Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Rising at dawn

On Saturday the call of the seagulls woke us at dawn.  In a half awake state we decide to get up and go fishing and walking down by the sea. Downstairs the animals seem confused that this isn't their usual morning routine!

The tide is far out and leaving hubby to set to his fishing. Daisy and I turn in the opposite direction to walk along the deserted beach.

Those staying in the 1940's art deco hotel were more sensible- being still fast asleep, as the sun rose from behind the building. 

The hotel was purchased by Pontins in the 1950's and run as one of their holiday camps for many years. I discovered this site  in my research showing the postcards of  many of the old holiday camps. Did anyone visit one of Pontin's holiday camps as a child? It must have been exciting and fun. I am always interested in old postcards especially those that capture the pictures of holidays of the past. How the fashion changes over the years too!

 We retraced our steps to the distant figure of the fisherman!

 He hadn't had any bites, but had enjoyed the sunrise too! 

What is your favourite time of the day? I always love the mornings best, everything outside feels so new and fresh and there is always the promise of the new day ahead, By the evening I feel tired, and I don't have so much energy. I must be feeling my age!

Welcome aboard to my new followers Mel from Coal valley view, Elizabeth from Blissful quilts and Sft from SFT and the 101 challenge . Elaine was a new follower last time, her blog is Rose Bank Ramblings.

Sarah x

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Our garden in August

This year we still have lots of colour in our garden. This hydrangea bush on the edge of the patio makes up for the roses no longer blooming. We bought the plant for £5 in the market 20 years ago and it is still thriving.

The wild scabious and the sedum make a wonderful combination.

The phlox plants provide both scent and colour.

 I have managed to grow some zinnias this year, although they are as impressive as Bobbie Lynn's at Why I love to garden. We both enjoy comparing each other's gardens and growing conditions. Her roses are amazing. I wish we had as long a growing season as she does in California with sweet peas in flower in April!

The echinacea white swan (coneflower) was a rash buy as despite our best efforts may not survive, but is beautiful while it lasts.

The rubeckia goldstrum  in our gravel garden are just coming into flower and are always a quite a sight when they are fully out. What is looking good in your garden at the moment?

I saw the first Christmas cards in the shops this week and I also bought these....

I apologise for turning thoughts to winter and spring, but sometimes you need to get prepared! I bought the purple pack last year. All of the bulbs went into one pot and were magnificient and they also flowered at different times. If you happen to be passing a Lidl store - do go in and have a look. I bought all of this for £10 which I think is good value and will hopefully be brighten up those Spring days which the other half of the world is now starting to enjoy!

Sarah x

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Down pirates lane

Ahoy my hearties!  Let's take a walk down Pirates Lane towards the sea.

Could there be a sailing boat waiting at the bottom of the lane with maybe Jack Sparrow aboard?

                                                     No that was only in my dreams!

 The only sparrows to be seen are in the hedgerows, and the only excitement and terror is caused by lots of dogs in the water chasing each other and having fun! They did create some terror in Daisy, who is very timid and kept close to our side!

Sorry if I disappointed you, it's just another peaceful location with spectacular views! (I did some research and couldn't find out the reason why it was called Pirates Lane.)

My eye is always instantly drawn to the fisherman's huts on the Chesil bank opposite.

 Daisy has to report that apart from those dogs she didn't find any mysterious goings-on either!

Thank you so much for all the lovely comments and best wishes that you left us in my last post. Welcome to my new followers Rambler, Earth apple JaneShane at Roses Lace and brocante, and E Rickett .

Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Sarah x

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Those treasured days of summer

I'm sure I can feel a touch of Autumn in the air in the early mornings, so I am determined to make the most of the summer while it is still with us....

 What a difference a year makes! This scene here is such a complete contrast to last year when the Olympic sailing was taking place here.

There is always so much to see from watching the fall and rise of the sea in Topsham .........

To looking across the sea on a walk...........

Stopping at a beach cafe to buy an ice-cream and take in the view.

Watching the sun set over the sea .........

 Or the moon rise over the sea at Lulworth cove ........

Leanne from Tales of simple days recently mentioned Durdle Door looked like a dragon - we are on the Jurassic coast with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history!

  These are the some of the images of the sea I will remember in those cold dark days of winter.

