Friday, 26 July 2013


 i It has been a beautiful sunny day here on the Jurassic Coast today.  I spent most of the day in Lyme Regis with my husband who celebrated his birthday today and my nonogenarian Aunt.  We arrived at the same time as the Red Arrows - I hadn't realised it was Carnival Day in Lyme Regis - bad plan.  The town was absolutely packed and nowhere to park.  We went to my Aunt's house up the hill towards Uplyme where she was watching the Red Arrows.  There was a lot of low cloud so we were not able to see much.  We didn't try to go back to Town so drove out towards Uplyme and stopped at TheTalbot Arms in the village for something to eat.  After a good lunch washed down by some good wine and much reminiscing we took Auntie home and made our way back to Weymouth.  We always drive backwards and forwards along the coast road as the view is fabulous and my most favourite drive.  As we reached the top of Abbotsbury Hill we were met with the most unusual sight.  The cloud formation was very low, lower in fact than the Isle of Portland which could just be seen rising through the cloud.  I have never seen it like this before.  We were unable to stop so didn't get a picture from this vantage point.  When we reached Weymouth we decided to go over to Portland to see what it was like from there.  Another amazing sight from the top of the hill, looking back towards Weymouth.  As you can see from the photographs the cloud and mist is very low and follows the line of the Chesil Bank so far and then crosses to the other side and follows the coastline around towards Weymouth.
 Top of the Hill
 Top of the hill looking towards Weymouth
 Bottom of the hill on Chesil Car Park. The mist is rising over the bank.
 The last time  I saw mist and cloud formation like this from the top of Portland was the night before the big Hurrican in the 1980's.  Hope this won't be the case this time.  It was just a fascinating combination.  Blue sky, brilliant sunshine, hot, no wind, very still calm sea, but this amazing cloud formation and mist .
I love where I live.  There is always something wonderful to see in the Natural World
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Wednesday, 3 July 2013


Wisteria in the Dordogne

The Vendee

My absence from here for such a long time has not gone unnoticed by me but I have been so busy that I have not been able to clear my head to sit and write something interesting!
It has just been non-stop for the past few months with many deadlines to meet and travels to conduct.
Linda and I went on our 'Big Trip' as we call it to France in April and had a lovely time and found many treasures.  We took in the stitchcraft show 'Pour l'Amour du Fil' at Nantes which was amazing.  A few of my friends were there at the same time as one had entered her 'Dear Jane' replica quilt into the Exhibition of  Dear Jane quilts that were there to mark the 150th Anniversary of the original Quilt that is in the Bennington Museum in Vermont, USA. After the Exhibition Linda and I went on our way touring around for the next 2 weeks looking for textiles.  The weather was kind to us and we visited many lovely places.
My quilting group 'The Hardy Quilters' has had its Exhibition of members work so that had to be organised and I have been making small wallhangings for various events such as Open Studios which happened immediately I got home from France, and in between all this I have been working at various Textile Fairs all around the South and West of England.  No wonder I have been suffering from Brain Fag.!!!  I still have to complete my quilt for the Quilters Guild Challenge at Festival of Quilts this year - I have allowed myself plenty of time - about 21 days before it has to be there!!  I have decided that I spend far too long thinking about things and don't get going soon enough but there is this little demon in my head which keeps telling me "you have plenty of time so don't worry".
It all works out in the end but I do give myself unnecessary stress.