A quick trip to Somerset

On the 13th June we decided to get away for a short break staying a couple of nights at Garslade Farm, Godney. A lovely quiet site and a working organic farm with views over the Somerset Levels to Glastonbury tor.

At the time we didn’t realise how short the trip would be we got to the farm at lunch time and went home the next morning. We had a little problem with the van and we both felt it wasn’t wise to risk staying away.

Having said that we managed to fit in a few things before we went home. After setting up the awning we had a mid afternoon trip the RSPB Ham Wall. It was quite warm but there was still plenty of wildlife around. I was lucky to see a Bittern fly out of the reeds and I even managed to get a picture.

Bittern in flight
Bittern in flight

A Grey Heron was busy fishing in front of the hide and he was very successful. I didn’t realise until I got home that it looks like there is a nasty wound on the top of his wing. He managed to fly so hopefully it is healing well.

Grey Heron catching a fish
Female Marsh Harrier
Female Marsh Harrier

The Dragonflies and Damsel flies are beginning to emerge and I managed to get an image of a Scarce Chaser, a Dragonfly I have never see before.

Scarce Chaser Dragonfly
Bluetail Damselfly
Bluetail Damselfly

On the way back to Godney we decided to stop at RSPB Westhay and it was here that our problem with the van started, we drove over some very bumpy ground so when we went to leave the van wouldn’t start. To cut a long story short Rod managed to get it going and we got back to the campsite and we thought that was the end.

View from Garslade Farm campsite
View from Garslade Farm campsite

In the morning I got up early and took Tilly for a walk, it was a beautiful morning and the mist was lying on the Levels and I took some photos around Godney of the beautiful morning. I got back to van and had breakfast and prepared to go out for the day, not to be the van wouldn’t go! This time we had to call out the rescue, he managed to get the van going but we both felt we needed to get home to get it checked out properly in the end it was just a connection on the starter causing the problem. Still the time we were there wasn’t wasted and I’m sure we will be back again soon.

View across to Glastonbury Tor from Godney
View across to Glastonbury Tor from Godney
Across the Levels to Glastonbury Tor from Godney
Across the Levels to Glastonbury Tor from Godney

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