Wednesday 13th May 2015
So, back to our wedding anniversary. I had taken Max to the river in the morning, then come home, had lunch, cleaned the bathrooms and vacuumed. After that it was time for Chris, Jez, Max and I to pile in the car and head out to my chosen destination: Kimmeridge Bay. Kimmeridge Bay lies to the west of Swanage on the Jurassic Coast. Getting there involves a drive down very narrow country lanes in the Purbeck Hills followed by a £5 car park fee! In the summer it gets really busy, but this afternoon there were very few people there.
Here are Chris and the dogs on the beach.
Those rocks are great for rock pooling at low tide. Dorset Wildlife Trust have a marine centre here and, in the summer, run glass bottomed kayak safaris in the bay. Max just wanted to play cone in the sea though.
Meanwhile, Jez has spotted something above the cliff.
Looking east from the beach you can see the marine centre and Clavell Tower, a 19th century folly which was moved, brick by brick 25m back from the edge of the cliff by the Landmark Trust 7-8 years ago.
And what I bought Chris here to see is here because of the Landmark Trust. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Trust and to mark the occasion the sculptor, Anthony Gormley, has created an installation called Land. This is a series of sculptures at 5 location next to water in the UK. There is information on the installation here: http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/news-and-events/50th-anniversary/land/
Anyway, Chris likes Anthony Gormley (especially Another Place at Crosby, near Liverpool), and didn’t know the statue was here (it is very recent). So it was a nice surprise for him.
The only problem was that it was high tide so we couldn’t get down too close. Here is another shot for you.
The land mass you can just make out on the horizon is Portland Bill, by the way.
I’ll leave you with a couple more photos, the first one being of Kimmeridge Bay.
And lastly – Max has lost his cone again.
We came home and had a Thai take away for dinner, washed down with a bottle of champagne. All in all it had been a lovely day.