Inside the #Portland #Bill #Lighthouse and other views…

Portland Bill Lighthouse and more

Part three of our journey to the Isle of Portland was all about going up inside the lighthouse and taking in the last few scenic views of the area before heading back home to Bridport the following day. Sunday dawned grey and windy, cold and not the best day in the world to be out and about but we made the most of it heading first to the Coast Watch Tower for a mini tour by the volunteers there (it’s free and they really like visitors). The tower itself isn’t much to look at but going up there is worth the trip just to have a look through the giant binoculars. The detail of the lighthouse that can be seen through them is incredible! After that we walked down to the lighthouse to book a tour spot. We went up with 15 other people and a guide, some of which included children. A word to the parents out there who wish to take their children to Portland Bill Lighthouse, because of the potential safety risks due to structural features of the lighthouse, small children are only permitted to climb the lighthouse if they are at least 1.1 metres in height and capable of climbing up and back down without help. If your children are too small to go up inside, it is still worth the wait until they are tall enough to go in.

So, without further ado, I will share some photos of our last day of exploration around Portland Bill!

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Looking down on the Old Lower Lighthouse from the road by the Coast Watch tower…

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The grey day made for some very atmospheric photos…

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One last look at the Pulpit Inn where we had eaten the bulk of our meals that weekend…

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Heading back toward the lighthouse, getting ready to head inside it…

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Hubby taking a few last shots of the area…

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Best view of Pulpit Rock we had throughout the weekend. It was too wet and windy to actually stand on the rock bed in front of it…

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Close-up so you can see how narrow the lighthouse is, and we went inside that with 16 other people!

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Inside the ground floor of the lighthouse at the start of our tour. Those steps above are quite narrow and steep.

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A little bit of lighthouse history on this Trinity House plaque…

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Still within the ground floor, looking at all the commemorative items inside…

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This was above us on the next level up…

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A look at the actual light from the lighthouse. The bulbs inside are small but just imagine the beams they make reflecting off of all those panels!

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This was taken of the obelisk from inside the lighthouse, in the part which houses the light…

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And one last look at Pulpit Rock from inside the lighthouse…

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Hubby inside the lighthouse so you can see the scale of the windows that the light shines through…

We were really hard pressed to leave such a naturally beautiful place! We fell in love with Portland Bill and can’t wait to explore again, especially when it is a bit warmer. The lighthouse tour was not very long but it was worth the £14 we paid to go in and have the experience. It is volunteer run through the Trinity House Trust. Would you go up into the lighthouse if you had the chance?

Cheers,

Nadia xo

 

For more information on Portland Bill Lighthouse please visit: http://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouses/lighthouse_list/portland_bill.html

For Health & Safety Regulations: http://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouses/visitor_centre_h_s_guidelines.pdf

Along the Coast Path to Church Ope Cove

Portland Bill

I should know by now that when I set out to fulfill a goal something usually gets in my way so apologies for being so late with the second part of our photographic journey around Portland Bill and other parts! As I had stated in an earlier post, my one little word for this year is EXPLORE and having purchased the Secret Places of West Dorset book earlier in the New Year we could not resist going to at least one of the places mentioned in there during our stay on the Isle of Portland. We decided to head to Church Ope Cove the Saturday of our stay which also happened to be my hubby’s birthday. We both love walks, photography and being outdoors in general so he was quite happy to have an exploration adventure on his special day.

Since we were staying in a B&B in one of the old Coast Guard cottages and were within a stone’s throw from the lighthouse we thought it was just a bit more exciting to walk to Church Ope Cove than to drive there as the book suggests. Also, we don’t own a car so relying on public transport and our own two legs is a must. Louise Hodgson does a great job of telling you exactly how to get to each place in her book when you are driving there but it is also easy enough to follow her detailed instructions on foot. Our host was able to tell us that following the coast path from the Bill would lead us to where we wanted to go so that’s what we did. In the following selection of photos you will get to see the coast line leading from the lighthouse to the Cove just as we saw it on 31st January of this year. Enjoy!

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Starting point, Portland Bill Lighthouse & Obelisk as seen from the coast path.

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Waves crashing in the crags along the coast line.

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Silhouette of a lone derrick, these dot the coast path along the former quarry sites one passes through.

