Walking – the Dorset coast

Every so often when we need to get away and go for a long walk we take off to the Dorset coast.  It’s not too far and often our guests also make day trips to the area.  This area is … Continue reading

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Why are the press so in love with Bruton?

It seems that every time I open a weekend paper there’s an article about the nearby town of Bruton.  The press seem to love it, saying Bruton is the new Nottinghill ………………. well in this house the jury’s out on … Continue reading

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The American Museum, Claverton, Bath

The American Museum in Bath This, I think is my favourite museum outside London, it’s just 30 minutes away which means I’m able to go as often as I like and enjoy all it has to offer.  And here’s hoping … Continue reading

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Locations used in Wolf Hall

I’m loving the BBC2 production of Wolf Hall adapted from Hilary Mantel’s novels.  I have to admit that I’ve not read the books but everyone says the TV programme keeps well to the feel of the books. The locations used … Continue reading

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B&B off the A303

Here we are offering Bed and Breakfast accommodation just of the A303, in fact as the crow flies we’re probably 500 yards from this major road and yet we have no noise from the A303.  And the reason is Castle … Continue reading

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Breakfast recipes

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For a long time I’ve thought how much I’d like to cook my way through ever recipe in a cookbook and somehow this year I’m being a bit more organised and might accomplish this dream.  Lunch finds me eating healthly … Continue reading

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Autumn newsletter

I hope you like this photograph of Longleat House and Grounds, taken from my phone whilst out walking at Heaven’s Gate, Horningsham At the end of each summer and as the quieter time for me here in Mere begins I’m … Continue reading

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Pink Grapefruit Marmalade

No matter how much marmalade I make in January with Seville oranges it always seems to run out towards the end of the year.  In order to keep being able to offer home made perserves at breakfast I end up … Continue reading

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Autumn Fruits for Breakfast

Personally I love fruit for breakfast and in the summer its easy, a bowl of cherries looks lovely, everyone enjoys strawberries and melon is always refreshing.  However a little more effort goes into the fruit on the breakfast table in … Continue reading

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Plum Jam

A friend has a plum tree in her garden and came round to see me with a carrier bag full of delicious purple fruit.  We were about to go a way for three nights so that evening I made a … Continue reading

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