Monday, 17 May 2010


Hello everyone! I hope that you all had a good weekend. Have you been up to much?

On Saturday we headed for Exmoor, Somerset. It is an area which I like very much.
As some of you know, Alan has a website called Somerset 3d. Every week he updates the website with a Somerset town or village not yet featured. This means that he has to drive around Somerset's towns and villages on a regular basis in order to have a constant supply of photos. Alan keeps the prettier places for when we both go exploring and some of the more industrial or plainer looking places for when I am not accompanying him.

We drove through and walked around several pretty little villages. We stopped in this village to have some lunch.

After lunch and having a walk we drove to Dulverton
Dulverton is a nice little town. I had not been there before and look forward to returning there again.

We arrived towards the end of the afternoon so unfortunately some of the shops were already closed.

I spent quite a bit of time in this shop, Number Seven. They have a very good selection of cards, gifts and books. I had a nice chat with the lady who served me. So many lovely things, I could not come back empty handed!

I love this parasol! It can also be used as an umbrella too as it is waterproof.

I went in to this shop pictured above but as it was quite busy, I decided to go elsewhere and come back to take some photos. Unfortunately they were closed not long after I left! The exterior was so beautifully displayed. They had a French style bench painted in blue and some pots plants on the window sill. It would have made a great photo. Never mind, next time...

As we left Dulverton we went in search of a couple more villages to photograph.

We parked in a lay by to look at the map before setting out again to this village

I love these old sign posts, I hope that the highways never get rid of them.

Add Image
Add ImageOn our way back home we drove past the Glastonbury Tor. You probably need to click on picture to see it better.

This is the sight that greeted us by the time we returned home.

I had to lighten the photo a bit as it came out too dark

I came back home with a few things

I am very pleased with this find, I was lucky to get it as the shop I went in to closed their doors just a minute or so after I walked in.

Yesterday the weather wasn't brilliant, it rained so we stayed in and got on with some work.

The sun is back out again day and I have enjoyed putting the washing out to dry. I love doing that but I'm not that keen on doing the ironing afterwards...;-)

A bientôt!

Isabelle X


koralee said...

So charming! Wish I would of been there with you! xoxox

Lynda said...

Looks like a village were you can spent many lovely hours, lots of money and ENJOY!!!!!!!!! ;)



Lori said...

what an incredibly charming place you live in...i love the green rolling hills...and the lovely thatched roof sweet...thanks for sharing!!!

Ragged Roses said...

I haven't been to Exmoor for years, thanks for posting the photos, it;s so lovely to see them. I wouldn't mind having that pink cottage either!

KC'sCourt! said...

Next time you come this let me know - I live in Minehead!
Julie xx

Flaviana said...

Dear Isabelle
this post is one of my favorites! Every picture got me oohing and aahing way too much!Love it , it's like my trip to England has not ended yesterday at Gatwick ;-)
Thanks for sharing ..I LOVE Britain!!
have a lovely day my friend

KC'sCourt! said...

Next time you come this way let me know - I live in Minehead!
Julie xxxxxx

KC'sCourt! said...

Let me know when you visit this way again - I live in Minehad!
Julie xxxxxxx

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

Lovely pictures, some felt very familiar. The shopping was great - you did really well, the little diary looks really special. What lovely days out you have with hubby.

bellaboo said...

I love Exmoor too.We stayed near Dulverton many years ago, but I'm sure those lovely shops weren't there then.Your finds are lovely..also the pictures of the pretty cottages.I'm with you regards ironing!

Bellaboo :0)

Bleudelavande said...

Hi Isabelle such charming pictures! I enjoyed the walk! I would be there with you!!!
Have a nice week

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Isabelle,
It looks as if it was a perfectly lovely day! I do so enjoy coming along to these little towns with you and seeing the countryside and the shops! I love what you bought! Thank you for sharing the whole experience with us! xoxo Laura

It's me said...

England is a great beautiful country !! i love your trip pictures !!

Thanks for share,...........hugs from Ria

Annie said...

What a lovely way to spend a day, sounds blissful. I know what you mean about getting the washing out on a bright blowy day, but the ironing is horrible.
Ann x

Kissed by an Angel said...

What beautiful photos!!

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

Hi Isabelle

I love Exmoor - my maternal ancestors hail from there and we spent a glorious week a few years ago hunting them down in numerous churchyards!!

