Monday, January 17, 2011

Inside the Blue Ball. It's like a Tardis with room after room. I like the old-fashioed Joanna.

This is the Blue Boar which the name originates from.

We are high above Lynton and passed lots of old snow drifts.
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Kim Ayres said...

The boar doesn't look very blue... or was it telling rude jokes?

Mike and Ann said...

I would think any boar who was about to be decapitated would feel a bit blue.

Ponita in Real Life said...

Perhaps he had been a bit chilled when captured???

I know the cold we get here in the centre of Canada can certainly turn some male parts quite blue if unduly exposed. ;-)

Looks like a right cozy little inn.

kenju said...

The food all sounds great and I always love your photos. Glad to know that got back safely, and I hope their home isn't flooded.

Macy said...

Ham, egg, chips - what's not to like???
I'm going to suggest you review a BAD restaurant soon.. one that won't make dieting readers feel hungry...!

Pat said...

Kim, Mike and Anne, Ponita:
"This beautiful old coaching Inn had been named the Blue Ball Inn from the late 18th century through to 1986 when the name was changed to the Blue Boar Inn and then changed again to the Exmoor Sandpiper Inn in 1987. The name of the inn was returned to the "Blue Ball Inn" after the current owners Phil, Jacky and Nick Illingworth bought the Inn in March of 2007. In researching the origins of the Blue Ball we have identified a number of Blue Ball Inns in England and a Blue Ball Inn located in Pennsylvania. As many of these inns were old coaching inns it is believed that the blue ball was used as a sign to stagecoach drivers that there were passengers staying at the inn that required to be picked up by the passing stagecoach. The blue ball was attached to a pole located at the front of the Inn and raised to indicate that there were guests requiring passage on the coach or lowered if there were no passengers."

I still don't know why Ball and Boar seem to be interchangeable.

Judy: their house is in a high safe area.

Macy: we had a bad experience recently at one of my favourites - cold fish pie - and I was too upset to write about it.

angryparsnip said...

The last photo taken through a rain soaked window is wonderful.

cheers, parsnip

Pat said...

Parsnip: yes it has a 'bleak house' feel I think.