Monday, 21 August 2017

Dorset Days

Something a bit different -some holiday snaps-had a nice time in Dorset as you will see -this was outside a shop that only sold teddy bears in Swanage-I did go in searching for a hippo but exclusively Bears, Panda's and Unicorns but well worth visiting if your in the area-sunburnt on the nose always happens.

My Sister George took the majority of these photos -this was from first evening -Swanage again very tranquil -unlike Flintstone which is all ferries fishing boats and seagulls -only heard one seagull -he must of followed me all the way from Kent
Traveling to Swanage station to go by train (a proper choo choo train ) we saw this fantastic house with painting of collies in the windows -having grown up with two collies ourselves had to take a snap -owner must of loved dogs very much.
snap of my sister at platform-by a diesel train -I have far more pics of this but my older sister Zippy hasn't got those photos yet so I can't upload those (there may be a part 2 to this post or I'll post them on flickr /facebook or whatever for people to ignore-really is squaresville mostly hence this blog )-here's first example of me been incapable with my camera - may give in to pressure of not having a smart phone soon seems great for taking pics and films -it's just that when I did have a normal mobile I'd have a friend phone me up in the middle of the night when he was pissed up I got fed up of it -so thats one reason I don't bother with phones -kinda like living in 20th Century more than 21st -I'm a  bit of a luddite.

More steamy moments later.
pic of George again looking like a Rolling Stone on the set of a Wickerman type movie -this is Corfe Castle -well worth a visit saw archery and wee kids running around dressed as Knights a good afternoon out -and fab coffee -
head was too big to fit through stocks) maybe it's just for kids -goes to show they were evil gits back in medieval times...had some better ones of castle again I'll have to post them later...
must of been final day seeing as I'm in grey shirt -but another shot of steam train -bought my friend hat I'm wearing here getting a bit attached to it may not give it to him now hopefully his head will be too big lol-mind you its more Sydney Greenstreet than Bogart so perhaps not.

You'll have to watch this whilst performing yoga or something lol thought I could edit in youtube alas no might be able to fix with camera -but it's fecking complex with my fat fingers right now.
Some awesome shops in Swanage and lots of Jack Hargreaves clones although they missed that vital thing -a pipe .
Day three met a baby Triceratops along the trail
Hippo on the move in Durlston- as well as the sights saw a excellent exhibition by Mandy Barker of good artists in the area it seems)

Another flattering pic of my sister -mines worse went hat-less  for a change but got wrong angle for hanky on head.
Day 4 was spent in Bournemouth -nightmare journey on open top bus very windy -spent a fair bit of time on Swanage beach too both very busy.
One more choo choo train -still don't know what a Minion is they look like mad peanuts to me.. kind of movie parents take kids to -

Had to get some culture whilst in Bournemouth -all that  shopping stuff is everywhere -does my head in so instead we headed for The East Cliff Hall which is where the Russell Cotes Museum is located
Some incredible paintings, sculptures , pottery , furniture armour  you name it collected by the couple as they travelled the world - highly recommended if you want to expand your  knowledge even met a few Napoleonic superstars (sorta)

puckered up to Nelson but Horatio would have none of it.
Not tonight Johnnyboy - mind you Bonaparte would be Napo soon seeing as this was sculpted when he was on Saint Helena his final resting place.
Othello-awesome  bust as was the black queen which is visible in next pic
A fine collection of art -George took lots of pics -but my fave had to be "Christmas Morning 1886" by John Brett (I dig storm pics)

Picked up a fantastic manga in gift shop -usually read European and American comics but this was really cool -good way to learn about Merton and Annie's travels to the Orient

I almost caused a bomb scare in the museum as I'd bought a copy of Axis Bold as Love for my Nephew (as he'd passed his exams) I was so involved looking at all the art I left record by the wall -would of hated to see such a classic destroyed by a controlled explosion -thankfully there was an attendant that notified me that I'd  been so forgetful -so that's the record I'm carrying in a few of these pics in the black bag.
Final day was spent in Wareham -visited  St Martins Church pre Norman so over a thousand years standing -within lies a effigy of  Lawerence of Arabia -got film of that so I'll get screen-capping  that and other parts of my holiday soon
Final stop before heading back to train station was Harry's for a Pint and a half of the black stuff and a burger -gonna miss the place - and there's only so much you can do in four and a half days so may return in a few years check out the tanks, monkeys and Stonehenge.
It's certainly a highlight of the year for me so far-wish I could get out more -but it's a rare thing these days -no doubt I'll post other stuff related to my little summer break soon enough .

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