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Our country cottages on the Somerset Levels

I think May is one of the best times of year to come and stay at our country cottages on the Somerset Levels. The countryside is looking at it’s best with blossom in the hedges, cow parsley and bluebells lining the verges and everything fresh and verdant. The cows are back in the fields at last and after the long wet winter it is lovely to get out in the garden and enjoy the sunshine and warmer temperatures. The early May Bank holiday felt like mid summer, time for the first barbecue of the year on a still summer evening surrounded by friends and family, what could be nicer.

Recently whilst walking the dogs in the fields behind the house I have been lucky enough to see a Barn Owl several times flying amongst a small copse of trees and I know that in the past it has been seen flying in the field next to Ian’s Cottage. We also regularly see a Buzzard flying above the ¬†garden or just sitting in one of our trees quite peacefully.

Common buzzard, Buteo buteo, Tealham Moor, Somerset Levels ST41 45, VC6, 23-8-10-2011

I am looking forward to wandering into the village this weekend to visit the monthly farmers and craft market which takes place in Wedmore on the 12th May. There is always a good selection of fresh local produce and artisan stalls including Old Jollop cider (www.oldjollop.com) which is made just up the road and a bottle of which is often included as part of the welcome pack in our country cottages. It’s a great opportunity to stock up with some treats for the larder and perhaps have a cup of tea or coffee with friends in the market or at Pumpkin our local delicatessen.

Cream tea

We had a great time at The Sheppey Inn recently with our daughter and her friends. It’s a quirky pub in the nearby village of Godney, the food is delicious (modern european) with some great vegetarian options and they regularly have a DJ or live music. It was Soul Shack when we visited and we danced the night away.