from a fantastic visit to Somerset and Cornwell. In the main the though, the highlight was definitely Saturday and then Tuesday night spent at Bowermead House the delightful home of Bill and Netta Southcombe.
Unfortunately, the picture really doesn’t do the place the justice it deserves. It’s an 18th century house in an idyllic setting overlooking the Vale of Avalon near Glastonbury. The rooms really are beautifully decorated, the beds the most comfortable and Bill is a dab hand with the old breakfast menu. Along with the Bill and Netta, Millie the dog does her fair share of meeting and greeting of guests.
We had originally only booked for Saturday, to break our journey to Cornwell, but having spent one night there, we just couldn’t resist asking if they had room for our return on Tuesday. They were full, but Bill very kindly said he would fit us in.
So we tootled off to Cornwell to stay at Trewinney Farmhouse near Megavissey. This was not a bad B&B too, but really couldn’t compete with the attractions of Bowermead. The one drawback to Trewinney was the shared bathroom accessed through an impossibly small/narrow opening in the cottage wall. Fine if you are of normal, proportions, but I have a backside the size of a small kingdome, and am not very nimble. I probably bumped by head at least 25 times.
We (Minkey and Parental Control) pootled off to the Eden Project some of Monday, and tehn on to Goran Haven. Now that is a nice child/family friendly beach, even if the decent is hair-raising to say the least to get there – typical Cornish typography.
It’s small enough to be able to see what she was up to, had a good flow of freshwater down the beach to facilitate the building of dams and pools, rocks to poke about in and a handy beach cafe. The only draw back was that as we had gone in my Kia we had limited boot/luggage space and hadn’t had room for the usual beach chairs, and the seating opportunities were limited.
We treated ourselves to pasties and chips by the sea to round off the evening.
On Tuesday we ventured back to Wiltshire to spend time at Longleat (always a favourit), and it has just improved again. I think we may also have been filmed in Pets Corner, so we will be watching out for our faces to appear on the TV!
After dinner at the Fox & Hounds in Tytherington (not sure if I spelt it right) we went back to Bowermead to spend the night. Bill was apologetic that he had had to squeeze us in, and Minkey and I spent the night in Sophie’s room (thank you Sophie for letting us do that) – shhhhhhh, don’t let on, but her bed is seriously comfortable, and it really was no inconvenience.
Netta has a jewellery company, and I have fallen in love with quite a few of her wares, so it won’t be long before I put an order in there.
We set off for home this morning, and had a loo stop at Stonehenge – I refused to pay the vast sums English Heritage were demanding for the ability to go a further 3 feet than the perimeter – so we made do with looking at it through the fencing.
We finally got home at about 12.30 today, and I’ve spent the rest of the day packing orders – which I’m very pleased to say I then got to the Post Office before it shut.
It feels like I’ve been away for ages, so I suppose that’s the sign of a good break.
On another happy note, only one prono member had joined UKSTampers, which has now been deleted, and we have had loads of genuine members join up too.
I have also been asked by several people today to organise mail order facilities as well as the web sales, so I will have to turn my attention to that side of things too.
Right, Minkey is moaning to get on-line, so I’m off to drink coffee with my honey (whom I have missed so much). He is in my very good books, cos he’s fixed my printer (busted by moi in a frenzy of order processing today)….