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Home again, home again…jiggidy jog

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.

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A last walk along the sea front.

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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…

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Lovely Lyme Regis

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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.

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We started the holiday, as we traditionally do, with a stroll along the sea front followed by fish and chips.

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We enjoyed a walk or two through Lyme every day.

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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…

 

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Lyme Regis, April 2016

Better late than never…

Mark and I headed to Lyme Regis on my birthday to spend a week in the loveliest little holiday home just five minutes walk from the centre of Lyme. An idyllic place on the river, where we were greeted by our regular ducks…

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My birthday was wet and windy and quite horrible, but as we arrived in Lyme the sun came out. Time for a walk down to the seafront before picking up plaice and chips on the walk home…perfect birthday tea.

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Being so close to the town centre and the sea meant plenty of early morning walks while Mark still snoozed under the duvet.

…timing it just right to pick up a warm sourdough loaf or fresh pain au raisin from the Town Mill Bakery.

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Later in the day – after a day trip – there was plenty for walks together either towards the sea…

I am a big fan of Jane Austen and my favourite novel is Persuasion, and my favourite adaptation is the one with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hyndes. These steps always make me think both of Louisa jumping in to Captain Wentworth’s arms (falling and knocking herself out!) and taking dozens of photos of my dear friend Irene on the steps, as she too is something of a Persuasion fan!

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…or for some people watching..

…or dog watching…

…or bird watching…

…or even an icecream!

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I learned an important lesson…to protect my Marshfield Farm Luscious Lemon from marauding gulls!!

Walking the other way along the river took us to UpLyme.

We ate in mostly (apart from lunch in a variety of garden tea shops), but did have a lovely lunch at vegetarian restaurant La Tierra.

The week wasn’t without incident – like Mark whacking his head on the corner of the kitchen worktop. There was a slight cut, a large bump and he was a bit whoozey for an hour or two, although he now tells it as his lying in a pool of blood for several days!

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…the odd hail and snow storm (although kindly they always waited until we had spent a sunny day out somewhere and were home for a cup of tea, and then they went away in time for a late afternoon/early evening walk!).

Mind you the bad weather looked really impressive as it rolled in across Lyme Bay!

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I hate having my photo taken, but Mark insisted we prove that I actually was on the holiday, so just the one photo…

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two take time out in Dorset: the seaside bit

Mark and I have just got home from a week and a bit in Dorset. We are lucky enough to have a wee little holiday flat in West Bay near Bridport and spent a perfect time relaxing and pottering along beaches and around houses and gardens (plus the odd cafe).

West Bay is where recent tv serial ‘Broadchurch’ was filmed (well most of it, some was filmed in Clevedon) – a lovely place nestled on the Jurassic coast.

view of Lyme Regis in mist, from West Bay

view of Lyme Regis in mist, from West Bay

East Cliff, West Bay

East Cliff, West Bay

West Bay cliffs

West Bay cliffs

sun on Weymouth

sun on Weymouth

fishing boat in Lyme Bay

fishing boat in Lyme Bay

sun on Weymouth

sun on Weymouth

looking towards Lyme

looking towards Lyme

The harbour is a great place to people watch – all ages fishing or just exploring.

Just along the coast is Charmouth – very atmospheric with a sea mist.

looks scarily like a buried shark (but it's not!)

looks scarily like a buried shark (but it’s not!)

Plenty of friendly locals:

In the past whenever we tried to visit Weymouth, Mark got ill. Despite the odds being against us, we thought we would try again – Mark was fine, but Weymouth was somewhat underwhelming. I picked a few shots of the nicer bits – the harbour, the architecture and a little of the sea front. We only just made it back over the bridge to the car before it opened…very disconcerting when someone starts shouting for pedestrians to clear the bridge immediately as it about to open!!

Weymouth harbour

Weymouth harbour

Weymouth harbour

Weymouth harbour

I am impressed with the flowery scaffolding

I am impressed with the flowery scaffolding

lots of beautiful buildings in Weymouth (but so many did not seem to be appreciated)

lots of beautiful buildings in Weymouth (but so many did not seem to be appreciated)

teddy bears' picnic?

teddy bears’ picnic?

Weymouth sea front

Weymouth sea front

not too many people on the beach

not too many people on the beach

only just made it across the bridge before it opened!

only just made it across the bridge before it opened!

harbourside

harbourside

nice hanging baskets

nice hanging baskets

tudor house

tudor house

 

No visit to Dorset is right without a day in Lyme Regis:

Lyme Regis from the Jane Austen Gardens

Lyme Regis from the Jane Austen Gardens

 

coming soon…the houses and gardens bit!

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