We are lucky to live in a wonderful place in England called the Somerset Levels and Moors. It is a low lying area of land in the south-west that has been reclaimed and protected from the sea over many centuries. We have badgers at the bottom of our land with deer, hares and many birds in the surrounding fields. The Swallows nest above the cats every year and keep them amused by their flying antics - especially when the young fly the nest.The land around us is drained by a series of ditches and rhynes (big ditches!) into rivers or ‘drains’ out into the sea.
In the winter excess rain floods some of the moors. This is usually fairly well controlled, but in 2000, mainly due to a lack of maintenance, there was water to excess!!! The heaviest flooding in memory occurred in November & December 2001 when nearly 10 billion tonnes of water were held on the moors. Some houses in the village did get flooded, but we gave thanks to the person who had the sense to build our house in 1910. It is on a high ridge and though the flood waters lapped alarmingly around the edge of our land, we still had 3 feet in hand. Phew!
On the next page are some of our favourite pictures of Somerset, the levels in flood and in the Summer
Margaret with 3 OAP’s - Stella, Dudley & Snuff
Winter 2000 - This is Margaret at the edge of the lane we usually walk down!
Click the Somerset dragon for pictures of the Levels
The Barrenger Basset Hounds and British Shorthair cats are a small hobby kennel solely interested in loving & maintaining these beautiful breeds We have owned Basset Hounds since 1968 and the Barrengers are one of the top winning kennels in the UK. Most importantly our Bassets are part of our family and the reason we have so many is that all our oldies live with us in the house - they don’t get rehomed or thrown on the scrap heap. We enjoy showing our hounds and more importantly - our Bassets enjoy their day out too! We all meet our friends & have a good time - win or lose! Both Sandra is approved by the Kennel Club to judge at Championship shows and she is on the committee of the SW Hound Club. We hope you enjoy browsing through our pages and meeting our hounds, both past & present, and finding out about these wonderful breeds.