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24 February 2009


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Thank you for this lovely post - I'm off to fetch my English map!
P. S. How lovely and how rare with a place that hasn’t changed much since our childhood!

What a lovely day out! I am now determined to visit Watchet.
Your house looks like part of mine at the moment:-(, so much sympathy on that.

Those tea rooms, surely they are straight out of a Barbara Pym novel!

Margaretha: yes, finding a place unchanged is very rare. In fact, when I last visited Watchet in September 2007, it was due to undergo a major 'regeneration' of the harbour area - all swish apartments and trendy cafes. When we visited on Tuesday, nothing seemed to have happened in the interim; we're wondering now, given the depth of the recession, if it ever will.

Barbara: I hope your dust has cleared by now or are you still surrounded by rubble? To give the builder his due, he does bring his own heavy-duty, industrial-size vacuum cleaner with him -but that dust is still everywhere.

Colleen: yes, you're right - pure Barbara Pym!

Thanks for the adventure! Can understand your need to go out - all the better for people like me on the other side of the world to get a peek into your fascinating towns (and lovely doggies - they're beautiful)

Looks like nothing could distract those dogs from that ice cream. Such focus!

Thank you for a virtual North Devon coastal tour, I really enjoyed it and didn't even get travel sick! I'm pretty sure that one of Marcia Willett's novels is set in and around Dunster and one of her characters has a house in the town.
Let's hope that the building work will be over soon ... small wonder you had a day out to escape all that!

Oh, that post brought back a host of memories!

We used to holiday in Devon, and I remember visiting Dunster, where Mum was much taken with the yarn market.

They used to run a stagecoach and four between Dunster and Minehead - I bet that's long gone, which is a pity, because it was a wonderful experience, especially for a horse-mad small girl!

Thank you for the lovely tour. I absolutely love places like this and wish I could come over to visit more often.

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    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
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    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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