Doors, Coves and Country Parks

I am a hibernator. My natural instinct when faced with cold, short days is to bury my face in the biscuit tin and my body in the sofa.

The thing about living with small people is that they don’t let you lie under a blanket for long, unless you are pretending to be a patient in a game, and being poked and prodded at by a toddler wielding a plastic thermometer usually ends up in incidences of near blinding thus is hardly relaxing.

So I bravely overcome my sloth like urges and pile on the woollies and head out into the cold. And you know what, once it am out in it, I love it, so I am grateful to the small chap for getting me moving.

The weekend has been chillsome but sunny so we braved an outing both days. Saturday saw us visit Upton Country Park. This posh old house has gardens to wander and woods to explore. There are places to sneak stunning views over the water, and a bit of a play trail, which was rather well hidden for us in places and I think we probably missed some of it.


Upton House

log balancing

play trail upton country park

upton country park play trail

look up

grove wood


Sunday we bundled up under even more layers, until our arms were stiff in our coat sleeves, and headed for the coast. Meeting Betsy’s current need to photograph beautiful things is easy when you live somewhere as naturally gorgeous as Dorset, and this time we headed to Durdle Door.

Syd trooped admirably up and down the three quarters of a mile hill to the best view of this natural arch, requiring a carry for just a short spell of the steepest stretch on the return journey to the car. We were whipped by wild winds and enlivened by brief fingers of sunlight reaching down to the sea and allowing the briefest of warmths to touch our faces.

The blustery walk was rewarded well with seas the colours of those from the prettiest of holiday brochures and the craggy cliffs of the Jurassic coast.


Durdle door

durdle door beach

durdle door dorset

durdle door sign

syd at durdle door


Then to Lulworth, first to refuel with a pub lunch, then to potter more in the cove. Such a gloriously pretty village with its pebbled beach almost enclosed by rocky outcrops, scarred with the signs of recent falls.

We chose stones to take home (Syd had to be talked out of some of the larger ones, but still his back pack was too heavy for him to lift and his collection from various places is beginning to resemble a quarry). We peered at the stream as it tumbled over rocks down the beach to the sea. Betsy snapped, I snapped, we took a pew and all three of us calmly looked out to sea, for a whole two minutes until Syd was ready to move again.


lulworth cove Syd

pebble beach

lulworth cove sydney


Then home, suitably refreshed and renewed by both the fresh air and the beauty of nature. How was your weekend?

Love Miss Cisco XXX

P.S. Thanks to my lovely daughter for the fab photo’s of Durdle Door!



  1. January 26, 2015 / 9:46 am

    Lovely photos, so good to blow away the cobwebs…we certainly don’t do it enough. I must make more of an effort.
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  2. Lilconn
    January 26, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    and Syd had same shoes on today xx

  3. Lilconn
    January 26, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    and Syd had a proper pair of shoes on !!! xx

  4. January 26, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    It looks like such a beautiful place. It’s great to get out for a wander when you can, although staying in and hibernating is so tempting x Lovely photos.
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  5. Betsy
    January 26, 2015 / 4:20 pm

    ehem … Taking credit for my photos again

    • January 26, 2015 / 5:41 pm

      ehem….I took more of these than you, plus its my camera! Have added a thank you in at the bottom to keep you happy oh beautiful daughter of mine! xx

  6. January 26, 2015 / 5:22 pm

    It’s hard to resist the urge to baton down the hatches and not emerge again until Spring but it’s great once you do go out isn’t it, especially with such glorious scenery to inspire you.
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  7. January 26, 2015 / 7:05 pm

    Glad it’s not just me who thinks hibernating in the winter is normal!! Loving the photos – it’s been over 10 years since I visited Dorset, need to plan a trip soon, it’s a beautiful part of the country x
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  8. January 26, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    We love Dorset and adored Durdle Door last time we were down. You have to make the effort this time of year don’t you otherwise you go a bit mad been stuck inside all of the time!

  9. January 26, 2015 / 8:18 pm

    If i could chose the place to live then that would be dorset. is so lovely! gorgeous photos.
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  10. January 26, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    You live in a such a beautiful area. Love the blue of the sea. We stayed in all weekend so by today I was itching to go out! In truth I love going out for walks more in winter. There’s always less people about and a stark beauty about everything.
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  11. January 27, 2015 / 5:51 am

    That looks amazing. We have been housebound for two weeks not due to an unwanted virus and I so need to get out and get some fresh air and exercise. Syd is so cute.
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    • January 27, 2015 / 7:15 am

      Oh no you poor things, hope everyone is better soon x

  12. January 27, 2015 / 4:08 pm

    Such beautiful photos! My friend was desperate to take us to Durdle Door when we visited them in Weymoyth last year, but she wanted us to walk and it was some ridiculously long distance and we didn’t have the time. We will definitely make time for it next time!
    Nice to see the matching shoes! πŸ˜‰
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    • January 27, 2015 / 5:00 pm

      You can park at the top, then its a 3/4 mile walk down, then up again – bit steep but even a lazy arse like me can manage it without moaning – next time you are down give it a go!

  13. January 28, 2015 / 8:13 pm

    We love Upton Country Park too. I haven’t been to Durdle Door since before Isaac came along as i am nervous about the kids walking too close to the cliff…….we must do it soon
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