It was a good day - haircut, dreary start to the weather improving as the day went on and, after dithering between heading down Walcott Street or George Street (I walked in to get a bit of exercise), I plumped for Walcott Street and happened upon a one day only fabric sale pop-up shop!! Oh my! It was less than 25% the normal cost of such lovely fabric - so I think I was quite restrained to only spend £10!
|fabric pop-up shop|
|City of Bath|
On Saturday it was the management company AGM for the 'estate' where we have a holiday flat. Mark had a day's leave on Friday so we had a long weekend in Dorset. It was a short visit, but really nice and relaxing. One of the many joys of West Bay for me is the multitude of friendly dogs to fuss. I would dearly love to have a dog, but it never seems fair to leave a dog at home alone. We had talked about, if my first year of self-employment goes to plan, looking for a rescued dog to give a home to. It would of course have to get on well with cats, but we found out this week that Max the cat's recurring cystitis is probably feline lower urinary tract disease. Basically his urine is not sufficiently acidic and he has developed crystals in his urine. The treatment is a change in diet - he now has to have very expensive specialist food (as will Rio so Max doesn't eat his food) - but it can be made worse with stress, so I suspect any plans to have a dog will have to be ditched. I don't really mind; I adore the cats and would do anything for them. Anyway, I get a good dog fix in West Bay. The Ellipse cafe even provides water bowls for dogs and sells dog biscuits at the counter along with the human goodies!
|very gorgeous gordon setter (that's the breed, not his name!)|
We had a bit of a walk on the Friday and more walking on Saturday. My favourite type of weather; bright and sunny but cold enough to make your cheeks rosy and your nose run.
|Mark and me|
|gulls perching on a rock at West Bay|
|sea as still as a mill pond|
|view of Lyme from West Bay|
|looking towards Devon from West Bay|
I was wondering whether other countries have a tradition of memorial benches? Here people buy benches to be put in nice public spaces, often somewhere that was important to a loved one who has passed away, and they include a plaque to remember the person, and on anniversaries leave flowers and ribbons on the bench. Is this just a British thing?
We went to visit the sub-tropical gardens at Abbotsbury. At this time of year the gardens are flood-lit in the evening and the trees are decked with Halloween ghouls, ghosts and goblins. We didn't get a chance to visit in the evening, but enjoyed the display, even though it was daylight.
|view of Lyme Regis from Abbotsbury|
|the Chesil beach|
|Mark (aka Johnny-no-mates)|
|path to coast view|
This little area of woodland near the viewing spot reminds me of Swedish woodland...it's the light and shade I think.
|view towards Golden Cap and Lyme Regis|
|Abbotsbury sub-tropical gardens|
|lantern catches the light|
It will be no surprise to hear that Mark and I felt obliged to have a cup of tea in the gardens tea room.
|sub-tropical gardens tea rooms|
We made a friend...
|robin waits for titbits (or should that be robin-bits?)|
...but I don't think he appreciated our only having tea with no cake to share...
He soon left in disgust!