Friday, 6 July 2012

Lyme Regis in the sunshine


As I write it is pouring with rain yet again, but last Saturday the sun did make an appearance and on our way back from dropping our son off in Devon we popped into Lyme Regis to have a ice-cream on the beach.


Lyme Regis is one of the jewels on the Dorset coast and deserves more than a fleeting visit. Tony who wrote a great poem about West Bay in one of my previous posts reminded me recently that I hadn't covered Lyme Regis. so I hope this will make so amends until I have more time to do it justice.


Lyme Regis has some amazing gardens with views down to the sea. It is famous for its old harbour known as the Cobb.





The Cobb has been featured in novels. Jane Austin visited the town twice and her last novel Persuasion is partly based here. That reminds me that I haven't read it for years and I must re-read it again!



The Cobb was also included in the book and film of The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles.The harbour didn't look as grim and foreboding as the film, although the waves were crashing over part of the wall even on sunny day like this.

You can walk along the wall, although it slopes down slightly. It always makes me scared when I see children walking along it - especially when the waves are high! You can see my husband and Daisy didn't follow me!





We enjoyed a wonderful ice cream in a cornet, the first this year, while admiring the view!

This bird was so friendly we had to take a picture of it!


 
 Glimpses of the sea can be seen from other parts of the town. ( By the way this time the white dog isn't Daisy. )

There is a great deal more to add about Lyme Regis, but it will have to wait until another day! In the meantime I hope you find some sunshine or dry weather this weekend. We are off to a folk concert in the local subtropical gardens. When we booked the tickets in March we dreamt of the event taking place on a hot summers day!

Welcome to my new followers Lyn, Grah, Rosemary, and Thea, it's wonderful to have your company too.
Tony, if you have any other poems about Dorset I would love to see them.

Sarah x

32 comments:

  1. looks lovely! we had a downdpour this morning but now its a lovely sunny evening! i dont bother watching the weather forecasst these days they've got it wrong so much!

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  2. Ooh Sara, I love Lyme Regis (hubby not quite so keen, unless he is walking from Lyme to Charmouth fossil hunting) but I love it, I love the streets and the way you can see a glimpse of the sea, just like your photos, which are fantanstic as usual, hope you enjoy our concert in all this rain. Julie xxx

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  3. thank you Thank you Thank you!!!! We sure needed some sunshine today!!! Our part of the world is on flood alert do its lovely to see some gorgeous blue sky! xxxxxxx

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  4. I love Lyme, never ceases to inspire and relax at the same time.

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  5. Beautiful pictures and what a lovely place. I do recognize the Cobb from the film Persuasion. It was lovely to see some blue skies even if only through photos, it's been so miserable here all day today.

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    1. I don't remember seeing the film Persuasion, after you mentioned it I googled it and saw a picture taken of the actors on the Cobb too.
      Sarah x

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  6. I agree with you Lyme is a super place. I love visiting it! The Cobb is wonderful. We too love the ice cream and on hot Summer evenings (we used to have them!) fish and chips on the beach as the sun begins to set - there's nothing better!
    Have a great weekend!
    June

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  7. How lovely to see blue skies, thank you! x

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  8. You take such beautiful photos Sarah, nice to be reminded of the sunshine!

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  9. Hi Sarah,Your pictures are stunning,Lyme does look like a super place to visit.Love Jane Austins Persuasion,must re watch this week. have a super weekendxxx

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  10. What a lovely sunny post, I must admit I have not been to Lyme for years, I think they where building up the sea defences, so there was a lot going on, and we promised ourselves a return visit, you are right it is a very pretty place.
    Thank you for your lovely comments
    Thea x

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  11. Wow look at all that blue sky! Lyme Regis is a place I've heard lots about but haven't visited. I read persuasion last year and I read 'remarkable creatures' too - the story of Mary Anning, which was also set in Lyme Regis. I enjoyed seeing it in your photos and look forward to a proper 'visit' sometime!

