Lynton and Lynmouth

We have just come back from an outing over the moor. It’s not particularly cold today but it is dull and very windy. I got blown sideways a couple of times.

I’m very tired and a bit overwhelmed and happy to be back home so I haven’t edited the following images in any way so they show the day for what it is. Two or three images are from our last trip to Lyndon and Lynmouth.

Lynmouth nestles down in the river valley whereas Lynton sits on the hill above. There is a cable car that links the two together.

So the following are of Lynmouth…

And these are of Lynton…



The best part of today’s trip was visiting the John Arbon Textiles shop in Lynton. I love this shop! John and Juliet are well known for the quality socks they produce but even more successfully so since the were featured on the BBC Countryfile tv programme two years ago. I’ve mentioned before how I visited their mill a couple of years ago as part of a national open mills weekend. I’m eager to go to the next opening which is to be held over 19 – 20th May this year.

I came away with a bag full of fibre to spin. Yay! I asked if I could take some photos of the shop to share with my blog readers. Again I have not edited the photos but I’m sure it gives a good impression of the treasure to be found there…


I love the red Christmas stockings hanging as part of the Christmas window display. To get a better idea pop on over toย here . John and Juliet’s business is a small, ethical and family run.

I’ll post pictures of the fibre I purchased in another post.



Dunster at twilight

Lovely Husband (LH) and I walked around Dunster Castle grounds and Dunster village late yesterday afternoon as it was getting dark. I used my phone to capture the following pictures which are by no means brilliant but still give a flavour of what it is like.




Woven items to Raft of Dunster update…


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I took my items along toย Raft this morning. They were displayed later today after I had left so I don’t have a photo for you. The image above is of the medieval yarn market and the Raft store is to the right, just out of view. Unfortunately nobody visited the shop this evening but Jen has very kindly offered to to keep my items on display until Monday afternoon. At this time of year there is so many other things going on. Also it’s Dunster by candlelight next weekend. See below ๐Ÿ™‚


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Doesn’t the castle look amazing lit up like that? In the foreground, middle right, is the yarn market. They have a continual programme of musicians and singers during the festival. Fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚

You can arrive by steam train if you wish…


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We love living here.

Knightshayes Court

As its now considered winter at Knightshayes Court dogs are allowed into most of the formal garden and the arboretum. Yippee!

It has been a cold day and was sunny when we left home. It was a pretty journey over the moor…

To get to the formal garden we go straight through the house and out the other side. Bertie’s happy with that as he can’t smell any food.

Now for the formal garden…







And into the arboretum …

We came across this family playing…



Some lovely textual bark…


Yum yum…


I love the colours of the foliage…


We came across these dotted through the woodland…

Enticing pathways…

He was a surprise…

Another family…



The path led back to the formal garden…

Can you make out the wrinkly glass?


And through to the exit…

Time to wend our day home back over the moor…


Finally we get to Dunster and we’re nearly home ๐Ÿ™‚

Mid afternoon and the light so dull. It’s nice to get home to a cosy cottage.

Bye for now xxx



Dunster Castle

Would you like to come on a wee tour around Dunster Castle grounds? Yes? Let’s go!



Its was a dull day but you can make out the castle on the hill as we drove across Dunster marsh.


The reservoir ^

I had planned to write a lot more but it feels like I’m creating a self imposed pressure so I shall leave as it is. If you have any questions please askย  ย ๐Ÿ˜ƒ



Autumn ๐Ÿ‚ at Knightshayes

Yesterday we went over the moor to visit Knightshayes again. I thought I had blogged about a few weeks ago but apparently I haven’t…my memory playing tricks again. It’s rather confused me, it doesn’t take much these days!

Knightshayes Court is a National Trust property just to the north of Tiverton in north Devon. You can find their websiteย here.

The old stable block and buildings now serve as entrance, shop, toilets, book room and tearoom. The house is at some distance away. Here are some images of the house but mostly of autumn ๐Ÿ‚ colour…

You can see the front of the house on their website. We didn’t visit the formal garden as we had Bertie with us. Dogs are allowed through to the garden and adjacent woodland in the winter months.







And some wider views..






I also love texture ๐Ÿ˜ƒ This is an oak I the picnic area…



I found these crafty books in their secondhand bookshop ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


Selworthy wood & village

It’s a misty, rainy day here in West Somerset. Not the most pleasant for a walk but once we’re out it doesn’t seem so dreary somehow. (I used my phone’s camera so the images aren’t the best.) We headed up into the woods and along and around before the descent down…



The lowest sign indicates the path to Allerford to the right and Selworthy Green to the left. We made for Selworthy Green.


That’s the Periwinkle Tearooms and garden straight ahead.


We didn’t stop there today or walk around the village, we turned left and headed back to the car passing the Nat Trust Shop…



The viewpoint from above the village green…

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Selworthy church commands a great view over Exmoor to the highest point of Dunkery Beacon. But not today!



On a clear day the church stands out like a beacon from many viewpoints on Exmoor.

We are so blessed to live in an area that has so many lovely places to visit.

Bye for now xxx

A little outing

Lovely husband and I drove over the moor to Watersmeet this morning. The heather is mostly a haze of browns now. Even the browns are beautiful though. Occasionally I spotted a patch of purple pink.

Bertie is too old to walk up from Lynmouth as we use to do so we park just above Watersmeet.

I dived straight into my Earl Grey tea and fruit scone so no image to whet your appetite! This is the view up to the house from where we were sitting…


You can just see the top of one of the wooden bridges, middle extreme right. The rivers run very close by. You can imagine the wonderful noise ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Looking downstream…


Looking upstream of one of the rivers…


Please excuse my finger. It was difficult to hold my tablet up with one hand plus I couldn’t see the screen.


Here you can see the two bridges. The rivers converge just to the left…


Watersmeet belongs to the National Trust. There is a cafe, gift shop, toilets (including disabled which is by the doorway into the ladies loo). The hand dryers are very loud in both the men and women’s loos so I advise using the disabled loo if you have hyperacusis and/or ย an auditory sensory processing disorder. There are one or two disabled parking spaces beside the house but these need to be prebooked. Parking at the top car park is not National Trust so you do need to pay and display.

More infoย here

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I hope you have enjoyed visiting ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Thanks for dropping by xx