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Hi there & welcome to Annie's Place. A place inspired by and named after my late Grandmother Annie. Somewhere I can be creative, and share my love for all things hand made. I like nothing better than sitting with hook & yarn, crafting something home spun & completely unique, or rustling up some yummy baked goodies. I live in a town with a beautiful embankment, situated on the River Great Ouse. You may know me as 'Colour-Heaven' on Flickr or 'CosyKitty' on Ravelry. Why not stop a while.....?!!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Dorset Dreams & Crochet Seams

Sometimes the best plans are made on a whim. I knew I wanted to escape, to get away and spend a few lazy days (hopefully) in the sun. I kept a close eye on the weather, and trawled the internet for ideas and inspiration on where to stay. I had my heart set on the Dorset Coast, a place I had never visited before. 


So when the opportunity arose to book a midweek stay in a lovely self-contained apartment right on the bay in Lyme Regis, I couldn't resist. Tbh I couldn't believe my luck, as the cost per night was very reasonable. But then again it's still not quite peak holiday season here in the UK and with the school half term over, there was a bargain to be had! 

The particulars on the booking site were more than enough to seduce me anyway. Just the view alone would've sold it to me! So with only days to spare I made the reservation, and hurriedly got on with the business of packing and prepping for my impromptu seaside getaway.


The nearly four hour journey from home was a pleasant one, passing Stonehenge on the way. But as we neared our destination the weather closed in and the clouds began to gather. Luckily we managed to reach the apartment before the storm took hold, offload our luggage and safely park the car in the short stay car park at the end of Marine Parade. The only one downside of this accommodation is the lack of parking, but that's a small price to pay for being right on the beach front.


So our first night was spent hunkered down inside, watching the storm unfurl from the safety and sanctuary of the window seat. I didn't mind one jot that the sea was swollen and angry, it made everything so much more cosy. I literally spent the whole evening just watching the surf tumble onto the shingle until the light completely diminished. But even after dark you could still see the foam rising and rolling toward shore. Scary but exciting at the same time.


When morning broke I thought we would be in for another grey day, but by lunchtime the mist cleared to reveal the most beautiful blue sky and sunshine. The wind was still high so there was a bit of chill in the breeze, so coats were necessary. The views from the bay are really breathtaking, some of the best along the Jurassic Coast. I just kept reminding myself to drink it all in; to savour every moment.


We took long walks along the coastal paths, and marvelled at the dramatic cliff faces. We worked up quite an appetite, so opted for some food on the go in the form of a yummy Cornish Pasty. It was de-li-cious I can tell you. Maybe all that sea air was a contributing factor, but boy did it taste good.


Lyme Regis is such a pretty place. Not only is there the most spectacular coastline to enjoy, but the town itself is peppered with quaint cottages, hidden away on narrow lanes wide enough only to be explored on foot. I'm a sucker for these sorts of places. I could wander aimlessly for hours, nosing at row upon row of these lovely seaside homes.  


The main high street has many lovely shops to peruse. It's set on quite a steep hill, so a bit of a trek up and down, but the views back towards the bay are stunning.


The only place missing was a yarn shop. At least I couldn't find one. Oh what a dream to be able to open a yarn shop by the sea! Where's that lottery ticket???


As each day passed the weather just got better and better. Off with the coats and on with the sun hat and high factor sunscreen. Oh and the ice-cream, did I mention the ice-cream? Honeycomb Heaven and Caramel Clotted Cream were my scoops of choice, in a large waffle cone. Oh yum, I can taste it now......


I took so many photographs that I've found it difficult to choose which to share here. I enjoyed every single moment of being outdoors, soaking up the atmosphere of this quintessentially English seaside resort, affectionately known as the 'Pearl of Dorset'.


I'm so glad I packed some yarn and my latest WIP, as I couldn't have asked for a better spot to sit and crochet away to my heart's content. The best bit of the whole apartment for me was that window seat. I spent many blissful moments there joining up the squares for my Candy Pop Cushion Cover.  It's been slow in the making, but I'm finally on the home straight.


