Purbeck, Purrfect

The Isle of Purbeck isn’t actually an island, it’s a peninsula. Typical really for us to misdescribe it in its current form. Like calling instant coffee, coffee. Once maybe a coffee bean was involved but by the time it’s reached a cup it has about as much in common with coffee as I do with Russian samovar designers. 

All that said, it’s a delightful part of Dorset what with the intriguing habitations of Corfe Castle…

Worth Matravers

And the Jurrassic coast

Even Sandbanks next to which I and my walking friends stayed had some delightful views out to sea – not so much inland where the architecture makes you cry out for some weeping concrete and a number of the denizens are so dessicated and bronzed that you wonder if they might be reconstituted instant coffee granules in human form.

We spent 2 days tromping hither and yon having crossed the Sandbanks ferry to start our days. We took in Swanage

And Durlston Lighthouse

As well as the occasional odd homage…

We watched the chuntering steam trains

And we admired the wrinkly coastline

As well as some livestock, including one or two well-begonaded examples….

All in all a splendid break, even if Dog is a bit old for the mileage these days. He was still waiting for me

as was the ever colourful garden

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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33 Responses to Purbeck, Purrfect

  1. It looks like a lovely place to walk and take in the sights, Geoff, especially under those gorgeous blue skies. Funny how they make everything look bright and welcoming. And your garden looks spectacular. What a beauty! Have a lovely autumn. ❀

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  2. As far as I’m concerned it’s an island! When you go over on the chain ferry it feels very different on the other side. We also took the boat from Poole Harbour to Swanage and back for a day cruise and that was like a mini holiday!

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    • TanGental says:

      True its less affluent, and more blue collar and there’s always the willy wavers in the naturist beach to emphasise the differences!!


  3. joylennick says:

    Gracias Geoff, Although husband and I are now retired in Spain, we have great memories of several of the above places, well photographed, when our three sons when younger as we explored much of England and Wales. The beauty of the countryside and coast cannot be denied…Plus your splendid garden of course. Cheers! x

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    Beautiful photos, though that bull looked too close for comfort to me πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  5. My favourite is the billy-goat. Don’t know this region terribly well – looks lovely. I do, however, remember swimming in the warm, velvety sea off Swanage around Sept 1968 – best sea swim I ever had.
    Garden still looking very well 🌺🌷🌹🌸🌼πŸ₯€

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  6. Lovely, Geoff. Thanks

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  7. Bia Bella BakerπŸŒ‹πŸŒͺ🌊🌩Proud author of the HECCTROSSIPY series says:

    Hey, Instant coffee is a lot more coffee-like than it was decades ago.

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  8. Ah, memories of home (I’m a Dorset lass born in Poole)

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  9. Have they instituted passports for entry to Sandbanks yet?

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  10. noelleg44 says:

    Looks like you had a cracking good time, even without Dog. I hope you are relaxed and ready to tae him for a walk!

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  11. An enviable stroll

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  12. I enjoyed your pictures, Geoff, and you interesting descriptions.

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  13. Suzanne says:

    Great that you both got to enjoy a trip away. We enjoyed exploring that region. Good memories. Good grief, is there still people out there that actually drink instant coffee, have they no shame!

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  14. Widdershins says:

    Not being a member of the gonad-possessing sex, it took me a moment to realise you weren’t referencing begonias! πŸ˜€

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  15. Looks like a beautiful trip with some relaxation and I loved the minion driving the tractor. Old dog waiting is always a bit sad. Your garden is still quite lovely for the end of September.

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