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A Holiday With Lots Of Variety!

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We are just back from a holiday which included a weekend in London, a four night say in Lyme Regis and a long weekend in Shaftesbury. Our Hotel in Lyme had the benefit of a garden and this beautiful view from our room which had a roof terrace

I almost forgot…here are the fossil rocks we found on the beach at Charmouth..

I purposely didn’t take many photos, because it gets irritating for my company at times, and I wanted to just enjoy it.

Anyway, plants were definitely about four weeks ahead of our home in Angus down there. The roses were going full on, where mine are only just beginning. The climbing hydrangeas were in full bloom, whereas mine is still tightly budded…you get the jist.

En route to Dorset from Bristol Airport, we took a route that included an old Lime Quarry at Burrington Combe on the B3134. There is a car park at the side of the road there, and steep lime cliffs going up the sides. These have been colonised by several of our native trees, shrubs and perennials. The effect is fascinating for gardeners, as the trees have become stunted in the rocks, with their trunks at ‘impossible’ angles. This gives the effect of Bonsai, and is very eerily atmospheric and beautiful! The rock formations are also fascinating. You can see what looks like the result of sudden and catastrophic volcanic activity moving the layers around. That’s what it looks like anyway. Would have been a great place for a picnic had we not been in a hurry. It was getting dark, and we didn’t have a clue where we were going….on some very narrow, twisty roads! But we got to Shaftesbury safely in the end.

These Pics. Are courtesy of tourism sites on www.

The London part of the Holiday happened because one of my favourite Rock Bands ‘Muse’ were playing the London Stadium on June 1st. I bought 2 tickets, and took my future SIL with me as he also likes them. Rachel and her Dad went to the theatre to see ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ and then a Vegetarian Curry, so they had a ball…as did we. Here we are the afternoon before all the entertainment…on the South Bank..it was hot!

Apologies in advance if any pics are wrongly orientated. I am composing this on my ipad.

Back home now…its 8C in the greenhouse, pouring rain, we had gales yesterday and Tuesday and our heating is very much ON! British weather eh? !

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Lovely photos of your holiday and your family too Karen!
Looks like you all enjoyed it!

13 Jun, 2019

 

What's all that blue stuff on the first photo? Is that what's behind all the clouds and rain? Looks as if you had some good weather and a great time. I can see the fascination with the rock formations, now that would be a rockery to be proud of! Your fossils I am sure will take pride of place somewhere in your garden, we have stones, rocks and round ball like stones my OH and I collected at various times and they always evoke memories.
Your plants may be a bit behind, but you have had the joy of those you saw on holiday and will now have more joy when yours flower, and they may be better for it, having been protected a bit more from all this rain.

13 Jun, 2019

 

Great blog Karen - glad you all had such a good time. And thank you for the mention of Burrington Combe, it sounds like just our sort of place. We have passed nearby so many times on our way south west but had never heard of it - so added to favourites so that I remember!

13 Jun, 2019

 

Love the West Country! Should be available on prescription for poor city dwellers like me.
Shaftesbury is nicely situated for visits with Glastonbury, Bath & all that fairly near? Chesil beach/Portland is worth a look & Weston-Super-Mare if you fancy chips & a candy floss! Oh, & there's a challenging but worthwhile walk at Breen Down near Burnham on Sea.
Mmm, wonder whether my brother's going down there this year... might have space for a babysitter/stowaway
Wasn't The French Lieutenant's Woman set in Lyme Regis?

13 Jun, 2019

 

That really is a Room With A View - lovely and interesting blog!

13 Jun, 2019

 

Yes you’re right Darren, The French Lieutenant’s Woman was filmed in Lyme Regis. Classic.

13 Jun, 2019

 

Thank you all very much! Glad the blog interested you. Yes Darren. Next time we will veer further West on the Coast. We’ve been to Weston, many years ago when we were staying with friends in Wiltshire.

13 Jun, 2019

 

So glad for you that you were able to enjoy a few days of relax on holiday!

those canted cliffs are wonderful, aren't they? just goes to show that once upon a time there were titanic forces at work remodeling the landscape!

The trees look marvellous growing like that! They remind me of some Pine trees when we used to live in Cuenca, Spain. Though there they were growing up some banks that were practically vertical!

We have had at least 1 1/2 inches of rain in about 12 hours today - more than all the previous six months added together! Once we get some warm, sunny weather everything will take off!

13 Jun, 2019

 

Goodness Balcony! Thats some torrent you’ve had!

13 Jun, 2019

 

Honeysuckle..that’s it! You’ve nailed it. Its called the Sky! The first time I went up in a plane, we got through the cloud cover and I thought to my 14 year old self...”of course! It’s always Sunny up here!” It was so grey here today that at 10am it was no warmer than it had been at 3am! 8c in the greenhouse. Eventually it brightened a bit and managed to reach 15 at some point in there. But we’ve had the heating on all day today!

13 Jun, 2019

 

EventuallyI got so fed up, I went out in the rain with a glass of red wine. Then I started clearing up the mess from the gales and next thing I knew it was 9.45 pm and my legs are now very damp!

13 Jun, 2019

 

Pleased you managed to get away from the garden!! for a few days it does you good I think to have a break......plenty of variety indeed, and fossils too, so something to remember your trip away.
A pity the weather has changed for the worst, we certainly needed the rain, but will it know when to stop!!

13 Jun, 2019

 

Looks like a great time, Karen!
I saw Muse, with my oldest son, at the Capital City Music Hall in Ottawa in 2003! The venue was too small for their big sound..and standing not far from some of the banks of amps on the left side of the stage...the base reverbs made me feel like I had a rock on my chest! They put on a fab show...and we came away feeling like we'd had the best experience. Been avid fans ever since! Lucky you and SIL.
Carrying rocks around with you must have been interesting. I have some which have moved with me four times! On the side of the largest rock in the formation there looks like a foundation (two actually) and I'm wondering...is this also an Iron Age site?

14 Jun, 2019

 

Oooh, Lori.....another thing we have in common. Now, you've got me so curious about the rock. I'm not sure what you mean exactly. I shall do a bit of research. But it may well have been an Iron Age site. I'll get back to you on that!

14 Jun, 2019

 

thanks Karen. the ancients often made sacred sites out of special features like this, or it may have been a source of building material in ages past.. that's primarily what I was thinking when I saw the two rectangular areas on the right side of the first promontory.

14 Jun, 2019

 

Some great pics there, and how amazing how those trees find a way through that rock, the power of nature eh, Dorset I have never been to, I dare say if I ever get round to fulfilling that nagging dream of mine of walking the coast of Britain then that’s when I will see it, glad you had a nice break, can I just ask what is a promontory.

15 Jun, 2019

 

...a rocky projection. usually used as descriptor for coastline... my bad.

15 Jun, 2019

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