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During September we have had quite a few visitors. Two German students camped for one night (1). They came from Freiburg near the Black Forest. They had picked up the Sustrans national cycle route No 2 near Bournemouth and followed it until they got to the Marshwood Vale. They planned to continue on this route until they got to Cornwall. Campers who had travelled from Birmingham broke down at Askerswell (10 miles from Crabbs Bluntshay) and had to be towed by the AA to here. Even though the AA had fixed the 1988 VW on site, when the campers left to go home it broke down again just up the road and had to be towed all the way back to Birmingham. At least the campers saved a lot on petrol costs! (2)


During a fairly recent stay in Australia I visited a friend’s glamping development at Blue Moon near Bathurst in NSW. The property (3,4) is set in 48 acres of Australian bush. The cottage is thought to have been built in about 1840 by a convict who had worked out his term of duty (7 years) to a nearby landholder (Mr Suttor). The convict was allowed to purchase land and build a place to live. Descendants of Mr Suttor still live and operate a sheep property in the area. Close by the property flows the Winburndale rivulet, a tributary of the Macquarie River (5) . A good way to relax during my stay was in a hammock (6).

My visit to the property was in the early stages so I saw the sitting room as it was (7). The old stove had to go to make way for new heating (8). They have kept the “hatch” for newer utensils. (9). The new kitchen has a rustic feel (10, 11). This photo shows (12) the beginnings of an outhouse which now has a proper toilet and shower room with electric lighting and hot and cold running water. There is also a ‘sleep out’ (bedroom) for two people (13). Tents can also be used with stretcher beds for accommodating sleeping bags. There is also an old shed which now has to be supported to stay up straight (14). This was originally used as a drying shed for meat. It is just used for general storage now. The glamping project is nearly finished (14a) and this dusty road leads you to this idyllic spot in the Australia bush (14b). There is trout fishing in the river and wildlife abounds in the area with kangaroos and herds of wild goats (15) and is rich in bird life.


Quite a few trees had fallen over in the orchards from recent storms, so once the sheep had eaten off the high grass we were able to fell them and tidy up the area (16, 17),have a bonfire (18) and bring the logs in with the 1967 Ferguson tractor (19). We have a footpath which goes through the campsite which eventually links up with the Monarch’s Way. It is the landowner’s responsibility to keep the stiles in good order. We had to do major repairs to the one that comes off Bluntshay Lane and had to cut the hedge back. (20, 21, 22, 23). We had to finish it before 11.30 as we knew walkers were coming through at that time. (24) This small group had started walking from Stoke Mill Farm and followed the Monarch’s Way to the Shave Cross Pub. They then turned left into Bluntshay Lane travelling to my stile and then walked across the fields to Bucketts Farm and then back to Stoke Mill for a fund raising lunch. The calves born earlier in the summer are growing fast (25). The grass never seems to stop growing so we regularly have to strim the verge down the road from the farm house (26)


One the whole I have been pleased with my garden this year with good yields for everything (except runner beans which I didn’t water enough) I had some gigantic beetroot, the biggest weighting 2.8 lb (27) The second pull of the entire rhubarb patch produced buckets of the stuff which took hours to process. (28) I grew two varieties of small cherry tomatoes (Tomato Berry and Gardener’s Delight) which have to picked green and frozen ready for chutney (29). I had an abundance of marigolds which, besides keeping the green fly away from the tomatoes, were placed all the round the garden and cabin (30). I only have time nowadays to enter into one local flower show which was at Blackdown. I managed to gain 2 first prizes (for a pumpkin and golden rod flowers), 6 second prizes and 5 third prizes. (31)


This is one of the busiest times of the year for the beekeeper. It is necessary to put empty supers (boxes with frames – for the bees to fill with honey) (32) onto hives after full supers are taken off. In order to take a full super off, the hive has to be taken apart with a hive tool but first smoke has to be administered to calm the bees inside (33)


Another local church had an animal blessing service recently. Unfortunately a few days before it was due to take place the inside of the church was black with wasps. It seems that gallons of spray was used to try to get rid of them, but some were still lingering by the Sunday night so it was necessary for the church warden to climb into the window behind the altar and use a vacuum cleaner (34). During the service a few wasps were still coming into the church, but no one could work out from where. By far the noisiest animal to be blessed was a terrier who growled through a lot of the service (35)


At the Town Hall during August the Bridport Heritage Forum staged an exhibition entitled “Keep the home fires burning”. It was on for a fortnight and had over 4,000 visitors. At the top of the stairs people were greeted by a recruiting officer keen for everyone to “sign up” (36) My very old typewriter was one of the artefacts on display here. Tea, coffee and cake were provided at the French cafe (37) and an ‘earth closet’ was shown with relevant toilet paper (torn up bits of newspapers) (38). The main theme of the exhibition was to show life at home and on the battle field.

A sitting room was set up for the period based on a local family called Murless. Rose Murless (39) was the wife left at home to cope, and it was assumed that she was an outworker making nets for the local firm Gundreys. Her husband Tommy was at the Front (40). A trench was set up (41) showing rats everywhere and displayed home made bombs and a sounding bell if gas had been detected (42). Inside the trench was the officer’s dug out, which had some home comforts, but rats were still around (43). A very interesting display showed which businesses were up and down the main streets of Bridport in 1911, along with what is there today. This was the nearest census year to the outbreak of WW1. (44). I helped with stewarding which involved being a tea lady and guide. I lent the exhibition my grandfather’s first cousin’s WW1 water bottle (45)


‘ee do ‘ang up ‘is ‘at when ‘ee do get wum (he hangs up his hat when he gets home) – He is friendly and charming out in company but when he gets home he reverts back to being his normal bad tempered self.

‘ee stowed (stole) ‘is wife through the window – they eloped

shomped – walked heavily (in wellingtons)

young ‘eller – michevious youth/adolescent

no-one be goin to get off a gallupin harse to zee that – you are being too fussy about anyone noticing that

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