July Letter from ‘The Ferns’ vegetarian B&B: Newport Nocturne; an alternative to yoghurt; lovely Shropshire

Newport Nocturne   – 30th August

This is our wonderful biennial  town event.  Starting during the evening and the final race is  in the dark. We usually have Hugh Porter  (cycling great!) commentating – you can usually spot Anita Lonsbrough (his wife and gold medal Olympian) at his side.

In 2012 –  at long last  – there was the first ladies race

Ladies race

Ladies race winner 2014

and the race winner gets his weight in beer through a huge weighing device!



Nocturne website here

An alternative to yoghurt

I often buy  Alpro soya milk ‘yoghurt’.   Not just because it’s vegan, but it really tastes excellent. Sometimes the plain but more often the vanilla. it is deliciously creamy. The ‘natural’ can been used  in the morning instead of milk on your cereals, or the vanilla is slightly sweeter and goes well with desserts  at the end of an evening meal. For my visitors, I simply have a large carton on the dresser – plain or vanilla.

Alpro products

but they do have lots of other flavours in smaller cartons. My favourite of all is the chocolate dessert! Not suitable for breakfasters though All our family have grown up with this dessert; either eaten this alone or  with a pudding as a sort of chocolate custard.  Absolutely delicious!

Chocolate dessert

The Alpro website 

Lovely Shropshire

Here are some ideas of things to  see and do in Shropshire.

The Wrekin - great walk up and lovely views from the top







Aqualate Mere-  three  or four miles away – the largest lake in Staffordshire. with a hide  ready for ‘twitchers’. You can walk  most of the way there , using  our old railway track.








Hodnet Gardens are about 20 minutes drive. They have black swans there.

Hodnet Hall







And another site: Lilleshall Abbey is just 5 minutes away by car, and is free to enter.


Lilleshall abbey







Have a great summer!