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Wahooo!  We had snow at last!  Well, not actually actually.  We had rain.  Heavy rain.  All night.  But 2 miles up the road in Bridport, they had snow!  Well, not actually actual snow.  Sort of white lumpy rain really.  But, another 5 miles up the road, nearly in Beaminster, they actually actually did have snow!  It was proper pretty and proper fun.  I haven’t removed any colour or ‘black and whited’ any of the photos, it really was just like that, just completely colourless.  And still snowing in big fat chunky flakes.  And then home for hot chocolate and toasted tea cakes in front of the fire.  I hope you spent your snowy day doing what you wanted, whether that’s running around like a loon outside, or snunkering down with blankets in doors.  Either way, have fun!

 

Wow, what a busy time it’s been the last two weeks.  Firstly, it’s been glorious weather with amazing sunrises and gorgeous shadows and colours.

I’ve been super busy making customers’ orders for Christmas – cushions and papercuts mostly, but also packaging up cards, baubles, dolls and angels.

We had a super walk on the beach last sunday followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows by the harbour.  We finally got the tree up, although Stanley likes it more than the rest of us put together…

It was well worth getting up a bit earlier than usual this morning to find it frosty and crispy around the bay.  There was mist floating over the sea and some amazing reflections…

It really doesn’t seem a year since the last Bridport Hat Festival, but it’s that time again already, and the sun shone and the people smiled and the town enjoyed itself for a whole silly weekend…

I was just going through my photo albums from the summer and stumbled across lots of really fabulous bright jolly sunshiney photos that didn’t make it onto the blog first time round so I thought I’d give them a second chance.  Look out for the shooting star in one of the lighthouse ones and for the Olympic Pizza rings…

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You’ve got to admire the British holiday spirit.  As this huge storm approached across Lyme Bay yesterday afternoon not an eyelid was batted.  First we couldn’t see Lyme, then we couldn’t see Charmouth, then we couldn’t see the cliffs and then it was torrential.  Apart from a little group huddled under a boat, everyone else just carried on as if it was a balmy afternoon.  Stanley and I watched snuggly (and smugly) from the comfort of the armchair…

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Well, having been away for nearly two weeks, my camera is bursting with sunshine and colour and in my enthusiasm to share, I couldn’t choose, so here’s a very random selection of the last two weeks…

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…next up – some beautiful colours.  A juicy juicy orange, collected shells and pebbles from the beach, flowers in the harbour, the husband’s first ever attempts at pickling mackerel and lovely orange freshwater fish in the harbour that were washed away from the pond in the garden centre up the road during the recent floods.  We tried to catch them and return them but I think they were enjoying their freedom too much…

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The weather has been so glorious and the days have been so long and lazy this week that I’ve just got millions of photos to share with you.  I’m going to divide them into categories.  First up – the Flowers… (and a little bit of fungus)

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Today has, at last, truly and utterly felt summery.  After a late start we treated ourselves to a ‘Happy Summer Holidays’ lunch at the posh cafe on the beach including perfectly thirst quenching zingy and freshly squeezed orange juice.  The colours in the sky and the grass and the cliffs and the sand and the water were so…. just so.  After a scrummy lunch we finally got round to doing something we’ve been meaning to do every summer’s day since we got here nearly 3 years ago.  We hired a boat and sailed up the river!  It was so much fun.  I used to row a lot in the sea when I lived in Cornwall (that’s me fourth from the left – I rowed in the stroke seat) which is a whole different kind of fun and involved a bit more adrenalin, sweat and possibility of injury, but this was fun in a quiet sunday afternoon kind of way.  We rowed all the way up river to Palmers Brewery where there’s a weir so it’s as far as you can go.  Although I wouldn’t mind starting in town and rowing down the weir to the sea!  Maybe next time.  We may need to provide our own boat though.  We passed the most perfectly positioned summer house and of course the lovely colourful riverside chalets in the bay.  Back on dry land the colours were just stunning.  Our neighbour’s garden and the pink marshmallow cottage next door were just unbelievable in the afternoon sun and my roses have come out a treat!  I thought I’d killed them this winter but thanks to a bit of very vicious pruning by my mum they’re flowering better than ever.

And now, as I sit here writing this, there’s the most wonderful sunset.  This is the view of Lyme Bay from my sofa.  Lucky lucky me….

…and now it’s the holidays it’s time to make and stick to a routine or I get lost in 6 weeks of sleeping and lolling.  So I’m going to try my hardest to do this every day, all summer long.

Oooh, how can I forget!  We had our first swim of 2012 in the sea this afternoon.  Normally by this time of year we’ve been in loads but the weather’s been so awful this was our first.  And it was clear and warm and lovely.  Here’s to many more…

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