Thursday, 5 July 2018

Three Counties In One Day - Plus Experience Of Another World!

Bob and I seem to be so busy most of the time, so we like to really escape from it all on our day off if we can. On Tuesday we drove north-west, and went into Wiltshire, where we visited beautiful Stourhead - a National Trust Property. Then across into Somerset, to the small town of Wincanton where we had lunch. Down into Dorset to Sturminster Newton for tea and cake. And finally home to Ferndown [around 80 miles travelled]
It was a fabulous day, and we saw so much, met so many interesting people, and ate some great food!
 At Stourhead we encountered a lady cleaning book sin the library - with soft brushes and an amazing contraption involing a cardboard box, gaffer tape, and a vaccuuum cleaner on a tea trolley!
We marvelled at the Pope's Cabinet, and also met some lovely people from Kent. They were so fascinating they're getting their own post later!
We left Stourhead around midday. We figured that if nearby Wincanton had a racecourse, it would also have somewhere for the punters to buy lunch. "What else is it that we know about Wincanton?" said Bob.I wasn't sure, but felt there was something...
But once we arrived, we remembered. Wincanton is twinned with Ankh Morpork. We went into the Discworld Emporium/AM Consulate
Ian Mitchell, the MD was charming, and spent ages discussing Sir Terry Pratchett's books, and the whole Discworld thing with Bob. 
The shop was amazing, and full curios and delightfully quirky items for Pratchett fans of all ages. Bob bought a book and a map.[the SatNav cannot find Ankh Morpork ]
The town has taken the late author and his works to heart - and even named treets on a new development after Discworld Locations.

We had a good lunch in the Nog Pub [Ian's recommendation] Then on to Sturminster Newton - a wander round Harts Kitchen shop, plus a couple of CS, and enjoyed tea and cake in the Poets Corner Cafe
Home safely in time for the 6 o'clock news.
I was so thrilled to hear that they have been able to deliver food and medical supplies to the lads trapped in the cave in Thailand. 
Praying they are home safely soon too


  1. Stourhead is simply beautiful and a place I visit regularly (I live in West Wiltshire). I didn't know about Wincanton's connection with Discworld so will add it to my list of places to visit.

  2. If you're a Pratchett fan, you will LOVE it. But DO check the website for opening times.

  3. Lovely to meet you both, thank you for the kind words!


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