From Porlock Post to Whitstone 

I had a busy morning inland within Exmoor National Park, the gales blew and heavy showers lashed the moor, as I drove back towards the coast at Porlock.

As I rounded the corner at Porlock Post, as so often happens, the sky was clearing, but the road was blocked! A herd of Highland Cattle was slowly wandering along in front of my car! By the time I’d got my camera, most were on the moor, all bar one mother and calf. Just as I took my first photo, the calf, woolly as a teddy bear, turned around to give me a  very dirty look! This was their territory not mine!

Around another corner there were a herd of Exmoor ponies on the hill ahead, with a foal whooping for joy – airs above the ground came to mind! Sadly, I was looking into the light and couldn’t capture all the frivolity on the brow of the hill.

The light over the bay was breathtaking as I came to the top of Porlock Hill, I pulled across the road and into Whitstone Post where there’s plenty of parking. I couldn’t capture true colours of the storm raging up the channel. Possibly because the 45mph winds were knocking me over!

I hope you like my photos below!


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Wanderings from Porlock Weir to West Porlock!

The still glorious dry weather has made for some spectacular rides! Oh how I adore our very special Exmoor ‘where the moor meets the sea’.  

The following photos show you some of the views you will see whilst walking along the paths, tracks and single track roads and whilst staying with us at Mariners Lodge. 

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May garden blooming at Mariners Lodge B&B

There are so many busy bee’s in our garden now that the sun has gained its strength and there’s an abundance of pollen.

I love to see what a difference a month makes! Our happy visitors are certainly enjoying this lovely early heatwave, heaven!

There’s going to be a high tide this evening, coming in fast!

Such a peaceful English scene, a Devon Red cow munching below the house, whilst there’s a tight finish in a Porlock Weir Sailing Club race. Two boats make the most of a little lift to help them over the finishing line behind the first tree!

Monsters of all types abound in our sub tropical climate!

Another few weeks and this shot will be a riot of colour

Love this, it’s Rose ‘May Gold’, against the dinning room window which is reflecting other yellow plants with Porlock bay beyond.

Whoops, I couldn’t bring myself to cut back this vibrant variegated fuschia in our courtyard. Too late now!

This euphorbia and clematis are opposite the fuschia. Will our guests have to fight their way through them soon?!

Love sitting under this pergola, the dappled light is beautiful and the sea view perfect!

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Spring at Mariners Lodge

Mariners Lodge has been a hive of activity for the past few months. Our B&B’s have enjoyed watching the incoming tide whilst sipping their early morning tea , propped up on super soft pillows! We all love watching the egrets hopping back as the tide rushes in. They hate to get wet, salty feet! Despite the cold air, it’s been very dry and our garden has burst forth.

I promised several of our guests to post some photos – with names – of plants that were about to flower, so here goes!

Our Melianthus major has five flowers to date, they’re quite a talking point!

Our lemon tree is now covered in new fruit with more flowers to come. The row of Echium pininana are soaring skywards!

The mass of flowers on our Cornus rubra tree beside the chosia ternata sundance and Ceanothus blue skies, is set off perfectly with the backdrop of the sea.

Always making a springtime splash – the Wedding cake tree – Cornus controversa variagata

Pictures always say more than words, but I suggest that anyone looking for a B&B should check out our guests charming reviews on TripAdvisor! Hope to speak to you soon!

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Scary Soup for Halloween at Mariners Lodge B&B

I can’t remember collecting ingredients for my Pumpkin soup on a warmer Halloween’s Day. The sea’s like a mill pond with sailing boats gleaming in the sunlight and the Autumn harvest here on the edge of Exmoor is amazing! More of that in my next Blog. Now to get chopping!

Pumpkin Soup ingrediants

The soup was soon bubbling away, giving off a delicious waft of fresh veggie smells!

Pumpkin Soup mix

Next task, tasting it for lunch, before my B&B’s eat it as their starter tonight

Pumpkin Soup

Yummy! Now time to cook another batch of my seed loaf, then keeping to the orange theme, a large exotic carrot cake for tea!

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Last Sunrays Before The Storm

After a sunny afternoon here in West Porlock, I saw the storm clouds gathering out to sea. As I watched, there was a shaft of light across the Porlock Salt Marsh. IPhone in hand, I was lucky to have captured these photos! Come and see for yourself! Visit our site last rays of sun 1

Last rays of sun 2

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West Country Cut Off By Rail

This train was stopped yesterday by the waterlogged track. Today, we are cut-off by rail on both main lines. The other picture was taken as I travelled to London on Tuesday. It shows how close the water was to the rails; I suppose it was inevitable that the rising water would submerge the track, after another few days of heavy rain.



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Testing The Flood Water!








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Another Massive Tide

I took these photos an hour either side of high tide. The force of nature and changing light was incredible. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful view of the bay, whilst not at risk of flooding .






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Awesome Autumn Colours!


Whilst riding up the middle Toll road above Mariners Lodge, I just had to stop and marvel at the view stretching out below me. Only two weeks until Christmas and we still have so much colour and leaf on the trees. When did we last have such a year full of such extremes?

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