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Sunday Sevens #165

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Blimey, this is the first Sunday Sevens post – or any post – that I’ve managed to do in June!

Obviously, there are a few more than seven photos so now’s the opportunity to hop off and make yourself a quick cuppa for the journey, or scroll down and move on to the next blog:)

  1. The Royal Bath & West Show is held every year over the last weekend of May/June and we’re normally in Spain staying with my Auntie as it coincides with the school half term. As No.2 Son is at Senior school now, we don’t feel that we can take him out of school for a few days either side of the holidays like we used to at Primary school, so we were at home. When my sister rang to say that she had a couple of free tickets from a friend that works there, I jumped at the chance to go for the first time in over fifteen years.

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2. Well, suffice to say that we had a lovely day, just the two of us. She also had free tickets for The Boys, but I decided that they’d much rather have a Boy’s Day Out with their Father than trawl around with their Mum and Auntie all day doing girly stuff. Not that I selfishly wanted to spend the day alone with my sister at all.

Anyway, it turns out they went to watch the latest Star Wars film which was perfect ‘cos you couldn’t drag me to the pictures to watch that!!

And we got to see people on stilts wandering around dressed up in flowers.

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3. There were lots of nice things to spend your money on, although I had my business head on and was concentrating on what might be useful for the future B+B.

Stag’s heads are essential for Exmoor, right?

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4. As is an outside sauna, surely…..

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5. ….and a hot tub.

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6. On to the more serious decisions like choosing a Water Softening System…..

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7. ….and selecting the perfect wines to stock.

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8. Good decision not to bring The Boys.

They wouldn’t have had half as much fun as we did running around popping the smoke-filled bubbles.

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9. After a fab day, it was back to reality and more B+B guests, this time from Malaysia.

They don’t look very happy in this photo, but they were the BEST group we’ve had to date – hilariously funny and ridiculously appreciative of the meals I cooked for them on both nights of their stay. They even paid over the odds for four jars of homemade jam that they wanted to take back as gifts AND left a generous tip!

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10. Here’s Tess guarding all their laundry again. Why she loves curling up on it is beyond me; it doesn’t even smell of us, but strangers.

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11. Still in half term, we invited a few friends around for a barbecue-and-pool day, as the weather was turning increasingly Summery.

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12. Lots of time has been spent enjoying the garden.

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13. Relaxing whilst The Pool Cleaner does the best he can with a tennis racquet before the proper skimmer arrives.

Note that the handmade boxer shorts are still going strong.

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14. And then the haymaking in the fields behind started….triggering my hayfever.

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15. Probably not the optimum time to choose for a thirteen mile walk through open countryside with two friends, one of whom hasn’t suffered for years, but look at how her eyes swelled up!

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16. This was the view from our starting point in Castle Cary.

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17. The grass was waist high for much of the walk and, wading through it, you could see the clouds of pollen being discharged into the air. My ribs ached after so much sneezing.

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18. We made it (on the hottest day of the year) to the market place in Somerton by 7pm and headed straight to the nearest pub.

We would have been there earlier but for the fact that those two refused to walk through most of the fields with cows in, of which there were a lot. By the end, we were all so hot and tired that we walked through a field with cows AND a bull in and guess what? Yep, we were ignored. We could have saved two miles!

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19. The day before half term No.2 Son had an Inset day, so we went out for lunch.

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20. The following weekend he had a tummy bug and spent three days flat out on the sofa. Why do kids always look like they’re at Death’s door when they’ve been puking up?

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21. I bottled up lots of Elderflower Cordial, some for the school fair and some for us.

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22. Finally, the doll and wardrobe of clothes was raffled off and made ยฃ70 for the school (and yes, they did only sell the patchwork quilt that I made for a fiver!).

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23. The little girl who won it had already gone home, so this is her brother collecting her prize.

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I plan on doing a separate blog post on the doll later on.

24. I went to Bath for the day with my sister, as she had bought us both a session at Thermae Bath Spa for Christmas.

We started off by visiting the Kaffe Fassett exhibition, which was amazing.

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25. We had coffee on the Pultenay Bridge and lunch at Thai Basil.img_5608

26. We went for our spa session in the afternoon.

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27. No photos are allowed in the spa itself, so these are some promotional images I found.

