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Pizza Night

20 Feb

Hi, I’m Vicki and I write a blog called ‘Normal for Glastonbury’ all about living in Glastonbury. Jill, your host at Middlewick, has kindly commissioned me to write some posts about the town on Middlewick’s blog. She invited me along to one of their popular and regular pizza nights, where locals and visitors are invited to meet and mingle while eating heaps of delicious pizza.


To offset the calories I made the short and almost flat journey from town to Middlewick by bicycle, arriving just after 5.30 for the first part of the evening. I arrived to find a number of families assembling their own pizzas from dough (prepared by friendly chef Keren) and numerous toppings, which they then took outside to the wood fired oven where they were expertly cooked by Jill’s friendly team.

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Waiting for my own creation to be ready at the pizza oven and sitting around the big tables in the function room gave me an excuse to talk to everyone and ask them what brought them to Middlewick, while they tried to answer with a mouthful of hot dough and stringy cheese.

I met a Japanese lady with her husband who had been living in Brighton, but had enjoyed their many stays at Middlewick so much that they had moved to Glastonbury six months ago. She commented that she went out more in Glastonbury than Brighton because there was more going on in, which both surprised and pleased me. Her pizzas were delightfully symmetrical.

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One of Jill’s visitors was Justin, a Chinese Canadian boy who goes to school in Taunton, and particularly impressed me by turning the ‘make a funny face pizza’ concept into an art form, complete with sweetcorn beard. Someone commented it looked like Jesus, but I thought it was more like Cheesus.

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If there had been a prize for best pizza it would have gone to Justin. However, this nutella and marshmallow creation, constructed by a small child who couldn’t understand why we were all laughing, would have to be awarded the boobie prize….

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A family from London were talking about their visit to Glastonbury Lake Village Museum above the Tourist Information Centre in the Tribunal. The TIC staff had seemed surprised that anyone should want to go upstairs to the museum and pointed out that they would have to turn the lights on especially for them. They then found a couple of the lightbulbs had blown making the museum gloomy and some of the exhibits were hard to see. It seems a shame that when Glastonbury has such a fascinating history the museum is hidden away and under visited.

The kids were clearly enjoying making their own pizzas. Some had perhaps not realised they were welcome to make as many pizzas as they liked, and appeared to be working on the ‘eat as much as you can pile on a plate’ principle, with multiple toppings stacked four inches high and in danger of melting into a huge puddle on the stone of the oven. At a previous pizza night someone came up with a pepperoni and marshmallow combination, strangely this doesn’t appear to be a popular choice. Here is my nutella and marshmallow creation.


I was fascinated to meet Soso, a Glastonbury artist originally from Norway, who makes beautiful, detailed fantasy characters, and fantasy and historical costumes. You can see some of her work here on her Alderworlds website.

I also chatted to a visiting family from Newcastle, a reflexologist from Frome with her very entertaining son (who talked me through his choice of toppings with Jamie Oliver like enthusiasm) and a local organic fruit and veg seller.

I really enjoyed my evening, the people, the pizza and the Orchard Pig cider from the well stocked bar. Jill is a very funny, friendly and accommodating host and clearly loves bringing locals and visitors to the town together. She told me that local farmers often along in Summer, so I look forward to more pizza nights where I can hopefully indulge my enthusiasm for talking about tractors, and Glastonbury.

To read more about life in Glastonbury, England’s oddest town, please check out my blog at Normal for Glastonbury.


Treasure Hunting in Somerset. My favourite places to shop for unique finds.

6 Jul

I am not a fan of shopping, well not ordinary shopping.  Going into a High Street Chain store and seeing foreign made goods stacked up and sold cheap has never appealed to me. I do however, like Treasure Hunting.  Treasure Hunting is how I describe my secret shopping trips off to hideaway shops in Somerset.   I can disappear for hours without warning and then come back to Middlewick with a car full of exciting finds.

Now I guess I shouldn’t be revealing my secret shops but as my cottages are getting pretty full now with all the bits I have picked up, I am happy to share.

On our doorstep here in Glastonbury are my 2 favourites.  Glastonbury Reclamation and Wells Reclamation are a few minutes drive from us here at Middlewick.  Both are bursting at the seams with interesting finds.  I spend a lot of time shopping here and you will find many of my purchases in our cottages.

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Myakka FairTrade Furniture is a company based down the road in Wincanton.  They have a shop attached to their head office where you can pick up slightly damaged pieces.  There are some that have slight scratches or bumps and some do need repair work. One of my cottages, TorView has been decorated entirely with repaired Myakka furniture.

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Now the person who usually helps me with all my furniture projects is John Tucker Carpentry who also has a few treasures hanging around his workshop.  Quite a few of his upcycled and new creations you can see dotted around our cottages.  The headboard in the Cabin from some old shutters and a coffee table made from a wardrobe door from Russet are two of his.  For Glastonbury Festival we borrowed a few bits and pieces from him to decorate including a pop-up bar, some wooden stags heads and the coolest comic book table.  The table and the stags heads he has for sale if you fancy a little bit of quirky Glastonbury to take home.

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Owen Barry are a family owned leather and sheepskin factory based in Street.  The factory has been manufacturing there since 1948.  Attached to the factory is an outlet where you can buy samples and slight seconds.  Here you will find some amazing interior furnishings at really reasonable prices.  For Glastonbury Festival they decorate our function room with gorgeous beanbags, cushions and rugs.   They also make the leather cow doorstops  which we are always a topic of conversation here at Middlewick.


The Green House in Ilminster is a bit of drive from us here in Glastonbury but well worth it.  Here you will find some gorgeous upcycled furniture made by the talented Georgina Spencer.  You will find her lights on many of my bedside tables and my favourite piece of hers is the fossil table in Bramley Cottage.

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Emporium in Yeovil is a treasure trove of goodies.  With an array of individual traders including OohLaLa Lampshades there is always something interesting.  Add to this a fantastic cafe upstairs you can spend many hours browsing.


Bath & West Giant Flea Market and Antiques Markets.  My idea of heaven.  Dozens of stallholders selling the weird and wonderful.  I have picked up so many interesting pieces at these shows.  The bed in Blenheim, tables in Russet and Appletree as well as quite a few of the paintings that you find on the cottage walls.

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Happy Treasure Hunting.  Let me know what you find on your adventures.