Dulverton is a lovely little town, isn't it. Glad you found some goodies to bring home.

Sue x

Sarah said...

I love those sorts of days - just driving round and stopping off where you fancy - brilliant!

Rebecca White said...

Beautiful pictures! We do live in a gorgeous part of the country, I'm quite envious of your exploring! Great shopping as usual!
Becky :-)

All things nice... said...

Sounds just like what I love, what wonderful photographs, fabulous places and wonderful shops. I'm jealous

All things nice...

Heloise said...

Beautiful photographs. It is such a lovely part of the cpountry. I used to spend childhood holidays on a farm near Dulverton.

Lisa said...

What a lovely place you visited.
And what a beautiful sunset too.
Those cards you bought are so sweet.
Lisa x

Hesta Nesta said...

Gorgeous villages, I love to see cricket played on a village green - so nostalgic and romantic. Love your treasures you found.
Jo xx

Glama Ray said...

So charming and cozy ... wish I were there now. Great post!

Sophie - Chez Sophie said...

Lovely Photos, looks idilic.
Lovely purchases too.
Luv Sophie xxx

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

I love seeing all of your beautiful photos.. you live in such a beautiful country! Hope you have a happy week! xo

Dogwood said...

It is all so dreamy to me. Those shops are adorable. I want to go there! I love your purchases. The country side is like something out of a fairy tale! You live in a lovely place.

Have a nice evening...

Pam said...

You paint a beautiful picture of such a stunning part of the world. I enjoy your travel reads. Thankyou Isabelle

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Dear Isabelle,
Alan has a tough job.
I am speechless with delight as usual. Sigh. It's like a Miss Marple come to life. We have been to Glastonbury and so I shall have to show David this post. He loves an English village as well.
And I enjoy ironing but I never seem to get time to do it.
Keep those beautiful posts coming! xx

BusyLizzie said...

Dulverton is a great little town, I wonder if the shop you refer to is Brimblecombe? It was my favourite haunt soem years ago when Mandy had her shop in Dulverton! xx

Lululiz said...

Beautiful photographs! It is always such a pleasure to go on trips with fellow bloggers.

Guenievre said...

Bonjour Isabelle,
belle promenade dans de jolis villages ... et boutiques ...
La broderie anglaise de la "robe tablier" est magnifique !
Et, je rajoute que : j'aime beaucoup votre "jardin sauvage" :-)

Pink Feather Paradise said...

I really must get off the beaten track and take a look around the other villages that surround me... and actually get out of the car and take a moment to stop and actually see whats around me... thank you for reminding me to slow down...

x Alex

Cottage Garden said...

Your husband has the sort of job I dream about! Delightful post as ever Isabelle - I love just ambling through pretty villages and towns ... the old bridge across the river and the sign posts - wonderful images. Both those shops look lovely too!


bijzonder-oud said...

Hello Isabelle,

Thanx for your lovely message!

I am following your blog and I love it!


Rubyred said...

Hello Isabelle,
what a lovely day out, beautiful photos and pretty treasures too!
Rachel x

Monica@The White Bench said...

Hi Isabelle,
I had spotted the very same pretty book in your photos- glad you purchased it! All your pictures are lovely, but I'm partial to the last one... I adore the smell of the washing in the breeze, and the view from your garden to open fields is something to die for!

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh wow, you are so fortunate to have all this so close. I just love the photo's.

Catherine said...

So many beautiful things you saw ~ and what lovely little shops you visited. Wonderful photos!


A Time to Dance said...

what lovely little villages...they are like chocolate box covers...hope you are well....H

Les Cotrions said...

I love this post Isabelle! It's so pleasant for me to have this nice trip in your country!!! Those villages are so charming and what lovely shops!!! Your photos remind me a nice trip I had in your area some years ago!!!
Beautiful purchases!!!
A sunny day tomorrow!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Isabelle, Thank you for stopping by my blog today...I'm so happy that you found it interesting enough to follow. You are so fortunate to live in England and what a pretty part of the country you live in. I love this favorite time visiting my sister and her family in England was the country drives through quaint villages. That lace apron or pinafore is absolutely beautiful! I look forward to looking through your archives. Have a wonderful Thursday...Maura:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Isabelle,

Glad that you loved our little shop - Number Seven. Hope you are enjoying using the journal - looks like you will record some happy days out in it!

All the best