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Life at Purshall Hall

We ended our Who Do You Think You are with a trip to the Crediton church & how lucky where we it was open due to a flower show. We skirted the edge of the Exmoor & picnicked in Whatchet before returning to Purshall Hall.


It's been a quiet but relaxing week smoko runs to the field while sillaging, cake assisting, cake delivering, shopping, trips to Maccas to use the wifi, walks with my 4 four legged friends, I've even helped with some sheep work.





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Our version of Who Do You Think You Are

Sitting at Aunty Jeans kitchen table it suddenly dawned on me we were on our own version of Who Do You Think You Are minus the cameras.

Let me rewind to the start of the day.

We woke to fog/smog & a bit of drizzly rain (which soon disappeared) at Hayne Barton Cottage in Cullompton. The bull out the front is from a pub which shut down & was going to be cut up for fire wood before it was rescued by the cottage owner, numerous times its caught me off guard.


We called in for coffee with Aunty Jean (she married my grandpas cousin) at Wellparks (where my relatives came from). We had a lot of laughs & was very hard to tear ourselves away for some lunch. Some gaps in the family history were filled in before a quick stroll around the house & barns. The barns are due to be converted into flats, I guess on the flip side least they will be preserved in someway.


We found a tea shop in Crediton for lunch, suddenly I felt we had stepped into the set of Midsomer Murders. Outside in the square there was a small gathering for St Boniface Day, they were going to March through the town. It honestly was a scene out of Midsomer, I'm sure Barnaby & Charlie were waiting round the corner, wonder which three didn't make it? I have suspicions of how they were murdered.


The afternoon was lost spending time chatting with more relatives, Eddie & Mandy Trick & his mum. So easy to talk to & again hard to get away.

If you don't hear from me for a bit it's because the Internet at Purshall Hall isn't great but will fill you all in when I get the chance.

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Delightful Devon

We arrived at Purshall Hall (England) yesterday, Fudge (the dog) is glad to have me back.


So this morning the five of us (Heather, Barb, Rob, Mum & me) piled into Heathers car & headed towards Devon on a family history tour. First stop was to Bridgewater Cemetery looking for the grave of my great great grandma Evaleen Roach. Unfortunetly the grave yard was very unkept, we looked but couldn't find the grave. We revisited the Uplowman Church to view the graves of the Chave relatives.


We managed to find the right road this time to see the home of my great grandma Beta Roach, Sellake. We were extremely lucky the young guy whose family live there & are restoring it showed us around, inside & out. An amazing place you can imagine how it looked in the past.


Of course we just happened to be going past Bickleigh at lunch time so of course we had to stop in for cream tea.


Next stop on our tour was Blackawton church, where we found some graves of the Came relatives amongst the sheep keeping the grass down.


We drove through Streete in search of the house of Richard Came.

And then the sea came into view!!! So we just had to pull in to Blackpool Sands, I was brave enough for a quick paddle it was cold but nice. Unfortunetly what I thought at first view was sand turned out to be pebbles, a little hard to cross but feel I got a good workout & worked off lunch.


We rounded out our day with fish & chips by the seaside in Dartmouth.

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Beer, Fire & Ice 2015 Wrap Up

So home again, plotting & planning the next trip as always.

The last few days in England were a cloud of fog literally, one day you couldn't see far at all. We braved the fog one night to take a trip to the cinema to see the new James Bond movie with the gang.

Anyone wanting to visit Iceland I can not recommend Tour.IS enough, we picked a tour package (car hire, accomodation and basic plan) and added extra days without any hassles, they took care of everything including my stupid questions.
(We did BP17 - Iceland Circle including Snaefellsnes - 10 days with an extra day in Snaefellsnes area)






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Purshall Hall 2

A quiet week at Purshall Hall - cake assistant/wrapper, shopping helper, long walks with Fudge & Co, Friday morning market, general relaxing, rugby watching, couple trips to the pub & a visit to Warick Castle, here's the pictures to prove it

Fudge backing the Aussies in the Rugby World Cup

Friday market

Around Purshall Hall (free range turkeys in Heathers garden)

Our visit to Warwick Castle

Andrew wanted his photo to feature in the blog

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