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"God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles."

- J B S Haldane

Debs Random Writings

What to do in Somerset

Into the Dragon’s Lair

I’ll admit to being a dragon fan. One of my favourite things to craft. I can’t resist a dragon legend. The fact that these legends seem to pop up in all corners of the world, is fascinating in its own right. So when we heard of a legend, practically on our doorstep, we had to investigate.

The Bishops’s Palace in Wells has opened a play area based around a dragon legend. Tucked between the allotments and the towering walls. It is so well planned. A place to explore and inspire imaginative play.

There is a tunnel that leads to a story telling area. We missed that day’s story, but something tells me that tall tales were still told and heard, as they hung out in the tunnel.

Seeing as this is Wells, with myriads of natural springs, it was only right that there would also be a water pump for the children to try.

Sending water down a zig-zagging route to a bucket that would never hold much.

There were  bridges to cross,

mazes to escape,

trees to climb and

dragons to stroke and dream of keeping as a pet.

Not forgetting battlements to conquor.

I loved the natural materials and the open ended play that it provided. Plenty of room for imagination to fill in any gaps in the stories. To tempt all ages, me thinks.

I listened to a mother helping her young son to tell a story, as he rushed around acting it out. I smiled. My own children are older and don’t need my story telling encouragement so much now. They have their own stories to tell. Delightful and fun. Spurred on by each other. Very much their stories, not mine. Their stories are part of a game that they play together. It is fascinating to see them grow. In imagination too.

This is a play area to encourage imagination, rather than daring deeds. Especially as the dragon will never be forgotten now, so no need to worry about the 50 years curse….hey!

Or is there…? I mean, have you seen those teeth? I’m not sure. It could be a trick of the light, but I’m certain I saw the eyes move, a minute ago. Did anyone else? Just me. Ah. Well. I’ll leave you to it then. All the same, I wouldn’t get too close, if I was you. Up to you, of course. Oh look. That time already. Might just head home while it’s still light. Fare you well. See you soon….. I hope.

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No Kidding. I love farms.

local food on a slate boardWhenever I can, I buy local. Whether it’s meat from the farm across the road, the local veg box scheme, cider from up the hill or hiring a local worker. My first choice is supporting our local area. It would be unrealistic to think I can do this for everything, but where I can, I do.

meeting the sheep at Wookey FarmThen again, we have a constant reminder of local produce. We live in a place surrounded by farms. My children have grown up seeing the farming year unfold across the fields. They feel the rhythm of the seasons.

They know when the lambs are born. They know that some will end up on our plates. They understand what silage is and why the tractors were busy over the weekend, getting it in, but you can always learn more.

sheep in fold after shearing

This is why I was very excited to learn about the Open Farm Sunday scheme, which happened last weekend. On Sunday, needless to say.

sheared fleeces at WookeyThe nearest one, on the scheme, to us was Wookey Farm. It’s only been going four years, which explains why I’ve not heard of the farm before.

Goat sign

We arrived late, so missed the demos. They had laid on quite an event. There was sheep shearing and cheese making. A tractor trailer ride around the fields, to see the rest of the farm. You could hire a kid to walk. (baby goat, not child – just wanted to clarify that point.)

There was food to buy and cheese to taste. Other local producers had stalls there too. I spotted produce from Burcott mill (I can vouch that their flour makes wonderful bread) and Fenny Castle Vineyards (one for the future).

goat shedThe main focus, for my children, was the goats. Wookey farm is a dairy goat farm.

goats at Wookey FarmThey produce a tasty range of goat’s cheeses. I sampled a few and was pleasantly surprised how they lacked the strong goat taste I’ve tasted before. I couldn’t resist bringing some home. Cheese, not goats. Although I know Eldest would have snuck a couple of those home, given half a chance.

Meeting a lamb at Farm Open SundayThe farm also produces meat products.

vaulting straw bales

I’d be very tempted to try out their camping area this summer. Not far from us, but not quite a stone’s throw. I’m pretty sure the children would love it. Is it just my children that can’t resist vaulting over straw bales? Thinking about it, I guess I used to do the same.

lemonade at Open Farm Sundy Wookey

Enjoying real lemonade

Verdict: the children loved the visit. It allowed them to see a different kind of farming. There was a very good turn out, so we’re not the only ones interested in farming and where our food comes from.

I wish we had spent longer. If it’s open next year, we’ll be back. Before then, just to buy more cheese. The farm had opened its doors gates and provided a perfect event to showcase modern farming.

No need for a disclaimer: this was a free event and I was not asked to review. I’m just an enthusiast for local produce. Strawberries, asparagus and apricots were bought from a roadside stall, on the way home.

 If you had a farm, what kind of farm would it be?

Joining in with the inspirational Fiona over at #CountryKid linky.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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