Wednesday, 4 November 2009


Following on from my PREVIOUS post....

After our night's stay in BRIANTSPUDDLE, we left our B&B and walked to the post office/shop situated just yards away. I bought some lovely cards from original watercolours by Mary Sherwood, they are all of Briantspuddle.

The building on the left is the village hall and the one on the left is the post office/shop. On a Sunday it opens for a couple of hours in the morning.

After that we headed back to the car and drove straight for LULWORTH COVE to have a walk along the coast.
It was a VERY BLUSTERY day!

I always have a look to see what has been washed up, there wasn't much this time.

A steep walk uphill, looking back to where we parked our car.

We were walking against the wind and it was HARD WORK but the views were rewarding.

After our walk we popped into Country Wines in Lulworth Cove (surprisingly no website).They have a fantastic selection of wines, liqueurs and beers. We came back with some ginger wine (delicious and warming) and some Piddle Beer ;-)) (a local ale)

We headed for Wareham

We stopped here and had a car picnic

After Wareham we made our way back to the outskirts of Briantspuddle, there is a lovely forest there.

A cottage in the woods

View from the back of that cottage

After the forest walk, we had one last walk around Briantspuddle itself before it was time to head back home to Somerset.

This is where the Post office/shop used to be when I lived in Affpuddle.

I really like this cottage, very unsual in shape

The sun is going down and after several miles worth of walking, it's time to go back home.

Affpuddle & Briantspuddle have a strong sense of community and take pride in their villages. They often hold events in the village hall which many villagers attend. They are lovely places to live in!

As mentioned in previous post, I have very fond memories of the time when I lived In Affpuddle in the early 1980's.

A bientôt!

Isabelle X


Floss said...

Thanks for the lovely photos and the rest of your tour.

texasdaisey said...

It is so amazing to see how others live "across the pond" so many things are similar and yet so different. Loved your pictures and reading all about your weekend adventure.

Penny said...

So picturesque. Makes me wish I lived there!

artemis said...

Oh such a beautiful part of the world, lucky you!

LiLi M. said...

Oh no need to tell that you have fond memories of living here, Isabelle! When I see your pictures and those of the previous post I feel like mailing 'escape to the country' with an emergency message that I am looking for a cottage in the Dorset Puddles NOW!

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Your scenery photos are DREAMY! The rainbow of wine bottles is so pretty. I love the thatched roofs; believe it or not we do have a thatched-roof shop here on Cape Cod near the Canal. A teensy bit of England on the Cape - lol!

Pomona said...

I have a lot of Lulworth Blue paint in my house - I feel that I must visit the Cove one day! The houses are a dream - I am hoping for a trip to Somerset soon!

Pomona x

maría cecilia said...

Hi Isabelle, this has been a wonderful ride, so many beautiful houses, nature, ocean... and your watercolours are great!!!
Maria Cecilia

andamento said...

Lovely photos, enjoyed the tour very much.

My favourites were the boat in the cove and the cottage in the woods - both fab!

Lori said...

it looks so beautiful there...quaint and charming too...thanks for the tour:)

Clare said...

It looks so lovely, great photos too. After such a long walk I hope you had some of that wine...medicinal reasons of course!

Blondie's Journal said...

What a wonderful tour, Isabelle. I think I would have done all of the things you did while visiting; taking the long walks, visiting the shops...I love the car picnic. Never heard of that but sounds like fun and a 'No wasting time' sort of thing!!

I really enjoyed seeing the cottages, especially those with the thatched roofs. How incredibly cozy these homes look. Someday I hope to visit!


blushing rose said...

Oh, Isabelle, TY for taking me with you away from the world of reality for a wee bit. Breathtakingly beautiful, peaceful visit ...

TTFN ~Marydon
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Josephine Tale Peddler said...

These villages have gone on top of my 'must see' list next time I am in England. Lulworth Cove looks very Daphne du Maurier! I can see the pirates, smugglers and intrigues along that blustery shore. I also love the mysterious little fairytale cottage in the woods. Thanks for livening up a rather taxing day here in Sydney! More excursions Isabelle please! I do enjoy following your adventures. xx

Sal said...

Another fabulous tour,Isabelle.
I've always loved Dorset and thankfully it is next door to Devon so I think we'll be venturing there fairly soon ...and definitely doing all the 'puddle' places!

Simo said...

Questo posto è un incanto, mi fa sognare.
Complimenti per il tuo bellissimo blog

English style said...

Hi Isabella,

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures, i am sure, you have had a lovely time there !!

Big Hugs from Holland :-)

KC'sCourt! said...

Great tour, thank you.
As a child my parents to me to Lulworth Cove and I played on the beach there, it was lovely and quiet for them and boring for me (I don't have brothers and sisters so I never had anyone to play with) but if I should ever go back I would probably appreciate it more.

Joanne said...

Thank you for this wonderful tour, I'd forgotten how wonderful Dorset is.
Lulworth cove was always a favourite place for me. I use to go on my days off when I worked at Studland.
You've certainly encouraged me to take a trip back there.
Joanne x

sue15cat said...

Oooh...Piddle Ale, my Lovely Hubby loves it and I keep all his empty bottles (lined up on the windowsaill in the downstairs loo!). One day he says he will make his own beer and that is why he saves them....we'll see!

Love all your photos.

Sue xx

Devon Dumpling said...

Lovely pictures of a lovely place x

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Isabelle! Thank you for this nice trip in the countryside! The landscapes are wonderful and the homes with such special roofs....
A nice day for you!

. said...

Wonderful images.

Anonymous said...

The photos of Lulworth Cove are exactly what I imagine when I read "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier.

Absolutely lovely, thank you for sharing them! It makes me want to buy a plane ticket...

The White Bench said...

Love thatched cottages, Isabelle! And the British greens too!

Slices of Beauty... said...

Love villages like this one!

A Vintage Mood said...

Hello, friend. Total charm! What could be better than a B&B getaway? A B&B trip in England! Your blog is a wonderful resource for planning a trip there ~ I'm thinking it will happen for me and hubby someday.

Charlotte, Cottontails said...

What lovely pictures... I particularly love the forest ones, and the cottage in the woods. Fairytale stuff.

Love Charlotte

elsy said...

wondeful cottages, that one in the woods is my favourite

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Oh Isabelle what a treat!

I just long to be by the coast in the Autumn and Winter, I love it blustery and bleak, the colours are amazing and I just luxuriated in your Lulworth Cove shots so thank you!

I have really enjoyed your tour, must get to some of the villages you mention, next time we are in Hardy country.

Love Sarah x

A Bun Can Dance said...

In all that rambling on about old homes, I forgot to say in my previous comment, that isn't it just so lovely that the authoress left a copy of her book for you when you moved to the house? I really like that idea - so friendly and welcoming on a personal level.
Are you going to the V&H fair? If so I hope we can 'bump' into each other and say 'hello'!
Denise x

bellaboo said...

Love that part of Dorset and have stayed there Wareham too!Wonder if you went to the little antique shop while you were in the town.Your post brought back happy memories.


koralee said...

Something so romantic about the countryside in the UK...not at all like Canada. I would love to visit one day..sigh. Thanks for that magical tour.

Lisa said...

I thoroughly enjoyed my tour in both your posts, what truly beautifully cottagey place you and your family lived in.
Those cards are pretty too, are you going to display them?
Lisa x

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Lila said...

Amazing pictures! A cottage in the woods, ah, that is so fairy tale like..
Like the cottage in Mauve Binchy's Circle of Friends!