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Saturday, 17 March 2018

A Little Visitor

The weather is gradually improving with a touch more sunshine and warmth. This is encouraging friends and family to come and visit. Yesterday my cousin brought her little girl out for a short wander around the farm meeting some of the animals.

She also became acquainted with some of the machinery trying out the tractor for size.

Friday, 16 March 2018

A Great Achievement

Many of you will know that I run a lunch club for the elderly each month. This month was a very special occasion. One of our regular ladies celebrated her 100th birthday. We celebrated it with a fabulous cake made by my youngest niece. She is not only a wonderful nurse she is also a talented baker.

What a special achievement to reach such a great age and to be in such good health with as well.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Take Three Thursday: A Special Sculpture

Each Thursday I join Mary Lou with her meme Take Three Thursday where the idea is to show three photos of something that I have observed this week.
Yesterday I had to visit the Bristol Eye Hospital for an issue with one of my eyes. The hospital is situated in central Bristol close to where I used to work at Bristol Childen's Hospital. I have consequently frequently admired the sculpture murals on the external walls of the eye hospital. Today I stopped to take some photos. There are 5 panels in total that are called The Creation and were sculptured by Walter Ritchie in 1986.
I have chosen the panel depicting the creation of all the creatures. I couldn't quite fit it in without having stepped into the road. Perhaps not a wise move when your sight is slightly blurred by eye drops that have dilated my pupils. The edges are therefore missing.

I have then chosen three details which are really self explanatory.



The detail is remarkable and a wonderful tactile choice for an institution dealing with so many people with impaired sight. One would however have to be pretty tall to feel and touch all of the panel!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Preparing for Next Year

Yesterday I took a walk around the newly cleared track again. This time the sun was shining.

Should anyone be interested I took another photo of the notice that can be read this time. There were fairly severe fines for anyone found meddling.

Farmer husband and farmer brother in law were working around the other side.

Brother in Law was busy collecting firewood to be stored for next year.

Husband was planting snowdrops that will hopefully take for next spring. 

You can see that it is quite a precarious job.

You can also see that there are already quite a few primroses.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Settled in

I think I have shown my mum's cat before. Mum has had Jesse for some months now. She was abandoned on the doorstep of the vet surgery where my niece works. She seems well looked after but it is a mystery as to why she was there.
 She has had a few health issues which maybe why she was left and also is not keen on other cats and dogs. She is quite content in her new home and quite settled as you can see.

Monday, 12 March 2018

History on Our Doorstep

Farmer Daughter took to the kitchen yesterday and cooked a delicious Sunday roast for Mothering Sunday. Then in the afternoon I took Poppy for her walk. It had been raining quite hard but fortunately stopped just after I started walking.
Brother in Law has recently cleared some scrub so that it is now possible to walk right round the tump. You may recall that this is a slag heap from the iron ochre quarry that was mined for the red colouring redding. The track at the moment is a bit sparse and muddy but it will soon green up.

This may just look like a pile of rocks.

Closer inspection reveals a range of colours in the stones. Perhaps a possibility for the winter photography scavenger hunt for No. 14 Stones. Each stone has a small seam of ochre through it.

The recent rain helps to accentuate the colour.

Many are heavily covered in moss. 

There are also pieces of what are locally known as Bristol Diamonds. The quartz crystals form in many of the local sones.

Then of a historical interest is this little hut.

This is the bonded magazine where the explosives for the quarry were stored. Remains of the surrounding fence can still be seen. It still has the original sign which unfortunately is difficult to read in this photo.

It certainly gives a sense of history on our own doorstep.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

A Treat for Mother

Yesterday morning Farmer Daughter suggested we went for a walk as a "Pre Mother's Day Treat" so after lunch the two of us with Poppy drove off to start the walk. The walk starts in some ancient woodland known as King's Wood. It rapidly starts to climb up.

The bare trees have a character all of their own.

Once we came out of the woods we continued to climb up onto Wavering Down which is a spur of the Mendip Hills reaching out towards the Bristol Channel. We had a great view back towards the Somerset Levels and Cheddar Reservoir as we climbed.

We soon reached the Trig point which was an obvious point to stop for a selfie or two.

Poppy wasn't over keen on her elevated position.

The walk then continued on over undulating grass until you reach Crooks Peak, a rocky outcrop at the far end of the spur. We actually skirted round this to continue the walk but still had grand views over to th Channel.

As well as back across the levels. 

 All of this land is open but used to graze livestock. There were some ponies grazing in one spot. We then gradually descended over fairly steep paths which were slightly slippery down into the village of Compton Bishop. We stopped briefly to look at the church.

The walk then returned through the fields at the foot of the hills. There were a number of challenging stiles with no step up. My sweet daughter made the most of being asked to momentarily carry my camera.

We then reached the hamlet of Cross which I would actually describe as big enough to be a village. Our book told us that Frankie Howard had lived here. There were quite a few interesting houses.

The next bit I again found quite challenging when we started up a path totally blocked by a solid snow drift. It required very careful negotiating.

We then had about a mile to go along a track at the base of King's Wood.

The whole walk was 6 miles and I was certainly glad to see the car! The up and down landscape had made for quite a strenuous walk for me but it was certainly worth it. The evening was spent dozing by the fire!