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The First Bluebell

Yesterday I went on a lovely walk with my daughter’s mother-in-law. There really ought to be a name for our relationship. There was a nip in the wind but the sun shone and created the most glorious colours in the sea.

The sun filtered by the clouds gave us purples and blues

shimmering steely glints

and glorious aqua greens.

We walked from Osmington Mills to Ringstead and came across this cottage that under normal circumstances would be buzzing with people. I took the number, because I might like to stay there one day – just a 5 minute walk to the sea.

Walking up through a sheltered wooded valley, we saw our first bluebell in flower. Crumbs! that’s early!

and then this stange plant which turned out to be a Japanese Butterbur or Sweet Coltsfoot.

Next time we go there for a walk, we hope the cafe near the beach will be open and we will stop for a coffee.

Fingers crossed.

 

Silent Sunday Sunny Saunter

so good to see the sea again

Two Bloggers Go Walkabout

Here comes a RainbowJunkie

Moreton Station

It is always exciting meeting someone from a train, but a fellow blogger – that’s very special! I was looking forward to our day and RJ seemed very happy to have arrived at my local station.Jane

We went back to my house for a quick cuppa, and then onto the National Trust Car Park above Ringstead.view of Portland, DorsetGlorious!

We walked along the top, enjoying the views out to sea and far inland,  coastal walk Dorset

coast walk, wild applesand then turning downhill towards one of my favourite destinations, St. Catherine’s Chapel, a little wooden gem, which has featured in a couple of previous blog posts. Here, and here.

There is a fine view of the sea from the windows, and always pretty garden flowers to decorate the chapel.view from St.Catherine's Chapel

Outside, in the graveyard, there are plenty of benches on which one can sit and enjoy the viewHolworth

even when the sun goes behind the clouds.boats

Watercraft was buzzing about while we sat chatting about blogging and crochet, listening to the rhythm of the waves below.

 

 

Neither of us are particularly keen on having our photograph taken but we thought we would have a go at a selfie as part of the record of the day before heading back to the car for a 20 minute drive to Moreton Tea Rooms for lunch.

Moreton Tea Rooms

We sat in the gardens

garden cafe, Moreton

both choosing the same dish from the menu – very British fare – Ham, Egg and Cheese on muffinsham egg and cheese

And can you see the beautiful gift RJ gave me! one of her fabulous Celtic pot stands. WOW!!!!! How lucky I am – it is GORGEOUS!!!!

After lunch we explored all that Moreton has to offer.

First a visit to Moreton Church, Moreton Church, glass engravingfamous for its wonderful engraved windows by Laurence Whistler.

This church holds a special place in my heart as my son and daughter-in-law were married here, their two boys were christened here and one Christmas with her Dad playing the organ, my lovely daughter-in-law, 6 months pregnant with her first baby, in a pale blue robe, led the choir into the church singing a solo of the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City. It gives me happy goose bumps when I remember that magical occasion.

church window

The floor is beautiful too

church floor

I see doodles, mandalas and crochet patterns

We went on for a short walk to the river, where there is a ford, a popular place for paddling on hot summer days.river We visited the grave of T.E.Lawrence, or Lawrence of Arabia as he was called, then into

Moreton Walled Garden (photo taken earlier this summer)pond with duck for a wander and a cup of tea before returning to the railway station, about a mile and a half away.

It was lovely to spend time with a fellow blogger and get to talk about our many mutual interests. I felt very lucky to be able to show Jane around my patch and on such a lovely day – not too hot and no rain – perfect! I hope you enjoyed coming along with us.

Wednesday Walk-Along, return journey

……… turning back the views are spectacular. (see the beginning of this walk here13 Portland (where my beach hut/studio is) lying out across Weymouth Bay17looking west to Weymouth18houses on the cliff tops, would you like to live there?1919aand a remote post box2021I’m wondering how long these daily collections and deliveries will continue.

I’m no great swimmer or sailor, but I have always lived near the sea and would not want to live any further inland.

Here is a link to Hanna’s walk in Sweden, Lucy’s walk in Yorkshire and Alistair’s walk in Wales

It would be lovely to be able to walk-along with you too. Send me a link to your blog post and I will include it here or in my next Wednesday Walk-Along. If you don’t have a blog then send an email with a picture or two.

Join me on a Winter Solstice Walk

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Ringstead

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kissinggate along the beach and up the hill cliffview housesSeeing the houses perched on the cliff and then to St.Catherine’s Chapel, and Granny-by-the-sea.

When my children we younger we used to walk here and they had to find Granny-by-the-sea before we had our picnic.

grannysea portlandthe view from Granny-by-the-sea, looking towards Portland.