No. 47: Yeovil

It was two and a half years ago that I last saw my aunty Debs and Allen at my cousins wedding, which ended for me in an outdoor swimming pool party (unheated and unsanctioned) in a strangers garden at 2am.

So I gave myself a pep-talk to behave better and set off on the train to Yeovil after work on Friday.

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It’s about 3 hours out to Yeovil from London, the train pulled in at 10pm and I was welcomed with a big hug from Debs who was waiting at the station. We headed back to their house and had a lovely catch up with Allen (and some wine) before deciding to take on part of the ‘Wessex Ridgeway Walk’ the next day.

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We started from Win Green – I went on a little recce mission around the car park while the other two were layering up.

The recce mission was to see if I could get any good photo’s in the mist but I was too distracted by all the litter in the car park – I was tutting away and cursing the youth these days when I spotted a chunk of gold…

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Someone had clearly been through a break-up and taken advantage of this remote location to ‘discretely’ dispose of the evidence of a love lived and lost, never to be seen or talked of again – in this life or the next.

Except… They littered and It’s a pretty weird photo to have had taken in the first place, so I’m going to frame the picture and call it ‘Yeovil Always Be Remembered’.

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So off we went, it’s hard to summarise because 10-11 miles disappeared in a flash of catching up and talking about all sorts of things – everything from how my wonderful cousins are doing with their young children through to bread-baking and alternative uses for water melon rind! – it’s rare to take a ‘quick’ long walk with people and I don’t under-rate how much of a treat it was to have this time with my family.

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Finishing the walk, we headed for home and I was fed a slap up meal (and wine) before we tucked into the past with some home videos of old family get-togethers – which all looked and sounded like an 80’s/90’s ‘fly on the wall’ BBC documentary.

I did a double take when when my brothers angel-face popped up

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So handsome!!

A well timed apple brandy knocked me out for the night (thank you Allen) and I congratulated myself on not throwing myself into any swimming pools as I drifted off.

Until the next morning, when I did…

Thank you to these two for a lovely weekend!

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