from a reader who read this article...
to say that Journeywoman really encouraged me to take my first oversees
trip to England in the fall of 2000, and I absolutely loved it!
the recommendation made by Yvonne Jeffery Hope, I had an absolutely
incredible time at Exmoor Falconry & Animal Farm. Thank you
for creating the Journeywoman site which gave me this gift for the
rest of my life!
Please accept these
tips as my addition to Yvonne's story.
To begin, as a single
woman I felt at home at Exmoor Falconry & Animal Farm, right
from the start. Everything about the farm had that personal, caring
touch, down to a stuffed white duck in the middle of a comfy bed,
greeting me at the end of an active day.
I found that one can
reach this remote area by public transportation. Trains reach Taunton,
a bus travels to Minehead, and finally, another bus from Minehead
goes to Allerford. This area is really quite remote, so give yourself
plenty of time when getting there by this method.
There is no dinner
to be had in Allerford or North Porlock. The nearest restaurants
are in Porlock, a little over a mile away. The walk is rural, and
I felt pretty safe walking at night by myself. Good eating can be
had at a small restaurant called Piggy in the Middle --reservations
recommended-- it was way worth the walk.
The Falconry Experience
Day is also absolutely worth it. My "hawk walk" was really quite
physically challenging, but I loved it! I think the hosts try to
gear the experience to the individual's expectations.
Don't miss a visit
to the coast there. It's a good walk through the village, and down
through the hedgerow. Your view of it is pretty well obscured until
the last minute, when it opens to one of the most beautiful views
I've ever seen.
Have fun, everybody!
thoughts on horses...
bad horse eats as much as a good one
horse is petted just before it is bridled.
short horse is soon curried.
the horse has been stolen, the stable door is locked.
not a willing horse.
can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
(Source: Illuminating Wit, Inspiring Wisdom,
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