This is the spa at dusk – it’s in a stunning spot tucked up in the skyline with views over the city and the cathedral.

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28. We went in both the rooftop spa and the inside jacuzzi pool.

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29. We had cocktails afterwards on the rooftop terrace of a nearby pub.

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30. Typically, the trains back to The Middle Of Nowhere were 6pm or 9.30, so whilst my sister had her pick of trains I stayed late on my own and had a fantastic supper overlooking the weir again.

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31. Father’s Day came with several cards from the kids….

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32. ….and these magnificent lilies.

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33. The hot spell continues and our rhubarb is clearly loving it.

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34. Here’s Tess lapping up the early morning sun while it’s still cool enough to do so.

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Can you just about see the pile of outgrown dressing-up clothes to the right of the picture above?

35. My sewing class did! We had five minutes before class began and the girls each chose an outfit to wear for the duration.

36. With the husband in Munich all week, it was up to me to take No.3 Son to football training. I treated us to a meal at Thai Mango afterwards. This was just the mixed starters!

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37. Craftwise, my efforts have been concentrated on the wedding blanket as the big day fast approaches.

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38. We have also been working like crazy to get the last few jobs around the house finished ready to put the house on the market. The boxing-in of the pipework in the downstairs loo has finally been installed and painted.

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39. We made another trip to Exmoor to have a second look at our favourite properties and had the obligatory cream tea in Allerford Old Post Office.

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40. Unfortunately, No.3 Son had caught the bug off his brother and was beginning to feel unwell at this point, so sat out front on the bench seat while we looked around.

Both Grade II listed Georgian properties, this one has Tudor origins at the rear.

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41. The second one is our favourite and has the bonus of this separate granny flat on the ground floor, spanning the length of this photo. It has its own entrance and private garden – perfect for you and Jessie, Mother, if you’re reading this!

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In an ideal world, the stars will align, the London flat will sell at the same time as our house and we can choose either one and move in by Christmas.

The reality is that it’s a long drawn out process and the National Trust, although now prepared to listen, have not even yet given permission to allow a business to be run from the yellow house.

But at least we’ve started the ball rolling and in the meantime I’ve got more important things to worry about….

42. …..like this streak of grey hair that has appeared since I turned fifty in March!

 

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25 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens #165

  1. Gosh I feel quite exhausted after reading all your news! I hear you’re hopefully visiting our parts soon- I met Ali at work ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Well you certainly seem to be keeping very busy! Glad to see your making the most of the weather.
    Hope the sons are feeling much better now.

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  3. My goodness – what a whirlwind of events. Love the cordial- missed out myself this year as I forgot to collect the elder flowers – oh well, maybe elderberry jam! Your sewing club looks great fun!

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  4. No wonder you haven’t had time to post or read! The B&B thing sounds like a potential nightmare – but, as in most of life’s occurrences, will probably work out just right in the end. If your hair is going to go grey in a series of lovely long streaks you are very fortunate! Mine turned before I was 20 and it was dye bottles for years before I let it be what it is. Now I love the it – completely silver!! It’s always good to catch up with you Sheila, all the best for the various sales.

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    • Yes, still far too busy to spend any time online, but hopefully I’ll find a bit of time to catch up soon. I don’t have any plans to dye my hair as this streak is only visible when I tie my hair back which doesn’t happen very often. If I do eventually succumb to the bottle, it’ll be pink, blue or lime green though!

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  5. Gosh a wonderful month and the best of luck with house sales etc.

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  6. Almost out of breath now ๐Ÿ˜† A lovely month. Very best wishes for your property sales xx

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  7. Phew! Love both the houses – at least from the outside. If you buy from the N.T. do they still have a say in what you do with it – or is it because they’re listed?
    I’ve walked past the Bath Spa and fancied giving it a try (on one of the very rare occasions I’m in the vicinity) but never saw it lit up like that – lovely!!
    Shame about the quilt – somebody got a bargain, I hope they appreciate it. You could have auctioned it on here and got more from one of us. Never mind, the doll did well.
    Good luck in your dealings with agents, solicitors, house hunters, the N.T. , English Heritage and whoever else must be engaged with at these times – ‘Keep Calm and think of Exmoor ‘ (has that one been done?)

