Author: Aly

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May14

Coming from island living to the Somerset countryside was a BIG change.  My life, up until our move, was on the tiny Island of Bermuda which is smack dab in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  Just 53.3 square kilometres (20.6 square miles) – really!  Surrounded by the ocean and beautiful pink sand beaches to fields of cows and sheep.  I do love Somerset and find country living absolutely delightful but there are times when I do feel a little homesick  for my Island Home.  When those feelings come along I always do the same thing – make up a batch of Bermuda Johnny Bread.

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Jan25

It seems that more and more people are choosing to holiday with their four-legged friends these days.  When we opened The Old Stables we knew we would be welcoming a puppy of our own into the family so the choice to go ‘dog friendly’ wasn’t one that we debated for very long!

Jasper, our 9 month old Golden Retriever, arrived at The Old Stables in June, 2016.  Since his arrival we have welcomed no less than 20 dogs to the B&B.  All shapes, sizes and colours and all perfectly delightful (with lovely, well behaved owners too!).

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May25

On moving to the UK I found some confusion surrounding the pancake. Now to me a pancake is a large, fluffy, saucer shaped disc that you stack. You could do a polite pair or even a cheeky trio or quad but you definitely don’t have just one! You slather butter and maple syrup all over them while they are warm and have a side of crispy bacon (sometimes also drowning in the maple syrup if you’re not one of those people who is slightly suspicious about the sweet/savoury combo thing). I’ll have my crispy bacon by the side thanks. But this is not the case here in the UK which I found out when I added ‘pancakes’ to my breakfast menu. Continue reading