Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Return to Kimmeridge

I have been thinking of little else for months.  Finally the day arrives when we return to Kimmeridge for our summer holiday, this year in honour of Grandma and Grandpa’s Golden Wedding Anniversary. We spent many hours at our beloved Kimmeridge Bay, accessed via the secret path at the bottom of the garden, exploring the rocks, swimming, snorkeling and collecting sea creatures in a bucket.  One sea creature was a little too big for the bucket.  We tried, in vain, to repatriate the huge barrel jellyfish pictured below, found washed up on the beach but sadly we were too late.  

When we managed to tear ourselves away from Kimmeridge we ventured forth to Corfe Castle where, after about the ninth visit, the children became quite well known among the medieval villagers.  They were versed in weaponry, armoury and archery, practiced calligraphy, attended sword school, and were fast tracked to knighthood, skipping the ten years of training normally required to reach such dizzy heights. 

Heading just along the coast we paid a visit to the neighbouring village of Tyneham, deserted after the MOD used the area to train for the D-Day landings during the second world war.  Sadly the villagers of Tyneham were never allowed to return as the area had become contaminated with unexploded shells.  But as a result the place is completely undeveloped except for the ruined remains of the abandoned cottages, the restored church and school, and is a rich haven for wildlife.  Just a short walk away is my favourite bay of all, Worbarrow.  We spent a whole day here, snorkeling and rock pooling, and ending the day with a glorious walk along the coastal path back to Kimmeridge, accompanied by three high spirited children in tremendous voice, singing us all the way home.


The hottest day of the holiday was spent on Shell Bay.  Just a five minute walk along the beach takes you away from the hoards of holiday makers cramming into the spot nearest the car park.  We found a lovely deserted spot by the dunes with ample room to swim, make sandcastles and play cricket.  
Lulworth Cove was explored in all directions, We swam, snorkeled and took a boat ride to Mupe Bay to the west and Durdle Door to the east.  We explored the Fossil Forest and Stair Hole, and took a sunset walk to Durdle Door and along Man of War Cove and St Oswald’s Bay.  The coastline around this area is truly breathtaking.

Not forgetting of course the Tank Museum, Brownsea Island, and numerous tea shops.  Thank you Grandma and Grandpa for a splendid holiday.  I hear the 51st has been redesignated the new diamond anniversary – how about the same again next year?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Badgers and foxes

These glorious summer evenings have been too inviting to spend indoors, so I have ventured out into the wilds of Kent on my bike, and as luck would have it, the badgers and foxes had the same idea.  (...although minus the bike in their case.)  The young fox cubs were having a manic attack, in much the same way as Pippa does from time to time, and the badger is noshing his way through the bountious windfalls in this old cherry orchard. 


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Eggs

A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid... 
Today our new Heritage Skyline, Silkie, laid her first egg.  And it's blue!  The perfect addition to our colour pallet.  My life is complete.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Big girl's bicycle

After managing the mamouth 10k ride last week without gears (and nearly in tears by the end), we thought it was about time this little lady had a proper bike.  Thanks to ebay we picked up this little beauty on Saturday morning, and Jenny has had a lovely weekend of cycling around the garden and along the lanes.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

More Pretty Ladies

Since the sudden demise of Princess Layer last weekend, we are finding that four eggs a day are just not cutting it in the Burgess household, so today I paid a visit to Ben the chicken man to purchase another couple of hens.  James has named the Copper Maran after her unfortunate predesessor (I fear that may be tempting fate, but we'll see) and Jenny has named the Heritage Skyline 'Silkie', after the fairy from the Magic Faraway Tree.  Princess Layer and Silkie are living on their own together until they have fattened up enough to hold their own amongst the big girls. 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Tonbridge to Penshurst 10k

This was no mean feat for a six year old with no gears on her bike, but she made the 10k return ride from Barden Lake to Penshurst Place with steely determination.  A lovely family day out in the glorious Kent countryisde, complete with picnic at half time and ice cream treats at the finish line.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Happy Birthday Mabulous!

It's been a bumpy ride over the years, what with one accident or another, but we are thrilled to report that Mab has made it to his fortieth birthday.  To help us celebrate, many of our lovely friends came to camp in our garden and share some fun times around a campfire.  An epic weekend to mark this impressive milestone.  Happy Birthday Mabs!