Tom the bear

We decided to head south and cross the border from Somerset into Devon, from the green county to the red county! Somerset is green because of the lush meadows and pastures, and rolling hills, Devon is red because of the soil and the Ruby cows. we went to Killerton, a National Trust property with lovely gardens and an interesting house. I’ve been there many times before, at different times of year, and whatever the season or weather it is always lovely and there is always plenty to see.

We walked through the grounds and came upon this delightful little cottage, as picturesque in reality as it is in the photos. it was like something from a fairy tale and we discovered that it had been the home of a very special resident


Tom the bear apparently lived here, and it is the sweetest little place imaginable.


Look how pretty it is with the detail in the roof and the floor ‘paved’ with rings of wood sliced from trees; I don’t know if Tom slept on the little shelf or if it was just a seat for him and Gilbert.



There is a little fireplace to keep them warm… maybe they toasted crumpets and ate them with honey?

DSCF6434There is a stained glass window in the back parlour… or maybe this was Tom’s bedroom?

DSCF6429And this is the front… If ever you are in Devon, be sure to visit Killerton just to see Tom’s hut!




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