Pixies, Swaling and Pasties..

Oh my goodness, proper cornish/devonian today!!

Breakfast was the banana bread I made last night along with a very berry smoothie – 2 freshly juiced apples, handful of blackberries, 4 strawberries, a banana and 2 tbsp of plain yoghurt.  Lovely!

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This morning we headed out to a place called Pixie Land which is a glorified rest home for a thousand garden gnomes.  It’s nestled in the most beautiful part of Dartmoor and is basically a large garden with a wishing well, 3 bridges and a lot of gnomes.  The children love it. A lot. I’m sure this is because of the shop selling icecream good natured fun… The photos speak for themselves

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It’s fine as long as you look at it tongue in cheek! On the way there we met a gaggle of Geese which had escaped from a hotel!  The hotel is owned by HRH Prince Charles and does the most amazing cream tea!

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On the way home we drove past some swaled moor. Swaling (rhymes with whaling) is an ancient practice of moorland management that involves setting fire to the moor in such a way that the gorse/grass/heather etc all burn back quickly (thus not making the ground itself hot) and is carried out from October through to March. I hadn’t seen much this year – it’s easy to spot because it is so black and usually has a lot of ponies in the middle as they love eating the burnt gorse!!

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Lunch was a pasty grabbed on the way back through

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Traditional paaties have meat, potato, onion and swede (or turnip if you’re Cornish as they call swede turnip. My husband is Cornish and would say we’re wrong. I ignore him. No pasty should ever ever have carrots in!

They come in many flavours down here though, today I had a cauliflower cheese one any my husband had a spicy chicken and chorizo one!

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Following a fairly quiet afternoon we had spag bol for supper!

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