First I have to say that I have discovered that it is so much harder to think about taking photographs when you are responsible for a granddaughter. So the following will not be my normal steady progression of photographs, more an ‘as and when’ record.
I took a couple of photographs of the apartment we stayed in but decided that the best way to share that with you was to give a link to the page on the web where you can find the details. There is even a virtual tour of the rooms if anyone is interested.
There was a bus strike going on at the time which wasn’t ideal and when we turned up to catch a bus to Abbotsbury on the Sunday we found that it was not running. I therefore decided to take the bus to Portland to see the study centre and the Chesil Bank.
We missed the best bus stop and were surprised to find the bus heading down, way past the study centre to the main part of Portland. When we got off we were maybe as much as a mile from where we wanted to be.
It was an overcast windy day and Louisa soon complained of being cold so I gave her my ‘keep you cool when it is hot and warm when it is cold shirt’. Here you can see her wearing it. I found the wind quite strong but warm.
She moaned and moaned all the way, until we found what I took to be a more sheltered spot from the quantity of grass growing there and stopped for our picnic. Pictures of her eating a tomato were unfortunately not too good!
I was sitting with a view over Portland harbour and watched the various activities on the water. We had climbed to the top of the Chesil Bank, though not for long as the going was tough on the pebbles and it was much too windy for Louisa. So much for my idea of exploring and looking for fossils. (I must go back sometime and explore the Chesil Bank for myself!)
Louisa’s aversion to the thought of the Chesil Bank was quite a joke between us for the rest of the week!
Here is a photograph I took, before we finished our picnic, of other people walking along the top. After our picnic we proceeded to the study centre and indulged ourselves with a hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows (Louisa also had a toasted teacake) before looking at the exhibits.
No more photographs on my part as trying to jolly along a moaning granddaughter had rather exhausted me.
The next day we tried again for the bus to Abbotsbury and were in luck.
This is probably the day where I managed to take the most photographs.
The prime reason for going to Abbotsbury was to visit the Swannery but there was also St. Catherines chapel nearby and I thought we might visit it before we returned to Weymouth.
Unfortunately a thirteen year old’s body clock is different to mine and about three o’clock when I was just recovering from a post lunch slump Louisa was finally tired and wanted to go and catch the bus.
We did go back on Thursday and that will be in part two.
We had a pleasant walk to the swannery and of course I had to take my usual path photograph And a swan one I would have liked to take a swan with a long arched neck but it seemed to be preening time.
However we did pass a lake with quite a number of swans. Not all preening.
There were enclosures where families of swans had some space to themselves. Of course all the cyngnets were at least a few months old by now. They feed the swans at 1200 and 1600 and anyone who wants can help. So of course Louisa was keen to do so. Though not all the swans were there, there was quite a crush. Some clever ones had made their way to where to food had been brought in wheel barrows before being dispensed. Unfortunately I was intent on watching Louisa and didn’t take a photograph of them.
After this we had our picnic near the entrance to the maze. Carrot and lettuce added to the tomato/cucumber and fruit today!
Then we tried the maze.
For maze afficionados there are several closed paths within the maze so neither the left-hand or right-hand rule work. (Louisa and I took one each.) However we found our way to the centre of the maze eventually, but no photographs, and then wandered further afield around what is quite a large site discovering how to trap ducks!
On our way back we passed a tent advertising “Wessex Bird of Prey Rescue” but none of my photographs of the rather subdued birds were worth sharing.
We then stopped at the cafe near the entrance and had a delicious ice cream. I had ‘lemon delight’ and Louisa ‘salted caramel’. Not sure I fancy the idea of salted caramel but it was Louisa’s flavour of choice this holiday.
Before we left I just had to take a quick photograph of a red admiral on a nearby buddleia. I underestimated the time to get back to the bus stop so we just missed the bus and had an hour to wait. Louisa busied herself with her crochet while I just sat and relaxed.
I did see some geese however that came really close.I’m sure that one is looking at us and maybe the one on the right out of the corner of it’s eye.
Just before the bus came I decided to take a view down the street as the cottages were so attractive.
Tuesday looked to be the hottest day of the week, though Wednesday was almost as hot, so it seemed a good day to try the beach.
Although the beach was very crowded it seemed more spacious and less oppressive than the one at Muddeford that I showed you before.
I took my camera but anxiety about getting sand in it and anxiety about Louisa away in the water meant that I took very few photographs.
Just a couple of the sea. and and neither is Louisa. There were a lot of people between me and the sea so it was hard to see her when I was looking after our stuff and she was in the water.
(And I did get in a couple of swims!)
There was a point when the seagulls were continually whirling overhead and I tried to get a few photographs.
This one is just to give you the idea. They were too far away and too fast to get a decent photograph.
The rest of our holiday, maybe next week.