Once a year, before it gets busy as crops are gathered in, the village of Chaldon Herring raises funds for the village hall and church by running annual tractor and trailer rides through the Dorset Downs.
Along farm tracks...... past fields full of barley and wheat,
and towards the sea ....... looking towards the Isle of Portland.
and in the opposite direction towards Lulworth Cove and the Purbecks.
The light was fantastic over the sea.........
But the dark clouds also meant rain and as we turned away from this view back inland, the heavens opened.
It was a very wet group of people who returned to the village!
As I was loading these pictures I suddenly remembered this painting by the famous painter John Constable. He visited this area during his honeymoon in 1816 and this is one of his paintings. Almost two hundred years later it doesn't look very different does it! Hopefully he didn't get caught in a storm too!
|John Constable - Weymouth Bay from the Downs above Osmington Mills c.1816|
Wherever you are I hope you had a good weekend too.