Sunday Skate

Earlier in the spring (I am playing blogging catch up!) after a long drive back from Essex visiting Mike’s family for the weekend, we got back to the Treehouse and decided to make the most of the last bit of sunshine and head down to the beach. We took my penny skateboard and a mini picnic to enjoy ‘beside the sea’.

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I had the first go – Alum Chine has a long stretch of smooth tarmac through the trees so it is perfect for skateboarding on. I went down a (mini) hill and set top speed – about 10mph, so fast!

Sunday Skate

I then passed the board over to Mike, he unfortunately hit a large twig and had a bit of a tumble – whooops!

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Sunday Skate

After surviving the rest of the Chine, we arrived at the beach just as the sun was setting.

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Sunday Skate

Admiring the beach huts that have a never ending waiting list.

Sunday Skate

We walked along a groyne to avoid getting sandy shoes and sat near the water’s edge to watch the sunset and enjoy the last glimpse of the sunshine.

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Sunday Skate

Our beach picnic contained a flask of hot coffee and a couple of cream cakes – they were eaten very quickly. The skateboard made for a great table!

Sunday Skate

Sunday Skate Sunday Skate

We stayed there until it started to get dark and then headed back home to make some fajitas for dinner.

Sunday Skate

Sunday Skate Sunday Skate

Great SNC (Sunday Night Club)!

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

On a Saturday afternoon back in November we took Orla over to Ringstead Bay to reward her for patiently waiting for us in the house whilst we were glass blowing.

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

 

It was a lovely sunny day but quite blustery so we wrapped up warm and drove out through Osmington. We forgot until we got to the only carpark near the beach that the parking was £5 per car! So if you make a visit I would recommend parking in Osmington Mills and walking along the coast path to get down to the bay.

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

I haven’t been to Ringstead before but it’s a spot Orla has frequented many times with other members of the family. She headed straight to the sea, but only dipped her paws in…!

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

There are great views across to Weymouth and Portland. The wind made for big waves and there were a few paddle boarders and windsurfers making the most of the conditions.

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

We walked along the beach, stomping on seaweed and throwing pebbles in the sea.

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

Dad getting some material for his instagram feed…. hashtag blacklab!

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

Jen got a new photo frame in our Home Sense shopping spree the day before and wanted a family portrait to put into it. So we had a impromptu Turnbull photo shoot, poor Gareth’s back!

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

I think I know which one she’ll pick!

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

We walked back to the car and headed home via The Springhead – the village pub in Sutton Poyntz, complete with pond, weeping willow trees and lots of ducks, for some ciders, ales, bacon crisps and dog treats for Orla. Although she was probably more interested in the ducks.

All that walking certainly tired someone out…

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

A perfect winters Saturday afternoon.