Walking the paths round Hardy’s Cottage with lunch in Dorchester

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14: 27

This stands amongst the trees in memory of Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy’s father built this cob house for the family.
The back of the cottage.
Rushy pond home of Grass Snakes, Palmate Newts, Dragonflies and Damselflies. Here is Hardy’s poem about this place. https://www.poetrynook.com/poem/rushy-pond
Out of the forest the open ground is covered with Heather growing on the chalk. The chalk was mixed with straw and mud to build the 2 foot thick cottage walls. I can imagine Hardy senior doing this. Mixing and shaping waiting for it to dry and then layer after layer it goes up. It is the sort of thing I would have enjoyed. All I did was bake mud pies in the sun for my dolls.
Old and bent.
Path through the woods
The fern and the Holly

Lunch in Dorchester

Quiche, two salads and roast potatoes. Very homely.
Large portions of food and such an honest answer to – Me: ” Do you have any Dorset Apple Cake?” Lady serving:” I am sorry my neighbour’s apples aren’t ready yet she usually gives me them.”
Some with masks some without!
All you need is love. By Mike Chapman for the town of Dorchester in Dorset

A conversation overheard in a coffee shop shortly before leaving the town. A tall middle age man: ” I was sitting over there a few days ago and I didn’t pay my bill. I had……that comes to £9.50. May I pay it with today’s bill.”

Cogden Beach.

Bess smelling the Sea Cabbage/Kale.
Bess and Roy
A newly found ancient settlement

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