A Restful Dorset Break \\ Back with a Bump…

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A La Ronde, Dorset

The Bear and I took a break away last week to join Pa at a beautiful National Trust cottage nestled at the foot of Golden Cap in Dorset…

Dorset feels like a coming home to my heart – we holidayed in Swanage almost every year growing up & Studland is full of happy beach days memories. My Grandma & Grandma lived out in beautiful rolling countryside in Donhead, near Shaftsbury, where we used to tromp the fields & woods until the old schoolbell called us back for lunches of Grandpa’s salad from the garden, and Grandma’s array of too many puds. And then, when Grandma moved to West Bay towards the end of her years, we discovered the magical cliff top chalets of Eype, and began to explore more of Bridport, Lyme & the surrounding areas.

The break away was much anticipated, if my timing as ever, a little on the rough side with the house proceedings, the launch of Lapin Blu, and Belle’s Events V&R fair on the Sunday back to get prepared for…but with everything seemingly in hand, we headed off late Sunday afternoon…

We visited the amazing A La Ronde in Exmouth, a unique sixteen-sided house described by Lucinda Lambton as having ‘a magical strangeness that one might dream of only as a child’. The house was designed & built for spinster cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter, when they returned from a grand tour of Europe in the late 18th century. It contains all sorts of weird & wonderful objects and mementoes of their travels and the interior is decorated with years worth of extraordinary hand crafted design including a feather frieze, gathered from native game birds and chickens, and a shell encrusted gallery said to contain almost 25,000 shells…
A La Ronde Internal Window, Dorset Hallway A La Ronde Dorset Gallery Ceiling A La Ronde Dorset window A La Ronde Dorset National Trust feather frieze tiny vintage crochet A La Ronde Dorset

Really, this place was magical. Beautiful, fascinating & inspiring and well worth a visit.

We spent easy days walking the cliff tops, stone throwing on the beach, eating out (at all my favourites ~ The Hive Beach Cafe, The Town Mill Bakery, The Watch House Cafe and, newly discovered thanks to the wonders of social connections, The Stable) and mooching in Bridport & Lyme Regis…spot the chalet featured in Broadchurch…
stepping stones Eype, Dorset walking West Bay boats, Dorset
windy

Every morning, the Bear got up & climbed the mountain (Golden Cap!) with Grandpa & the dogs, while I got some sleepy lie~ins, we spent the days out together, and then quiet cosy evenings in as the Bear slept (me with hook & yarn, Pa dozing in the armchair). I’ve also been playing with my Big Cam alot more (can you tell?!) and am so enjoying it again…

Our moochings led to a little retail therapy, a stocking of the yarn stash, a few vintage finds, and a certain someone making the most of holiday pocket money…
vintage hangers vintage linens yarn yarn multi

I was chuffed to bits to find the gorgeous Bridport Yarn (recently moved, and somehow missed on previous visits) ~ the owner, Rosie, was so lovely and made me a cuppa while I pondered on the beautiful yarns (mostly either British, local or fairly traded) and the rainbow colours. I highly recommend a stop in if you’re of the yarn love persuasion. And, the Bear made a carefully considered choice on how to spend her holiday pocket money when she chose this lovely bunny from another favourite, Girl’s Own Store. She has been named ‘Castle’ and has already been on many adventures with the Bear…I found some fantastic vintage linens and have already earmarked them for some new designs, and I’m a bit in love with the vintage hangers from Susie Cole in Lyme. And my rug, oh! I found a rug from Malabar Trading that was not going to be left behind, I was trying to be restrained, but it haunted me overnight – I loved the pattern & the colours so…I went back for that while Pa & the Bear spent a happy hour snake & laddering at the cottage!…

We really had a rather sooper time away. Admittedly, whilst I’d made a deliberate attempt to be offline more than on, with the relaunch, I found the intermittent wireless slightly nerve fraying as I tried to maintain a little contact with the online world (generally, I could only post while out & about or standing in a field near the cottage!), and my laptop losing two days of photos caused a morning of blue air until I found a fantastic chap in Bridport who managed to find them again (he nearly got an inappropriate hug…I restrained myself but squeaked alot instead), but the other 98% of not doing too much, and just enjoying the surroundings and time spent together was fab and so very welcome…

And the bump? Well, we came home to bad news on the house front. We’re still not sure what’s going on so I don’t want to say too much yet, but it’s been a pretty big crash, and I’m still reeling somewhat. Whilst of course I know things can go wrong in any house purchase, the nature of ours meant we were pretty certain of a done deal. Having already had such an emotional rollercoaster with the process, we’d spent the week being so excited & talking about our plans, and the news on our return just utterly flattened us all. I pulled out of the fair I was so looking forward to – we felt we just needed a 3bears regroup & I simply couldn’t have focused & prepared in time as the perfectionist in me requires me to present a fully propped & planned stand!

So now it’s Tuesday, we’re moving on to the next uncertain steps, and enough on that for now. What will be will be. And in the meantime, I’m dreaming of our next adventure back in Dorset and hoping the Summer soon comes a knocking and Blu-Belle can come out to play.

Comments (2)

  1. Jane Day

    Dorset is on my list of places to visit! I think I would rather like it. So pleased you had a lovely holiday and big hugs to you for the nasty bump on your return. Fingers crossed that it all comes good in the end petal keep your chin up.

    Jane x

    PS I’ll get onto answering the blog post questions this coming week I promise xx

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