Saturday, 30 May 2015

Hanging around

Two of my tree children decided this week they would jump off a cliff overlooking a quarry in North Wales attached only to a thin bit of wire to celebrate my daughter turning 30!
It's the longest zip wire in the northern hemisphere apparently and reaches speeds of 100mph on the way down.
We didn't join them but went to watch, it was very cold but worth it!
They hurtled past us at a cracking high speed looking like Superman and wonder woman. All very good till they got to the end when they made a very ungainly landing onto a platform and we're hanging there till they were unhooked!

Monday, 4 May 2015

Sydling St Nicholas

As it is a bank holiday today people were streaming into the Isle of Purbeck where we live....it's not an island but that's how it's known! So it made sense to us to go the other way, into mid Dorset. We took a leisurely drive to Sydling St Nicholas through the country lanes and back roads.
My husband's ancestors were Vicars here and are buried in the church....well the crypt to be exact.
We found this gravestone in the churchyard, it's a millstone and marks the spot where the last ever Miller in Sydling was buried, rather apt really.
The church is pretty and quiet and while we were inside looking around the church bells struck three, a muted lovely sound.
A little walk from the church and up the hill, we surprised a deer, although he wasn't really that bothered by us and remained quite nearby as we passed him.
The scenery was stunning and we only passed a couple of dog walkers and three young girls riding their ponies along the bridle path. When we got back to the car we saw an elderly couple sat on a bench, they looked quite elderly and he sported a huge bushy white beard that came down onto his chest and a lot of white hair. They looked like they had been transported from another century!
On the way home we hit heavy traffic near Dorchester, glad we missed it the rest of the time.