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Sunny Jurassic Coastal Weekend

Sunset at Seatown , Rocking Dog

Sunset at Seatown

We managed to run to the sun this weekend and had a lovely time camping in our Pod. Staying at Golden Cap we were able to enjoy a beautiful sunset on the beach. Poor Real Live Rocking Dog was not amused by my kicking skills. His ball quickly drifted out to sea and there followed one of those agonising Tom Hanks Wilson moments!

Saturday saw the rather nutty hat festival in Bridport. Some great headwear was being sported by young and old, human and canine. I liked the trilby modelled out of Golden Virginia tobacco pouches, chic 1940’s creations and the ski mountain-scape! Coffee was enjoyed in Beach & Barnicott before a trawl along the many street stalls. I picked up a lovely 1950’s handwritten recipe book for £3, sadly not too many recipes and difficult to decipher handwriting.. but nevertheless a bargain.

Ruby In The Dust was another port of call. Lovely owner, lovely things. Lots of items I coveted, but I was going to be travelling back to our moveable home by bus!

We ate that night at The Anchor, yummy food, but eating al fresco was chilly. We managed to squeeze into the bar for a warming hot chocolate before heading out onto the twilight beach. RLRDog was ever hopeful of re-finding his ball.

Finally we finished the weekend with a trip to The Hive Beach Cafe in Burton Bradstock. The weather was positively tropical, with azure blue sky, balmy warmth and with many braving a late summer swim. Eggs Benedict, coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice set us up for the sad drive back.

The Jurassic Coast really is such a beautiful part of the world and so Real Live Rocking Dog friendly!

I hope you have had a lovely weekend, with a good week beckoning.

Awful Wilson Moment!, Rocking Dog

Awful Wilson Moment!

Nutty Headwear, Rocking Dog

Nutty Headwear

Off Piste Hat, Rocking Dog

Off Piste Hat

Vintage Trawl, Rocking Dog

Vintage Trawl

At Ruby's, Rocking Dog

At Ruby’s

Ditto!, Rocking Dog


The Hive, Rocking Dog

The Hive

Lobster Pot...., Rocking Dog

Lobster Pot….

...To Plate!, Rocking Dog

…To Plate!

Bakery Tour Of Bath With Rocking Dog

Baked Dough, Rocking Dog

Baked Dough

Real Live Rocking Dog has needed to go into a veterinary hospital for some investigations, and the house is very quiet. As Dr Seuss would say “I Do not like it one little bit!” After saying a woeful goodbye to RLRD I dropped down into Bath and met my poor jet lagged boy.

We ate delicious pastries and sipped brain stoking coffee, saturated in wonderful late summer sunshine. If you are ever in Bath I can truly recommend the Bertinet Bakery. One branch can be found near the railway and bus stations with a tempting array of freshly baked pastries, Croque Monsieur, tarts etc..I really love the toasters on customer tables, so you can toast bread to your own delectable shade of brown. Various jams and marmalade can then be spread thickly (or thinly) whilst you watch the world go by.

We had a mooch around Bath and picked up a lovely salad box from Jamie’s Deli which we ate in the square by the very beautiful Abbey and Roman Baths. Again the sun graced us with its presence, together with some talented buskers. With so much sad news in the press I did feel very privileged and somewhat guilty to be enjoying such a happy time simply watching the world go by.

Lastly I picked up bread from another Bertinet Branch (alas no cafe), but good for coffee and pastry on the go.This branch can be found in one of the charming little shopping alleys (New Bond Street Place). We can enjoy our Bertinet sourdough for breakfast tomorrow but unfortunately no toaster on the table! I have vivid memories of my aunt in Newcastle having her toaster on the table and some china ducks flying up the wall.

Incidentally, Richard Bertinet also runs a cookery school close to The Circus and has a good online shop for all that is bread related. Andyman is a keen fan of the Bertinet baking bibles and bakes up a good loaf.

Heading back to the car I marvelled at the historic Pulteney Bridge. It was designed by Robert Adam and completed in 1774 for the princely sum of £11,000. It is one of only four bridges in the world to have shops built across its full span on both sides. The weir close to the bridge was used as the location for Javert’s suicide in the 2012 film Les Miserables.

My purchases were the bread, and purple calligraphy ink from Meticulous Ink. The Son and Sun were the most precious parts of the lovely day.

Real Live Rocking Dog, Rocking Dog

Real Live Rocking Dog

To Start The Day Well, Rocking Dog

To Start The Day Well

Bath's very Own Rialto, Rocking Dog

Bath’s very Own Rialto

Popped In For Bread, Rocking Dog

Popped In For Bread

Yummy Buns, Rocking Dog

Yummy Buns

DIY Dough Supplies, Rocking Dog

DIY Dough Supplies

Enticing Board, Rocking Dog

Enticing Board

Homage to Bertinet, Rocking Dog

Homage to Bertinet

Rocking Dogs Buns, Rocking Dog

Rocking Dogs Buns

From Teenage Kingdom To Calm Oasis!

Wallpaper Proud!, Rocking Dog

Wallpaper Proud!

Finally yesterday I swapped paint for paper. Like sewing I find wallpapering very therapeutic, especially if there’s a pattern to match! I bought the paper from Anthropologie in a sale nearly a year ago because I simply LOVED it. It was always destined for youngest daughter’s bedroom. Although I loved her black and white paper, it had slightly lost its appeal with Ann Summers having used the silver version in all its branches! Last decorated nine years ago the room had done well and withstood a whole array of colourful beauty products, so I didn’t feel too guilty!

With the little Ferguson’s all having flown the nest, I fleetingly thought we should be “neutralising” with some cans of Magnolia in case we downsized in the near future. However, I remembered when we took on the house it had a ghastly mink brown bathroom suite and bodged kitchen together with a forest of conifers. We recognised the potential, as well as appreciating the lovely features (flagstones, original sash windows, murals and a good roof). So Nah! i’m not going to succumb to Magnolia, never have and never will!

The paper certainly reflects the many leafy, and invariably muddy walks on the doorstep. With Ammonite, Churlish, Brassica reassuringly dry, and looking fabulous, it was time to get the paper pasting table out. I chickened out of hanging the paper as per instructed by the label and resorted to a vat of readymade wallpaper paste. Had I not been such a coward I should have simply dipped the paper in water for thirty seconds and hung. I decided to put the new paper over the old, not ideal, but with crumbly walls I treated the paper as a patterned lining paper.

The biggest issue was yet to come, the paper didn’t have an obvious pattern match, so I resorted to looking at a Google image. I followed another customer’s pattern matching and I can only hope that they did it right!

A Roman blind now needs to be made, i’ll put skills acquired at “The Makery” into use again. Meanwhile, there are some VERY heavy lanterns (£60 the pair from Ben’s Tiles & Reclamation) that need wiring and hung from their brackets. Phil, please come back from your Norwegian fishing trip….your expertise and muscle is needed!

The best bit is that I have paper left over, so I look forward to thinking up lots of crafty ways of using it!

Doorstep Inspiration, Rocking Dog

Doorstep Inspiration

Anthropologie Purchase, Rocking Dog

Anthropologie Purchase

Then & Now, Rocking Dog

Then & Now

Baffling Pattern Match, Rocking Dog

Baffling Pattern Match

Going, Going...., Rocking Dog

Going, Going….

Come Back Phil!, Rocking Dog

Come Back Phil!