On a perfectly still autumn morning, the air damp with moisture and a heavy mist laying stubbornly low to the ground, I wend my way slowly down the muddy drive to Gerry Peachy’s rambling old Somerset farmhouse.
As I turn the corner I am confronted by a glorious sight in the misty mid distance. Nestled at the bottom of the sloping field is a large oak timber framed dovecote, complete with a slate topped roof and lead cupola.
With a scattering of chocolate brown birds perched on top and many more milling around on the ground below, the scene feels almost medieval. A master craftsman, Gerry has been designing and building timber structures for over 30 years and recently he has turned his hand to dovecotes.