A good day heather spotting on the moor today, Porlock Common and the flanks of Dunkery Beacon.Steve Gunter, 31 July 2022
Today we are back for a small, but fun Exmoor Fair in Allerford: Enjoy Pizza (Exmoor Pizza Pod) and Cream Tea (Daisy’s Cream Teas), stock up with beautiful cards, locally made soap, crafts and art, made by Latitude 50 Landscapes, The Wilds of Exmoor and local artist Mo Scott.
At 11 am and 1pm you can try out Yoga with Terry Bruce.
We look forward to seeing you!
From 10am till 4pm today at Allerford Village Hall. TA24 8HL
By Becky Power
I was a bit late going up and the sky was already turning by the time I got to my middle stile.
The deer were in the wood behind me. I could hear them moving about and hoped they would make an appearance so had my camera posed to the place they leave the woods in hope.. But I suspect they knew I was in the field so it was in vain.
The swallows were flitting about the field below me. Low to the ground flying backwards and forwards.. It always amazes me that they never bump into each other, there are so many and they are so fast!
Many a time iv tried to photograph or video them but never really succeeded, so they are mine alone to enjoy!
In the distance I could hear what I suspect was a couple of fox cubs calling to each other, but no sign of them..
The sky was fast turning a beautiful deep red colour and knowing that although I was surrounded by wildlife there would be none to photograph tonight I turned my attention to the sky..
And what a beautiful sunset it was! Turning from pink, oranges to a deep red with an amazing cloud formation to enhance it.. I’l never tire of our beautiful Exmoor sunsets!
We’re excited to be hosting a night with Somerset based Barry Walsh who will entertain us with folk music and story telling.
Somerset based Barry Walsh is an acoustic/roots songwriter and has been around quite a while. His backlog includes Porlock Hill, Bring Her Home, the Matthew, the Curzon and the Strawberry Line to name a few, and his current song the ‘Willow Man’ is being played out on BBC Radio whilst supporting the plight of the old fella on the M5!
Oh, did you know he was also responsible in naming ‘Castle Bridge’ in Bristol…
Date: 8 October 2022
Doors open at 7.30pm
Bar will be open.
Venue: Allerford Village Hall
Up with the lark to stroll over the moor. Just us, the dog and stag heaven-pure bliss!David Pike, 10 July 2022
La Petite Bouchée kicks off new Exmoor Supper Club in Porlock Vale
Allerford, Porlock.– Award-winning Devon restaurant La Petite Bouchée will serve up a Mediterranean Feast on Friday, 15 July 2022, at the launch of the Exmoor Supper Club in Allerford near Porlock.
Exmoor4all, who also organise the Exmoor Food Fest, have set up the Exmoor Supper Club to create special occasions for the celebration of Exmoor’s outstanding hospitality and food scene.
“La Petite Bouchée have been a firm favourite of Exmoor Food Fest followers for many years,” said Elke Winzer, the owner of Exmoor4all, Exmoor’s largest online community platform. “With petrol prices soaring, we decided to bring Anita-Clare Field and her La Petite Bouchée from Witheridge in Devon to Allerford on the other side of Exmoor to save her West Somerset based fans the 3-hour-round trip for a beautiful meal out.”
“We have chosen Allerford Village Hall as the location for the Mediterranean Feast,” Elke Winzer continued. “Our dinner guests will not only be able to enjoy a fabulous meal, but also stunning views towards Hurlstone Point and hopefully a beautiful Exmoor sunset.”
The first Exmoor Supper Club offers a five-course-menu featuring a taste of Morocco. Guests will be greeted with a welcome drink on arrival with a chance to admire an exhibition of paintings by local artist Maureen Scott.
15 July 2022, 7pm for 7.30pm
Mediterranean Feast (5 courses plus Welcome Drink)
Tickets cost £70.00 and are available online via www.exmoor4all.com/exmoor-supper-club
Allerford Village Hall, TA24 8HL
Notes to the Editor:
Mezze ( A selection of sharing Tapas plates)
( Baba Ganoush, Turkish Salad, Hummus with Parsley, Za’atar bread, Pickled cauliflower, Red cabbage salad, Falafel, Pickled Chilli, Tahini Garlic Sauce)
Tomato salad ( with cumin and mint )
Fattoush Salad ( with lemon and flatbread croutons )
Tanoreen Salad ( with pomegranate and walnut)
Slow cooked Moroccan – Spiced Lamb on a bed of Jewelled Couscous Vegetable Tagine with Jewelled CousCous
(Both dishes served with Garlic sauce and Harissa Sauce and flatbreads )
Baked Figs with honey and pistachio
A selection of Baklava
2. Exmoor4all was founded in 2012 to help connect the local community and visitors. It is now Exmoor’s largest online platform, reaching one million people per year on Facebook alone.
In 2015, Exmoor4all launched the Exmoor Food Fest, an industry-driven month-long celebration of Exmoor’s finest hospitality, which helps local restaurants to attract diners throughout February, a notoriously quiet time on Exmoor.
Exmoor4all has been promoting #TasteExmoor through a series of pop-ups and fairs, with the Exmoor Supper Club being the latest initiative.
The Exmoor Supper Club aims at offering new experiences and ‘relocates’ popular restaurants and chefs for pop-up events.
4. Elke Koessling Winzer is a PR, Communications & Business Development Consultant and Coach with over 35 years experience. Originally from Bonn, Germany, Elke has lived and worked in the UK for over 20 years.
Elke Koessling Winzer helps small business owners to get clear on their story and increase their reach & income through social & traditional media. She has an academic background and has worked for the Australian government, the German entertainment industry, British local authorities and UK based hospitality businesses. Over the years Elke has also worked as a travel journalist and had three books published, including two cookbooks.
5. La Petite Bouchee:
6. Paintings by Maureen Scott
The money tree on Exmoor at Tarr Steps is well-known, and over the years many people have asked what it is all about.
Yesterday evening, quite late, Cathy McCulloch told the story on Twitter how it all started 54 years ago with her dad:
54 years ago an 8 yr old daughter of a barrister threw a strop. She refused to walk further on a trek around Tarr Steps. She wanted a pony. Her father, who had the most amazing brain & imagination – who’d battled this order for a long time – stopped, pulled a 3d piece out of His trouser pocket & said to his stroppy 8 yr old “Darling it’s not fir me to decide if u can have a pony in Ealing Broadway It’s for the log fairies.” With that, he hammered that 3d coin into a log by the Barle. Wishes were made. A pony never lived in Ealing Bdwy. But what did happen was far greater than that. Coins from all 4 corners of the world were hammered into that log. For 54 years that child has revisited & brought her children & they’ve brought theirs. Today, on the eve of my 62nd birthday I stood & touched the 3d that my father had Touched. I felt him in my soul as I stood there touching his 3d, that his hands had clumsily but deftly held. I miss Dad so much. If you go to Tarr Steps walk to the logs, & make your own wish. My wish is ~ well I can’t tell you because it’s only the log that knows. I miss him.Cathy McCulloch, 3 July 2022 via Twitter
So next time you are at Tarr Steps, add your own coin and make a wish. If you can, take a photo and share it with us and Cathy on Twitter.
Here are the photos Cathy posted with her text:
Lynmouth then up through Wester Woods onto South Hill Common then down to Watersmeet and back along the river.Andy Savin, 30 June 2022
Photos by James Verney.