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A look back as we walked farther down the path…

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Beach huts and boats dot this first part of the coast path heading East…

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Stone, waves, and huts in the distance…

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Just a look out to sea…

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Hubby sat in a boat with the sun shinning, a derrick in the background…

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Beach huts and the Old Lower Lighthouse in the background…

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Seeing the crags fill with waves crashing onto them was just breath-taking…

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It continued to get rockier and deeper as we continued along the path…

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Alan stood close to a derrick that was not covered in water…

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At this point along the path we could no longer see the lighthouse but rather saw mostly rocks…

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We stopped near here, an abandoned quarry site along the path, to have some refreshment before heading on. You can see parts of the Isle of Purbeck in the distance from here.

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Finally arriving at the site of our destination, trees along the entry way to Church Ope Cove, just outside of Rufus Castle…

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Looking up at the imposing Rufus Castle, more a fort than a castle really…

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The view of Church Ope Cove from just below Rufus Castle…

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Rufus Castle is a Grade I listed building and also a scheduled monument and dates from the late 15th century…

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The rugged coastline of Church Ope Cove is dotted by small beach huts below…

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The way down to the Cove from just below Rufus Castle…

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The impressive archway attached to the castle…

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Part of the overgrown ruins of St. Andrew’s Church which lays just below Rufus Castle and above the Cove…

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Ruins of St. Andrew’s Church…

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Long view of the top of some of the beach huts at Church Ope Cove with rocks above and to the East…

 

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A rocky getaway…

Isn’t Portland a beautiful place? We can’t wait to go again and explore other areas that we didn’t see on our visit. It was quite rainy and muddy the majority of the time we stayed. The Saturday was really the only clear day we had which worked out perfectly as that was our main outing, aside from going to the top of the lighthouse. I recommend that if you go in the winter months and want to do some walking and exploring you take  good pair of hiking boots so you can trek through the mud. We can’t wait to explore more of Dorset in the next few months!

Have a beautiful week and keep travelling!

Cheers,

Nadia xo

 

More about Rufus Castle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufus_Castle

More about St. Andrew’s Church: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Andrew%27s_Church,_Portland

More about Church Ope Cove: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Ope_Cove

Shop Update and Goings On…

  
Good Friday morning to you all! It’s way overcast and a bit dreary here in Bridport today but my mood is not dampened by it! I’m excited for a couple of reasons, the most important being that, after a very long hiatus, I’ve decided to open up my Etsy shop again with fresh new designs and more to be added weekly! 

Walks in Beauty Paperie will open its virtual doors this morning at 9:30am and I’m very pleased with what I have in stock at present and what we will have in stock in the next few weeks! 

I worked endlessly for the last two and a half weeks cutting and prepping stock and am looking forward to doing more! 

 

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Stationery stack, all cut and packaged.


The other thing I’m excited about for today is that I’m going to my first British Pantomime show here in Bridport, at the Electric Palace! I’ve been told it boasts lots of laughs and audience participation so I’m ready for a good evening of fun! 

I’m continuing my Portland photo diary series next week with our Day 2 photos from the Coast Path and Church Ope Cove as well as some other posts I’d like to share with you. Saturdays and Sundays I’ll not be blogging as I want to spend that time with my hubby.

What exciting things are you doing this weekend?

Here’s some things I’m liking from around the web this week:

This new Zero Waste post from The Old Fashioned Mama spoke to my heart this morning… 
Littlehouselea’s Instagram photos make me swoon…

These Valentine’s cookies from My Three Little Kittens…yum!!

Have a happy weekend! 

Nadia xo

Portland Bill Getaway in Photos Part I: Friday Evening Stroll by the Lighthouse

Strong winds greeted us last Friday upon our arrival to the Bill! We took a taxi from Weymouth to the B&B cottage we were to stay at and after checking in, having a coffee, and unpacking a few things we set out to walk around Portland Bill toward the lighthouse before heading to the Pulpit Inn for dinner. Here are a few snaps I managed to take before my phone died.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

  
  
  
  
  
 
We went up into the lighthouse on the Sunday but I’ll have a more detailed post about that soon! In the meantime enjoy our blustery photos of Portland Bill on the last Friday of January! 

How many of you have visited the Isle of Portland? What was your favourite part? 

Cheers!

Nadia xo

Off to Portland we go! 

It’s Friday and I am currently writing to you from inside The Curve, a lovely little cafe just outside of M&S in Weymouth. Alan and I don’t have a car so most often we have to rely on public transport, trains or coaches and taxis. 

We took the bus from Bridport to Weymouth today and will probably take a taxi to Portland Bill to our B&B. But first we are enjoying a hot chocolate! And they are delectable! 