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    • I’m going to print and frame that “Keep Calm and think of Exmoor” – it might be the only thing that keeps me sane! Such a stressful experience at the best of times, buying and selling houses, but throw in a flat to the mix (with a tenant that we had to take to court to evict), the N.T. and a listed building, and the sleepless nights make sense! It’ll come as no surprise that I’ve been offline for a while now, but hopefully I’ll find time to catch up with what everyone else has been doing soon.
      The N.T. are still deciding whether or not to change the terms of the lease so that we can even run a business from there, however they like our plans and have now passed it on to the Legal Team for their comment. Listed Buildings Control have to pass our plans for any changes we want to make to the building, and they have no objections either. And all this has to come together before we can even make an offer to the current leaseholder!! Someone pour me another gin……!

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  8. Wow! What a post! Good luck with the house hunting. Your downstairs loo looks fabulous!
    I didn’t know you could grow rhubarb in pots, I’m going to try that.
    That Spa looks fabulous – you know how to live!!
    Sad to hear about the quilt I actually winced when I read that, – let us all join in another time.
    Glad the doll did so much better.
    Another amazing Sunday Sevens Sheila.

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    • Thanks Sandra, although at least I know the lady who bought the quilt appreciates the work that went into it as I was within ear shot when she bought it. The rhubarb is in pots so that we can take it when we move and it will already be established seems to be thriving, as well. The loo is a bit of fun, isn’t it? It makes everyone smile when they go in there for the first time. Hope to catch up on what you’ve been up to soon, but no time to spare for online stuff at the moment!

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  9. It is so very nice to read the post again. What a busy time, and such lovely weather too. Summer is a great time, although one always seems to be extra busy with so much more.
    Lovely and cheerful guests. I am sure they loved the stay.
    So happy to see all the outdoor activities. The smoke filled bubbles looked rather like a fairy wonderland. ๐Ÿ™‚ How very different.
    Hope you are all keeping well, the health is back to normal and no more hay-fever either.
    Enjoy the streak of grey hair, it looks pretty. Reminds me of “Rogue” from Marvel X Men. ๐Ÿ™‚
    All the best with the plans of buying and selling property. It is a lot of work, but so much fun at the same time looking at new places. Have a good time doing so and enjoy.
    Take care and enjoy the summer. Hugs to all. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hi Joey, thanks so much for all your lovely comments – it is appreciated, especially as I just don’t have time to keep up with everybody online at the moment. Things are moving slowly forward in a mostly positive way, but, as I’m sure you know, buying and selling houses is a stressful time, let alone when several properties are involved and one of them is Grade II Listed!! Still, the Summer has been amazing so far, and the B+B guests continue to be a pleasure to have. Not much crafting going on though!

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      • Hi there, I totally understand when live happens. One gets busy with so much to do and enjoy. Even more so when it is summer. And summer on your side looks amazing.
        I love houses, specially the older types, and what treasures they hold. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is work when looking into property, but worth every effort.
        Crafting will come along again, as long as you are enjoying yourself with whatever you are keeping busy with.
        Enjoy summer and keep the weather up north warm and cozy please. We are visiting Europe in three weeks’ time and I look forward to late summers days. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Thanks Joey๐Ÿ˜˜The house we really want dates from 1600 with later Georgian additions so, as you can imagine, is jam packed with character, hence itโ€™s Grade II listed status. Despite the hoops weโ€™re having to jump through, itโ€™ll be SO worth it if we get it. Where are you going in Europe?

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      • ๐Ÿ™‚ The house sounds amazing. I would be jumping through all the hoops too, it would be so worth it.
        We are visiting Belgium and Holland. We will spend about 10 days in each, trying to see and do as much as possible. Fortunately I am traveling with my daughter and son in law, and they are frequent visitors to both, so I should see all the good places. ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely visiting some yarn shops before heading home again.

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      • Oh, how brilliant! Stephen and Penelope’s will be top of your list, I’m sure!!

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      • ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes indeed, have got them planned for sure. Have checked out the online store in the meantime to get an idea of everything they have.

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