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Win shouting at me as we played in the trees at the Quantocks
Watercolor by Hugh Flemming
A Day on the Quantocks
July 21, 1938
Thursday July 21st
A Day on the Quantocks
Father took me in the car to the Odeon at half past one to wait for the private coach for going to Minehead we saw Norah & George who came to meet us.
The coach came & we went off to Minehead. We had a good long travel in the coach & it was so hot all the day to Dunster at quarter two four & something to eat & walking about for a short time.
We started off to the top of the hill to see the Cairn Dunkey Beacon on top of the hill we had very long journey in the coach. We drove to the valley & we saw two big wireless past at Watchet when I told to Win “What is the big post called.”
She had forgotten all about Telegraph!, Electric!, Wireless!, & I said to
her WIRELESS!!!!. We had remembered to tell Win all about this Downside Abbey last year. She said Electric pot all the time!!!!!.
We drove through the forest around the corner of the road like a horse shoe we climbed up the hill higher & higher we looked round at the sea & it was a beautiful blue sea just like at Torquay.
We stopped at the gate on top of the hill. Father Judge who opened the gate for our coach passed the gate. We surprised it was a lovely fresh air & a beautiful hill all round our coach we saw the sea very far away. Rather like Exmoor.
We stopped on the top of the hill. The Chauffeur who drove the coach told all the people all about to go for a walk to see the Cairn Dinkey Beacon on top of the hill. We walked through bushes about two miles to the top from the coach.
I walked with Norah in front of the other people because we walked so
George, Norah, and Father Judge
In front of the coach at Dunkery Beacon
fast like (Coronation Scot) & it was so hot & I said Oh look at the sea with some cloud all over the hill & sea & it was most beautiful sea.
We had a long walk from the coach & nearer the Cairn Dinkey Beacon on the top of the hill.
We reached very quickly to touch the Cairn Dinkey Beacon at last time. We had a rest on the rock of the C.D.B. for a short time.
Father Judge took a photo of us. George & I took a photo again on the top of the rock.
We walked back to the coach & walked faster again to make us strong breath the air.
We drove off to the Cottage to have some tea & we have a good journey through the forest down the hill & it was a steep hill.
The Chauffeur drove our coach very slowly through the wood like a railway tunnel.
We arrived at Porlock for tea at cottage in the valley.
We had a good game & Norah won. We went back to the coach & we stopped. I told Norah look at the tiny bridge & she, Win & I ran away for fun across the bridge of the stream. But we stopped in the forest & saw the stream “How could we get across the stream? But Norah knew to try go across the wall & gate by the stream & another stream when Norah & I went across the stream & suddenly we heard Win shouted again because she fell in the stream again!!!!!!!!
Poor Win fell in the stream twice & she had got wet on one stocking!! We started off to Minehead about one hour. Arrived Minehead we drank some beer & it was dark in the night & we went home to Weston.
We had travelled in the coach about 55 miles & it took nine hours.
We had a lovely tour in the coach & walked about a lot & had lovely weather.
George & Norah, Father Judge, & Miss Thomas
On top of the Cairn Dunkery Beacon
Mrs. Charsley, Norah, & George
Outside of the coach at Dunster
We were very hungry & thirsty because we had a long journey in the coach.
We had lovely tea & we were very hot in the country.
After tea we walked through the wood again in the evening & it was a little cooler. We played with two balls with Norah & George, Win but she failed to catch the ball all the time walked through the wood & we had good game.
George tried across the stream & he was alright but poor Win fell into the stream in one foot she shouted “Oh look”.
We went on to play games with the ball in the forest.
Anstey's Cove in 1937
Holiday to Torquay.
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