Sunday, 11 May 2014

Moonfleet


  Have you ever come across the story of Moonfleet written by J Meade Faulkner ? It is an adventure story written  in1896 and based on the shores of the Fleet  in  Moonfleet in Dorset. It tells the story of smugglers, a cursed diamond, and a story of love and friendship. All the components of a  great story!. Chris de Burgh was so inspired that he wrote an album about it please click on link here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPygaNo_fiY before looking at the next pictures it adds to the atmosphere!










We didn't see Blackbeard the only black we found was on the coats of these friendly heifers (that blocked the footpath) or the oyster catcher down on the Fleet!


Last night the light was fantastic and the water was so still. The only sound was the distant sound of the waves crashing on the other side of the Chesil bank on the other side of the water.





                     The boats were just lying empty and adding a extra touch to the scene.


I hope you enjoyed your virtual visit too , wishing you a good week ahead.
 Sarah x

38 comments:

  1. I need to look for that book! Sounds like great summer reading material. Thanks for your lovely photos, as always... and thank you for your sweet comment on my pie safe. And yes, you are quite right, the pioneers used pie safes to keep the flies from landing on the freshly baked goods. In a true pie safe, the punched tin panels are inserted in frames so that the air can circulate freely. The frames are then used as doors and sides of the cabinetry. There's your history lesson for the day!

    xox

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    1. Thanks Anne for the history lesson and if anyone wants to see Anne's pie safe head over in her direction! Sarah x

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    2. I haven't read the book, but I'm intrigued now! Your photos are amazing. The last one especially is very atmospheric. xx

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  2. Gorgeous photos, especially that cow parsley, or whatever flat white variety it is! There are so many. Never read it but I remember my Weymouth friend Geoff talking about it. x

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  3. Do you know, I am SURE I've read it- it sounds so familiar! What amazing photos and how fluffy the friendly cows look!x

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  4. Sheer serenity, so beautiful! I'll have to come back and follow the link and then look at your inspiring images again!
    Thank you, good night from Vienna,
    Merisi

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  5. I read the book years ago. - and I seem to remember seeing a film too. Your photos are wonderful just like paintings.

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  6. Beautiful photos, i especially love the oystercatcher. Lovely to see Chesil Bank, such a pretty part of the world.

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  7. Gosh, those cows are just so adorable!

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  8. What memories! We used to stay at East Fleet when the boy's were small and it used to be our evening walk, along the lane to the little church, which used to be open in those days!! Invariably we also encountered a herd of young cattle, which scared the life out of son no.2!!!! Such a beautiful part of the world!

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  9. So mant beautiful photos, I especially love the last one its like a oil painting.

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  10. Yes, I read Moonfleet when I was at school, so around fifty years ago. Unfortunately I can't remember much about it, but I remember there was a scene in the churchyard that I found very eerie. Am I right about that?

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    1. Your memory is good! It is a beautiful location but that's why I turned the pictures to black and white to add to the mood! Sarah x

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  11. Wonderful impressions! So silent.
    You asked my about the geranium. We have a lot of wonderful perennial gardeners in Germany, and all of my geranium (not Pelargonium) is from Germany, but not from one gardener. Over the years I collect them. Sigrun

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  12. It's always such a treat to stop by you dear Sarah! I enjoyed those beautiful photos but also the previous post.Everything looks promising the summer, sea, light, blossoms...

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  13. It looks so peaceful with such beautiful calm light- glorious photos Sarah, thank you for sharing them x

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  14. Total bliss for me when I come to visit you. The sea, animals, a pristine coastline...what more could a city girl want? Thank you Sarah! Anita

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  15. Your photos are pure poetry!
    Hugs, Siret

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  16. I did indeed have a wonderful virtual visit thank you Sarah, very interesting and very pretty to see. xx

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  17. I haven't read the story of Moonfleet, but I am aware that the coasts in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall was rife with smugglers. What a lovely photo the last one is, for some reason it makes me think of that wonderful painting by John William Waterhouse - The Lady of Shalott, your boat too would make the perfect spot to feature her on.

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    1. The Lady of Shalott was one of my favourite poems and I know of the painting that you referred to. I can just see her lying in that boat now! Sarah x

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  18. Sarah, your photographs evoke a surreality that surely befits a novel from another century!

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  19. Beautiful photos. Moonflleet sounds like a book I'd enjoy reading, I haven't heard of it before.

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  20. I have never read the story Sarah, but it does sound exciting! Beautiful images from the Dorset coastline to illustrate it!

    Happy week ahead,

    Madelief x

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  21. I read the book a long time ago, but I remember that I enjoyed it. Your tour is fabulous, thank you xxx

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  22. Beautiful photos, Sarah - so atmospheric. Moonfleet is a book I've wanted to read, it's on a list of classic stories that I've tried (and failed) to get hold of from the library over the years. Your lovely post has made me feel I must try harder to get hold of it.

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  23. I have not heard of that book before but I will be on the look for it.
    Your photos are amazing. I love the cows, too sweet. Also, the one with the lonely boat. Do you have any of your photos hanging in you home? They are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful day
    Blessings,
    Bobbie Lynn

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    1. Yes we do have a few of our photos on canvas on the walls! Sarah x

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  24. Moonfleet was one of my favourite books as a child, and I still have my tattered old copy somewhere. And I know the Fleet, although I've not been back in Dorset for years. Such a delightful post, thank you for taking us along with you Sarah :)

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  25. Beautiful photos, such a lot of colour in the final ones; the last one of the boat I'd have enlarged and framed on my wall I think, it's stunning. I love the oyster catcher too!

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  26. Have you been training those calves? Beautiful set of photos, the oyster catcher with reflection is fabulous and the light is beautiful in all of them.

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  27. The pictures with the boats are so beautiful!!!

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  28. Wonderful, atmospheric photos of the Fleet. Such a lovely place but a real safe haven for Dorset smugglers of the past. It`s years since I read Moonfleet.....

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  29. Oh those cows look so cuddly! x

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  30. These pictures are mesmerizing! The shore is just so beautiful. This sounds like such an interesting story!

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  31. Hi Sarah! It feels like I haven't blogged for months as my laptop died again and I was without it once more! It's finally been repaired and I'm catching up with my blog reading! I haven't heard or read the book, but it's always fascinating to walk in the very same place as that mentioned in a book. I hope the weather's fine where you are this weekend. Sharon x

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  32. Ooh, I enjoyed this! It's many years since I've been but your photos have really taken me back to Chesil, although I've always sat on the other side of the road as I love the sound the waves make! I loved the book Moonfleet when I was a teenager - all that romance and adventure! - thanks for reminding me, I may even read it again! Like CJ, I love the oystercatcher photo, it's so still and really captures the atmosphere of a quiet evening tide. Hope you're having a good weekend! Caro x

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  33. Dear Sarah,

    I have not read the story either but it does sound really exciting and I loved seeing your gorgeous photos and even more special as from where the book was set. The black and white photos make it even more sensational.
    Also the song Chris de Burgh wrote, thanks for sharing.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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