At this time I look forward to Exmoor’s native Foxgloves. Rising high in the hedgerows looking spectacular against bracken and beech. Driving towards Exford there were some good examples to stop and photograph.
There is just a hint of colour in the hills where in August the heather will take on a purple hue.
I took the Porlock road out of Exford following on to the Hill Head Cross signpost at the cattle grid. Heading for Cloutsham, again many groups of Foxglove rising from the bracken. Past the Dunkery walk parking area on the right and down the hill, stopping to park facing Rowbarrows below Dunkery Beacon. On these hills a sighting of deer is more or less guaranteed and today a large group of hinds spread across above me. Some lay in the sun and some grazed around and I spotted a couple of deer calves following Mum.
To the left closer to Dunkery Beacon were a herd of about 20 Exmoor ponies grazing with a foal in tow. Spending some time just sitting watching the animals progress I was aware of no intrusive sounds at all and the occasional Skylark high above. A walk down Sweetworthy Coombe from here is a favourite of mine which can take you for miles in several directions towards Dunkery or Horner Woods. In an attempt to not disturb the animals I took a short hike then drove back towards The Exmoor White Horse Inn at Exford.
Many of the usual heathland birds around. Young birds will have fledged by now to swell numbers. Skylark, Winchat, Stonechat and Meadow Pippit in abundance.
In the Edgcott area before Exford on the road leading to Westermill Farm is a crooked turning at Silly Bridge where in the past, I have seen Dippers. The remoteness and fast moving water here give the birds an ideal feeding and nesting area. Despite watching and hoping for some time none to see, however, this is a pretty walk from Exford for another time taking in the area known as The Tunnels.
Sherryl Woods ………….6 July 2014
This cake is simple to make and delicious to eat. The walnuts are optional and can also be substituted for other nuts if you please.
By using white flour and ground brown sugar it creates a light and fluffy cake that can be easily adapted to be made dairy free.
100g grated carrot (75g if not making carrot frosting)
50g chopped walnuts
75ml sunflower/ vegetable oil
225g self raising plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp nutmeg
110g Demerara sugar (ground into a fine powder in a blender)
Carrot and walnut frosting:
300g icing sugar
25g grated carrot
10g of chopped walnuts
This recipe brings out the amazing flavours of the aubergine as it is slowly roasted with vegetables.
It works best with medium to large aubergines and is best served with salad and potatoes or grains.
1x large aubergine
4x button mushrooms
1x red onion
2x garlic cloves
1 tsp of light tahini
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp of oil for cooking and half a tsp basting
1 small handful of grated cheese
1 tbsp chopped nuts
The Red Arrows will be on of the most popular Exmoor attractions during the Minehead Summer Festival this coming 14th of August. The festival is a daylong event that’s filled with aerial displays. It will be a fun day for fans of the Red Arrows and airplane enthusiasts in general.
During the Minehead Summer Festival, the skies over the town will be the stage for the Red Arrows as they demonstrate the power and beauty of the aircrafts while performing death defying stunts.
The Red Arrows is the aerobatics team of the Royal Air Force. They had been performing for the public since 1964, when they replaced many unofficial teams that had been sponsored by several RAF commands. They will be the main Exmoor attractions during the Minehead Summer Festival.
Also, part of the show is the Red Devils. They are the parachute display team of the Parachute Regiment. You can easily distinguish them from the other teams because of their maroon beret. Members of the team are regular serving paratroopers from the Parachute Regiment, who volunteered to be part of the team. They will be one of the Exmoor attractions at the Summer Festival.
The festival officially starts at 10:30 am and the market stalls open at 11:00 am. At 12 noon, the Sea King helicopter lands on the seafront at the Warren Road upper car park. Then at 12:15 pm, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight takes place. At exactly 1:00 pm, the Red Arrows take flight. Then at 2:00 pm, the Red Devils takes over the aerial stage.
There are flight simulators on the ground to give guests the feeling of what it’s like to take flight. Kids can also enjoy the bouncy castle that’s just one of the Exmoor attractions during the event. The Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service will have a display.
The grounds will also have several stalls that sell craft, art and produce. You can sample the local food and browse the different charity stalls. Local restaurants and cafes are there to sell their homemade meals and cakes. The Minehead Summer Festival is a fun day for the whole family. And best of all, it is free.
As you can see, two world class teams are the main Exmoor attractions during the Minehead Summer Festival. The first time that the two teams visited the town was during the 2010 Summer Festival.
During the day, the West Somerset Railway will be running an enhanced service and guests can part at the Bishop’s Lydeard station. A park and walk will be operating from Seaward Way.
See Exmoor Summer Breaks at The Exmoor White Horse Inn