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Wookey hole


2012
08.25

Couldn’t be in this part of the world without going to Wookey hole. It’s been about 15 years since we last visited and big man was desperate to go in a cave so what better than one of the biggest in the country? (Not sure that’s a true fact, but it’s a bloody big hole)

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The day started off wet but got out nicer as the day went on, turned out to be a really good day.
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First we went straight to the legendary hole, from experience we know it gets a bit busy so wanted to be one of the first in, also catch it before the people make it dirty, always best to get in straight after the cleaners. We could have left little man there but the guides refused to keep him. Shouldn’t have asked for permission first, I’ll know for next time.

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We all hoped the caves don’t flood, might get stuck underground like some terrible american disaster movie, with a thin plot-line and all the lesser actors die in tragic and pointless manner, so only the stars survive. Why is that?
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It’s a black picture with a few spotlights, I’m in a huge hole away from natural light, what would you expect?
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Another picture from the inside of a hole in the ground, much more spectacular when you’re in it. We headed towards the blue light, just like a moth about the get electrocuted.
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The water is amazingly clear inside, net year they’ll be selling Wookey Hole water, just like Volvic. £12 per bottle (if they do, it’s my idea. I want a cut of the profits)
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The worlds shortest video

Back into the sunlight, raining then we went it and a lovely sunny day as we exit. Maybe we took the rain to the underworld and forgot to bring it back. Oh well, it worked.
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The little family, looking happy??????
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Video of the Fairy Island

Fairy waterfall, if you look really closely you might see the fairies and their little door to their homes.
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Fairy Island, home to some really special fairies, Tinkerbell, Tooth and many others
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Nice little cottage, a country retreat with only 3 sides, when they get the rest done it’ll make a great B&B.
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Looking back towards the entrance to the cave, or from the waters point of view, the exit.
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Big man holding up the dragons wing, and little man is holding down it’s front foot, what a team of dragon catchers.
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Our new big monkey, bigger than the current two, but slightly quieter.
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Three big monkey’s, sorry but two is enough, Wookey can keep this one.
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Some of the relatives preparing for dinner, if you see yourself in them, then their probably your distant relatives (maybe not so distant).
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My big “Tylosaurus”, swollen lizard, I think that’s a bit strong but if the cap fits.
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The Tylosaurus
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Cheddar Gorge


2012
08.24

A summer excursion to the south west. First stop Cheddar gorge, a return after 10 years +.

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Big man showing where we are.
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Big man took this picture.
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The streams looked great in full flow.
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The boys get their first picture with santa of the year.
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Then the rain started, a bit of a downer but we’ll not be beaten by a little water.
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Part 1

Part 2

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After getting home we had to have a cheese tasting and wow it was nice. Chilli cheddar and cider, garlic and chives cheddar. Here’s what we got and out is so good.
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Almost looks like an advert but I can’t rave enough about it.
If you fancy trying some, they even deliver. Cheddar Gorge Cheese Co

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Blackberry and Apple Crumble Recipe


2012
08.23

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Big man with the wild ingredients.

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Fresh apple straight from our own tree.

Ingredients:

Good knob of butter
3 large apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped (picked from the garden)
75g caster sugar
150g blackberries (picked from High Lodge)
thick custard or ice-cream, to serve for the crumble topping

40g cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
30g ground almonds
60g caster sugar
80g plain flour

What to do next:

Preheat the oven to 190C.

First make the filling –

Melt the butter in a pan, add the apples and sugar, and cook for 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally until they begin to break down but are not too soft.

Remove from heat and stir in the blackberries (and other berries). Put in a suitable ovenproof pie dish or small individual pie dishes (which I greased).

Mix all the topping ingredients in a food processor or mixer, or rub between your fingers until they look like breadcrumbs (I did the latter). I also doubled the amount of crumble topping, as it didn’t look like there would be quite enough to form a thick layer.
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Sprinke the crumble topping over the top of the filling and bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
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Then pop in the oven.
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40mins later, delicious. A real late summer treat.

Recipe inspired by World Foodie Guide

After finally tasting it, not bad if I say so myself. I’ll do this again.

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High lodge, playing and blackberry picking


2012
08.20

What a hot afternoon playing games and picking free fruit.

