|The village store in Corfe Castle. I loved the|
display of bright primroses for sale out in front.
|The village of Corfe Castle, |
the castle ruins in the background.
|Corfe Castle old mill site, where grains would|
have been milled for the surrounding villages.
in Wiltshire, just north of Stonehenge. The
neolithic standing stones and the henge (ditch)
surround the entire village and unlike Stonehenge,
you can walk amongst the stones.
|The neolithic Avebury stones are part|
of the Stonehenge complex of henges,
burial mounds, avenues of stones, and
stone circles. Most of the Avebury circle
dates from 3000-2400BCE.
stones, we visited Avebury Manor National Trust,
a 16th century manor house. It was in a very poor
state until it was redone and restored by the BBC
for the show, 'To the Manor Re-Born' in the '90s.
Avebury Manor was built about the same time as our house,
in the early to mid-16th century, so it has the same type of
Tudor panelling as our breakfast room.
Such a familiar sight to us.
kitchen, and the kitchen in Avebury Manor was a
gem. Stunning. I was ready to move in.
navigating argument, we finally made it
to Dorchester and our hotel.
in the centre of Dorchester. Thomas Hardy
renamed Dorchester to Casterbridge in his novel,
The Mayor of Casterbridge,
|Dorchester's High Street, as we walked |
up the hill to dinner in the evening.
we were off to wander the Dorset countryside.
Enchantment lies in everyday
moments if you are observant.
~Amy Leigh Mercree
|I was immediately covetous of this picaresque chicken coop!|
It wouldn't suit our back garden, but one day perhaps we'll
have the perfect garden for it. 'Til then it's tucked away in
the "I Simply Must Have It" file in my brain.
|This coop is more our speed at the moment--|
and £2000 less. Miss Havisham and
Lady Catherine de Bourgh would look awfully
elegant, mincing down that ramp every morning.
|We browsed in the shop and I picked up|
a chair cushion in this fabric, a new mug,
as well as feed and treats for the girls back home.
the next bend. We always ended up
with more choices than time.
and the Isle of Portland.
|Stuart playing Louisa Musgrove in 'Persuasion'.|
I think he player her quite convincingly, since
I was not prepared to catch him. Luckily,
unlike in 'Persuasion', there was no injury and
we didn't have to spend six weeks in Lyme Regis.
Most of these beach huts are rented daily or
weekly as a place for people to change, dry off,
get warm, make tea, or store picnic
supplies during their time at the beach.
for better weather. We didn't have too much
planned, just wander through the Dorset lanes to
see what we could find, always sticking to the
single track roads and off the beaten path.
|Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, was made famous by the Hovis|
bread advert in the 70's. There weren't many people
about that day because a few minutes before it had
tried very hard to snow--so we had the hill to ourselves.
|Fresh hot cross buns fill an antique wooden dough mixing bowl.|
What better time to think about the year
ahead than on holiday, taking stock, reaffirming,
thinking about the future. As I head into my
60's starting in July, I thought this was
|Cornish pasties fresh from the oven.|
|With all his life's accomplishments, the only personal thing|
about his life that Lawrence wanted engraved on his headstone
was that he was a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.
That's how much it meant to him.
|Neolithic huts like the ones that would have|
peppered the landscape surrounding Stonehenge.
|A replica of one of the grand sarcen stones found at Stonehenge.|
|Stuart is always up to any challenge--this one in the|
new exhibit shows how much man-power
it took to haul the stones into place.
|March was coming in like a lion so we decided to|
settle for seeing the stones from the car window,
with a wave and a 'catch you the next time around!'
|We brought a little bit of Dorset home|
with us in our hearts and in our teacups.