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.

Glassblowing

My sister, Jen’s birthday was back in February. As she is the girl that has everything I wasn’t sure what to buy her. As if she knew I was stuck, my friend at work sent me a link advertising glass blowing lessons in Weymouth, which is where my family are from. Perfect present!

All of my family also wanted to get involved in the lesson, so it took a long time to find a free Saturday for us all. Roll on to the 1st November and we all headed down to Stuart Wiltshire’s studio on Saint Nicholas Street in Weymouth. Stuart’ studio has been there since 2011, he is originally from Devon and started work in the Dartington Crystal factory, who’s vases are a favourite of mine and feature in the Treehouse!

We had a look around the workshop before Stuart showed us the different objects we could make in the lesson, either two whiskey tumblers, two baubles, a small bowl or a bud vase. Mike went for the tumblers, Gareth and Dad went for vases and my Mum, sister and I went for baubles.
Stuart walked us through what we would be doing and talked about the different machines and his furnace which was at least 1,100 degrees C – hotter than molten lava! Now you could understand why everyone working in the studio wore shorts and tee shirt despite it being November.
Mike went first with his clear tumblers to show us all how to do it.

Glassblowing
 Glassblowing Glassblowing
Gareth was up next. Making his blue vase after the wife had ‘advised’ him not to choose yellow for his colour…
Glassblowing Glassblowing Glassblowing
  Glassblowing
Dad was the last of the boys to have a go with his blue vase. Rocking the safety ‘men in black’ shades…Glassblowing
Glassblowing Glassblowing
Then it was Mum’s go with the baubles.
Glassblowing Glassblowing Glassblowing
She managed to blow a hole through her first one so got another go that one ended up dropping on the floor! It was undamaged as the glass was still so hot it just bounced and didn’t smash.
Glassblowing Glassblowing
Then it was my go with red and white glittery baubles.
GlassblowingGlassblowing Glassblowing
Glassblowing
Saving the birthday girl for last, Jen made her white and glitter baubles.
 Glassblowing Glassblowing Glassblowing Glassblowing
Dad went to pick them up the following Monday, here are the finished products. I am excited to put the baubles on my Christmas tree!
Glassblowing
A great day out and I would highly recommend it. Stuart was an excellent teacher!Happy Birthday Jen :)

Garnett girls day out

My Mum and Sister are both teachers so were off work last Friday due to the autumn half term. As I still had some holiday left before the end of the year, Mum suggested taking a day off work and all of us having a girls day. They decided to come up to Bournemouth so we could go shopping and have afternoon tea together. Dad must have overheard the conversation as I got a text later in the evening saying “are you going to be doing a trolley dash in John Lewis? Do I need to check the credit limit on Mum’s card hahaha” #dadlols!

It is a rare choice for Mum to go shopping, so my sister and I made the most of it! The last time my sister visited our flat everything she commented on was bought in HomeSense, so she was really keen to pay a visit. Being the shopaholic that she is, she loved it!

My bedroom at home at my parents’ house has just been decorated, so we picked out some new bedding and bits and pieces for it. For those that know my old room, the candy striped wall is no more! :(

"ohh but I really need another one Mum...!"

“ohh but I really need another one Mum…!”

After shopping we headed over to Harbour Heights Hotel for afternoon tea. This is my go to place for any visitors to Bournemouth, as the views across Poole Harbour to Brownsea Island are beeeeeautiful! Despite it being the last day of October the weather was lovely, clear blue skies and lots of sunshine. We sat on the terrace enjoying the view without needing to wear coats or scarves. Probably the last time we will be able to do that this year.

 

Our tea, sandwiches and cakes arrived not long after we ordered and it was all very yummy.

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

I need to learn how to use the camera Mike bought me for my birthday properly, the view was stunning, but I haven’t captured it very well!

Garnett girls day out Garnett girls day out

Back to the food! We had a mixture of classic English sandwiches – egg & cress, cheese & pickle, ham & mustard and cream cheese & cucumber. The cake selections consisted of macaroons, coffee & chocolate sponges and of course scones with jam and cream.

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

Jam or cream first?

Jam or cream first…!?

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

As I insisted we order an afternoon tea each, there was quite a bit left over at the end. The Garnett family are not ones to waste food so we asked to take the remaining cakes and scones home with us. It’s the first time I have had to sign a disclaimer from a restaurant to do so!

Garnett girls day out

Eat your cakes immediately or please sign here.

Eat your cakes immediately or please sign here.

As the sun was setting we left the hotel with full tummies and may or may not have gone back to the shops for a little more retail therapy!

<3

<3

Birthday DIY afternoon tea at the Larderhouse

Larderhouse, Southbourne

To celebrate Mike’s Mum Frances’ birthday earlier in October, Mike arranged afternoon tea at the Larderhouse in Southbourne. I came straight from my dressmaking course which was just around the corner so arrived first and took some photos whilst I waited. The restaurant was decorated with lots of autumnal pumpkins, corn, and flowers.

Larderhouse, Southbourne

Mike and Frances arrived not long afterwards and we sat at our table to decide what to order. We only found out once we had sat down they didn’t ‘officially’ serve afternoon tea but as we had been looking forward to sandwiches, tea and cake we decided to make our own version up from the menu.

Larderhouse, Southbourne

We ordered a  platter of various meats, cheese, chutneys and flatbreads, a ham hock sandwich with home made pickles to share and each went for a different tea to try.  They had lots of different teas to pick from and also a long list of coffees. You can have the coffees served at your table through what looks like strange looking science equipment, you can see one in the corner of the below photo. Unfortunately they only serve them in the evenings (an excuse to go back!).

Larderhouse, Southbourne

Larderhouse, Southbourne Larderhouse, Southbourne

We all dived in straight away when the food arrived and I forgot to take photos first…. again! Everything was d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s. If you are anywhere as much as a cheese lover as me and you live nearby I recommend you make a visit now!

Cheese me!

Cheese me!

Although the platter and sandwich left us pretty full, we of course found space for desert and each ordered a different one to try. Chocolate brownie for me, almond and plum tart for Frances (my favourite of the three) and a lemon curd Eton mess for Mike.

Larderhouse, Southbourne

When Frances got up from the table Mike quickly asked the staff if they could add a candle to Frances’ desert which they happily did.

Happy Birthday to yooou!

Happy Birthday Frances!

Now to plan another visit to try more of their cheeses and sample the huge wine menu!