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After all that exercise what better way to cool down than pick some blackberries (and some wild raspberries), and teach the kids some wildlife identification. We saw a lizard, butterflies, grasshoppers, spiders, loads of critters and loads of plants.
After an hour we had a small amount of blackberries, just enough for a crumble.

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Off we go, to make the most of that free fruit, recipe later.

Yum yum……
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The garden looking great


2012
08.20

A few pics of the fruit and garden looking great.

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Brancaster (the return)


2012
08.19

Yesterday was so good and we heard the weather was to be great again, so we decided Brancaster needed another visit. Again the boys played in the sea all day, unfortunately the weather just wasn’t as good as yesterdays but a great day regardless.

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Didn’t get stuck by the high tide this time.
Had a really successful dinner from our little kitchen.
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Beautiful sunset over the north norfolk coast.
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Late night in Brancaster


2012
08.18

A lovely day in Brancaster, sun, sea and sand. First try of the van conversion and a reasonable success.

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Beautiful day, laying around in the sun, watching the kids playing in the sea.
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Part way through the day it appears the Coast Guard had been called out, Lifeboat (hovercraft) and Rescue helicopter.

The high tide came in and flooded the road in and out making it too difficult to leave so we had to wait for the tide to go back out. A really nice security guard came around and told everyone, van by van that they were stuck until 9pm, and good to his word we were.
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Managed to get through at 9.30pm, and home for 11.00pm. A great day out and such a lot of fun.

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Surprise seaside trip


2012
08.12

We had to visit the camping shop for camper van stuff, and ended up at Walberswick by the sea.
Not planned, just on the road that way, so why not.
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Beautiful early evening.

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Nicola laying having a cup of tea.

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My boys having fun.

On the beach.

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And us..

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Big Man’s Cub’s Investment


2012
08.07

Big man getting invested into the cubs

After two years in the Beavers it’s time to move up, growing up and moving on. Many more adventures to look forward to.

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Going to the Olympics


2012
08.05

We’re going to the olympics, a last minute decision. I’d not been sold on the idea of the Olympics, but I’ve really got excited about the whole thing, so we decided to take the boys and inspire them. The boys may only see this once in their lifetime, so would be a shame not for them to go and join in.
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9.55am and all smile as we get on the Tube train at Epping, the face sure will be different when we get back, all four of us are exhausted, pains, blisters and two plain grumpy little men.
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As we got on the train it started to rain, so hard the doors were leaking and a huge puddle formed inside the train, much to our amusement.
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We managed to find a vantage point under a hotel car park, but just close enough to see from a distance the Mall. Made a dry place to have a picnic, which was better than most had.
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Trafalgar Square, Luke had walked about two miles and was grumpy, but like a little trooper he walked all day and apart from several rest stops for drink and food he pushed on all day. He’ll sleep for 100 years tomorrow, but he and big man were absolute stars.

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Lunch, the sequal, we grazed all day, the little men liked to have a rest every now and then to recharge and have a bit to eat. 10 mins later and off again.
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Admiralty Arch, not as busy as we’d expected, but a good crowd anyway.
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Right up the front as the leaders ran past (25 miles) and they could still outrun me. But I am 3 of them anyway, I could always sit on them to slow them up.
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Big Ben, Little Man, Big Man and Little Woman, 4 happy faces. Only one is guaranteed to be on time.
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All still smiling, 3 big men still happy and reasonable dry. It started to rain about then so we pushed on before the crowds started to move.
Now off to the Natural History Museum.
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The boys love this place so we had to visit, just to see the Dinosaurs, millions of years old, so shouldn’t have expected much to have changed. This is always a hit, big man is getting quite knowledgeable now, about the differences and types.
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Big man treated himself to a museum lolly, anything to keep him quiet.
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So, we all had one. Little man’s eating one, but watching for a chance to get the other one.
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Why do boys moaning their legs hurt feel the urge to have to chase pigeons, they didn’t catch one, but tried hard. Good on them.
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After a couple of hours, what to do next???? Off to Tower bridge.
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The Tower of London, wonder if they have a room spare? I need a rest.
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Still smiling, but the bribes are getting bigger to make it look genuine. The legs on all of use are beginning to hurt.
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Nicola admiring the massive new erection. “What a big skyscrapper!”
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A one in a million picture moment, and big man lets us know how his legs hurt. They had done really well walking so far today, I know how he feels.
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A few minutes after this the rings lifted up, I had no idea they moved.