The Great Globe

As regular readers will know hubby and I have been round the world. We had the opportunity to see just what that meant when we visited the Great Globe at Durlston Country Park during our Dorset visit.

It is made of Portland stone and weighs in around 40 tonnes with a diameter of 3 metres. It was made in 1887 by George Burt, who  was a local stonemason and a partner in the Mowlem construction company. The sphere was built in Greenwich then shipped by sea to stand at Durlston Head.Its surface is carved in detail and lettered to show the continents, oceans and certain more specific areas of the world.  Around the Globe is a set of stone plaques carved with quotations from English and Roman poets and the Bible, as well as facts about the natural world.

For me it was a chance to walk my trip, wonder at the enormity of the Pacific ocean and see just how far from home we were!

Beach huts

On our recent visit to Dorset (Swanage) I noticed that extensive renovations had taken place on the sea front. Definitely more than a face lift!

There have always been beach huts along the promenade but there were just a few and they were very basic. Now, there are lots! I hope that indicates good market research which has shown more people will be visiting and needing a hut.

Primary colours have been used not only for the doors but also to indicate zones by colours up the stair ways to. Each door has a hook to hold it open rather than needing a chair for a prop. I loved the stone seating that has been put along pavement but do worry that it may provide a further area for wet clothes and bathing apparel. Beach huts are now far more than simple changing places, with families staying all day with almost everything from the kitchen sink inside!

I seem to have a fascination for these little houses situated along our beaches. Those in Bournemouth have been painted  to match a pastel paint colour chart.

In Weymouth the chalets are put up each summer and taken away once the weather turns. They are placed right on the beach and obviously are more flimsey than the others mentioned.

However, the town has decided to make something of the tradition of having a hut to change in. In the middle of the roundabout is this fine specimen!

It is a replica of the ‘bathing machine’ used by George III who was a frequent visitor to Weymouth, spending 14 summers there between 1789 and 1805. He would be wheeled down to the waters edge before alighting to enjoy the water.

I have no knowledge of whether other cultures have these little home from homes. Perhaps my readers can help me out here!

100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week#172


This week saw two phenomena occurring. Firstly, the eclipse of the HUGE sun by the much smaller moon. For some reason we didn’t catch up with it until all the glasses had been sold but even without looking at the sun, there was an atmosphere of stillness and peace whilst it was happening.

The other happening was the procession of the remains of the last king of England to die in battle, Richard III. He is to be interred at Leicester Cathedral having been found in the foundations of a car park!

So, the prompt this week:

…when the daylight returned the king was dead…

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  3. Long live the queen – Kate Loveton
  4. The impersonator
  5. Talk of war
  6. Eclipsed
  7. One last battle
  8. Sacrifice
  9. Solar eclipses and kings

Bench series – March

Time has finally allowed me to join the Bench series posted by  Jude over at Travel Words who has asked for examples of wooden benches for March.

This specimen can be sat on at Laycock which is a village and abbey owned by the National Trust. You can read more about our recent visit here Snowdrops and Photography

As our visit was at the end of January, you can tell that it is a cold but bright day.

It was an ideal site for a bench as there were a couple of paths that criss-crossed near it. I was also taken by the red bits in the tree above the seat. Can you guess what they are?

They are different bird feeders. Only tiny but with so many available, I’m sure the birds didn’t go hungry!

An afternoon in Swanage

Another Wednesday and another adventure! This time we are on the Jurassic coast of Dorset. I’ve written about my connections with Swanage and this area before. (Swanage on a Sunday)

It really is the quintessential seaside town with buckets, spades, sand and deck chairs.

If only I could add noise and smell! You would hear water gently crashing sea gulls calling and that unique scent of salt water and seaweed.

One local we had not met before was this gorgeous lady. I wasn’t able to find out anything about her. Can anyone help?


Finally, I couldn’t help but click when I saw this! don’t worry it isn’t from the bodies of sailors! It supposedly uses water from the nearby River Piddle. Funny how these things seems to be used by those looking for an unusual angle!

Does it tickle your taste buds or put you off that pint?

Reflections of Singapore (1)

My first reaction when landing in Singapore was HEAT! It hit us as if we had just been put into an oven. It was to be our friend and foe over the next 3 days!

Our hotel was fabulous in a great setting and near to Clark Quay which had a myriad of restaurants and bars and was the departure point for boat trips round the harbour. A quick reckie of the area gave us a feel of New York but with sky, space and green. Lots of the buildings had arrangements of foliage down their walls. I was very impressed but then thought as there is air conditioning in most of them it was a way of paying back the carbon footprint!

Obviously when you first arrive at a new place you have to sort out food and eateries. We decided to go straight for the local delicacies by visiting a Hawker centre. These are large communal areas where cheap, delicious food is available.P1000337 P1000339

It was brilliant sitting with the locals, watching and listening. More noodles than rice seemed to be consumed – interesting. We used the same sort of arrangement when we visited Little India – again locals eating locally prepared food.

A different take on the idea of fast food!