Three Old Buildings – More Old Stuff

On the visit to Killerton House (see the last two posts) it was frustrating that the other, smaller properties on the wider Killerton estate owned by the National Trust were closed – it being a Thursday (half day in the Shop and so the usual day for jaunts). But, determined to get full value this…

Wash & Wear at Killerton House

As far as National Trust properties go, there’s nothing particularly remarkable about Killerton House, near Exeter in Devon. Big house, lovely park, gardens, shop, cafe etc etc. So why go there? Firstly: For the frocks…. The first floor of the house is given over to an exhibition of historical costumes. Note the cutaway sleeve detail…

In Appreciation of Bridport Market

Yesterday morning there was time for a quick whizz around the market. Despite a dodgy weather forecast which put off many stallholders, the die-hard traders were taking the risk. The Saturday and Wednesday market in Bridport has existed for hundreds of years (a Charter was granted in the 13th century). Although animals are no longer…

Sweet Soda Bread

Quite a while ago there was a post with a recipe for plain Soda Bread. Now just to ring the changes here’s a recipe for a sweet version, it’s very straight forward, quick and delicious. If you like tea cakes you’ll love this. Ingredients: 1 lb/450 g plain flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon bicarbonate…

Shepherd’s Hut Delight

This afternoon saw a little trip out towards Stalbridge to purchase a couple of bantams from Dorset Cottage Arks. And just look what they have sitting in the yard…… A beautifully restored shepherd’s hut.   Being allowed to look inside, the interior didn’t disappoint. In fact it’s beautifully appointed all round.   What an unexpected…