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The White House Dulcote Wells
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Luxury bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation in Dulcote, Wells, Somerset
Luxury bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation in Dulcote, Wells, Somerset

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Now that we are coming to the end of our second year of living in Somerset, I keep thinking I've seen it all.  Well, yesterday I had to think again.
Queuing at the bank I was surprised to see a guy carrying a dog - and I noticed this as I know that no dogs are allowed (I can never bring Bob into town if I need to pop into the bank).  Imagine my surprise when his business was completed and he put his dog down.  Turned out to be a lamb on a lead!
Stunned, I didn't think to take a picture but we met again in the market and he very kindly allowed me to take a couple of snaps. 
The gorgeous little wooly jumper was very tame and her owner shared that lambs are remarkably easy to train and very loving.  He threw in another snippet of information - that he also has a pet goat that sits on his knee when he is driving!
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Just found out that the Countryfile team recently filmed at the Frome Food Assembly to highlight local food in the town. 
The Food Assembly, which has over 800 members, and over 20 food producers delivering food to the local community each week, has also won the Best British Food Initiative at the BBC Food and Farming Awards this year.
I've spoken about Frome Independent in the past and it remains a favorite day out for us all at The White House.  The street food is delicious, and the market is superb.
The next event is on 6th December, (find out more at http://www.thefromeindependent.org.uk/), just in time to collect all of our favourite treats in time for Christmas and the Countryfile episode will be aired on 15th November. 
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Our long awaited holiday to America whizzed by and we are now settled back at home. We had such a good time and enjoyed so many aspects of the trip.
One of the highlights, as well as seeing our old friends, was our trip to The White House. As we expected, breakfast wasn’t included but the accomodation looked extremely impressive!
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This week The White House is taking a well deserved and long awaited break and so we will be "off air" for a short while.  We are very much looking forward to meeting up with old friends in New Jersey and also on the itinerary is, yes, you've guessed it, a visit to THE White House!
Unsure if they also offer Bed and Breakfast, guessing they don't, but we'll soon find out.....  Watch this space as we will be back soon with news of our trip.
And meanwhile, we are leaving our own White House in the very capable hands of our elder daughter Melanie.
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What a beautiful weekend we had here at The White House in Dulcote.  The weather was glorious and we packed loads in; including a visit to the Wells Food Festival and a new load of jam making after a trip to Wookey Hole to collect blackberries.

The Food Festival was very busy and the smells from the numerous stalls were divine.  We came home with bags loaded with goodies, including local cheeses and dried meats.  Just managed to resist temptation to buy a huge plum pudding for Christmas Day but only after confirming we could also buy online at a later date!


Wookey Hole was awash with Blackberries and although I was on my own for this trip; a waddle of Geese and herd of young cows kept me company (or watched over me to make sure I didn't take too many) and so Sunday evening was spent making 10 huge pots of Blackberry and Apple jelly (using the lovely Bramleys that Ros gave to me last week from her garden)

And just before we settled in for the evening my daughter Lucy took this lovely photo which really captures just how special a weekend it was.
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At the beginning of this month I wrote about the Dinder Flower and Produce show and our haul of prizes.  Well, a funny thing happened in the hairdressers earlier this week........

I was in The Cutting Bay  in the centre of Wells (well recommended if you can excuse the pun)enjoying a chat with my lovely hairdresser Vicky when she asked me if I had entered anything in the show.  I very proudly mentioned I'd won first prize for my Victoria sandwich cake and she suddenly stopped cutting and said in a shocked voice "IT WAS YOU!!!!!!!!".  Turning to her partner she repeated "IT WAS HER!!!!!!".

Turns out Vicky has won first prize for her Victoria sponge cake for the last three years and I knocked her off the top spot.
Luckily I came home without green hair and after a laughing conversation about the British Bake Off we agreed we would be creating weird and wonderful show stoppers next year to try to out do each other.  Bring it on.......
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Yesterday I joined my daughter Lucy; good friend Ros; and hundreds of other walkers from Wells Cathedral School, on a hike through Ebbor Gorge for Save the Children.  Thank goodness he day dawned beautifully sunny and, after registering at the school, we set off to Wookey Hole on our way to the gorge.
The scenery and views were stunning; the gorge itself is limestone and was designated  in 1952 as a 63.5-hectare biological site of special interest.  Donated to the National Trust  in 1967 it is now managed by Natural England as a Nature Reserve.  
The full hike was 10 mile, and we managed 5 mile, all uphill, before finally giving up the ghost and calling Rod to plead a lift home.
It really is a fantastic place and well worth a visit during your stay at The White House Bed and Breakfast.
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Although today is the first day in October, the sun has finally decided to shine on us her at The White House and we are enjoying balmy days although the temperature is beginning to dip in the evenings.
Reading the latest edition of Somerset Life there is an article focusing on Autumn days out and its good to see Bishops Palace within their recommendations.  With 14 acres of gardens and our famous springs that give Wells its name, it makes a great day out.  And if you are lucky you might even see the swans ringing the bell for food.  My daughter Melanie and I were lucky enough to see this last summer and there's a great clip on you tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stGckjlM2tU so that you can see what you are missing......
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My timing hasn’t been great this weekend when I, for reasons attached to what I still call “my paid job”, swopped the peaceful surroundings of Dulcote for a busy City life in London during probably one of the most fantastic sunny spells we have had all summer!
Its been great to catch up with friends in the evening and to also see “War Horse” in Drury Lane (well recommended to anyone visiting London) but I’m already pining for The White House and country living.  Can’t wait to return on Monday evening and breathe in the fresh air, re-join my family and  enjoy an enthusiastic welcome from Bob.
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Wells Food Festival returns on Sunday 11th October.  This annual event grows every year and last year attracted 7,500 visitors to Wells. 
This year,  with  over 100 producers and street food vendors, the Festival includes an Artisan Market, street food stalls and a family marquee as well as activities; debate; and "The Soup" in Bishops Barn; and a pop up tea room in the Town Hall.

Here at The White House we can't really get our heads around the fact that a full year has gone by, it seems only a short while ago that we were wandering around the delights of the Festival last year.
Definately worth a visit and I'd be delighted to hear from any of you who have visited the Festival in the past. 

Find out more at wellsfoodfestival.co.uk
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