Saturday, 29 February 2020



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Swanage is a 35 minute bus ride away from Wareham, Dorset and when the weather is not wet and soggy, there's a great view of the Corfe Castle ruin perched high up on its motte out of the window halfway through the journey.   

Incredibly blue skies greeted us on arrival - so that was where the sun had been hiding!

The long sandy beach is punctuated by groynes, 18 of these were replaced in 2005-6 and Poole Harbour was dredged to replenish the sand. Dogs were enjoying the beach, although they will have to go elsewhere in April for the Summer season, and made no fuss about getting over the groynes, even the tiddly dogs jumped with gay abandon, ears flapping.

The beach stretches out in front of the town around the bay.

Walking to the left leads you to the chalk cliffs with the Old Harry Rocks looking like yachts at the base.

With the bad weather recently there have been landslips on the Wealden clay and greensand section of the bay, destroying some of the coastal paths.

The chalk of the Isle of Wight can be seen over the water with Portsmouth visible in the background.

Gentle bar waves progress over the sand and lacy patterns made by the foam.

Great splashes rise up around the Banjo Pier.

You can spend ages just watching the colours change as the sun rises and sets, the sea turning to metal as the night goes on.


Wednesday, 26 February 2020



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I'm a bit behind with everything and can't seem to get going with my blog posts, my apologies.

We're wandering around Wareham in Dorset today, it's a bit gloomy weatherwise but you can still get an idea what a pretty town it is.  It lies close to Poole and the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck, in between the rivers Frome and Piddle.  It used to be an important port until the harbour silted up.  The Romans settled there initially with the present town growing up from their settlement.

Two main roads cross at the centre of town, dividing it into quarters.  Let's have a look around.

The REX cinema is volunteer run in the Oddfellows Hall built in 1889. 

Here's a closer look at the different buildings along West Street.

The Town Hall is right on the central crossroads and next door is the town museum, sadly closed for the Winter.  T.E. Lawrence lived at Clouds Hill nearby and there's a section all about him in the museum . . . next time!

Opposite the museum, the bell tower on the yellow building can be seen, the former Streche's almshouses, erected in 1418 and rebuilt in 1741.

Everything is a little different.   I wonder what this house looked like originally.

Around Wareham are The Walls, not quite how you'd expect them to look, more grassy mounds nowadays.  Built by King Alfred the Great in Saxon times in the 9th Century to keep out the Vikings, they are on three sides of the town.  Have a look at the information board in the photo below to find out more about the ups and downs of life in the town.

Along by the Quay, the river looked high but at least the boats were still in the water.  Some of the fields nearer the station were flooded.

By the Old Granary a thriving, colourful  market was in full swing despite the chill winds and drizzle.

See my previous post for a good place to warm up!


Monday, 24 February 2020

The Bear in Wareham


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Listening to the news, we're pulled between the Coronavirus outbreak, flooding, snow and cancelled flights due to dust storms in the Canary Islands.  Let's take a break, with cake, in The Bear in Wareham.   

The Bear has recently been renovated, the 18th Century inn has now been stylishly decorated and offers a comfortable place for coffee and cake or tasty meals.  Rooms will soon be available too which I'd love to see as I'm sure they'd look beautiful. 

Back to the cake!  What an enormous portion of toffee apple cake!

The Deli Shop has loads of homemade cakes to choose from plus other local produce.

How about a cream tea?  A freshly cooked scone served with the most amount of raspberries squished into a jam possible.

A quick look at the ladies.

We enjoyed our visit so much that on our return journey we called in again for sourdough toast and peppermint tea, sitting next to the wood burning stove to warm up and get dry from the showers outside.

Leaving The Bear, all warm and toasty, the sun came out and all was well with the world.


Wednesday, 19 February 2020

A Garden Mosaic


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A quick dash into the garden to survey the estate in between rain showers, produced enough photos for a mosaic.

Tulips are opening already!  These were kindly sent to me last year by Jo, Through the Keyhole, they have turned out to be a great variety.

We've only a couple of primroses at the moment but hopefully numbers will build during the season.

I planted some blue hyacinths, tete-a-tete daffodils and crocuses in the Autumn and am pleased to see them flowering, although the crocuses are a particularly small variety when I really needed jumbo-sized.

Not all our daffodils are blurry, you'll be pleased to know!

This friendly cat lives next door.  Sadly, it has turned into a hunter and sits hopefully under our bird table, luckily the birds are wary and keep a beady eye open.  The cat's owner has had to stop feeding the birds, one of her greatest pleasures, as numerous small animals have been deposited in her kitchen.


Tuesday, 18 February 2020



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I've got squares, they're multiplying, I'm losing control . . .

Now where have I heard that before!

I've still got three more colourways to make and after that I'll have nine each of fifteen different coloured squares which can then be arranged, crocheted together and bordered.  It had better shape up!  

It's all coming on a treat.

I think I like the square with the magenta middle and grape edge best.


Monday, 17 February 2020

The Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin to the Town Centre


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This impressive church with its chequered stonework has origins dating from the 7th Century when St Birinus founded a small chapel on the site which is now right in the centre of Reading.  If you are interested to read about the history of the church through its various restorations, how it fared in the Civil and World Wars, here's a link.

Look how beautiful it looks inside.

Just round the corner from the church, is the 16th Century building housing the Allied Arms, a pub since 1828.  It's also been a butchers and a brewery over the years and its beams, like those in the church, probably were obtained from the Abbey buildings following its dissolution by King Henry VIII.

Round the corner yet again, we end up in Broad Street, the main shopping road. Don't the buildings look great in the sun.

We'll just stop off in John Lewis where Easter is already on their minds!