Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Mid August

Where is August going??  I am sat here waiting for new guests to arrive.  The sunshine is streaming through the windows - but we've just had a little shower.  The garden has been producing really well, so I have made plum jam, piccallili, apple and marrow chutney, beetroots are wonderful, and the runner beans are now really meaning it....  The cucumbers have been so prolific that The Farmer has to eat at least one a day.  The courgettes keep trying to become marrows when my back is turned, hence the chutney...  I am now clearing the fruit cage - as new plans for next year.  Melplash Show on Thursday, and I have been making loads of apple cakes for the honey tent.  Its all go!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Late July

The year is rushing through, but we are having an absolutely beautiful summer.  I have taken the pup out for a walk across the meadows this evening - now its a bit cooler.  The farmer on the hill is loading his small trailer with small bales - in the old fashion way!  When I was a child we used to drag in friends and family to load the bales - but this man was just on his own, working his way through 30 acres...  One or two things spotted. It always heartens me to see the kingfisher, that flash of blue is so beautiful.  I also saw a common sandpiper shooting across the lake.  The martins and swallows were very lively this evening.  Several clouds of small fry in the lake whizzing about.  Its all action!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

This is Seatown, which is a beautiful little bit of Dorset.  This week I met up with friends and we walked from Chideock a short step down to the beach.  It was a beautiful day - in fact a perfect day.  The Anchor at Seatown has recently had a make over, and vast amounts of money have been spent enhancing the sitting area outside and more.  We spent a lovely few hours in the sunshine, watching people in the sea, and on the beach.  It was lovely.  This picture is how the pub was before the revamp, you will have to visit to see what it looks like now.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Introducing Russ

Well, was there life before Russ?  He has been with us now 3 weeks and is definitely part of the family...  his toys litter the place, but that's not enough.  He steals everyone's shoes, bites the flower heads, digs the garden, chases the hens, stands up to the gander.  Bit afraid of fishermen... but then.  He has about 10 minutes of complete naughtiness, then crashes out for a sleep.  Totally adorable - but with sharp teeth...

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Mid May

Well, what a busy time we all have had!  Have just finished a First Aid course - which was very informative and fun.  Today, I have been to Lyme on a History Walk.  It was so good!  Lyme is absolutely packed full of interest - the Civil War, the Monmouth Rebellion.  It had its fair share of buccaneers, rebels and smugglers, as well as our famous lady - Mary Anning.  The tide was out and it was really hot and sunny.  I shall be back shortly to check out Lyme's Museum.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Bridport Rugby Tour

Its been a quiet weekend - insofar as the boys have gone off to the Isle of Wight on a rugby tour.  Bridport lost - but someone has to.  I have been left, manning the fort.  Had delightful guests who have been down to Charmouth fossicking.  I think they had quite a success, as requested breakfast at 7.30am and then went back again!  I am  picking my time to dash down and feed the geese - as we keep having April showers; but all in all, with the beautiful blossoms its been very nice.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Golden Cap

I have been rambling lyrically about walking from Charmouth, across Stonebarrow, down to St Gabriels chapel ruins then up to Golden Cap.  Somewhere in the depths of hyperspace my little blog has disappeared.  But just to say a lovely spring walk in Dorset along part of the Jurassic Coast can be the cure for all ills.  Nothing better than a time for reflection, a collection of thoughts and a fantastic view!