Wednesday, 3 September 2008
I'm back . . .
Yes, I know - I was meant to be gone until the end of the week, but things panned out differently. In fact, Itsy-pony will be returning home today as things didn't quite work out as expected with her new owner. I needed to come home and arrange the transport, and as the weather had been slightly diabolical (with more monsoon-like rain to follow) we decided it would make more sense to put the money we would have spent on B&B, food etc towards the cost of the horse box.
That's not to say we didn't go anywhere, or take any photos. I probably have a week's blog entries to use up the 70 or so photos I took.
On the way down, we stopped our journey at Dunster (pic. of yarn market at top of page), and had a walk around to stretch our legs. We didn't have time to visit historic Dunster Castle http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-dunstercastle/w-dunstercastle-brief_history.htm
but we did have a lovely time around the village. At a little antique shop run by a lovely American lady, I found an old friend - another book by C Henry Warren, this time about the West Country, and with lots of old photos. Of course, I couldn't resist it and it has joined my West Country library. . .
Ancient cobbled walkways down the side of the main street in Dunster.
The castle dominates the village.
Looking up the street in the opposite direction. I have yet to check on what the tower is.
The entrance to Dunster Castle, and a lovely old building which housed an art gallery now. I was tempted to buy a couple of large cards which I will get framed this week (we do our own picture mounting and framing).
Another ancient building which I need to research. The "kick-out" of tiles above the ground floor windows is to repel the rain run-off and stop it seeping through the windows. We have a mini version above the windows on the south-west side of our house, which is where the prevailing weather always comes from.