An enchanting walk and a break from the computer


Yesterday Friday we decided to have a day off and go for a walk in the country. The Mendip Times carries a monthly recommended walk which in June was to a forestry commission wood south of East Harptree here in Somerset. Apart from the fact that we got lost a couple of times the day was an absolute delight with perfect weather, not warm and even sultry with very little wind. The flowers on the the resting fields were at their best as were the grasses so it was a real transcendent experience to walk through them.

We stopped for lunch at a pub in East Harptree which was one of the best traditional pubs I have come across with a lovely garden and a beloved and looked after interior. With our drinks we had a small portion of chips which were cooked just right with fat that didn’t make me feel sick which is quite a bonus. I would have loved to stay there on a bed and breakfast basis and just enjoy the countryside in the few weeks that we can call Summer.

We ended up at my favourite country cafe and I consumed a delicious chocolate cake, a bit too delicious alas and with a coffee. We had a chat to a man who was previously a police officer about his current employment as a worker in a hostel for disturbed adults. He was a nice enough chap and said to us on two occasions that you need empathy not sympathy otherwise you lose your boundaries and you might as well walk out of the door.

Today was less pleasant but we managed to go to Frome and meet a friend for coffee in her lovely artist’s house. We then went to the market and did not buy a lot of things and saved ourselves a lot of money but spent our money in the local Lidl branch where we did our shopping for the week.

I don’t have a lot of energy for creativity because the Covid based work is building up so much. Since the 1st of August 2020 I have 6,833 relevant links to various aspects of Covid and these are sites all around the world. The future continues to look bleak, especially with so many people adopting the attitude of sheep. I just uploaded a reminder that Boris Johnson’s father Stanley wrote a novel in 1982 called The Virus about the government releasing a deadly virus into the population as a cover for population control through a forced vaccine. A complete coincidence of course. I have also published an article about bracelets which can be used to make sure you stay at home which will be introduced into the United Kingdom during 2021.

Our allotments are doing very well. The recent rains have ensured that there is a huge spurt in growth and I am seeing food items particularly rhubarb just sitting there waiting to be picked. People do not realise how quickly stuff grows.

My partner Francoise needs to get some treatment for her back which is causing problems. Our friend in Frome recommended someone in Warminster who was very good but since the practitioner has taken the jab it would not be safe for Francoise to be in close proximity to her due to viral shedding. For the delights of this I refer you to my specialist website In the next fake lockdown the unvaccinated will be blamed for future casualties and cases when in fact the opposite will be true.

Covid is a huge filter for those courageous people who can distinguish the truth from the continuous lies that we have been fed. Lose four friends, gain two new ones seems to be the rule for me at least.


Pricey firewood and unexpectedly getting lost in the country


On Friday we went to Longleat to collect our supply of timber for the forthcoming winter season. Two our disquie rules and regulations have changed. They are not allowed to sell non treated timber in less than 1 tonne units for which you have to pay £154; Kiln dried is £173 per tonne. If you cannot carry a tonne away in your car you can return to pick up the balance. I later mentioned this to my local timber supplier. She knows people who can sell me a 1 ton bag for £65.

For some reason the manager at Longleat has been threatened by fines of £3,000 if anyone goes against the rules, AKA Government guidelines, a common enough tactic to get people to comply through fear. I think it’s all to do with carbon reduction and the elimination of log fires from people’s homes. Regrettably we shall not be returning again to buy such overpriced wood so this was our last purchase –  200 kg of kiln-dried wood which cost us about 46 pounds.

Today’s Sunday we just decided to go to the Book Barn (1 million books) because Francoise wanted to dispose of a number of unwanted books. She was told that they don’t buy books anymore but they do have a commercial system whereby they can resell job lots of 500 books and over. Since we only had 16 books with us, we realised that the only option was to give them as a donation which we were glad to do.

As the weather was warm we decided to go for a walk somewhere to be decided but on the way we went to our  favourite tea parlour in Chewton Mendip where we discovered a new owner had taken over, a South African. I have been to South Africa over 20 times and can recognise a South African accent when I hear one even though it might have been modulated due to years being out of the country. His name was Gerhard Perold. Gerhard is pronounced a different way with a different action of the tongue and throat on the ‘G’. We had a lovely quiche with salad followed by a lemon pie.

We then left for what I thought was the way to a forest but I lost my way and we ended up in another corner of Somerset where we went for a long walk along a river valley. It’s very easy to get disorientated when the sun not shining and we got well and truly lost which meant we ended up walking along some country roads in the pouring rain but we adopted the rule of having the valley on our left side and walked left left left until we found the car again. We decided for future walks to get a local map and a compass. You would have thought it would be an obvious thing to take on a walk but this time we only planned to go to the Book Barn and come back. So much for spontaneity, advantages and disadvantages.