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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Catching up after 39 years...

Today DH and I spent a lovely day with a former student on mine whom I taught 39 years ago...makes me a bit oldish doesn't it? Lol
We arranged to meet Heather and her husband Andrew at a place called Burrow Mump in the county of Somerset. It is near Glastonbury where Heather and Andrew live.


When we arrived we saw this big green hill with a ruin at the top and lots of ewes with lambs grazing...
We were to discover that both 'burrow' and 'mump' mean 'hill'... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrow_Mump

I looked up and wondered if I would be able to manage to walk up this hill without slipping and huffing and puffing too much...but I managed it quite okay.


The lambs were gorgeous...

We had to watched where we walked as there was a fair bit of sheep poo lying about! Lol

This area of Somerset was affected greatly by the recent floods. In the centre of this next photo you can see the white sandbags used to stop floodwaters entering buildings, still piled up.

All of these buildings were flooded 6 weeks or so ago...

The plaque on the church ruins at the top of Burrows Mump...

A church at the bottom of the Mump which is not a ruin...note the impressive rectory at the back!

Another view from the top of Burrows Mump...

I again wondered whether I would do a spectacular slip and slide down the damp grass! Lol

This lady kept an eye on us as we edged down the hill...'don't touch my baby' look in those eyes! 
I've had to use DH's photos as when I went to take photos of the ruined church my camera wouldn't turn on...investigation revealed that there was no battery in its compartment...it was still in the charger back in the hotel room. I had charged it overnight so it was already to go :-/. I felt like a dill with a capital D! Lol. 

6 comments:

Vireya said...

This looks like everyone's stereotypical English village: funny name, ancient ruins, green fields, sheep and lambs. Perfect!

Susan said...

yes, very English! Shades of Doc Marten. It must have been great catching up with an ex-student...

Lin said...

It looks like you found one sunshine. Heather will have told our how awful the flooding was and how long it stayed for - a bad winter for the people of Somerset. Let's hope The authorities get their act together and it does not happen again.

Una said...

I have occasionally wondered what happens to sandbags when they are no longer needed. I suppose they are saved for the "next time". I once walked in a field where there was a horse and her foal. The horse chased us up a big hill. I was terrified, so be careful at this time of year.

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Looks like you are having a lovely time Maria. The history there is wonderful isn't it, Lovely photo's

Susan said...

A really beautiful place to visit - love the name too.
Aren't the sheep gorgeous... in your last photo, the little spotted face of the lamb with its Mum.
Lol, oh dear, yes, I too have forgotten the battery - or, sometimes, the SD card - left it in the computer when downloading pics. Never mind eh :D)xx