Back rested and revived from my few days away on the Isle of Portland. On arrival at Weymouth, the beach was packed with families enjoying the sun ( and a traditional Punch and Judy show) - very different from when we visited in March! The first thing I did after I'd dropped my bags off at the hotel was head out to the Chesil Beach visitor centre. This was also busy with visitors - you could hear the determined crunch of feet heading up the slope from quite a way off. But only a few metres away it was much more peaceful. The expanse of pink and yellow flowers was glorious and I found a sheltered spot to sketch crouched down among drifts of sea thrift, listening to the sky larks.
Refreshed after a good night's sleep, I walked directly from the hotel on one of the 'Legacy Trails' of the old quarries including DWT King Barrow Quarries nature reserve. More pinks and yellows including some of my old favourites from my chalk grassland survey days:
Polygala vulgaris ( milkwort)
Hieraceum pilosella ( mouse-ear hawkweed)
Lots of Common Blue butterfliesTout Quarry
Then a walk down hill to lunch at Jacksons' Gallery with views out to sea and excellent soup, coffee and Florentines .
Inspired by the current exhibition by Roy Winstanley , I walked down to Chiswell and onto the beach for some sketching and taking lots of photos of weathered surfaces and beach detritus.
I had a lovely lunch at the Wishing Well Café after some purchases from Upwey Potters:
Dish by Laurence Eastwood
The Heights hotel where I stayed was a very different experience from our usual 'home-from home' of Ferrybridge Cottages but perfect for a brief breathing space . My room was comfortable and the staff so helpful and I spent hours looking out at this view of Chesil from the bistro - both at breakfast and evening meals I had a window seat. Spectacular.