Autumn by the Beach in Dorset

Hello,

It has been a week since I’ve sprained my ankles, and although my ankles are displaying some beautiful colours I am hobbling about fairly well. At least for short periods of time anyway.

My poor hubby ended up having to cancel his trip away that he had had booked for ages. Instead of speeding around a racetrack in sunny Spain, he instead spent the week as a stay at home dad. Caring for his clumsy wife, little piggies and the pooch. Determined to do something, he found a lodge in the campsite (Golden Cap Holiday Park) we stayed at in Dorset when we camped in the summer (Piggy went Camping) and booked there. Even better was the discount we received from being a returning customer.

The plan was that hubby, the little pigs, and the pooch could run amok on the beach while I would be propped up in the lodge. With a pretty view and the occasional hobble if I could manage it. The view was pretty and I did manage a couple of forays into the outside world.

Wooden Lodge at Golden Cap
Wooden Lodge at Golden Cap
Propped up by the fire whilst the rest of the family went out on a walk.
Propped up by the fire whilst the rest of the family went out on a walk.

On the Saturday I made the effort to pull my hiking boots on, as they are quite roomy if you’re not wearing thick wooly socks and laced them up. The beach at Seatown, if you turn right and walk up that side of the beach is compacted and you don’t sink into the stones. It was a lovely little walk and the kids loved fossil hunting and watching the rough sea (from a safe distance). We made quite the haul of ammonites here at the Jurassic Coast.

Imprint of a fossil in the clay. The fossil itself wasn't there.
Imprint of a fossil in the clay. The fossil itself wasn’t there.
Another fossil imprint in the clay.
Another fossil imprint in the clay.
Our haul from the beach.
Our haul from the beach.

I think the recent rain and turbulent seas had washed a lot of them free. We had the beach to ourselves and it was so peaceful (I think the rain had made the beach deserted). Isn’t that feather amazing? It must be from a bird of prey from examining it. I suspect potentially a Red Kite that likely hunts prey in the surrounding countryside. We even found some driftwood and my eldest was very taken with the pink seaweed that had been washed up by the previous tide. As for the pebbles……well she does like rocks!

Seatown Beach
Seatown Beach
The pooch certainly enjoyed scampering up and down the cliffs in Dorset. Much to my horror!
The pooch certainly enjoyed scampering up and down the cliffs in Dorset. Much to my horror!

To be honest that walk took it out of me. That and my youngest later on fell over, and as I jolted to catch her my ankle buckled underneath me. I spent the rest of the day with my foot once again propped up in the air with an icepack attached. Sunday came and the family pootled off without me to the beach for a fun morning walk, while I stayed with my foot up in the air again.

In the afternoon I joined them for a trip to West Bay for a wander around the harbour.

West Bay Beach
West Bay Beach

We stopped for a coffee at the ‘The Windy Corner Cafe‘ which was lovely inside. It was also dog friendly and sold little bags of dog biscuits for your furry companions. A wintry sunset had begun whilst we were sat in the cafe enjoying a coffee. It was beautiful and I made sure to nab a photo.

Sunset over West Bay.
Sunset over West Bay.

The harbour looked really pretty too as we made our way back to the car.

West Bay Harbour
West Bay Harbour

I’m starting to think that perhaps I should consider buying an actual camera for photo taking rather than my iPhone. But then I think, would I actually even have this camera with me when the urge to take photos strikes? Plus from what I understand you have to actually know how to use these cameras and not just put it on auto to get the best from them…….hmmmmm decisions decisions.

Monday morning came and I had a fair few more Christmas baubles made than when I arrived. Hopefully I’ll have them ready for my exciting announcement soon.

Christmas Crochet Baubles
Christmas Crochet Baubles

A last walk for the pooch and the little pigs before heading home. It was a lovely weekend away, even if I couldn’t enjoy it as I much as I wanted to. I so desperately wanted to get to the top of that head of land, but my foot would not have agreed to such a walk. Never mind there is always next year.

The coastal path trying to lure me to walk it's trails.
The coastal path trying to lure me to walk it’s trails.

And so bye bye for now Seatown.

Seatown Beach
Seatown Beach

We’ll back to Golden Cap Holiday Park very soon I am sure.

Saying bye to Golden Cap Holiday Park.
Saying bye to Golden Cap Holiday Park.

Speak to you soon.

Wishing you well.

Stay At Home Piggy

 

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