Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Two Go Mad in Dorset!

Hello there! Well, we're back from our few days away in beautiful Dorset and we had the most FANTASTIC time! The weather was really kind to us, the B&B was delightful, the beaches were walked, picnicked, crocheted, chess played and fossil hunted on, cream teas were enjoyed and dogs (well, a dog) were walked. E was just the best company and she didn't even pick up a book, let alone read one, for our entire trip - we did, however, listen to a Sherlock Holmes CD in the car on the way - does that count? 
Anyway, here are a few photos of our little jaunt, just because:
Breathe deeply, can you smell it?
 I managed a few rows of my Coastal Ripple on various beaches. I think I may give this one to E to take to uni (grades permitting!) and as a reminder of our lovely break.
 Magnetic chess and, just in case you're wondering, she thrashed me!
 At times I felt like we were in Broadchurch! This was West Bay:
.... and Eype:

One of E's highlights was a chip supper overlooking West Bay harbour where the seagulls, crows and starlings were so tame that you could hand feed them:

This is where we stayed:
Our room:
 The view from our room:
The dining room where we had the BEST omelettes - apparently THE way to make them is on an AGA - just pour the eggy mixture onto a silicone mat, close the lid for 2 minutes and Ta-dah! No frying, just a perfect omelette to fill and fold as you wish. 
 Cilla the B&B cat - E was quite taken with her as she was so friendly and purry:
... and the star of the show - Meryck, the B&B dog. When we saw on the room info that we could ask Meryck to take us for a walk, it immediately went on our 'to do' list.
Believe it or not, that dog will indeed take you on a walk around the B&B's 14 acres. He walks in front, standing still and barking if you lag too far behind or wander off his chosen route. He stands by gates and stares alternately at them and you until you take the hint and open them. He encourages you along the path surrounding the lake by doggy paddling in the water next to you, before finally leading you back to the farm house. He was such an intelligent dog and E was utterly smitten.
The lake was beautiful with swans, 6 cygnets and benches set at various intervals around the edge where you could rest awhile before Meryck urged you on!

The Art Garden Cafe in Bridport:

The Girl's Own Store where, along with a yarn shop, a few purchases were made - more of those another time.
Beautiful beach huts at Charmouth:

  Hot chocolate at Eype with E and her braces photo bombing!:
 We sat with these ladies for a time at Burton Bradstock before going for a walk along the beach to breathe in more of that gorgeous sea air:

And that's it! Phew, quite a photo heavy post - I hope you didn't get too bored, I just wanted to record our lovely, relaxing hiatus between exams and starting A2s. E is now back at school and I'm just off to make some rhubarb and ginger jam with the recipe given to me by the owner of the B&B - I'll let you know how it turns out. Have a wonderful week.
Toodle Pip for now. x


  1. What a perfect perfect holiday!
    I kept waiting for a body or two to pop up...

  2. What a fabulous time you had!!!! I love that the dog took you for a walk. The B&B looks like a wonderful place to stay. How great that you found an ammonite too!! A wonderful souvenir of your travels. xx

  3. What a heavenly post! You had me wishing I had been there, it all sounds so chilled and wonderful! Now I wish I had a Aga....and dogs that took people for walks....that's a one-off I have to say!!!
    I loved the pics, especially the starlings and swans, I glad you had such a wonderful time. xxx

  4. Oh what a blissful break. Very well deserved for E I think. Chips by the sea, a yarn shop and beautiful walks as well, wonderful. We're big fans of chess as well, and I love the travel set, brilliant. Glad you had such a good time, it's a wonderful part of the world isn't it. CJ xx

  5. Oh do let us know how that jam comes out!! And what a beautiful trip!!! Every shot is so stunning in its own way!!! And the cottage where you stayed is like a dream!! So wonderful to get away and have such a great time!! Here is to making memories...thanks for passing on the beauty! Nicole xo

  6. What a very happy holiday, and with all the best ingredients: good company, crochet, sea, chips, friendly animals, beautiful views, cream teas, fossil-hunting and a bit of shopping! Glad you had such a good time and it looks like the weather was kind too. The ripple blanket will be a lovely reminder for E of your holiday. Hope the jam tastes good :)
    Cathy x

  7. what a wonderful well deserved trip xxx

  8. I loved reading this post about your idyllic holiday in beautiful Dorset. The ripple blanket will be a wonderful reminder of an enjoyable relaxing week for E when she goes to University. xx

  9. What a wonderful week. Thank you so much for sharing. It's an area I would love to visit as my mother's family came from Bridport way back. What happy memories you have hooked into that blanket too.

  10. Oh, your holiday photos are just wonderful! I want Meryck to take me for a walk too! it looks like you had a wonderful time.