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    1. I haven't had the book about Mary Anning so will have to see if there is a copy at the library. Fossils will feature on the next visit to Lyme!
      Sarah x

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  12. We have a little cottage near Lyme. I too love it, the shops are great to.x

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  13. Hi Sarah,. . . I had a great 4th of July and thank you for asking. I spent mine with my daughter and granddaughters and it was a delight. Your photos are wonderful. I enjoy traveling, through my lovely blogging friend's photography. You asked about Butchy and what breed he is. You may not like my answer . . . because Butchy is a mutt. He has miniature poodle and who knows what else. He is a very sweet little dog, and is our baby. Have a great day and thank you for popping in and visiting. My welcome mat is always out. Connie :)

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  14. These images of Dorset are so wonderful.
    What a lovely place in the world!

    And I love Cornish Icecream!!!

    ♥ Franka

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  15. Dear Sarah,
    what a wonderful impression you have brought us....very special pictures. Your Daisy is so cute and I would like to pat her. My beloved hangover franz died in March, it was very sad...
    I love to visit your Blog....Thanks!!!
    Sincerely Flori

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  16. It's such a brilliant place isn't it! We went there when the girls were small and hubby was really miffed that they found more fossils than him :)

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  17. I have never been but it does look like my sort of place....it's on the list!
    xxx

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  18. What a lovely sunny post! Beautiful pictures, lovely greetings

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  19. Hi sarah! another fan here! I love Lyme! I havent been since last year- being a non driver sucks sometimes, lol.. if I could drive I would visit a lot more often! I will never forget the thrill when I found my first ever (broken) fossil on the beach!!
    If it ever stops raining here, maybe i will get another visit in soon! Dorset has definitely been soggy of late hasnt it!!

    Leanne x
    talesofsimpledays.blogspot.com

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  20. Gosh this took me back! Growing up in Somerset Lyme Regis was a day trip away and a favourite with my Mum. Years since I've been there though.

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  21. I love how you play tour guide to show us virtual tourists around! I have thought of you and the rain. I follow Monty Don on twitter and he's mentioned it and I thought it must be near you. Thank you for your thoughtful comment on my Project Declutter post. Cheering you on for your own efforts my friend!

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  22. Hi Sarah,

    I enjoyed seeing your wonderful photos of your day out and what a lovely beach.
    Wishing you some sunny weather, as I have heard you have had a lot of rain there.

    Happy new week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  23. Hi Sarah, I know that I have already commented on this post, but I enjoyed it just as much the second time around. You live in such a beautiful part of the world.
    Thanks for popping in for a visit, I just adore company. Yes, the Sister's on the Fly are really into dolling their little trailers up. Doesn't it just make you wish you had one. It sure makes me feel that way. Have a lovely day, Connie :)

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  24. Dear Sarah,

    I can remember both films in which Lyme is featured. Persuasion with Ann Eliott and captain Wentworth being my favourite :-)! You captured it wonderfully. I especially like the photographs on which you see part of the garden an view of the sea, with the sunlight shining on it!

    Happy new week,

    Madelief x

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  25. It's just how I remember it and it looks so gorgeous and warm - big sigh!

    Nina x

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  26. What a lovely spot you live in, very pretty! xo K

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  27. I've never been to Lyme Regis but it looks lovely from your photos!

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  28. Dear Sarah,
    Thank you for your lovely comments on my posts. I am just filling in here and there until the weather gets worse and enjoying these wonderful summer days.

    I love your photos of Lyme Regis. I do not know the village ..it looks such a lovely inviting place, maybe i will be able to visit one day.
    I can just imagine you both eating your ice cream cones and taking photos and just soaking up all the atmosphere..
    I remember both of the films and the cobb is famous ..
    Enjoy these summer days. I hope you get some nice sun.
    best wishes for a happy weekend
    val

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