Monthly Archives: March 2010

If you go to the woods today…

Last weekend we went for a walk. Front after front rolled in off the sea and we spent the vast amount of the walk in clouds and mist and rain. Periodically it would clear leaving views across the moorland to the coast. As we walked through the ancient oak woodlands Exmoor ponies appeared out of the mist, walking slowly through the trees, eating.

And then, later, in farmland, we saw these chickens atop a muck heap which was spontaneously smouldering, leaving the air tinged with a slightly sweet smell of smoke. We sheltered from the wind and rain in an old church, the most isolated on Exmoor, eating boiled eggs and pork pies and cups of tea in the porch before continuing our journey back homewards.

A splendid, soul quenching, cobweb removing sort of a walk. And best of all, we set off and returned to our house on foot.

Things to do in Exmoor: West Somerset Railway

On a sunny spring Sunday morning what better is there to do than queue in an old fashioned ticket hall and purchase ‘proper’ tickets for a ride on a steam train?

We travelled in a 1950s carriage pulled by the Black Prince steam locomotive engine from Minehead to Blue Anchor were we alighted and ate an elevenses of victoria sandwich* and cups of tea from a flask in the quiet sunshine of the Up Platform before walking back along the beach all the way into Minehead.

West Somerset Railway (Minehead to Bishops Lydeard, Someset)

All images by me

*See here for American readers

Signs of spring

Lamby lambkins and sunshine and yoga and visits to Glastonbury with friends from London. Walks along beaches, through woodland in near darkness accompanied by owls calling in the twilight and across moorland in the evening sunshine. Pub lunches and dinners. 18 deer walking in a line along a ridge as the sun set. Dreams of whippets.

{More posts to come very soon but the incompetence of our landlady meant our broadband was cut off}.

And this week I am going back to London on Wednesday for 5 whole days…

{Images by me}