Portland Bill

I wrote the other day about wanting to spend as much time as I could having fun with Syd before he starts school, but he isn’t the only one of my children with whom time suddenly seems to be slipping away too quickly. My daughter, Betsy, will be off to university in September and I haven’t quite processed that she is leaving home yet.

I have shared my life and home with her for nearly nineteen years now, which is longer even than I lived with my own parents and I cannot picture a daily life without her in it. (Hang on…..need a tissue before I carry on typing!). Back now *sobs*, so as well as making the most of the last few months before Syd starts school, I also want to make the most of the time before she heads off.

Wednesday’s are a day when just the three of us are home – Syd has no pre-school, Betsy’s work placements are now completed so she no longer has college that day – so while feeling sorry for my other half at work and my lovely middle boy at school, we are going to make the most of them.

Last Wednesday was a perfect Summers day, albeit one in the middle of Spring, so we headed off to Portland Bill for an adventure. We paused at the top of Portland to take a look at the view over Chesil Beach.


chesil beach


Then headed down to Portland Bill where are first mission was to enjoy a spot of lunch at The Pulpit Inn – a gorgeous spot to eat, outdoor seating providing sea views and chips that got the Syd seal of approval. Then a walk over Portland Bill to the lighthouse, pausing to make use of the swings and to take many photos along the way.


portland bill boat foreground

portland bill


Simply stunning, STUNNING place. I am ashamed to say I had never been before despite living my entire life nearby. We will be back and often I think. We even had a poke about in the museum at the base of the lighthouse – you can go up it, but Syd is too short at the moment – which as it is 153 steps and a baking hot day I was pretty thankful for! He loved the kids activities in the museum though, and was especially taken with the flag that contained crayons to colour it in within the pole.


betsy portland bill

flag colouring portland bill


Ice creams and cold drinks a plenty, we ambled our way around, clambering rocks, spotting the brilliant patches of turquoise in the sea and jewel green rocks. Rumour has it on some days you can see wild dolphins, but not while we were there despite much hoping! It is a magnificent place for an adventure, so much space to run around and explore, while a perfect view stretches out in every direction.


portland bill lighthouse

green rocks and the sea

craggy rocks and clear sea


I can’t wait for our next adventure, need to plan somewhere to go tomorrow as the weather is looking fine again,

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. April 21, 2015 / 10:41 am

    Such a lovely idea to plan those all important days out together and what a day out you had. Those photos are stunning, what a beautiful part of the world. I so want to come back to Dorset, we really fell in love with it and seeing posts like this make me want to return as there is so much to see.
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  2. April 21, 2015 / 10:47 am

    You have made me feel all emotional! My eldest will start senior school next year, just as my youngest starts infants. I am already counting the days before my “big” girl grows up and my “baby” is no longer a baby.

    In fact, I can’t think about it today. Not today.

    Beautiful post, enjoy every moment x
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  3. April 21, 2015 / 12:56 pm

    Oh Goodness – what gorgeous shots! Portland Bill always means ‘nearly home’ to me as we sail back in from adventures at sea. It can sometimes be horrendous if we’ve mistimed the Portland Race and we surf back in at breakneck, hairy scarey speed but on days like that one it’s perfect! I’m just squinting to see if I can spot me and my man drifting about Weymouth Bay 😉
    My eldest left for Uni last year (as you know) and I still fill up from time to time- enjoy her (she’ll be back with her washing and her empty tummy soon enough!) x
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  4. April 21, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    Stunning , I want to go and I want to go now! Maybe I could come and be your ‘fake daughter’ come September. W afew walks and gin and I’m as quiet as a mouse.
    Ish 😉
    Lovely that you are all making the most of time together x
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  5. April 21, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    Thanks for letting us come too – those blue skies make me smile so much! What an amazing part of the world you live in and lovely memories you are making 🙂
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  6. April 21, 2015 / 10:17 pm

    I’d forgotten quite how beautiful it is there. Shame on you for never having been before but now your’e a proper grown up and have to take your kids as often as you intend to 😉 Your daughter looks too young to leave you yet *sobs with you* And you look too young to have her! So glad you are able to have such wonderful days out together xx
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  7. April 22, 2015 / 4:20 am

    Love love love this post. What an incredible sunny day you got! So fab that you are able to spend proper quality time with your big ‘un and your little one too. I’ve never been to your part of the world but looking at these I really wish I had. Tassie has some great lighthouses too, but so far none of the ones we’ve visited have had red stripes – they’ve all been plain white, and I think T has been a bit disappointed!
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  8. April 22, 2015 / 6:40 am

    So lovely that you are getting to make the most of the time with your children. I used to love Portland Bill and we were always going there as a child. Actually I can’t say I have even taken my boys. Looks like you had gorgeous weather too.
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  9. April 22, 2015 / 9:05 am

    Gorgeous photos. We had a visit to Portland Bill when we visited my friend in Weymouth last year and we thought it was beautiful. Keep enjoying those special Wednesdays with your lovely kids 🙂
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  10. April 22, 2015 / 10:29 am

    AMAZING pictures! And I’m SO with you. I’ve had a real “eureka” moment this week when I clocked that I only have about 10 years till my 8 year old leaves home. Wow – this childhood thing goes fast. I too am making sure I enjoy every second with my babies. Good luck with the university move! x *sobs
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  11. April 24, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    The sky looks so beautiful in all your pictures!
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