Sunday, 3 July 2011

Cheddar Gorge in Somerset and Glastonbury Tor.

Our travels took us to Cheddar Gorge in Somerset this week.A Limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills.
Before any one comments, "ONE OF US", has spelt Cheddar wrongly... don't look at me ! 

We last went to Cheddar a couple of years ago, one week before Easter, it was quiet and lucky us, it seemed we had the whole place to ourselves. I remember it being a sunny day. Not that much sun in the photo's taken this week, but the weed behind the waterfall looks just as green with or without the sun.

Don't think the ducks minded either way.

I can't mention Cheddar Gorge without mentioning the Caves. A tourist delight.

Among the tourist shops they have added a Christmas shop. It wasn't there on our last visit, lots of twinkly lights and things that glitter.

I couldn't help but be drawn to it like a magnet or maybe like a Magpie.  As everyone keeps telling me, you can never start early enough for Christmas.... It even had smells of Christmas inside the shop. Can't do smells on here yet, but I'm sure that will come in time.

We were really more interested in the gorge itself.
It's much better if you drive through it listening to something that inspires you to make it to the top.

The reason why we thought you might like to enjoy the ride up.
The car now shines like a new pin again, before anyone comments about the windscreen, so through the dirty window, hope you enjoy your ride.

We also took the long route home, through Glastonbury, past Glastonbury Tor. No ride up here, it's a walking trip. For this one your on your own, or just view from afar. For anyone who is interested they are still clearing away the festival site.

I know from my last post, you might have expected a new set of paws around the cottage.

Not this time, but we will keep looking. We all know that rescue dogs are very special and need just the right home. Some love cats and some don't. Here in the Cottage it helps if dogs and cats get along.

If you haven't heard from me this week via blog land or other means, I promise you will eventually.
So much seems to have gone on this week,I have even missed some of the tennis. Mark has updated Soggibottom for me, although I only noticed today.  Aren't kids the best ?
Thanks Mark.
The garden looks just as I love it to be, a mini jungle, and it's nearly the 4th of July.
The nearest celebration to the 4th of July for us is Mark's birthday on the 10th.

Happy 30th BIRTHDAY MARK         Sparky Brand

 YO, Mark.

30 YEARS OLD. Aren't Mum's and Dad's great too ?


Christine said...

OMG, Midge those videos were so beautiful. That place seemed almost magical. I'd love to visit there. Hope you're having a great weekend dear friend! Hugs!!!!! Muffy dog sends a hello too. She was a bit miffed today because she got a bath; some dog biscuits got her back in a good mood real quick.

Faye Henry said...

Hi Midge.. I loved it all.. So much fun.. And the cat is gorgeous as is that sweet boy of yours..
Hugs and Happy Birthday...

Sandee said...

OMg! The video of you driving through the canyon made me quite were driving on the wrong side of the road! When that motorcycle came at "us", I had to duck!
Oh dear, maybe I shouldn't drive if we come to England!
Great photos of a beautiful, beautiful land.

Deborah said...

I love the waterfall video! All your pictures are awesome. It looks like a great place to visit!
Have a nice weekend! Happy Early Birthday Mark!

WoolenSails said...

Love those photos, what a really amazing place to visit. Happy Birthday to Mark!


Joanna said...

You go to some of the most interesting and beautiful places. Sounds like you are having a nice summer. Lucky Brand could be Moxie's double except Mox's whiskers are black, too. Happy Birthday to Mark.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Midge!
Happy Birhtday to Mark. What a cutie he is!
Your videos were so fun! The scenery is gorgeous. We loved the water fall, and that road you were driving on, looked so scary.
(we were also going to say you were on the wrong side of the road ( tee hee hee) but someone beat us.
Thank you for taking us on tour with you,, and your right,, I am sure someday,, we will be able to share fragrances over the inter net,.
One of us has been watching the tennis too,,
Your blog looks so NICE! I see some new changes.
Happy Birthday Mark!

Beyond the Dog Dish said...

That music was the perfect choice - especially knowing you picked it ;)

The waterfall is quite pretty - the water looked like glass.

Cats and Dogs do need the right combination to share a living space. Not to worry, the right one will find you when the time is right.

Old Kitty said...

Happy Birthday to Mark!! Yay!!!!!

Cheddar Gorge is lovely!! Look at it!! Awwwww - fabulous sounds of water!

I enjoyed watching the Glastonbury Festival from the comfort of my sofa!! :-)

I'm ignoring the christmas shop cos I love summer so much and don't want it to end!! LOL! Me and Charlie are waving to your sweet kitties!!!

Take care

Allie said...

Well I sure enjoyed that trip, although I kept forgetting that you drive on the wrong side of the road and found myself saying "get over! Get over!!!" Happy Birthday to Mark, I hope you have a WONDERFUL celebration!

I think I owe you an email Midge, it's coming, I promise!!! Love ya!

Sue said...

What a lovely, cool looking place with such winding roads. I tend to get carsick on winding roads, so I'll just enjoy your video.

Happy birthday to Mark.

The right little dog will come along and claim you. Then you'll be putty in his or her paws.

Margaret said...

A lovely post just what one needs to get the day started.

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Happy Birthday to Mark!!!

What a lovely trip you had! Mom would have loved spending time in that Christmas shop.

Too bad about the rescue, but when it is the right one and the right time, you will know.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Ayla said...

You've been keeping busy it looks!! and has the format of your blog changed... it seems very posh and new... and I don't think i've been away that long!
thank you SOOOO much for the birthday card! I received a couple days after your call and forgot to email you. :) it's so cute and sitting on my mantle.
Hope all is well at soggibottom.
much love xxxx

Sue Doran said...

What a lovely tour, I feel like I was there too! Great pics!

Houseelf said...

Happy Birthday Mark.
Would you believe I haven't been there?! And me a cheese fanatic too! Thanks for sharing. The waterfall was very beautiful. Ducks make me laugh.

The right set of paws will arrive at the right time. Enjoy the gadding about.

DJP said...

Absolutely beautiful blog - the videos are great. Just like actually driving along yourself. I was envious, haven't been to the Gorge since I was a teenager, wow thats a long time ago.
Lots of luv to Mark for his Birthday, I am sure that his lovely wife will bake him a cake or if not I am positive that his Mom will! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARK I am convinced that when the right addition to the family comes along, rescued from whatever, that you will know which one it is and that little four legs will have the most wonderful acceptance into your family (both people family and pets family).
Bless all,
Lots of luv,

Soggibottom said...

Doreen :-) little gem :-)
you know when they say :- I KNOW YOU :-)
Thanks so much :-)
x x x x

WendyCarole said...

belated happy birthday to Mark

Cheddar looks lovely