Just back from a lovely week in Weymouth with family and friends. We had three apartments in an Edwardian house just across the bridge from the town and the harbour.
We went for lots of walks around the town and the harbour following some leaflets on guided walks which were provided for visitors. It was really interesting to look at the different styles of architecture from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and to read the stories behind some of the buildings. Like the fact that when the 'new' bridge was built it was level with the first floor of the houses so they moved their front doors upstairs, or the hole still there in the side of a building which was made by a canon ball during the civil war, or the plaque that marks the entry of the black death into the country.
We also visited the Nothe Fort which was built by Palmerston in Victoria's time as protection against possible French invasion. It was also used as defence in both world wars and as a nuclear bunker during the cold war. The fort also had a lot about the history of Weymouth during the two world wars. Many soldiers, including American, set sail from there for the D Day landings. There are photographs of them lining up on the quayside to board the many small boats and one of the boats that was used, My Girl, is still in use today. Mark took many more photographs than I did and you can see them at romanais.co.uk. The models used to portray events in history are excellent.
We visited Dorchester, the setting for Thomas Hardy's Mayor of Casterbridge, which I have just finished reading and really enjoyed. The house below is believed to be the one which Hardy used as the home of the Mayor.
We also visited the cottage where Hardy was born. It was originally two cottages and his grandmother lived in the one on the right.
And we visited the house he built when he married, Max Gate.
We didn't venture too far afield but we did go over to Portland which you can see pictures of on Michelle's blog at romanais.co.uk, as well as Sandsfoot and the castle ruins. We also went to Bowleaze Cove and the Jordan Hill Roman Temple.
Every day we walked over the bridge into the town, across the front and round the harbour.
On Halloween night we all dressed up and went for a walk round the town. I was Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas. All in all a lovely holiday and we have booked up again for next year.
I am Jenny (when I was little my dad always called me Jenny Wren) and I enjoy making hand crafted things. Watch this space to see what I am working on.