Saturday, 20 October 2012

A cup of tea by the shore


We're off to Portland to Church Ope Cove to sit on the beach with a cup of tea and admire the views. I wondered whether you would care to join us?


It's quite a climb down, with many steep stone steps, but we can stop and admire the view on the way.......



This is a favourite destination of ours, maybe you recognised some of the stones from my header above.
 Isn't it beautiful down on the beach, I could sit down here all day. Do you take sugar?


 Some lucky people have beach huts down here. The walls of their "gardens" have been created from the stones on the beach.


The gaps in this stone wall have been filled with smaller pebbles - it's a sculpture in itself.


We are not quite alone, there are fishermen here too, it looks like one of them may be in luck!


Also, there are a few photographers here today, they are taking a picture of the rusty winch that used to haul the fishing boats onto the shore. 


As we can't get close to the winch today, so I will  show you instead a picture of it  taken sometime ago. I'm sure it has been moved further up the beach now.


 Unfortunately as we have climbed down, so we will now have to climb back up, let's follow the coast path.


Phew, that was a quite a climb! Can you see now see the cove below us? On the skyline to the top left is the  badly ruined remains of Rufus castle - a Norman castle.


 Let's head back home now. I hope you have enjoyed the sea air too.



Hello and welcome to my new followers Janice (if you have a blog please let me know), Maria Glazacheva, and Mrs Black from Mrs Blacks this n that  it's so lovely to meet new friends.

Sarah x

55 comments:

  1. Magical photographs Sarah. Especially the last one on which the sea looks almost silver. It must be a joy to walk the cliffs and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

    Happy weekend!

    Madelief x

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  2. Thanks for inviting me on your walk, it was lovely.You make a great cup of tea too :-)
    Annie x

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  3. Wow, those hand built stone "walls" are fantastic. Someone had a lot of patience. xx

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  4. Oh how I long to be by the sea, and hear the waves on shingle. I have the North Welsh coast not so far away but Rhyl and Prestatyn are poor excuses for seaside places. Thank you for taking us with you Sarah :)

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  5. Great photos. I wonder why so many were photographing the winch! Looks like a steep climb up!
    June

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  6. TANK YOU <3
    Oh, my god, very great photos.
    Happy weekend.
    x Kate

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  7. Hello and thank you for welcoming me to your wonderful blog which I'm so glad I found! You really live in a beautiful area. Yes, I have a blog called "Trip to Bountiful". Janice

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  8. Loved that walk with you today - what a beautiful place and such a lot to see. Lovely post Sarah.

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  9. oh my goodness.. what a gorgeous place!! i love all the pebbles & the beach huts. very different to our beaches.
    x

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  10. Hi Sarah,

    Thank you for taking us on a beautiful walk today, isn't it always lovely to take in the sea air.
    I enjoyed seeing your gorgeous photos, all the gorgeous stones make a wonderful wall and sculptures.
    I love the little beach huts and the old rusty winch.

    Hope you are enjoying the weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  11. Hello Sarah

    Such beautiful images and I shall take my tea with just a hint of milk.

    I would have loved to be along

    Have a wonderful Sunday
    Helen xx

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  12. wow your area is beautiful... I am loving those stones, so smooth !
    have a great weekend.
    Bec x

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  13. Beautiful photos and I can just feel the cool ocean breeze. : ) Just lovely. Thanks for taking us along.

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  14. We have been there many times.James loved it when he was little and we always sat and rested half way up on the brench. We stayed at one of the little cottages right by it once.Hope you have a lovely weekend Lesley.x

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  15. I never tire of your seaside photos :) I'd love to join you for a cuppa :)

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  16. I loved taking a walk with you Sarah, a beautifully present post - no sugar thank you.

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  17. Really beautiful. Love the rocks, one of my passions.

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  18. Wonderful photos... we enjoyed a walk by the sea at Lyme Regis yesterday.. not quite as peaceful as your walk! Lizzie

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  19. Thanks for taking me with you, had a great time, fantastic spot! Ada :)

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  20. Ι made your apple cake and I have to say that it is simple and absolutely delicious recipe.Thanks so much !I only added some corinthian raisin in it. have a nice week Olympia - Korint Greece

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    1. I'm so glad you tried and the recipe and let me know the outcome. Some recipes for Dorset Apple cake have the addition of raisins or extra spices. A slice of apple cake would have been nice down at the beach, unfortunately we had eaten it all!
      Sarah x

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  21. Just my cup of tea too, lovely pictures

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  22. Thank you for that lovely trip and I adore the rock and pebble picture! x

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  23. Sarah, this is so beautiful, and to live not far from here? WHAT A JOY! Enjoy this wonderful day with Daisy girl! Anita

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    1. It's about 10 miles (16km) away. Daisy got into 2 of the photos her white coat blended in with the rocks.In the picture of the waves you can see her in the right hand corner! I didn't realise that had happened until I published the post!
      Sarah x

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  24. No sugar thank you.
    I sitting there taking in with a cup of tea..what better!
    The views are superb. I love the sea.
    thank you Sarah. great photos
    val

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  25. No sugar, thanks! What a beautiful walk. Juliex

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  26. How lovely to drink a cup of tea with you and enjoy this lovely walk and the views!!! I do love the see just as you do. Have a great sunday, lovely greetings

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  27. What a gorgeous place for a walk. I love the photos, especially the first one, it looks very artistic!

