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Windy Wednesday Evening Walk

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Silent Sunday

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Swan Sunday

Abbotsbury Swannery

We had a magical family day out yesterday at Abbotsbury Swannery.

my cygnets

Feeding time for swans is at 12 noon and 4pm

feeding swans

Children are able to go and feed them too.

swans

There were masses of breeding pairs to see

breeding swans

and cygnets – awwww!

swan eggs and cygnets

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baby swans

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There are Go Karts, a Maze, a Quiz, a Playground and a very good restaurant, which all makes for a very good day out.

And – Little Miss M and I added 3.2 miles to our total – 75.2miles completed – target 500 miles

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St. Catherine’s Chapel

The Fleet

Worbarrow Bay Blanket

Last year, in April, I was in a quandry about which colours to use in my Coastal Cosy blanket – and you dear readers helped me out – pinks or no pinks that was the question.

I finished the blanket back in the Autumn, but have been waiting for a suitable sunny day to take it to the beach for its Ta Dah! moment.

Yesterday was the day and we went on a fabulous walk at Tyneham before getting to the beachtyneham

there was a bit of resistance to climbing that hill but after seeing this sign

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chatting about exploding cows got us to the top

towards Flowers Barrow

walking through coconut scented gorse bushes towards Flowers Barrow and looking inland at Lulworth CastleLulworth Castle

and then the most glorious view of the steep descent to the beachwindy cliff

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oh my aching knees! but Oh! it was so worth it.

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The blanket had found exactly the right place to be photographed

Worbarrow Bay, Dorset, UK, crochet blanket

and because it went so beautifully with the colours there, it has been re-named the Worbarrow Bay Blanket.

Master R and Little Miss M were happy to help me with the photo shoot.crochet blanket

and came up with some novel ideas of their own …

crochet blanket, Cosy Stripe

blanket angels

crochet blanket, Attic24 design

“we are a rock”

beach, crochet

“it would look good on this rock over here Granny”cliffs and blanket, crochet

beach crochet

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and then back to hunting for sea glass

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our haul after about an hour and a half

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tiny pieces of treasure.

We walked 3.8 miles bringing the total number of miles walked by Little Miss M and me to 65 of our 500 mile target.

More details of the colour order and the edging of the Worbarrow Bay Blanket to follow in a future post.

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In case you would like to visit Tyneham and Worbarrow – here are the Opening times for this year.

Tyneham Open Days

Click on any photo to see it full screen.

 

63.5 miles so far

Kingston, DorsetOn Sunday, Little Miss M and I added 2.7 miles to our target of 500 miles.

The weather has been relentlessly wet and windy since I returned from Egypt on the 5th March, so it was a relief that the sun was shining at last. But still so windy!

We parked near Kingston and walked through the woods towards the seaKingston, Dorset

Little Miss M often likes to run ahead, and found a hill that she and her siblings wanted to roll down – but it was a bit steep for that! So on we wentDorset coast

pushing on against the wind

to be rewarded with gorgeous views towards the Isle of PortlandThe English Channel from the Purbecks

and a brief stop to taste some gorse flowers, in the summer they taste like coconut – not much taste on this cold and windy March day

eating gorse flowers

but the colour! That yellow just glows in the sunshine.

All the colours looked crisp and clear after the weeks of rain we have had.

Click on any photo to see it full screen.

towards Houns Tout

We were battered by the wind, but did our best to stop and breathe in the colours and the elements and the sheer joy of being in such a beautiful place.

We did not go right to the end, there have been a few scary cliff falls along the coast recently especially further west at West Bay, when this happened on 15 March.

Looking East over the dry stone walls, one could catch the sound of larks singing – extraordinary delicate silver tinkling amidst the bluster of the wind.

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Larks say “Summer is a-coming” to me like no other bird does and remind me of hot sunny days lying on Dorset hill tops looking up into the sky trying to see their little bodies on the wing, dark against a clear blue sky.

coastal views No lying on hilltops on Sunday though – we turned back

and this time noticed Encombe House in the valley, much of it is hidden by the trees, but can you see the pavilion looking out onto the lake with a little white boat on it?

in the valley below

If you would like to know more about the history of Encombe House, click on this link.

walkWe headed for the pub and a hot chocolate

wild garlic gathering

but not before gathering some wild garlic so that my daughter could try a new Salsa Verde recipe.

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In the woods Little Miss M also wanted to gather some moss and ivy and as many different leaves as she could find to take to school.moss

My son ( the running one) had told me about a new App that records walks and runs – so I tried it out for the first time – I haven’t quite mastered adding the photos properly, but it is a fun free App called Relive – here is our walk:

https://www.relive.cc/view/rt10004021559

The App seemed to run my battery down very quickly so I had to turn it off before we made it to the pub. My son recorded his 46 mile run around Bristol – (yes! that is not a typo – 46 miles!!!!) a couple of weekends ago, so there must be something wrong with my phone.

We went to the Scott Arms where you can sit in the garden as gaze across at Corfe Castle – what a view!

Do click on this picture and see it bigger – we could see for miles.

Corfe Castle from Kingston

Little Miss M was thrilled that she could look through the telescope and ran to tell me that she could see a person in a red jacket walking around at Corfe Castle

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There is a footpath, part of the Hardy Way, that goes from Kingston to Corfe Castle and we all decided we would like to walk it on a warm summer’s day.

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Silent Sunday

Isle od Portland from Kingston, Purbeck, Dorset, UK