Saturday, 24 July 2010

PORLOCK WAY


What a hectic week! End of school, work, paperwork etc....
Today we had a day out away from it all. We went to the Porlock area in North West Somerset. After having lunch in Porlock, we visited a few villages in the area. Our first stop was in Allerford.





As we walked around the village we saw a sign for The West Somerset Rural Museum.
It used to be a school (with a thatched roof). It was built in 1821.
Unfortunately it does not open on Saturdays! ;-(

However, I did peer through a few windows and managed to get some pictures. Not quite the same as visiting the museum but it was the next best thing. It looks as if it is well worth a visit and I will try and go there when it is open.

Victorian classroom


Museum interior




What struck us about Allerford, were the number of vegetable gardens. Almost every house seems to have one. They also have a community apple orchard! You could tell it is one of those villages which has a strong community spirit.


I kept admiring this garden, it was full of dalhias! What a shame they didn't sell any on a stall outside their house...






One of the many vegetable gardens (on the right)



Wootton Courtenay was our next stop.




Inside the Church











Fancy the look of this cottage? It had a FOR SALE sign up.....It has a little stream running at the bottom of the garden...


As you can tell from the pictures, it was one of those dull days weather wise, it kept trying to rain a few times but on the whole it stayed dry.

Have a great weekend!

A bientôt!

Isabelle X

50 comments:

Lyn said...

What a gorgeous place. Thanks for the tour!
love
lyn
xxx

OhSoVintage said...

What beautiful places. Aren't the hollyhocks just gorgeous at the moment? Apparently they were originally called 'Spanish Rose'.
Ruth x

Enitram said...

Encore une très belle escapade comme tu sais nous les raconter en photos!! J'aime beaucoup les roses trémières qui poussent un peu partout!
Bon dimanche!

It's me said...

What a beautiful pictures fom a wonderful day off........Isabelle.i like these pink end green houses !! so nice.......everything looks nice their.......i wish you a happy relaxing sunday............enjoy.......love Ria....

Quiltnbee said...

What a lovely day! I would love to buy that cottage...=-)

Beedeebabee said...

Hello Isabelle! I so enjoyed the tour and your lovely photos. How charming your area is! Enjoy your Sunday. ;) Paulette

Vintagemaison said...

What a lovely tour - ooh, I haven't been to that area since the 1980s...brought back many memories...absolutely lovely! rgds, Carol x

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Isabelle,
I just love it when you take us on these little trips! Such beautiful country vistas and images!
I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!
:)

Marydon said...

Have so enjoyed, Isabelle, another tour with you. The gardens & florals are marvelous.

Looking forward to our next jaunt.
Have a lovely weekend ~
TTFN ~Hugs, Marydon

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Dear Isabelle, This Blog post felt filled with sunshine even if it wasn't weather wise. The little school looks a bit like the school I went to. And of course I would love to sell up here and relocate to that charming cottage! Back to school time is so busy isn't it? You were lucky to get away. David has taken Daisy to the beach today. xx

Sarah said...

I would love that cottage, such a beautiful area - thanks for showing us around!xx

KC'sCourt! said...

I was working yesterday morning, and home for the rest of the afternoon! You should have said, we could have met somewhere.........we live about fifteen minutes down the road. There is a small exhibition on too at Piles Mill did you go there?
Hope you make a return trip during the summer that would be nice
Julie xxxxx

kirsty said...

Gorgeous photos from a beautiful part of the country. I love Porlock: we did that part of the SW Coastal Path (before the children came along!)

melontha said...

A wonderful blog, nostalgic with so many beautiful images. The beautiful old house with a beautiful garden is quite magical.

Many cordial greetings Melontha

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

Oh Isabelle what a lovely day out you had and the pictures are beautiful. The little glimpse of Porlock made me happy! Isn't it lovely to see cottages painted pretty colours and with such beautiful traditional flower and vegetable gardens. Hope you enjoy some more today. Betty x

Marga said...

Hello isabelle.You let us see beautiful pictures.
Have a nice sunday.
Greetings marga

BusyLizzie said...

great pictures, hope the sun shines for you today! x

BusyLizzie said...

great pictures, hope the sun shines for you today! x

Sylvia said...

It seems you had a lovely day, Isabelle !
Beautiful photos !
We went to Bruges last Friday, I had to think about you, because you
always enjoy visiting this town.
Have a nice Sunday,
Sylvia

Andi's English Attic said...

Thanks for the very restful tour. Highlights for me were the dolls house in the school, the Morris van, and the angle of the For Sale sign outside the cottage. xx

Lynda said...

