Monday, 3 June 2013

Silver bells and cockle shells

Thinking back to our weekend the old Nursery rhyme came into my head :-

Mary Mary quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
An pretty maids 
all in a row.

Sea trift (Armeria maritima) growing as nature intended.


One of the advantages of living in a seaside town is that most weekends there are special events taking place. This weekend was Wessex Folk festival when the historical harbour was taken over by folk singers and colourful folk dancers providing traditional music and dance. 


Silver bells and pretty maids all in a row



This made me smile has anyone got a good caption for this photo?


My husband enjoys eating cockles and we went cockling over the weekend too. My daughter and Daisy like to help him.

Cockle shells


 I  on the other hand  prefer taking photos and admiring the scenery close to the Chesil Beach and Portland harbour.



Wild flowers growing on Chesil beach




I hope everyone had a good weekend too, thank you for all your lovely comments and popping by.
Sarah x

36 comments:

  1. Dear Sarah,

    I believe I know that song or rhyme from the tv series Hercule Poirot :-) Since then I cannot read it without getting chilly!

    Your seaside festival looks like a jolly event. Happy to hear you wear all out and about collecting cockles!

    Have a good week Sarah!

    Madelief x

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  2. Didn't we have some fab weather over the Half Term - it's great to see that the town has events to bring people in. Haven't visited Chesil Beach for years. This is where KP first went into the sea - I have a photo of it, she's a toddler and is crying her eyes out!
    June

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  3. Glorious weather for it Sarah. What lovely flower photos too. Will daisy eat cockles? CT x

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    1. No Daisy just pretends she is helping out by digging in the sand too!
      Sarah x

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  4. Love the sea thrift but couldn't eat cockles. Lovely festival photos, as you say always lots going on beside the sea. Caption: That stretch limo is late again!

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  5. I have very fond memories of Chesil Beach. We used to go there a lot when I was young. I have been taking loads of pictures of Sea Thrift. I love that it turns up in the most unlikely of places!

    Leanne xx

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  6. Lovely photos, I love that one of the stilt man - I don't have a good caption but I'm sure other people will! It's a great shot for captions!

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  7. All that thrift and sea campion! Summer must really be here.
    The Folk Festival looks fun.

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  8. You do seem to make the most of your weekends! Glad it was a good one (and that caption by seagull suzy is so funny! Can't beat that..

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  9. Hello Sarah
    Wonderful peek into your weekend..I love watching the morris and folk dancers, such a joyful sight..
    Fin likes cockles too!

    Love your new look blog
    Happy Sunny Week
    Thea x

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  10. I can almost hear the music and laughter from the folks by the harbour just by looking at your pictures. That's a great photo of the stilt-walker on the litter bin :) I wonder what clever-ness the others can come up with? :)

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  11. The Festival looked a lot of fun! Your photos are so enticing! Can't wait to get the caravan dusted down and head off your way!!! What is at Brewers Quay now? Think I will give the cockles a miss if you don't mind!! Heather X

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    1. They opened an antiques emporium at Easter, each time I have been there has been without the camera! I will feature it as soon as I can. It's so nice to see more visitors down this part of the town again, it was such a shame when they shut everything down.
      Sarah x

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  12. What lovely photos. I love the sea thrift I've tried to grow it here a few times but never seems to take x

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  13. hahaha, wow, that photo of the man on the bin is amazing! It looks so surreal! :)

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  14. Your weekend looks great, how wonderful it must be living so close to the beach.

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  15. I really, really enjoy visiting you sweet Sarah. And look at Daisy, helping out with the hunt. There is nothing more fun that to outdo yourself on a day at the beach, playing, walking, taking in the sights, THEN....eating seafood. WOW. This is special, and thank you for sharing it with US.

    HUGS! Anita

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  16. Looks like a fun weekend! The flowers are very pretty! X

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  17. ~ As I have said before, Sarah....Your home is like being away on wonderful sea side holiday! I could almost smell the sea air. I LOVE sea food and it seems like a life time ago that we hunted for cockles and winkles on our local beaches...~ Happy new week to you! LOVE the stilted man, taking a rest...Happy days! ~ Love Maria x

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  18. Cockling looks like fun! Juliex

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  19. The festival looks great fun; I'm glad it was sunny. I love to see thrift growing on the cliffs, when we usually go to Cornwall in May it is one of the familiar and welcome sights of the holiday. And I love the photo of the man in stilts and Suzie's caption about the limo!

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  20. Could'nt resist the caption....HeHe! :>).

    "Drunk all that beer last night, and, got
    arrested...Now the police say...I have'nt
    a leg to stand on".!!!!

    Love Weymouth, my favourite seaside town..
    I'm only 20 miles away from it to...Lovely place!

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    1. Thanks Willie, another great caption that made me laugh!
      Sarah x

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  21. I think I have written many times.. That you live in such a beautiful area Sarah.
    How wonderful all the festivities during the warm spring and summer months.. The ladies look likeMorris dancers.. but I have only usually seen men..never in reality only on photos.
    Your weather looks spectacular.
    I would definetly take the boat at the back of the folk band.. that would suit me..
    lovely post.. always a pleasure to read them.
    I too love cockles.. I cook them in a garlic ..butter and olive sauce.. no water.. fresh country bread,and our good Alentejano wine.
    happy tuesday to you Sarah.
    val x

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    1. Thirty years ago I only remember seeing men Morris dancers at the festival the women Morris dancers seem to out number the men. Your recipe sounds delicious especially with the addition of the Alentejano wine.
      Sarah x

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  22. It sounds like it was an interesting weekend! I have no idea what caption to put on that photo. ?? I have never eaten cockles. To be honest, I didn't even know they were edible! It looks like Daisy was having lots of fun, too. :-)

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  23. Ooooh I really need to go to the seaside!!! :) x

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  24. Absolutely beautiful shore and flowers, thanks for sharing these images with the land locked among us Sarah :)

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  25. Love your new look! and the atmosphere of summer and fun in this post...and of course love the pebbles and seaflowers, so pretty!just a thought tho this this font is a bit wee to read...Emmaxe

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  26. Great pics Sarah, I remember going to Chesil beach years ago, but not when it was covered in flowers like that.. glorious!

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  27. love the post! ^^

    http://alovelystyle.blogspot.com.es/

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  28. I don't think I've ever seen a flowery beach, such pretty pictures.

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  29. What a nice pictures of the festival! Love your post, lovely greetings

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  30. Great pictures. We have just come back form Lyme Regis and had a lovely holiday. My neighbour does Morris dancing in Shropshire and my children love watching it especially the women, the little one is not so keen on the men with the sticks though! Jo x

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