I was awake early on our last morning and took photos of the bees in the Homestead garden.
We ended a wonderfully relaxing week as we started, with breakfast at the Courtyard cafe in Lyme Regis (remembering to ask for just one vegetable fritter and one egg each).
A wander through the town to pick up some presents – and say goodbye to the cats of Lyme.
A last walk along the sea front.
An easy drive home and our cats seemed pleased to see us – despite having been spoiled rotten by Mark’s parents while we were away.
I think perhaps Mark didn’t want any more photos taken…
Last Thursday – our last full day of holiday – we went back to an old favourite; Forde Abbey, near Chard. Naturally we arrived at lunch time and headed to the tea rooms before enjoying the gardens.
We were greeted by a four-legged volunteer.
Admired the glass installation on the pond, before wandering up to the swing seat to watch the fountain (and take some silly selfies).
The herbaceous borders were a mass of colour and alive with bees.
On to the lake and the bog garden.
A slow stroll through the rockery to the arboretum before looking around the house (photos not allowed in the house).
I tried all afternoon to photograph the many swallows we saw…and I am afraid this was the best I could manage…they are VERY fast!
Once again the hot Summer’s afternoon drove us to the tea room to sit outside in the shade with a drink and an ice-cream (we really like Baboo gelato!) and watch the bees and sparrows.
Already looking forward to visiting again; perhaps in the Autumn.
Tuesday rained most of the day – a rather welcome relief from the heat – and I didn’t take any photos as we wandered around Bridport’s antiques and vintage shops. However on Wednesday we went to Athelhampton House; our second visit. It was rather overcast, but such a lovely place.
The journey home was a chance to admire the view from the Morecombelake Farm Shop.
On Monday we decided to be properly seasidey and headed to Beer for breakfast, followed by a stroll along the beach and through the town.
I always love the striped deckchairs on the beach.
From Beer we headed to Budleigh Salterton…which we mainly had to ourselves.
We did spot someone else enjoying the beach.
Again, the heat got the better of us…ice cream and a drink and back to the cottage.
On the Sunday of our week in Dorset we set out along my favourite coast road to the subtropical gardens at Abbotsbury.
On such a hot day the shade of the gardens was blissful.
Never can resist lots of photos of and under the gunnera.
I first stumbled across Burrow Farm Gardens the best part of twenty years ago, while holidaying on my own in West Bay. I fell in love with its charm back then and, although it has grown by many acres, it has lost none of its charm.
Loved the moorhen chicks on the pond!
I am afraid it was such a hot afternoon, we didn’t make it up the slope to the two wildlife ponds…headed straight for the tea rooms for a cold drink.
After having to cancel our week in Cornwall to celebrate my 50th birthday when our cat became ill and needed lots of urgent tests, we decided to have a late booking week in Dorset. We have stayed at Homestead before and love it’s clean, simple styling and its location; off the beaten path beside the river and just a few minutes’ walk in to the centre of Lyme Regis. Last week was the only unbooked week all Summer…it was meant to be.
It was good to be only an hour and a half from home too, so if Mark’s family (who stay in our house and look after the cats if we go away) had any problems with Rio the cat’s medication or if he took a turn for the worse, we could get home quickly. All went well and the cats didn’t seem to miss us at all…although Max did join in with our Face-Time catchups.
We started the holiday, as we traditionally do, with a stroll along the sea front followed by fish and chips.
We enjoyed a walk or two through Lyme every day.
We made lots of feline friends in Lyme.
There were also culinary delights…great veggie breakfast in the beautiful garden at The Courtyard Cafe and in Beer, Dorset Nectar cider (you should try their Foxy Ginger cider…delicious!) and gelato from Baboo.
We spent the week wandering blissfully around gardens…I will take each in turn…