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Just a couple of short trips in July.  A few days in Battle, East Sussex followed by a few days, the following week, in Porlock, Exmoor National Park, Somerset.


Our visit to Battle was mainly to meet up with cousin Rod and his wife Daphne from St. Leonards-on-sea. We had visited them so often that we felt that it was our turn to host them to tea.  So, Priscilla was our mobile tea room.


We stayed at the Caravan Club site,  Normanshurst Court.  This is a beautiful site which is part of the original grounds and gardens of Normanshurst Court.  During World War I it was used as a military hospital for wounded soldiers and, then having been used as a girls' school between the wars, it was used as a Prisoner of war camp during World War II. The house was demolished in 1951 and the grounds are now used as a Caravan Club site.

A water colour painting of Normanshurst Court by Heinrich from Hamburg, a German prisoner of war.

The grounds are terraced and full of mature trees. There is abundant wildlife and we were regularly joined by a family of wild rabbits who seemed to have no fear of humans.  We liked this site and will be visiting again.

Bodiam Castle

Kent and East Sussex Light Railway at Bodiam

We travelled down to Porlock on the north Devon / Somerset border for a few days.  The weather was not too good for July but we managed to get out and explore a few places.

The campsite, Porlock Caravan Park, was situated right in the village.  Very convenient but was the most customer hostile site we have yet visited. There were rules against everything and any infringement was met with a swift response from the camp management.  Not a happy site and not recommended.

Porlock Weir on a grey day

Porlock Beach from the headland lookout post

The pretty village of Bossington

Picture postcard village of Selworthy (NT)

Worth a visit and an excellent tea room!

Sheep find shelter from the sun—which wasn’t shining!

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