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Pictures from Dorset [20100525|11:56]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I figured it would be wise to finish writing up the last bank holiday weekend in Dorset before the next one (in East Sussex) takes place, so this post is a bit of a monster.

The first set of photos was taken on a bicycle ride, where we stumbled upon a very pretty little church.

Clenston Church from the road

Winterborne Stickland - Clenston Church

Plaque near the entrance



Organ closeup

Industrial cross

Organic cross

On our last day, the bloke and I drove past the Tank Museum at Bovington to appreciate the natural beauty of Lulworth Cove. We stopped briefly at the Tank Museum to pick up a fridge magnet for a friend who collects them, but didn't have time for a visit as we were driving in the wrong direction and needed to get back to Cambridge by evening. We were thrilled, therefore, when we rounded a corner to see a sign proclaiming "Tanks (10 MPH)". We mocked it for exactly 2.34765 seconds, when suddenly the road was blocked by, um, a tank. We proceeded slowly after that.

Lulworth Cove pano

Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door

Lulworth Cove pano

Durdle Door

Me at Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove coastal path

Since we had come to the seaside for a holiday, we were determined to enjoy it, even though it was absolutely fecking freezing in the high wind that blew incessantly throughout the trip. We therefore made a pilgrimage to nearby Swanage, so that Little Niece might be indoctrinated into the British way of having fun, which consist of making the best of a bad lot, e.g. building sandcastles while icy water swirls about your ankles. We also paid 40 pence to stroll along the pier. I was barely restrained from protesting that I wished to amble, which was surely cheaper.

Swanage pano


Little Niece

Little Niece & Mummy

[personal profile] nanila on Swanage pier

View of Swanage from the pier

Derelict building painted to look like a derelict building

In the lower middle, it says "This is a photo opportunity"

The filling of the moat

From sandcastles, we proceeded to an actual castle, though the latter proved to be as vulnerable to the forces of physics as the former when the Parliamentarians blew it up in 1646. The remaining structures form a picturesque ruin.

View from Corfe Castle's walls

Corfe Castle

Castle ramparts

[personal profile] nanila in the window

Internal ruins

[User Picture]From: ursarctous
2010-05-25 11:27 (UTC)
wonderful photos! i particularly like durdle door, that's going on my list of places to visit.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-27 10:07 (UTC)
It was beautiful. There's also a wide stretch of lovely pale sandy beach in front of it, sheltered from the wind. Delightful.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2010-05-25 12:21 (UTC)
Ruins! Ahh, I love ruins. The cove is lovely, too.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-27 10:09 (UTC)
They're pretty spectacular ruins. The whole structure was blown up so badly that one half of the thick stone wall that must have held the portcullis shifted a full metre away from the other. That's one big explosion.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-05-25 13:36 (UTC)
Lovely photos! The cove looks beautiful, and I love that painting on the side of the abandoned building! And I love how you guys always stop at the ruins of castles and things like that.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-27 10:11 (UTC)
Thank you! We're easily distracted by things. Our journeys generally take a lot longer than they should because of this. Also, because neither of us has any sense of direction whatsoever. If he says "We need to turn right", I will be firmly convinced that we need to turn left. In fact, both of us will be wrong.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2010-05-25 15:58 (UTC)
Your journal really is becoming my favorite travel magazine. Wonderful photos.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-27 10:16 (UTC)
Thank you. I have a couple of upcoming trips that I haven't mentioned yet, one of which is to a continent I haven't previously visited. Hopefully that means more travel photos.
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[User Picture]From: lesyeuxouverts
2010-05-25 21:33 (UTC)
I'VE BEEN THERE ! This makes me absurdly excited. I love that part of the country so much .... Glad you enjoyed it in a thoroughly British fashion.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-27 10:19 (UTC)
It's gorgeous. I want to spend more time exploring the south coast. I'm glad I get to go to the South Downs over the bank holiday weekend.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-27 10:20 (UTC)
LJ has been trumped by Facebook, which makes me do a sadface. Thank you, though, I'm glad to hear that you still wander by now and then!

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-01 20:31 (UTC)
That coastline is truly breathtaking. I kept looking at the "For Sale" signs and thinking, "I want that one. And that one. And that one."

Hope the familial visit was enjoyable!
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[User Picture]From: painted_dreams
2010-05-30 05:01 (UTC)
Those are beautiful pictures... I love it when you post photos of your adventures. I can imagine like I am at those places as well.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-01 20:36 (UTC)
It's good to be a mental traveler. You don't have to worry about luggage or the price of petrol. :-)
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2010-06-05 01:20 (UTC)
I cannot stop looking at these. They're just stunning.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-06 10:24 (UTC)
Meep. Thank you.

I think I'm actually improving at these "holiday shots"? Much as I'd like to go back to my meticulous compositions and portraits, I simply don't have the time or the right type of studio space at home to do them. Our house is too small and, at the moment, too cluttered. (Sometimes I really miss Marco's & my apartment in Camden. It had brilliant lighting from the big windows and that huge bedroom was ideal for portraits.) So I'm trying to get better at what I'm able to practice often. Outdoor off-the-cuff stuff isn't my favoured milieu but I think it's becoming easier.
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