I hope you've enjoyed taking a trip to the seaside with me.....xxxx

24 comments:

  1. Your photos are such eye candy! Your cushion will be lovely too...

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  2. Looks a wonderful place to have stayed. X

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  3. What a beautiful place to be. And lovely pictures.

    Greets from Holland.

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  4. Wow Sharron, fab photos of a place we holidayed in in 2013. I recognise those lamposts immediately. You are right, no yarn shop. There was a weird haberdashery in Axminster though!! Jo xx

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  5. I love Lyme Regis - thank you for the memories of our visits there. Love your photo's.

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  6. Lovely photos Sharron. What a wonderful few days. Everyones ideal dream break!
    Greetings from NZ where its cold and misty in Auckland

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  7. Dear Sharron, you must have had a wonderful holiday! Looking at your pictures I could just pack my suitcase to go there. I have never been in Dorset but it seems to be such a lovely place to stay for a while. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Best wishes, Viola

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  8. Thanks for sharing your trip ... and your stunning pics !!! That's nice you enjoyed such days on the coast with your crochet project ... I like doing it too !!! Have a lovely week ...

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  9. What an idyllic location and I can think of nothing better than sitting on that window seat and crocheting and watching the sea in all its moods. Beautiful photos. xx

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  10. Thank-you for taking us to the seaside! I needed a little sea-break right about now! No ocean view in my part of Canada but you've got me excited about visiting one of our great lakes at the end of June. Bring on summer!
    www.queenbcreativeme.blogspot.com

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  11. Such a lovely trip, thanks for sharing. You have some beautiful photos there and it sounds as though there are some happy memories to tuck a way too. All the better for being a bargain :-)

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  12. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures - as another poster noted, "you took us on your seaside adventure." When I saw the first picture with the window seat, I claimed it for myself - it would have been my favored spot as well. And I love the cushion you are crocheting. That method of joining always catches my eye.

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  13. oh sounds wonderful, thank you for sharing your trip to the seaside :)

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  14. Lyme regis is one of my most favourite places in the world, in fact I just did two blog posts about it! So I am so glad that you really enjoyed your time there as well ! It is a beautiful place. You are right by the way, no yarn shop! xx

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  15. Looks like a really great place to have a holiday. I would just love to have a window seat. If I ever move house again, and that move includes actually planning and building the new house, a window seat will definitely be included.

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  16. Hi There,
    That was lovely! Thank you so much for sharing. I often think about taking a little trip away somewhere remote beside the sea, on my own but alas I have yet to take the plunge...One day!
    Lxx

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  17. Thank you so much for so beautiful pictures! And what a lovely location!
    Many greetings from Germany - Karin

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  18. Wow, what beautiful photos and what a treat on a dull Monday morning. I must add Lyme Regis to my visiting list now too. It looks charming. :-)

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  19. Oh my I just sat and read your lovely post and took in the beauty of your photos thank you for sharing - stunning xx

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  20. I read your blog post (like 3-4 times,) taking in all the gorgeous photos, and decided we really needed to get to the seashore. So we did. And it was splendid! Thanks for the inspiration. (Note: your blog post made my life better.) :) All the best! - Sosae

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  21. Thank you for sharing. I love this place. It keeps a lot of memories of my stay in 1974.
    Would you mind giving me the address of this lovely appartment?

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    1. Hello Heidi, it is a truly wonderful place. I certainly have some special memories now too. There are several lovely apartments in the block. The address of the one I stayed in is 4 Bay Apartments (Seahorse), Marine Parade, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3JE. I booked through Lyme Bay Holidays http://www.lymebayholidays.co.uk/cottage-details/b4881

      Regards,
      Sharron

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  22. A lovely travelogue for me, thankyou, i too would have evjoyed the window seat, and of course the ice cream.,

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  23. Lovely pictures! There used to be a yarn shop in Lyme, in Coombe St, but alas that's gone. There's a nice one up the road in Bridport though, and the shop by the post office in Axminster sells yarn too.

    I live in Lyme, and I'm very tempted to open a yarn shop there. Unfortunately I'm rather busy writing books.

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