A grand day out

Saturday 18th April 2015

Normally when someone comes to stay I like to organise at least one day where we all go out together (that’s the visitor(s), me, Chris and the dogs). Today, as it was lovely and sunny, albeit with a cold wind, I thought a trip down to West Bay (Bridport Harbour) would be nice. Many of you will know it as the place where the TV series Broadchurch was mainly shot. Coincidentally, as I write this they have opened a new Broadchurch Trail around the town.

I’ve got loads of photos, but I’ll try to pick the best ones. The others you will find over on my Flickr stream.

So here are those instantly recognisable cliffs along the East Beach. As you can see, the sea is fairly rough.

East Beach and the cliffs

Here’s another view from the end of the new sea wall.

The cliffs

I took this photo as I didn’t think it was particularly advisable of those girls playing on the rocks.

Not a great place to play

What I didn’t realise was that there was to be drama, not from the girls on the rocks but from one of those in the sea behind. She got swept out past the end of the rocks, and the local guys did a brilliant job of rescuing her – one of them risking his own life going in after her. At the time it all kicked off I was filming for Chris, so I quickly moved the camera and captured a lot of the action. Chris has posted it on his You Tube account.

Eventually they got her up the rocks and the coastguard, paramedics and ambulance arrive. I believe she was ok but the coastguard report to the local paper said she was slipping in and out of consciousness when they got there.

So, back to more mundane matters. Here’s a view of the East Beach.

West Beach

And here’s Jez (shaking), Max and Chris on the beach when we got there.

Jez shakes

Jez looks very happy coming out of the sea.

Jez emerges from the sea

And, of course, Max was in his element.

Max emerges from the sea

There was a little lagoon at the end of the beach and Jez thought it was great. Here she goes to investigate what the children are up to.

Jez goes to investigate

It was lucky there was a sheltered area as Jez doesn’t like the waves if they are too rough, and as I said, it was a bit windy.


So, onto the harbour.

When we got there it was low tide.

Low tide

But by the time we were ready to head home the tide had come in.

All lined up

Up river a little way is the chalet used as DI Alec Hardy’s home in the second series of Broadchurch. Sadly he wasn’t there today (it’s recently been sold).

DI Alec Hardy is sadly not at home

After that I had an ice cream and then we headed home, although we did stop off for a drink at a very nice pub in Burton Bradstock on the way home.


That’s Chris with Irene, Max and Jez under the table in the shade.

And finally for today, I took the coast road towards Weymouth on the way home, so we got some lovely views of Chesil Bank, the Fleet (the water inside the Bank) and Portland Bill (off in the distance).

Chesil Bank and the Fleet

It had been a lovely day, and best of all I didn’t have to cook when we got home as we got a take away.

A year ago today

We went to the River Stour where I took this photo of a Little Egret.

Little Egret


Incredible light for photography

Wednesday 15th October 2014 (Part 2)

After our walk on Stonebarrow Down we went back to the caravan, stopping to get some rolls on the way, and hadn’t been back long when the heavens opened. We had torrential rain from about 1pm, so after lunch Chris and I decided to sit and watch a DVD. At 3pm I noticed that the rain seemed to have stopped, and by 3.30pm it seemed to be brightening up, so I suggested we get the dogs out for their afternoon walk while we could. As we thought it might rain again we headed to the west beach at West Bay, which was nearest to us. The tide was in and the sea was rough, but the sun kept peeking out through the clouds, all of which made for some fairly dramatic photographs.

Stormy Weather

We went onto the beach and Max happily chased his cone around.


He wasn’t too keen on the larger waves though.

Run Max!

From the beach we went out to the end of the new Jurassic Pier. In the first set of photos I took West Bay and the cliffs were in the shade, with just the black sky behind them. But as I watched the sun moved along the cliffs from west to east, and so we waited. It was worth it.

This is the entrance to the old harbour from the Jurassic Pier.

Entrance to the old harbour from the Jurassic Pier

And this is a slightly wider view.

West Bay from the Jurassic Pier

Here are those famous cliffs lit by the sun.

Bathed in Sunlight

The harbour looked much better today in better light.

West Bay harbour

This shot is looking roughtly north across the harbour.

West Bay harbour

St John’s Church.

St John's Church, West Bay

And lastly, Chris and the dogs head back towards the caravan park, with the Riverside Restaurant lit by the sun in the background.

Riverside Restaurant and Fast Food outlets

We got back shortly before it started raining again!

I hope you’ve liked this afternoon’s photos: I was very pleased with them. There are a few more from today on my Flickr stream (see right).

A walk around ‘Broadchurch’

Tuesday 14th October 2014 (Part 2)

So we had our lunch and a short rest and then mid-afternoon we walked down to the harbour and beach at ‘Broadchurch’, aka West Bay. I took loads of photos – far too many to share here – so I’m going to select a few for you. As I said previously, if you want to see all of them then please click on my Flickr stream to the right of the page and it will take you to my Flickr account where you can look through them all.

This is a view across the original harbour.

The harbout, West Bay, Dorset

A different view across the harbour, together with the fishing boats.

West Bay Harbour

Time for a snack.

Snack time

The new pontoons at the harbour end of the new Jurassic Pier.

New ponttons under black skies

Beachside cottages.

Beachside cottages

The cottages from a slightly different angle.

Hiding behind the beach

Those famous cliffs.

The cliffs at West Bay, Dorset

The west beach.

West Bay

Heading back to the caravan.

Parkdean Caravan Park

And finally, this is where we were staying.

The caravan we stayed in

There will be more holiday adventures and photos tomorrow.

In which we go on a short break

Monday 13th October 2014

A few weeks ago I booked us a short, 4 day break in a caravan at West Bay in Dorset. Many of you won’t know where West Bay is, but it is the small port attached to the west Dorset town of Bridport, and in recent times is better known as Broadchurch from the TV detective series of the same name. Chris and the dogs had never stayed in a caravan before, so I was hoping that they were going to like it.

We were told check in was from 4pm so we were in no hurry. We packed during the morning and loaded the car after lunch – in the pouring rain. The rain continued throughout the hour-long drive down to West Bay. We arrived at 3pm and fortunately were able to check into the caravan early. By the time we had unpacked the rain had just about stopped, so we took the dogs for a walk down the beach. As you can see, it was a little bit bleak, but those cliffs in the background are easily recognisable if you watched the TV series.

It was a bit bleak on the beach at West Bay

As you can see, Chris wasn’t too sure about the weather, but the dogs were really happy to be there.

After a short walk it was back to the caravan, where Chris and the dogs settled down for the evening.

Comfy cosy in our caravan

Unfortunately rain is forecast for most of the week, but I’m hoping to get out and about with the camera.

A year ago today

My Sunday morning baking resulted in a batch of egg custard tarts.

Egg Custard Tarts