October Round Up

October was a fabulous month for photography as the weather in the south of England was, for the most part, just gorgeous. We made two trips this month, one at the beginning of the month to the Dorset coast to celebrate out 43rd wedding anniversary and the other to the Isle of Wight a week or so ago.


Arriving in south Dorset on a sunny (if very windy) day we headed for Portland and the east end of Chesil Beach, where the views are absolutely stunning. We drove right out to the lighthouse at Portland Bill where I nearly got blown off the cliff and Brian stayed in the car because of a recent eye problem. We then headed off to Burton Bradstock where we were meeting our friends who also got married on the same day 43 years ago.

We had booked two nights dinner bed & breakfast at the Seaside Boarding House and would thoroughly recommend it.

The next day we all set out to explore nearby Abbotsbury before we parted company. Our friends set off on an 8 mile hike while we explored the unique Swannery which was established by Benedictine monks over 1000 years ago around the time of the Norman Conquest.

At the end of the month we were back by the sea this time on the Isle of Wight. we had two lovely sunny days and one that was on the dull side. We had been to the other side of the Island to visit the electrical goods tip (the only place where you can dump your broken electrics!) and on the way back passed Mottistone Manor, one of our favourite National Trust destinations. We thought there might be a bit of autumn colour but were amazed by what we saw. I just couldn’t believe there were so many flowers out in late October.

Back to the beach now! On Saturday morning we watched these canoes set off from Totland Beach, imagine our surprise when we caught up with them again late afternoon at Freshwater Bay – they had presumably paddled all the way past the Needles – rather them than me!

Walking along the beach at Freshwater Bay in the opposite direction we spotted what at first looked like a load of buoys marking lobster pots in the distance. As we got nearer we realised they were in fact bobbing heads! Turned out they were a group of young people who were on a leadership / team building course run by NCS doing different activities every day. Today’s adventure for this group had included jumping out of a cave into the sea then coasteering along to the beach.

Well that’s some of our October highlights. Hope you had a great month too – I’d love to hear what your highlights were.

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