Today was a day filled with ducks, making it an A+++ day in my book. The big M and D have a uni friend staying (who can deffo come again as he is very good at blowing bubbles for me to pop) so we went on a jaunt to the UK’s smallest city, Wells. Around the Bishops palace is a moat chockablock full of ducks (bear in mind to me a duck is anything with wings).
Here I am finding my first ducks of the day
Then I peered through a window in the old potato store and saw loads of proper, real ducks … This was truly a highlight. I spent a lot of time here
And then we went to aEdit reclaimation yard and found this ENORMOUS duck
So many ducks, so little time
This arvo we took advantage of the sunny weather and went on a field trip to Wells Cathedral 40 mins yonder.
We saw the world’s second oldest clock (but oldest with the original dials) created in 1390. Every quarter of an hour little wooden knights above the clock joust upon a turntable and the same knight has now been getting knocked off his horse for 600 years!
We also walked up some really worn stairs to an octagonal chapter room, which was really fun to run around. It felt like being a knight from the round table.
Finally we wandered round the medieval town window shopping. All in all a rather pleasant afternoon.
Yet again I’ve been spoilt rotten and the centre of attention! The big M’s Aussie friends have played with me ALL day. The big D had to go to the Chalke Valley so the big M, Fe, Gary and I took ourselves off to Ham Hill. We had a leisurely lunch (I ate my first scotch egg) and then went for a long walk. I had a fantastic time between running up hills, playing in the dirt, throwing stones, using Gary as my own personal chariot, stealing other children’s balls amongst others.
We went to the Royal Bath and West show today. It was fab. I saw cows and horses and ducks and beagles and alpacas and ferrets and bees and lots of other furry creatures.
We also saw lots and lots and lots of cheese at the British Cheese awards. I think we should have worn white coats and gone armed with an apple corer and we could have pretended to be judges and tasted it all…. A plan for next year!
Another highlight was seeing the bloodhound which is going for the 1,000 mph land speed record in South Africa later this year.
The big m and d spent all their pocket money buying cheese and smoked fish, pork scratchings and some plum flavoured gin.
This afternoon we took a quick jaunt to Muchelney Abbey to make use of our English Heritage membership.
It’s a gorgeous place with some original tudor wall paintings and timber ceilings still in existence. But my favourite bits were the thatched monks loos, the only surviving example in the UK and dressing up as a monk. I think I look rather fetching.
To take advantage of the beautiful weather, we took a jaunt to Lytes Cary Manor, just off the Podimore roundabout near our house. It was the first time we’ve been. It’s a gorgeous tudor house and with my new found walking skills I explored (in great detail) every bit.
We then went for a stroll in the garden. My favourite bit was the front garden which includes topary known as the 12 Apostles – 12 shaped hedges. I was hoping to have a picture taken walking amongst them… however, useless parentals left all photo taking devices at home.
So i’ve had to make do with this photo of me wearing the sticker I got.
Yesterday we made great use of both the fine weather and our National Trust membership by visiting a local property called Barrington Court.
I liked the higgledy piggledyness of the house and had über fun sliding around the highly polished floors.
It has an interesting recent history having been the NT’s first major acquisition around the turn of the century (that’s a really long time ago!). However, it was fraught with money issues so the trust leased it to the Lyle family of the sugar fame and they renovated it completely. They also installed a very cool ‘thunder box’ in the bathroom. That was my other favourite bit.
In other news it’s my birthday in a week. I’m very excited as I saw my present (wrapped up) and it’s big….