Oh good grief – I knew I hadn’t done an update for a long time but I didn’t realise quite how long, huge apologies avid readers of the Sparkhayes blog…! I think the summer holidays took their toll, having the children about the house and trying to keep up with them was a formidable task and it’s taken me until now to find all my marbles again..!
It was a very pleasant summer in Porlock and we all enjoyed the annual Carnival, the walking festival, the events organised by our wonderful visitor’s centre and the host of additional activities organised by the National Trust and Exmoor National Park. Even a visit from the Flying Scotsman. We waved a sad goodbye to our wonderful road sweeper, Eric, who has always had a cheery word for us while doing an outstanding job at keeping the village tidy, but we’re assured he won’t be abandoning Porlock.
In the immediate future, we’re looking forward to the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival, which runs from 19-29 October. There are various events happening here in Porlock and many more across the moor, in celebration of our Dark Skies Reserve status, it really is a stunning place to see the stars (and everything else in the night sky!). Find out more here http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/enjoying/stargazing/dark-skies-festival.
As we move comfortably into Autumn, there is also the Apple Day events to look forward to, firstly the display of the apple press and rural crafts, which is held at Porlock Visitor’s Centre on Saturday 21st October and then Porlock Apple Day, which is organised by the custodians of the community orchard on Saturday 28 October. At both events there will be pressing, merriment and delicious appley-refreshments.
I dare not mention Christmas at this stage (my brain is still somewhere in mid-June) but if you’re tempted to have an autumn break, do come and explore our glorious corner of Exmoor, where the woods are looking their very best in all their vibrant hues. The camp site is open and the local hostelries ready to welcome the weary walker, so come and have a rest from the daily grind and refresh yourself before winter sets in. We have some really glorious sunsets to enjoy.
Until next year… (only joking..!).
Oops, I forgot to give you advance warning of the Carnival..! If you know Porlock well then you won’t have missed the annual event, which is undoubtedly the most colourful and dare I say it craziest one of the year. This year was the 30th Anniversary Porlock Carnival and the entries didn’t disappoint. SO much effort had been put into the costumes and the floats, there was a fantastic atmosphere in the village and so many smiley faces; well done Porlock. Some photos from the fantastic Maureen Harvey are included for your perusal, if you’re interested in entering next year you’re very welcome to, the Carnival is open to anyone whether local or visiting and is certainly a memorable event to be a part of.
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