Somerset Levels and Cider Brandy

Somerset was the focus of Countryfile on BBC1 last night and there were some superb shots of the Somerset Levels, where presenters were on the lookout for Common Cranes.  These beautiful birds faced extinction but breeding programmes following a return in 2014 have meant there is now a viable population.

The Somerset Levels cover 230 square miles from Glastonbury to Bridgewater and views are stunning.

Unsure if it was to warm the presenters up but the programme also featured Cider Brandy producers.  If you’ve never tried this I would definitely recommend…….

For those who are interested, the programme is currently available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006t0bv

 

Happy New Year!

Everyone at The White House is now back from holiday and ready to welcome all of our friends and guests in 2018.

We hope you all had a great break, we certainly did.   I know it doesn’t make great business sense to recommend alternative accommodation but we spent our holiday in Scotland, with a significant part of that time at Knock Old Castle.  What a great location and definitely recommended if you are ever planning a trip to Ayrshire

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Christmas is coming

The last minute Christmas cake is ready and looking fab (thank you Kirstie for the recipe aimed at those of us who have been completely dis-organised in preparing for Christmas back at the beginning of October!)

The home made Limoncello is almost ready for bottling (thanks again Kirstie, we all can’t wait to try this one)

And even the local police force are going a bit bonkers over Christmas…….

The Wells Christmas market began yesterday and the market place was exceptionally busy.  Such a lovely atmosphere and a member of our current “Hot Fuzz” allowed me to take this wonderful photograph.  You may not recognise him as a policeman as he was in “plain clothes”

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Old friends and superb craftmanship……

We welcomed an old friend, Oksana, and her daughter Dasha here at The White House over the weekend. Although we keep in regular contact, Oksana hasn’t visited us for almost three years.

Not only did we have a lovely time catching up but this incredibly talented lady also fitted a stained glass window that she has been working on for us since the last time we met.

It’s not often that I am left speechless but we were completely blown away by how fabulous it looks, and the detail included in the window provides lots of references to our life here in Dulcote.

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Christmas is coming

Christmas is most certainly coming…..

On Sunday evening we went to the Wells Cathedral School Advent Service in the Cathedral which is always fantastic.

And we also put up our Christmas tree.  Even Bob joined in and had a great time trying to eat the decorations while we sorted them.  Think he was very glad to take his reindeer outfit off afterwards!

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Siblings……….

Last year Santa brought both of my daughters Schnauzer slippers and yesterday my youngest, Lucy, found them and decided to wear them.

After a while she went out and left them by the foot stool.

Our little Schnauzer, Bob, found them and thought he had found his long lost brothers and sisters.  Later we found him snuggled up with them.

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Beauty and The Beast

Last night I was in the audience for the first night of Wells Cathedral Upper School production of Beauty and the Beast and what a night.

As usual, the quality of the performance, both cast and orchestra, was superb.

Although there are few tickets left, if you are in the area and are looking for things to do, follow the link for last remaining tickets.

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Reindeer Parade

The Wells Annual Reindeer Parade was a great success again this year and an added bonus for those of our guests who hadn’t realised the event was taking place.

Each year it just gets bigger and the crowds in the Marketplace proved just how popular the event is.

The Reindeer are so beautiful, and obviously very well cared for by their owners, that I really don’t think Santa got a look in!

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And the fun begins….

It’s not long now before the Wells Rotary Reindeer Parade. This annual event is taking place at 10:50 on Sunday 3rd December and Santa will be pulled on his sleigh by a team of six reindeer.
 
This is a great event for families and marks the start of Christmas for many of us here in Wells with local traders selling mistletoe and holly wreaths in the market place.
 
If you can get along, we would love to see you

Yeo Valley Canteen

We spent a lovely evening with friends on Friday at the Yeo Valley canteen. The food was fantastic: Mackeral croquette for starter, rib of beef with chunky chips for the main course (really can’t tell you just how good this was) and tonka bean creme brulee with melt in the mouth shortbread biscuit for dessert.

The decor is good fun, with lights made from sieves and bowler hats; clouds on the ceiling, and loved the sign to the ladies……

Only wish we could recommend to our guests staying at The White House but with bookings taken 3 months in advance, this would take a lot of organisation!

If you get a chance The White House highly recommends…..

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