 Since my husband was diagnosed with cancer we appreciate even more the simple and beautiful things around us. We have make more of an effort to search them out and create a basketful of special moments. (My husband had his prostrate removed in April. He has recovered well, but because the cancer was found on the edge of the prostrate there is a chance it may reappear. Hopefully with regular checking it should be picked up early and treated.)  My heart goes out to those of you who are in a similar position, or in ill health and hope that better times are around the corner.

Do you have a special moment that has happened over the past few months that you will treasure? Money can't buy the things I appreciate most - family, friendship, blogging and appreciating the beautiful things around me. It's the simple things that make my heart sing.

One of the farms nearby over the past few years has had campers using their fields. The fields overlook the sea, the council will only allow them to open for 28 days a year. Over the years the number of campers and fields have increased. The other evening we took Daisy for a walk a bit further along from this farm and discovered even more fields being used. It is a joy to see so many others enjoying this special location and creating their own treasured family moments too.

We realised the camera was missing it's battery so these pictures of the tents are some supplied by the farm in preparation for last years opening and the picture of the fields was taken in May!

Wishing you a week of treasured moments.
Sarah x

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

A Dorset garden

One of the highlights of the summer is being able to visit private gardens that are open for charity. Hilltop Garden at Stour Provost is one of our favourite gardens opened under the NGS  (National Garden Scheme) in Dorset.

The first time I read about the garden, many years ago, it mentioned the wonderful garden and also the fantastic view over the Blackmoor Vale to distant misty blue hills.

As I was writing the post I looked up the information provided by the NGS and it just describes it much better than I could.....

Upon entering the garden through the little wooden latch gate you will find the most amazing mix of hardy perennials, annuals and an enormous number of different dahlias, all flowering their heads off, crammed into borders, tubs and pots, in and around lawns, paths, pergolas and ponds, any where in fact there is space, and in lots of places where there isn’t.

The display of dahlias is fantastic.

The garden, full of colour and interest; is focused around an old thatched cottage and an ancient, shady oak. Many seats allow the visitor to contemplate this striking and unusual garden from many angles and at a leisurely pace 

We did stop and sit on many of the benches around the garden admiring the plants, taking lots of pictures (these are only a selection!) and also enjoyed a cup of tea and homemade cake.

The garden is full of other lovely features which just add an extra special touch. 

The garden was brimming with insects - they obviously think it is a great place to be.  If you look back at the second photo the buddelia was covered in butterflies too.

Brimstone butterfly on a phlox
We visited the garden on Sunday and it is open again this coming Sunday for the NGS. If you are in the area it is well worth visiting. Thank you to the owners Josse and Brian for giving me permission to share this all with you.

For those of you were hoping for a view of the sea - I promise there will be some in my next post. I usually try and write one sea related post and something on another subject each week. For the last two posts gardens have taken over!

Have you visited any lovely gardens lately? Do other countries have private gardens open for charity like we do?

Thank you stopping by and also leaving me such lovely comments they always brighten my days.
Sarah x

Sunday, 11 August 2013

The water lily ponds

One of  Claude Monet's best known paintings is "Water lilies and the Japanese bridge". He spent the last thirty years of his life creating 250 paintings of water lilies from his garden. These paintings are now on display in many museums and art galleries around the world. Have you seen any of these paintings in these museums or galleries ? 

The above however, is not Claude Monet's garden at Giverny in France, but 'Bennett's water gardens in Weymouth' which holds the national and international collection of water lilies. The Monet bridge was created in 1999 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of one of Monet's lily paintings. 

It is a beautiful place to visit. There are 8 acres of garden and there always lily plants in bloom from May through to September. It was so peaceful and there were lots of wildlife to see - moorhens, dragon flies and butterflies. It's hard to believe that this was once an industrial area. The ponds were pits created by digging the clay, which was used to make local bricks.

 I'm sure Claude Monet would have loved it here - many of the water lilies planted here back in 1959 came from the same nursery in France who supplied Claude Monet.

We have had a wonderful relaxing week off work, catching up with family and friends and enjoying the Dorset and Devon countryside and coast. It's going to be hard going back to work tomorrow!

Welcome to my new followers Maree and Teri, thank you for joining me. Wishing you all a happy week.

Sarah x


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