Day 18 15-05-2014 Thu Taunton

Buncombe (Cottlestone Hill) the Seven Sisters

Apart from seeing family and friends, our main mission had been to scatter Milly’s (Joan’s mother) ashes on Buncombe (aka Cottlestone Hill), one of the Quantock Hills outside Taunton, with 360° views. The top is known as the Seven Sisters after the trees prominent there. Joan had chosen this as an appropriate spot because it had been part of Milly’s life. The scattering went smoothly because there wasn’t any wind or other people about. It was witnessed by some moor ponies though. We found out later than Milly’s sister and her husband had also been scattered there.

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well-remembered tree
Dunster Castle


This was a historic National Trust village featuring lots of thatched roofs and a lovely little church, unusually in white.

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We had lunch by the sea, at Porlock Weir. Passing through Porlock itself, we noticed the sign identifying the house the Samuel Coleridge Taylor had lived in. This trip has been notable for the fact that we have encountered the homes of a number of well-known writers, some in quite out of the way places.

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More of the fabulous scenery that had us in raptures yesterday.

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This little collection of houses is famous as the setting for the novel Lorna Doone.

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Afternon tea was in a pub in this town. I think you’ll agree this is a most unusual urinal arrangement.

IMG_2503 IMG_2504Taunton – memories of childhood

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