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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