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'Hestercombe Cup' new art prize for Cheddon Fitzpaine This morning I was pleased to be invited to the Cheddon Fitzpaine Church School end of your celebration and prizegiving. The celebration was held in the local Cheddon Church (which I had never actually visited, and is a really lovely place) and the pews were filled! The whole school had come to see the year 6s perform some wonderful leaving poems and songs and many parents' eyes were filled to brimming at their little ones growing up. Mr Gordan gave a thoughtful speech and the Rev. Geoff Boucher was a welcoming host waving everyone off for summer holidays. The prize giving...
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witches potions This may look odd but this is what I have been up to this afternoon - and I have not spent the day with Kev in the kitchens! I have put whole garlic cloves in a carrier bag and then smashed them with a mallet- in a similar way to making the base of a cheescake. I then pricked the carrier bags and put them in a dustbin filled with water. Later I will add a tub of bicarbinate of soda and then I will leave it for a couple of weeks to brew.  We can then use this potion to...
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Bradon Farm Open Garden & Talk On Thursday myself and Claire, our Head Gardener, will be relocating for a gorgeous day at Bradon Farm.  The Farm extends over several acres and is owned (and created) by Mr and Mrs Thomas Jones. It is said to be an "inspiration and demonstration on the effective use of structure". There is much to see, with topiary in abundance, a parterre, knot garden, pleached lime walk and formal pond as well as herbaceous borders, orchard and wildflower planting. Before lunch there will also be a talk from Rebecca Pow entitled 'Extraordinary Gardens'. You will be transported from Somerset to Cuba, Quebec, Morocco and back!  The gardens are...
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Hestercombe House Scrubs up for the Public! The house opens on Saturday!!  The whole team have been busy helping get it up to standard. The Gallery spaces have been reclaimed - this means that the rooms used have not been restored, as this would take much more time and money than is available at the moment, a lovely little 2nd hand bookshop has been created, and a stunning area for a tea room has been cleared.  The idea is that the public will be able to experience the transitional nature of Hestercombe House. There are records of a house on this site right back to medieval times, with...
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Bee-autiful Bees! If you haven't already noticed, we have some bees living on site! Down near the orchard, behind the formal garden, there are 2 bee hives that Trudy Thorne and her daughter have been looking after over the last few months. The summer speeds everything up for bees, it's when they're at their busiest and they are currently very happy at Hestercombe according to Trudy!  Trudy and her daughter have put a box on top of the hives, it's called a super, and this is where the bees will store their honey. This is the honey that will then be harvested at...
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