Tuesday, 1 September 2020

A bit of normality

Like a lot of us with this pandemic situation, I keep losing track of what day it is (or perhaps it's my age!).  Not that it matters much, except when we have appointments to go to, or something else to do.  I keep thinking it's Monday today.

Had a lovely time at our friends' house on Saturday, it's the first time we've had a long face to face chat and gone inside someone else's house since before lockdown.  We started off in the garden but moved inside when it came over cloudy and got a bit chilly.  It was so nice a) to see them, and b) to do something 'normal', albeit socially distanced so no hugging.

Yesterday I didn't feel very well again, having been up since around 3 am unable to get back to sleep, hip very sore and head feeling like it was stuffed with cotton wool.  We decided to take Betty and go up on the Quantocks for a walk to get some fresh air.  The Quantocks is a beautiful hill range, spanning around 38 sq miles of hills, moorland, heathland and woods.  Lots of ponies and sheep grazing freely.  Tons of rabbits and birds, deer too if you're lucky enough to spot them.  Loads of parking areas, which were mostly full, it being a bank holiday, however we found one that was half empty.  Even with that amount of cars it wasn't at all busy, it's such a vast area it's never going to be, except for people picnicking right beside their cars.

Some photos, taken on my phone so not brilliant:-

Gorse and heather as far as the eye can see

Looking towards the Bristol channel and South Wales in the distance.  Not another soul to be seen, although we did pass a few people and dogs.

I just love living here, moving to Somerset 10 years ago was the best decision we ever made.  All this beautiful countryside and a lovely beach within a few minutes drive, and wonderful views from our bedroom windows.  Livestock all around us (cows and calves in the front field, sheep in the back one), the very busy farmers and tractors to watch.  Hardly any traffic, very peaceful, we know all our neighbours.  Ok, so there are no shops or any amenities at all nearby and no public transport, meaning we have to drive whenever we need anything, but it's a small price to pay for the privilege of living here, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thank you for the nice comments on my last post.


  1. You are making it sound idyllic.

  2. It's nice to do something "normal" at the moment. Your walk on the Quantocks looks lovely. Sometimes getting out into the wild is just what's needed. You certainly sound happier. xx

  3. I would rather live were you live than around a lot of people. Cows and sheep make great neighbors I would think.

  4. We are not on the hills but very much in a rural area. I feel lucky to be able to live here.

  5. I've visited Somerset and I agree, it's a really lovely county. Great photos, thanks for sharing them.

    I hope you're feeling a bit better now.

  6. Beautiful photos! The area does look and sound so lovely. Glad you have been able to get out and about. Thanks for the photos.

  7. Sounds idyllic and certainly very pretty.


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