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Wassailing Events in Devon and Somerset

Wassailing Events in Devon and Somerset Even though they have been around for hundreds of years, I  know very little about the tradition of the wassail. If you’ve not heard the term before, it’s basically all about apple trees and cider making.  So I decided to do some research on Wassailing events in Devon and Somerset. Maybe this year I’ll get along to one myself. Cider Making in the West Country We have been enjoying the fruits of our labour this year largely thanks to the hard work of my husband who has been making cider and also “champagne”...

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Walking for Health in East Devon

Walking for Health in East Devon – Make it your New Year’s Resolution If you are a regular reader to my blog you will have got the idea that I love to find new places to walk. Walking is something I’ve enjoyed for many years with friends and family in this country and abroad, often making new friends on the way.  A few years ago I discovered the Walking for Health in East Devon scheme by tagging along with my mum! Walking  is something I enjoy more now.  I am learning that this can be a lot nicer,  more...

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Walks Around Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

Walks Around Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary South West Coast Path Being local to Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary, means I have been there more times than I can remember with the children, especially when they were younger. It is a fantastic place for a stroll, to admire the donkeys living there and to join in one of the many seasonal events or children’s trails. Recently a much larger cafe has been built and a great deal of building is nearing completion to provide an enhanced visitor experience. If you are looking for a day out in East Devon then this really is...

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Christmas Tree Festivals 2017

Christmas Tree Festivals 2017 There are many of us who enjoy putting up a Christmas tree at home.  Maybe you have your own rituals in place, special decorations that come out year after year or a much loved fairy for the top. Some people like a co-ordinated colour theme or carefully spaced decorations, presents placed neatly underneath it. These days I leave the decorating to the children, ours is a complete riot of colour and no style.  Although you can be sure that once they have gone to bed I will be subtly rearranging their clumps of baubles and tinsel...

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Christmas Fairs and Events in the West Country

Christmas Fairs and Events in the West Country Are you searching for an unusual gift for Christmas or even an upcoming birthday.  Maybe you just enjoy browsing and enjoying the Christmas spirit of local events to get you in the festive mood. Even better if there’s a mulled wine or hot chocolate on offer, oh and a mince pie (personally I love a decent slice of stollen!) Why not head along to one of these Christmas Fairs and Events in the West Country, we certainly will be – now should I wear Flip flops or Wellies! Christmas In Exeter...

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About Clare

Clare Flipflops or WelliesHi! I am Clare and I live in glorious East Devon with my family. I love finding new places to explore in the West Country. So whether you are on holiday, recently moved to the area or like me live here and realise that there are great places a just few miles away that seem to have passed you by, then read on, I hope you enjoy my blog.

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