Saturday, April 4, 2009

Spring on the Quantocks

Changing seasons is weird. At home few days ago it was ripening sweet corn, apples and leaves starting to turn brown, and now it’s daffodils, primroses, little lambs and the trees just starting to show a touch of green.

Wild primroses
The hedges are full of them.

Daffodils are "wild" everywhere
This old farm is just up the lane from the B&B

I’m in the UK for niece Andrea’s wedding, but getting some R&R first here in Somerset, staying at Parsonage Farm in Over Stowey, a 17th century farmhouse that runs at a gentle pace, and offers deep peace and lots of lovely walking on the doorstep.

Parsonage Farm, Over Stowey
It's a tiny village; no shop or pub

I’ve had three days of walking all day, fueled by a fine cooked breakfast and topped off with dinner in one of the local pubs. The weather has been unusually kind for early April: dry and cool, but with quite a bit of sunshine.

A "combe" in the Quantock Hills
Designated the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Britain in the 1950s

Halsway House, near Bicknoller
One of many fine old houses. This one houses the National Centre for Traditional Music

Today I’m heading for Leeds and the wedding, then a few days with my sister Kate in Bolton before coming south again to Cornwall.


  1. Lovely to see some pictures, the weather was kind to you.
    Send everyone my love at the wedding.
    Much love

  2. Snap!
    Wonderful isn't it - the walks fuelled by breakfast and dinner in the pub!!!