Tag Archives: England

A Wedding, Historic Houses, Castles and the English Seaside

12 Aug

The last few days have been rather hectic. After the wedding on Saturday and a reception that lasted into the wee hours, our friends Heather and Graham have been the perfect hosts. They’ve taken us to visit some historic homes and castles. We’ve had a quick visit to the English seaside at Lyme Regis where they own a cottage and a gift shop. And when we haven’t dined at pubs or tea shops, Heather has prepared some amazing meals. It will be difficult to say goodbye tomorrow morning but I’m sure we will meet up again with our good friends.

The happy couple at All Saint's Church in Martock

The happy couple at All Saint’s Church in Martock

The grounds of Orchardleigh, the wedding reception venue

The grounds of Orchardleigh, the wedding reception venue

Orchardleigh, the wedding reception venue

Orchardleigh, the wedding reception venue

Cupcakes!!

Cupcakes!!

Lytes Carey Manor

Lytes Carey Manor

Heather & Graham's Garden

Heather & Graham’s Garden

Heather & Graham's House in Martock

Heather & Graham’s House in Martock

Montacute House

Montacute House

Lyme Regis, Dorset seaside resort

Lyme Regis, Dorset seaside resort

Lyme Regis from the Cobb

Lyme Regis from the Cobb

Sherborne Castle, former home of Sir Walter Raleigh

Sherborne Castle, former home of Sir Walter Raleigh

Family of swans at Sherborne Lake

Family of swans at Sherborne Lake

Sherborne Abbey

Sherborne Abbey

Breakfast at Heather and Graham's

Breakfast at Heather and Graham’s

The inimitable Bertie, Heather and Graham's working Cocker Spaniel

The inimitable Bertie, Heather and Graham’s working Cocker Spaniel

A Mid-Somerset Day Trip

8 Aug

We are in Somerset now, having rented a car at Heathrow airport. The drive south west of London took us past Stonehenge and on to a homely B&B on a small lane outside a little village in the midst of the Somerset Levels next door to an apple cider mill and across from Burrow Hill, a local landmark. If I passed a hobbit along the lane I wouldn’t be surprised.

Today, we took a drive to nearby Glastonbury where we toured the Abbey ruins and climbed 518 feet up to the top of Glastonbury Tor for a spectacular view of the surrounding area. The Tor is actually the name of the hill. Atop the hill is a single roofless stone tower, all that remains of 14th Century St. Michael’s Church.

Glastonbury is host to countless myths and legends tied to King Arthur, the Holy Grail and Joseph of Arimithea and is now home to a thriving New Age community of which we saw evidence in daisy chain head bands, dreadlocked hairstyles and psychedelic murals about town.

Mocha Berry Café in Glastonbury town center.

Mocha Berry Café in Glastonbury town center.

Glastonbury Town Center

Glastonbury Town Center

Abbott's Kitchen at Glastonbury Abbey

Abbott’s Kitchen at Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey Ruins

Herb Garden at Glastonbury Abbey

Herb Garden at Glastonbury Abbey

St. Michael's Tower atop Glastonbury Tor

St. Michael’s Tower atop Glastonbury Tor

The View from Glastonbury Tor

The View from Glastonbury Tor

Burrow Hill

Burrow Hill

Thatched Roof house next door to our B&B

Thatched roof house next door to our B&B

Burrow Hill B&B with a view of Burrow Hill

Burrow Hill B&B with a view of Burrow Hill