As I write this post in late September tighter restrictions have been announced as infection rates increase. It is very unlikely we will be travelling further from our own shores for the foreseeable future, a blow indeed to long-sufferings penchant for holiday destination research!
Early July another birthday sent him into despair as his Father gleefully reminded him he was now old enough to join the seniors golf. Luckily a surprise visit from grandchildren and a personal greeting card from his muse cheered him up!
As our confidence grew we ventured further afield in the still socially distanced normal, although still remaining in our own county.
The man behind the lens was out and about with and without his muse capturing the warm days of the summer harvest….
Sunrise at Corfe Castle……
A trip to Lyme Regis was eerily quiet. A few places had started to open up including the Blue Lias Gallery where we purchased some rustic iron sculptures for the meadow.
The muse was painting as much as time allowed…..
Paddleboards came out, however this year packed local beaches were to be avoided at all costs and instead we took to the river for the first time meeting a couple of friends in Ringwood for a socially distant catch up.
In August our daughter and family from ‘Mole Hall’ came to stay for two weeks. Normally a party of six and two dogs, on this occasion just four plus dogs – the camera shy teen and only son visited grandparents up north whom they had not seen since Christmas due to COVID restrictions.
Their visit coincided with the sale of our old summerhouse leaving a useful empty hardstanding – perfect for sandpit, playhouse and essential swing chair to keep an eye on the little ones – before my new fully insulated ‘art studio’ is installed in a couple of weeks time.
The weather was kind for the most part warm long days in beautiful Dorset. The water loving little ones had only one wish – to visit the beach! With trepidation we ventured early on two occasions to Weymouth Bay and were set up by 9am and gone before the masses by 1pm.
It was enough and their happy faces and joy at swimming in the chilly water said it all!
Other days were spent with their young cousin playing in the garden in and out of the paddling pool and making their own entertainment.
Two of the days we cycled part of the North Dorset Trailway, they never cease to amaze us as their little legs peddle constantly without any gears to make the slopes easier going.
The man behind the lens was never short of a muse of the two legged or four legged variety…….
With the recent rule of six who knows when we will be able to repeat family time with this beautiful family of six!
But until we do lets all keep doing our bit to stay safe, and protect others!