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Fishink in Somerset Part 2

July 20, 2012

Welcome back to Wedmore in Somerset.

We start in St Mary’s Church. Such a wealth of beautiful artistry inside. Woodcuts and engravings.

Some amazing detail in this large local parish embroidered hanging, near the children’s play area inside the church.

More creative and colourful stained glass.

The village was equally as visually captivating as St Mary’s had been, everywhere you looked there was beauty and detail. A wonderful place.

After a good tip off from a local guy in the Ring o Bells, we headed up to see Roger Wilkins on his award winning Cider Farm. Roger has been making Cider for the last 45 years so he knows a thing or two.

Wilkins is a well-known character among Somerset producers and in his unkempt barn he offers nothing but traditional scrumpy from the barrel (sweet, medium or dry). There was a gathering of locals enjoying a glass of the deliciously fruity cider while they wait to fill up their containers to take home. They also sell fresh veg, eggs, pickled onions and a great variety of cheeses.. mmm of course it would have been rude not to sample the local produce.

After that we needed to clear our heads a little, so passing by the rather oddly named village of Sexey and the cattle and church in Mark, we drove to the coast and ended up on Berrow Beach.

The flower lined path took us there.

I found a few animal shapes in the washed up driftwood. Can you spot the whale, horses head and crocodile or is it just me seeing things ? I did see sand trees on the beach too… honest and Tintin kindly took a photo for me. How much Cider did I have again ? lol

I liked this Lighthouse on Legs built in 1832, it reminded me instantly of Edward Hopper’s Lighthouses and the wooden structures around Maine.

I imagined that it probably scuttles about the beach at night when everyone goes home. It was a great afternoon to walk on a beach, just to ‘be’ in that big blue and sandy open space.

On the way back home we stopped for tea in Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire. The town has such a perfectly preserved medieval character that in 1964 The Council of British Archaeology listed it amongst 57 towns “so splendid and so precious that the ultimate responsibility for them should be of national concern”.  I was hoping that it wasn’t still the effects of the cider, but the buildings did look a little crooked and drunk themselves.

You can’t tell from the photographs, but again the river levels had risen to worrying heights. I hope the rain subsides for a few weeks and lets everywhere get back to normal.

A beautiful sunset marks the end of a great weekend away. Hope you enjoyed it too.

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