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  28. Oh what a lovely beach - new to me, must seek it out next time I pause in Dorset. Can't pause enough in Dorset! I have been to Portland Bill so I'm guessing it's nearby? Thanks for the cuppa mine's builders if that's OK!

    Love Sarah -x-

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    1. Yes Portland Bill is closeby. Church Ope Cove is on the east side of the island- walk down past Portland Museum and follow the coast path in the direction of Portland Bill. I'm going to have to get an extra flask with all these cups of tea!
      Sarah x

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  29. Hi Sarah,
    I am very naughty and take two sugars please...
    Loved your walk with Daisy, especially seeing the beach huts and sculptures made of stone.
    We had a sand sculpture showing planned on our local beach ,but alas with all the rain, it was cancelled.
    I do hope they will reschedule as we had planned to visit.
    Wishing you a sunny week Sarah, love Maria x

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  30. Thanks for taking me on a lovely virtual hike. I read a couple of British magazine on my iPad and I love seeing the wonderful little beach shacks on the beach. We have a dear friend in Somerset and another in Penzance so we hope to visit them before too long. I have only been to London and Bath.

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  31. ohhh, what a gorgeous and peaceful place... I think
    can smell the wonderful air of the sea!
    Many warm greetings,
    Bine

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  32. Thank you for visiting my blog ! Yes, it smells lovely in our houses and in Greece !
    Your photos are wonderful !They remind me the country near the sea and the feelings that I have when I go out ! I am glad that we meet !
    Olympia

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  33. What a wonderful part of the world, so peaceful and picture perfect.

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  34. A cup of tea would be nice, thanks! And I'll pass on sugar :)

    I love the little pebbles filling in the space of the gaps...

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  35. That looks like a great walk Sarah. I loved all your photos but my favourites were the ones of the "walled" gardens by the beach huts, I love any kind of wall that's built with stone and that one you showed where they used smaller pebles to fill in the gaps is just fantastic.

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  36. My bloggy friend Sarah, I just adored this post. You truly have taken us all on a journey today. I love those stone sculptures/walls. I am also pleased to spot that a certain little four-legged one joined us for our tea on the beach. Green jasmine, no sugar please. :)

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  37. Thank you so much for the lovely walk - I am a bit out of breath to be honest! I loved the stone walls and glad that I could add a pebble or two to them! Lovely pictures
    Best wishes
    Jenny

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  38. Isn't it great when you can just nip to the beach, I love living by the sea! xx

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  39. So very wonderful - I would like to breathe in some fresh and salty sea air! WOnderful pics and it was a pleasure to join you! Christa

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  40. It was great, Sarah! I'm really enjoyed our walk :o) Your pictures so beautiful, clear and soft! I wish I could make the same, mine in manual mode are worst and dark :o( But I'm keep moving! Hope so XD
    Love
    Natasha

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  41. Oh quelle jolie fotos Sarah!! J`espere que vous avait passer du SUPER temps pansant cette promenade!!!

    Merci de votre visite sur mon blog et de votre doux commentaire chez moi!!

    Bonne semaine!!
    xxx Maria xxx

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  42. Oh dear Sarah, nothing could be more cozy than to have a cup of tea by the shore. Both activities bring on PEACE and that is one thing I always want in my life.....AND, a WESTIE TERRIER!

    Thank you so much for your visit yesterday! I am behind in my blogging for I taught a class yesterday but I am home today and loving it! You asked if my blog posts take a long time....unfortunately, I do not have a lot of time to make them BETTER, for I enjoy writing and it requires REVISION. But I was pressed for time this weekend and between finding the right photos and editing a rough draft, it took me about 2 hours.....not enough time in the eyes of many a good poetry teacher!

    Thank you for your kind words. HAPPY DAY! Anita

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  43. I would love to have a cup of tea with you and a jolly good chat. I really, really enjoyed that walk, yes; even the uphill hike! Thank you Sarah. I see that you are in good company with your band of merry followers.

    I lived by the sea for seven years and I loved every minute of it. Even the gale force winds in winter.

    See you soon,

    Stephanie

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  44. That looks so marvellous. I can't remember the last time I saw the coast...what with all this fog we're having.

    Nina x

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  45. Oh yes I am in for a cup of tea love the sight so we will enjoy.

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  46. That is such a truly beautiful spot.
    It must get very windblown and cold in the winter!!! ;O)
    Tania xx

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  47. ....thank you for such beautiful photos......we are lucky to live by the sea in dorset too and these veiws are very familiar......i can almost smell the sea air....aren't we lucky? :)

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  48. Quite simply beautiful! I feel restored by the sea air! Those stones/rocks are amazing! (No sugar, bit of milk thanks!)x

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  49. What an amazing place, you're so lucky. Your own photograph of the wynch is wonderful and I'm sure worthy of a prize - have you entered it into any local shows?

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  50. Flippin 'ec! What a lot of comments! A place worthy of them. Definitely. A rough walk - but a walk worth walking, is to go along the little tracks through the vegetation from Church Ope north between the bottom of the cliffs and the sea. Haven't been that way for a couple of years (and the climb up at the Grove end is very steep too) but there was even a cave made of abandoned quarry pieces where someone had been 'living'.

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    1. I know exactly where you mean we found this walk a few years ago and try to go there at least once a year. We find it quite magical it is so rugged with spectacular scenery.
      Sarah x

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  51. What a very beautiful post and photos, so happy to take this walk with you! xo Karen

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