Monday, 12 October 2009
Thatched cottages & conkers in Dorset
On Sunday we had a FAMILY day out, no work & no thrifting for vintage things. Just walking, exploring and collecting leaves & conkers.
We went to MILTON ABBAS in Dorset. It is a village that I used to visit frequently when I lived 8 miles away from there. I lived in Dorset for 3 years (1981 to 1984)
Milton Abbas is a beautiful village. I hadn't been there for many years so yesterday's visit was a trip down memory lane for me. Neither Miss P or Alan had been there before, they were both taken by the pretty cottages.
One thing that struck me on arrival is that there were a lot more cars than I previously recalled, a sign of our times. That was a shame, as the village looks so much nicer without all the cars there. I know, people live there and need them...still a shame though...The tea room was no longer there! ;-(( I was looking forward to a cream tea...
Despite it not quite being as it was when I used to live in Dorset, it still remains a lovely village which I enjoyed going back to. You can tell from all the photos on this post!
The village has a lovely pub called THE HAMBRO ARMS
Walking down the village, Miss P & I had fun choosing which cottage we would live in given the choice. We often like to play that game when walking around a pretty place.
It was not an easy choice but this was the one for me. Same cottage as shown in the first photo. Photo doesn't really do it justice.
This was another contender
and that was also another contender! You can see how it would be hard to choose.
Walking away from the village we headed towards a footpath
We walked 1/2 mile collecting leaves and conkers on the way until we reached...
Milton Abbey and MILTON ABBEY SCHOOL (Independant boarding school)
Arriving there, brought back lovely memories. Here, is where I learnt to shoot (riffle & pistol - targets only). There was a shooting club held there once a week in the evening. I loved it! It was very well run, family run and friendly. I was about to be put forward to join the Dorset Women's Team but a move to Kent put a stop to that...I tried to find a decent club close to where I had moved to in Kent but none were as good or as NICE! I do sometimes wonder what could have been... I know that it's never too late but now I have so many other things to do & plans AND a husband and child which I did not have then. Then, was my opportunity!
Views from the abbey
Inside the Abbey
The detail is so beautiful, the work that went in to this is amazing.
On our way back we drove through Sturminster Newton - Dorset where I spotted this lovely looking shop AGNES & VERA. But that will have to be for another visit, it was closed.
I simply love that shade of green!
Great window display.
Peeking through the window made me want to come back again when it is open.
I couldn't resist these fun looking recipe books which I bought at the Abbey.
I love Dorset and can't wait to go back again soon...
I hope that you all had a good weekend!