Girl, you don't have to go on vacation....you visit the most beautiful places already!!!!!
And thanks for taking us with you!;)

Sweet greetings
Lynda

Lynda said...

Girl, you don't have to go on vacation....you visit the most beautiful places already!!!!!
And thanks for taking us with you!;)

Sweet greetings
Lynda

All things nice... said...

Isabelle,

Oh what wonerful wee villages, so tranquil and charming, sounds like we have the same weather as you, it is abit overcast but no rain today :) Hope your having a nice weekend

All things nice...

AshTreeCottage said...

Thank you for a lovely tour!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Clare said...

It's been dull here today as well but your pictures always bring in a little sunshine Isabelle x

The Little Vintage Company said...

Wow gorgeous! Looks like such a lovely calm place to live! I love the idea of the orchard!
Tamzin X

bellaboo said...

I want that cottage! I remember Mr Boo and I driving up Porlock hill and I had me eyes shut all the way..it's incredibly steep and windy!

Bellaboo ;0)

loveandlilac said...

Lovely photos. I was in Porlock for the first time a couple of weeks back. What a beautiful area. I particularly liked Dunster. You're lucky to live in this part of the country.
Louise x

Gorgeous Things said...

Oooh I really love that green cottage. Thanks for the tour - I feel like I've had a day out!

June said...

What a lovely day out you had Isabelle. I adore the gardens, and the cottages are just what I would expect to see in the English countryside. How beautiful is your country! Someday I will see it for myself!
hugs

Jenny Schouten Short said...

That is my kind of a holiday! How wonderful that you share it with us. The beauty of blogging!

Val said...

Such lovely hollyhocks! I do love those flowers....perhaps someday I'll try and grow some of my own.

Lovely icons in the church as well. Thanks for photographing!

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

That's what I love about England:
you preserve (with laws and restrictions) your beauties and your memories. We're losing it all here in Italy.
I love this village.
Have a very good week,
Fra

Madelief said...

Hi Isabelle,

I enjoyed your tour or Porlock; those beautiful pastel coloured houses, all the flowers... Simply lovely!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Angel's Attic said...

Hi Isabelle, looks like a great day out. Such pretty houses and gardens. I love hollyhocks they're what you always imagine in a little cottage garden.
Lovely pics.
Nickyx

Kelly said...

Lovely photos! looks like a lovely place to visit!

Mary said...

I am a new reader to your blog and I LOVE IT!!! I was able to spend 16 days in England in 2007 - it only drizzled slightly during the 3 days in London. My daughter isn't a gardener so I told her I would save those kinds of visits for my next trip. Today, when I saw your pictures I was ready to book a flight! I LOVED those gates! The dahlias would have been bought by me, too, if they had been for sale!

Lovely blog; I've passed your name on to my friends, as well!

Mary from Eugene, Oregon, USA

Solange said...

What lovely photos...and how beautiful these buildings are.
thanks for the inspiration and have a good week.

Mr Jones said...

Isabelle you have an eye for the beautiful.. I loved the phone of the Art Noveau (correct?) Madonna and Child. Stunning. Thanks for sharing!

Mr Jones said...

Isabelle you have an eye for the beautiful.. I loved the phone of the Art Noveau (correct?) Madonna and Child. Stunning. Thanks for sharing!

Mumxie said...

Issabelle what lovely photos. I adore the morris traveller. Glad it didn't manage to rain on you.

Annelie said...

Beautiful places..:)..Have a nice day...Kram/Annelie

Green thumb said...

Hello Isabelle, thank you for following my blog. Good luck with your new blogshop! x

Les Cotrions said...

Such lovely places Isabelle!!! So pretty homes and gorgeous gardens!
What better than starting a new work day enjoying this nice trip???
Thank you for sharing!
Vale

Jill said...

What lovely photos, i love that part of the world, beautiful walks and totally unspoilt villages. You have a lovely blog with stunning pictures.
Jill

Entre Nous said...

Thank You for the lovely photos, its like a mini-vacation without moving!

il mondo di iris said...

Wonderful place,
beautiful photos,
I'm dreaming.
Thank you
Angela

Helena, The Swenglish Home said...

Oh, thank you for some top tips about days out not too far away from where we live! The Porlock area and Hidcote look amazing, and I will write it down for future weekend excursions... ;-D What a thoughtful birthday treat, to take you there!

Hope you are well and wish you a lovely weekend,
Helena

Suzanne said...

Wonderful photos,I love your blog!!!
I am your new follower

Monica@The White Bench said...

Aaahhh! That pretty cottage for sale!
Love love love your surroundings!
Monicax.