Springtime in the Southwest During lockdown, which feels interminable this time, my husband and I have explored more of the Great Western Canal as well as getting to know some areas closer to our new house. Narrow boats waiting for the Summer boating season and the Waytown Limekilns where the lime was extracted from the rock in huge furnaces and then shipped by barge down the Great Western Canal. Culmstock Beacon – in 1588 this stone hut was built to enclose a pole beacon on the the edge of the Blackdown Hills in Devon. The beacon was one of many used to warn of the approaching Armada – the stone hut still stands today and commands the most amazing views! Wellington Park in Somerset was created in 1910 to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII. The gardens are very well tended and include tulip and hyacinth displays as well a stunning magnolia tree and cherry blossoms. Just loved this walk amidst the yellow forest flowers! This path is in a section of the Grand Western Canal that was never built and is just across a couple of farmer’s fields from our house. Lucky us!