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Picnic Time

"Dramatic river gorge, ancient woodlands, tea garden and shop in stunning surroundings" is how the National Trust website describes Watersmeet -  about 40 minutes from Spreacombe. Well recommended for a trip, we took a picnic and ate it on the walk along the river from Watersmeet to Rockford. On our return we had a delicious cream tea back at the National Trust Watersmeet House and browsed the shop before then walking in the other direction to Lynmouth. We think that we walked about 9.5 miles and certainly deserved our cream tea. 

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May Bank Holiday Weekend

One of our current favourite short trips.  Park at the National Trust Car Park, near Hunters Inn, Exmoor and walk along the valley to Heddon's Mouth Beach. The beach is home to a restored 19th century lime kiln. The stones make a change from our normal sandy beaches and in the past we have seen seal here.  The walking bit takes about an hour but this of course depends on how long you take building your stone scupture - we thought that this one was a pretty good effort.  The link takes you to the National Trust website and full description of the walk.

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It actually seems like Spring. . The primroses and remaining daffodils are a picture both in the woods and alongside some of the tracks and the bluebells are just starting to come out in the warmer areas. We had our Visit England quality inspection yesterday and were pleased to retain our 3 star grading, certainly the feedback that we got from our Easter guests was again good.  So now we have a quieter period to take stock before the May Bank Holiday arrivals with its weekenders. One party tell me that they are looking forwards to some long walks followed by a Fish and Chip dinner at Squires...

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This season's "must have" fashion item

....the little blue coat.    The lambs are starting to go outside and guess what the lucky ones are wearing?   Sheep and lambs are well equipped for the cold weather, but the little ones don't much like the "cold and wet" combination, so, as this February weather has been changeable, we are keeping the lambs in until a couple of consecutive good weather days are forecast and then as an extra precaution the smaller lambs are dressed in the "little blue number". 

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