More memories of Dorset in 2011.
Our cottage was lovely and had everything we needed. It was in the small village of Martinstown which has a farm shop, a post office, a church and a pub.
Roses and wisteria climb up the front of many of the little cottages and both were blooming, so it was very pretty. Our cottage is the second one in a terrace and the only one with a thatched roof.
Inside it was very comfortable with a fully equiped kitchen,
book shelves with novels as well as information about the area
and comfy lounges with warming fire if needed .
A tiny "creek" ( well that's what we would call it in Oz ) runs along the edge of the road that passes through the centre of the village and several houses are built right up to the edge of this tiny stream, entered from the road by little bridges over the creek.
There is a very old " wool wash" which makes use of the creek,
no longer used but still in great condition.
After a short visit to Dorchester this morning we walked up to our local pub, the Brewers Arms, for a Sunday roast.
Seated at the table next to us were a local couple, farmers who breed Hereford cattle, and we started chatting with them.
We really enjoyed their company and chatted on .. and on till three hours had passed !
The roast pork was lovely ( Yorkshire pudding too ), followed by Sticky Date pudding .
Later we walked up through the fields towards the next village along a pathway lined with some white flowering wild flower which I now know is cow parsley.