  
  
    

  

Can you guess which one was mine and which one was Alan’s? ;) 

Off to finish up and get to the isle!

Cheers! 

Nadia xo

Blogging Goals and New Series

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Lyme Bay as seen from Stonebarrow National Trust site, June 2014. Photo by Nadia M. Perez Bugler ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Well, it has been a while since the beginning of the year, January is nearly at a close and I am FINALLY getting more organised with things, career-wise, goal-wise and now with blogging. I dislike feeling like I am in chaos or in limbo and while we are not yet exactly where we want to be with our life, Alan and I are taking steps to get there and enjoying actually being together in the same place knowing that the future is brighter from here on out.

At the beginning of the year I decided that I wanted to try a few new things, one being Ali Edwards’ One Little Word project and the other being my New Year’s resolutions of using the massive amount of craft supplies I have in my possession and not buying more until I have run out of things or am getting low on certain things, buying local more often, less waste (would love to get to ZERO waste like my friend Ouissi is doing from The Old Fashioned Mama), and enjoying the simple things in life.

I chose to use EXPLORE as my one little word for this year and have already started exploring more of Dorset and even within our local area. I love going to different villages and just having a wander, photographing them and just enjoying the scenery and atmosphere. So far, from after Christmas and well into this month we have explored the likes of Symondsbury, Poundbury, Broadwindsor, other areas and small hidden away parts of Bridport and more. This weekend we are set to explore Portland Bill and its surroundings while celebrating Alan’s birthday on Saturday. I am looking forward to it and hope we can visit at least one of the places mentioned in the book we got over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday season called Secret Places of West Dorset by Louise Hodgson. If you are local to West Dorset and have not picked up this wonderful book you really ought not hesitate to get it. Louise has come out with a sequel to it as well, called More Secret Places of West Dorset which I hope we can get soon!

One of the things I hope to do as Alan and I explore more of our beautiful county is use Louise Hodgson’s books to bring you gorgeous photo diary posts on the blog of the places we discover with the aid of her book. While in Portland this weekend we hope to get to visit Church Ope Cove and the ruins of Rufus Castle and St Andrew’s Church in the vicinity which are noted in the first book I mentioned. I have decided to do a series of posts of each of the places we visit this year that are outlined in Secret Places of West Dorset, photo diary style with minimal writing, so that you too can see it if you are too far away to explore it yourself or perhaps it will inspire you to come out to Dorset and see it all for yourself. Once we have seen each place in the first book we shall tackle the second book! Wish us luck!

As for my main blogging goals, well, I would love to really strive to write a post a day from Monday to Friday, sharing with you all the things I am currently loving, doing, working on and most of all I would love to share what is going on in Bridport and the surrounding area as well as showcase local artisans, shop owners and the like. So, stay tuned for even more blog series coming your way in February as well as more gorgeous photos of my life as an expat here in England, more specifically Dorset.

Have a beautiful day all!

Cheers,

Nadia xoxo

Here’s a few things from around the web that I am loving:

A DIY fruit and veg bag to cut down on plastic bag waste…

Local wedding photographer and my dear friend Dawn Potter‘s website is divine and ripe with her fabulous photos…

Another book I’d love to get: Discover Dorset- Lost Villages by Linda Viner…

Philippa Clunes talks about her home with actor Martin Clunes, Buckham Down in Yarn Magazine

After Christmas Sale Bargains

  

Despite the fact that we live in a fairly small market town and that many of the shops weren’t even open yesterday, Alan and I got some good bargains at Lilliput’s and a couple of the charity shops around. The first things we bought in the sales were more Christmas cards at 50% off the regular price. I like to be prepared and thought what better way than to get the cards I didn’t get earlier this year since I already had a ton and use these next year? I still have some leftover from this year but as my list seems to grow yearly it’s always good to have plenty on hand. Also, chocolate, one can never have too much chocolate. 

  

Our local home goods shop was having a sale as well and since we’d been eyeing a wintry duvet set for a while we went in to see if it was included in the sale and BARGAIN! It was and we got it plus a couple of other things that at full price would have cost us £30 more than we actually paid for them. I rarely like to pay full price so for me these were well worth it. 

 

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Lots of lovely bits from Lilliputs…


What sorts of bargains do you seek out after Christmas? Or do you not shop at all in the days after the festivities? Normally I don’t shop after Christmas sales but our local shops had such great bargains that they should definitely not have been missed. 

Cheers!

Nadia xoxo

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Photography by Nadia M. Perez Bugler