my super Hubby surprised us with a trip on a steam train last Sunday. We went on a 20 mile trip on a West Somerset Railway steam train. The railroad is the longest heritage railway in England and we were booked onto the Heritage Hunter. This involved downloading an app onto our tablet, from this we learnt history of the line and stations along the route. At every station we had 5 tasks to perform and if you scored 100% you were entered into a draw for free tickets.  The kids loved it and I must be honest we did to. There are buffet cars onboard and time to grab lunch at one of the stops. All in all a fun day and one to do again as there are different itineraries stopping at different stations. A great way to get around Somerset and see some places without the hazzle of driving. The only down side was when we got home and found a flood!! Unbelievable something to do with boiler, insurance will cover it but need to replace some things now – the carpet being a priority…oh it smells, don’t know what was in that water! So had a look online and chatted to some friends and have taken a loan out from ferratum.co.uk really pleased with the whole process so straightforward. Packed the kids off back my sister and we booked into a local hotel for a couple of days till the smell has gone…well why not treat ourselves..lovely indoor pool at this...

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Cheddar Gorge

One of the reason Pete thought I would be happy in Somerset is because of my addiction to a certain TV serial, PHP The Time Team. I love history, have since I was at school. wholesale nfl jerseys I have always enjoyed researching the places I visit but I will admit it was normally abroad. I found a video of a Time Team in Somerset, a little long but well worth watching. So last week Pete and I decided it was time I actually saw the Taunton Cheddar Gorge and have a trip to the sea. Not too Somerset? sure about the sea part given the time of year but who turns down a day out From with their hubby, not me. It took about an hour from Taunton on the M5, longer than expected because of an accident, normally about 45 mins. launched The Cheddar Gorge is famous throughout the England, at almost 400 feet deep and three cheap nfl jerseys miles long it is the largest forge in England and certainly spectacular. Although bit misty wholesale nfl jerseys when we got there early morning it cleared up. It really is awe inspiring, knowing that it was formed over a million years ago during the last ice age. It was then that water melting off wholesale jerseys the glaciers formed a river, which over time changed the limestone rock into the formation you see now including the Cheddar Caves, now we Somerset didn’t go in the caves on that visit as I was wearing heeled boots (I know Ceres I wasn’t thinking) but plan to come back and spend the day, appropriately attired! I have since looked online and there are guided tours and trips you can take to the Anniversary Gorge or there are tips to help you plan your day so you don’t cheap nba jerseys miss anything. Wonderful thing the internet isn’t it? So Cheddar Gorge, tick, seen and plan to re...

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