Category Archives: Out and about

Remembering the Bellots

Remembering a young man from our road who died in the Great War recalled a mystery that we had solved ten years ago. We moved to the village of High Ham in Somerset in February 1967.  Our house was the … Continue reading

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An ascetic life

The village name means “the big island,” looking at a BBC aerial photograph of the village in the winter of 2014, a picture showing the village surrounded by flood water that isolated it for five weeks, it is not hard … Continue reading

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By boat to Ilchester

“Bradshaw’s Canals and Navigable Rivers of England and Wales” handbook was an attempt at reviving the fortunes of canals at a time when they had long been superseded by the railways, even the ownership of many of the canals lay … Continue reading

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Catching eels

It was a surprise to discover from a television programme that eels had become a critically endangered species. In teenage years, we thought eels were a nuisance, they seemed so resilient that we could not have imagined that they would … Continue reading

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Only losers!

Driving from Bridgwater to Langport and passing through Weston Zoyland, a sign at the former parish church announces that it is the Battle of Sedgemoor Visitor Centre. The building that was once used to hold five hundred prisoners from the … Continue reading

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