This is a beautiful wood near Gillingham called Duncliffe wood, it was heady with the scent of Bluebells and alive with birdsong. The paths were lined with Bluebells, Primroses, Violets, Celandine, Stitchwort, Orchids and one or two Campion flowers. As you can see there were carpets of bluebells. We walked three miles round and up and down the woods and only passed three other groups of people! We needed a good walk as I had just enjoyed Dorset Apple cake with clotted cream and D had a cream tea. The woods are quite hilly so I think we made a good inroad into using up those calories!
The rather dark picture below is the Oak pub at Dewlish. Its so nice there and the locals are chatty and want to talk to you, the foods good too. We had Sunday lunch there yesterday and it was beautiful. Amazingly we met a retired teacher from a school local to where we live (which is about 15 miles away from Dewlish!), he now lives at Hilton near Dewlish. Then while we were talking to him our old GP walked in, he retired 20-30 years ago, we had a good time reminiscing with him too. What a small world!
On the way home we stopped off at Cutt Mill near Sturminster Newton and sat by the water watching the Grey Wagtails bobbing about and the swallows skimming over the water catching flies. We think that my husbands ancestors once were the Miller and his family there. Now it is a sad ruin but still a pretty and peaceful place to sit. A group of young people were there too, they had been swimming in the water and having fun. So nice to see them there having a laugh and simple pleasure.
Roll on the next Bank holiday! I intend to try and do this blog more, it is fun to look back on and to share with others.