Thursday, 25 April 2013

Sunny Portland

 Woke up on our first day at Ferrybridge Cottages to brilliant sunshine so with fog forecast for later in the week, made the most of the opportunity to explore Portland. We walked over the causeway, visiting the Chesil Beach centre on the Fleet which opened last year - now beginning to be populated by sculptures along the board walk. The thrift was just beginning to come into flower.
 After an excellent lunch at the Cove Inn we caught a bus to Southwell and walked down to Portland Bill passing the ancient strip field systems - it looks like some fields are still being cultivated in a similar way
The air was full of the sound of birds and as we neared the Bird Observatory, lots of people with serious binoculars ( mine are rather basis) I'm not that knowledgeable but I think I saw blackcaps and chiff-chaffs.

After coffee and cake at the Lobster Pot Cafe , we headed back along the coast path, taking lots of photos of the beach huts , waves and stopping so I could do a couple of watercolours of the quarry cranes 

We walked around 5 miles in total and Ian rather caught the sun - we weren't expecting such lovely weather.

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