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My friend P and I went for a wonderful walk in West Dorset on Wednesday.
We drove through pouring rain to get to this magical land of pixies, fairies and dragons.
The sun came out to greet us
and light up portals into other worlds
…… and the incantations of fellow questers.
We were heading for yonder knoll ( Colmer’s Hill)
to commune with the seven pines,
enjoy the view
to the sea and the Isle of Portlandand marvel at the sky.
Then down into the village of Symondsbury, nestling at its feet
past ancient farmhouses, (joining in with Norm’s Thursday Doors)
… then into the newly opened Symondsbury Kitchen for a warming lunch and a view of Colmer’s Hill from the windows.
A magical morning.
Joining in with Cee’s ‘Which Way’ challenge.
There is a smaller wings sculpture in the South Garden.
here, viewed from the ramparts
from where one also gets this glorious view across the Somerset countryside
Peeping through the ramparts
you can see the moat below
There are some videos of the gardens and last year’s cignets here.
Like us, the swans were basking in the sun
And so was a cheeky little robin
sitting on his favourite posing post
All of us glorying in that clear blue sky and the warmth the sun gave us
Noelle suggested this photo of me trying out the wings, it was such a fabulous day our spirits were certainly soaring
and I must show you Noelle’s marvellous hand-knitted hat and scarf/shawl, which looks like wings to me
more to come …..
Today the school my Grandchildren go to had an Inset Day, so my daughter and I braved the icy winds, wrapped the children up and off we went to Arne
an RSPB Nature Reserve near Wareham, Dorset. Little Miss M (5) and I set Strava on my phone so we could measure how far we walked. We are aiming to walk 500 miles together – you can see the origin of this challenge here.
Now Little Bro (5) is prone to complaining about going on a ‘walk’ at the best of times, and on the car journey there, he was starting to say he wasn’t going to walk as it was too cold, so I asked him if he liked hot chocolate. “Oooooh YES!” he said.
So evil Granny replied, “When we get to the playground you will all be able to have a hot chocolate (I’d packed a flask full), but anyone who makes ANY complaints WHAT-SO-EVER will not be getting any hot chocolate”.
I call this incentive!
As soon as Big Bro and Little Bro met their cousins they were off and running and having a wonderful time following the Nature Trails forgetting they were on ‘a walk’, even before we got to the playground (which was about an hour from the start) Little Bro said, “this is actually quite fun.”
The walk takes you through woods, down to the beach overlooking Poole Harbour and then through woodland again to the woodland playground.
By the time we got to the playground my phone battery was getting low so I didn’t take any more photos but this is a photo from a visit last summer
We all had a hot chocolate and the children clambered about happily playing a Star Wars inspired game for about half an hour – then back to the RSPB centre to get stickers for filling in the Nature Trail questionaire.
Little Miss M and I had clocked up 2.6 miles – making our running total 13.1 miles. Little Miss M and the other children covered at least twice that distance with their running back and forth looking for acorns, berries, flowers and shells on the beach.
Joining in with Cee’s Which Way Now Challenge.
And today this fabulous quote and picture seen on Alisa Burke’s blog