Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Tea mugs and Tree ferns - part two

Having left John Leach's pottery, we drove about a mile down the country lanes to Burrow Hill Cider Farmhouse. The county of Somerset is famous for its Cider (fermented Apple juice). For a number of years the apple orchards of Somerset had been run down, but in recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in Cider making here with single variety ciders proving particularly popular (with me anyway) (-: There are many farms in Somerset selling 'scrumpy' (rough cider) which can be very rough indeed! This place we visited also makes Apple Brandy and if you click on the photo below to enlarge, the sign tells you a bit more about this.I liked the fact that there were sheep roaming freely through the apple orchards. I wonder if they're allowed there when the apples are falling? I don't know if sheep would eat apples? Do you know Roy?There was an opportunity to sample the wares, but being the driver, I didn't succumb! (-:I was tickled by this sign up above one of the doors there. I don't think I particularly fancy being pickled!!! (-:It was round about lunchtime by now so we moved on to this Smokery which had been recommended to us at the pottery as being somewhere quite different to eat. I love smoked food so was in my element here. This is Chris's lunch of smoked fillet of Trout.I decided to go for the smoked tenderloin of pork. YUM! As we usually do, we tried each others and I think I actually preferred Chris's trout, both were delicious though. We also had some great puddings, but I was so interested in eating mine that I forgot to take photos! (-:After our lunch Chris and I had a bit of a spend up in their shop. Not cheap, but nice for a treat! These were mainly smoked meats.And these some of the smoked fish available. They also had smoked cheeses. I was in heaven!Our last stop of the day was at a Garden Nursery. Eric wanted to buy a couple of house plants. This was a proper 'plantsmans' nursery with many unusual plants. I could have spent a fortune! You'd have loved it Evie, they had a great array of ferns!In the end Eric surprised us by buying us this beautiful Tree Fern (I saw these in the wild in the rainforests of Australia). At the moment this is gracing the edge of our pond where it looks right at home. Thanks dad in law!Oh....and as promised, I popped round to snatch a photo of the famous Tea Mug. It's already been put to good use! (-:Cheers Eric!

15 comments:

Quiet Paths said...

Since I haven't had any lunch yet this post is making me hungry. What a very pleasant outing. The fern is graciously delicate and the tea mug and photo of FIL is superb! Delightful Jenny!

The Early Birder said...

Ha.ha..I remember my first taste of 'scrumpy' but I don't recall what happened after the 2nd jug!!
(All I will admit was I was under age).

Rural Rambler said...

Jenny it is a wonderful tea mug. Your Dad-in-Law has great taste. I can't stand all that great food that you have to try out in your part of the country. What a great outing for me today. The ferns are a bonus, what fun, thanks Jenny!

Steve B said...

I'm looking forward to some "cider" me-self.

dog trot farm said...

Oh Jenny what fun. Scrumpy must be what we here in New England refer to as "hard cider" Love the tea mug your father in-law holds! What a lucky gal to be the recipient of that wonderful fern.

Eve said...

Cheers Eric!!
This was a fun trip!! I love the tree fern gift! And you're so lucky...our cider comes in plastic bottles!
The food looks wonderful, but you're always talking about your pudding...and NO picture???!! What-up with that??? A great post and I would surely have to sample the wares!

Jenny wren's nest said...

Sheep love apples more than anything that I grow in my garden,
they are real gluttons when the apples are ripe.
Jenny

Rural Rambler said...

Jenny I can't type and think at the same time...not "I can't stand all that great food", I can't stand it that you have all that great food to try out!! Arghh, that I don't get to try it out--I give up, no typing or thinking for me for a few days. Enjoy your day Jenny!

Jenny said...

Hi there Christine, so, what did you decide to have for lunch then? (-: Glad you liked our day out, we did too.

Hi Frank, jug??? yikes! I'm not surprised you don't remember much! (-: The joys of youth!

Hi RR, I knew exactly what you meant anyway.(-: Maybe one day you'll pop over the puddle and I can take you on a culinary tour of Somerset!

Hi Steve, I swap you some good ol' fashioned Somerset Scrumpy for some of your delicious maple syrup. Deal?

Hi Julie, yes I think that is what you call 'hard cider'. I like it in small doses. We are sooooo chuffed to own that Tree Fern!!!

Hi Evie, well, maybe next time I do a gooseberry crumble or something I'll remember to get the camera out too. (-: I wonder if I could smuggle some scrumpy over the pond in my carry on??? (-:

Hi there Jenny Wren, it's always nice to meet another! (-: Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the info on the sheep loving apples.

Roy said...

Another interesting post Jen. I dont think they would let the sheep in there when the apples are about. They would probably end up "Bloated". Too much sugar that can shut down the digestive process. Then the vet would have to use the Cannula device to degas them. (Remember the clip in "Far from the Madding Crowd".)

Hmm! Cider. "The cheaks are getten redder from Charterhouse to Chedder and there's still more cider in the jar.

See, I'm a mind of useless information and songs. Dont ask me to sing it though.

Kelly said...

Now that is a tea mug! I learned something new...I had heard of "Scrumpy" but had no idea what is was. Now I know! Looks like a beautiful and fun day. The dinners looked yummy!!

Chris said...

Hi Jenny,
A excellent funny post... Reminds me of some nice french dink we got this summer....

Jenny said...

Hi Roy, Hmmmmmm! Thanks for the cider song....I think! (-: I haven't seen the film, but read the book for O level English Lit a LONG time ago!

Hi Kelly, yes that is a pretty good tea mug and we Brits like our tea as you know! (-:

Hi Chris, I'm sure you got some fabulous red wines on your holiday in France. Hope you had a grand time!

Mary said...

You prefer to be bottled rather than pickled? :-) My dad used to talk about making "hard cider". Around here cider is usually sweet and not fermented. Love the tea mug. I should get one that big instead of constantly refilling and re-microwaving my smaller ones. Beautiful fern. All that food looked good. I like smoked stuff, too.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

I absolutely adore pottery of all shapes and sizes! That large piece is exquisite. I would have had a hard time leaving with only one piece, personally!