Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Out and about and over the top


Another full and busy week. We are treating my old school friend Tricia's final fortnight with me as a holiday; no builders, no unpacking, no must-do chores. Fun and relaxation, food and sightseeing, lots of lovely walks on beaches and hills.

Sunday lunch here.





Rather too, er, colourful and generously decorated for my taste, I'd say, but delightful waiting staff, Hungarian and Roumanian.


Then a flurry of excitement mingled with expectation of disappointment: Tricia might have won something substantial! But no. The bag of gold must be closed; the one she uncovered was open, although neither we nor the retailer could spot the difference without heavy-duty spectacles to assist. But it was a sweet dream while it lasted.....


And off to Wells - what a little jewel of a place! The smallest city in England, with a Cathedral and a Bishop's Palace - with moat. And lots of rather nice shoe shops. I know, how shallow of me. We met up with one of Tricia's friends there.













Yesterday a walk to Dunster, pausing for a chat with the owners of this gorgeous old chap, a Bernese mountain dog,



The back road to Dunster is so pretty.




We pottered around the village, treating ourselves to hot chocolate here, where I booked a place on a chocolate-making course next month.

We visited this lovely church,





and walking home again.



En route, we chatted to a man planting a beech hedge, a gardener by profession, and as a result, I now have someone who is  going to help me with the heavy-duty basics in my garden, digging, weeding, soil-improving, fixing training wires for the climbers and apple tree, and generally doing all the jobs that I don't want to do/can't do with my naggingly painful back.

Later, for supper with friends, and a walk home down a pitch-dark lane by torchlight, owls hooting madly in all directions.

And today? Well, we did some housework - not before time, I must say. It was gloriously warm weather. 16.9 degrees; Shelagh, meanwhile, huddled indoors in Toronto, while her snow and freezing rain allowed me to send smug emails with these pictures:



So we had an impromptu lunch in the sun. The last day of February, and we sat outside in t-shirts and bare feet; unbelievable.

More pleasant things to do tomorrow and over the weekend; Tricia goes away on Monday, and that's the last I will see of her until her next visit from Australia.

And then? Oh, there will be more visitors.....

11 comments:

dinahmow said...

Oh! What a lovely little tour. And in such good weather, too.

If you're easily reachable from Bristol, perhaps...maybe...I might take a detour.

judy in ky said...

I would love pottering around these villages with you. Such lovely walks you take. I love the Burmese mountain dog too, such an adorable chap.

Gwen Buchanan said...

You certainly do have wonderful historical architecture to explore.. so much to see... I just love it... I'd never want to leave.

June said...

Oh, I love the photos of Wells!
What a place!

frayedattheedge said...

I shall have to add Wells to my list of places to see! Although it continues to be mild here, we didn't quite reach the giddy heights of temperature that were forecast. Looking forward to catching up with you once you have a little window before the next visitors - we have lots of news to share with you!!

the veg artist said...

I've been to Wells a few times - love it! Jealous of your weather "thingy". Is there an outside monitor? As for your walled garden being warm enough to eat out,in February, I want one!!!

Arthur Ransome said...

What larks! And how good to have found a helpful gardener.

Isabelle said...

Sounds lovely. I enjoyed my second-hand tour with you. Wish we had a bit more freedom here!

Toffeeapple said...

The architecture is stunning. I think the dining room was OTT though. The church is a nice one. Shame about not winning the money, but I'm sure that was made up for by having lunch outside with bare feet!

Lynda (Granny K) said...

What lovely memories Tricia will have to take back to Australia. So much to see in your area.

BumbleVee said...

We're looking at Olde Worlde stuff here too...just got back to Entroncamento from Porto.... and tasting plenty of great Ports.

We are sick with cold ... all of us now...I gave it to everybody .... errgghhhh!

Tricia looks to be having a lovely time...
we just saw a St. Bernard the other day and a huge assortment of other dogs... mutts mostly... as it seems here in Portugal evrybody has dogs...not as pets...mostly just shoved out in yards to act as annoyances and sort of manic guard dogs because nobody trains them or cares two hoots for them.... shame ereally....

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