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National Trust walking around Spread Eagle Hill, Compton Abbas Airfield and Compton Down in Dorset…….

We had a lovely Sunday morning lie in and Steve made café lattes….magnificent!…….and the sun was shining!……….so, we just had to do a walk around this beautiful countryside we are surrounded by here in Dorset.  When the sun shines in late Spring/entering Summer in this country, it’s just magic,warm and beautiful.  So off we went, walking over National Trust landscapes…it was head clearing material!

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weekend walking….Bulbarrow Hill and Compton Abbas to Shaftesbury……..what gorgeous weather for walking!

What weather we have had this weekend!  Stunning…..so we planned to walk both days in magnificent sunshine…….thank you Dad!

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Steve at the top of Melbury Hill, on the way to Shaftesbury

  Compton Abbas to Shaftesbury we walked on Saturday………………………

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Cann Mill on the way to Shaftesbury
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Perfect weather for a walk in the countryside in Dorset
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The view from the decking of the Mitre Inn in Shaftesbury is wonderful…….looking back from where we started……. up and over Melbury Hill
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Steve enjoying the sunshine and a very decent real ale at The Mitre Inn, after our walk into Shaftesbury

Sunday was sensational weather for a long walk, so we drove over to Wooland and walked around Bulbarrow Hill….it was fantastic.

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What a difference a day makes……….

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So, the storms have cleared and we woke to a light frost and bright sunny skies.  My cold is still lingering but I needed to get some fresh air today and be in a good frame of mind to start my working week.  After some of Steve’s gorgeous coffee and some bacon and the best eggs in the world (from around the corner in our village……they are like gold dust, but that’s another story!), I wrapped up and took to the hills around Melbury Hill and Fontmell Down. Gorgeous, just wonderful walking conditions and SO many walkers out, dogs and children, couples, enjoying the respite from the big wet!  it was great to see.  If only the sun would shine in this land more often!!

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out of the village and the walk begins towards Melbury Hill
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looking towards Compton Down to the right and what a beautiful sunny morning……
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No smelly, filthy, stinking cows in sight!
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The slopes were getting steeper……
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Wonderful walking conditions after such miserable, wet and depressing weather over the past few weeks
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Climbing Melbury Hill and looking back to the landscape beyond…….a daily walk I am always thankful for…..
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My dear departed dad would love seeing the countryside through my eyes…..(dad, I hope you enjoyed this walk with me again today…..I feel your presence with me, especially when I touch the stone monument at the very top, I feel you are with me)
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Melbury Hill…..brings my mojo back every time I climb her…….
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looking down into Melbury Abbas with very satisfied, comfortable sheep enjoying the sunshine in the foreground

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Looking back towards Spread Eagle Hill and Shaftesbury
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how I love this place…….
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Walking over Fontmell Down looking towards Melbury Hill and our village of Compton Abbas in the dip of the Hill…….I have walked a fair way….
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Lower ground now and my village is coming closer
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fallen trees from the storm will make great firewood for sure
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homeward bound…..
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About 1 1/2 hours later, and I feel so amazing to be out in the fresh, sunny air on my doorstep after such horrible, wet weather…….

 

Christmas 2013……………

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Jenny Kirwan (me) in Winchester, Christmas Eve, outside my most favourite pub in England, The Wykham Arms
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Steve and his brother Colin holding his little boy Edward, Christmas Eve in Winchester
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Winchester Cathedral…..great views from our hotel window!
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The beautiful church, St Andrews in Fontmell Magna, Dorset

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Finger food of goats cheese and rocket wrapped in prosciutto……back in Compton Abbas, Christmas Day
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Pheasant Wellington….pheasant breast filled with game pate and wrapped in Juniper berries, bacon and short crust pastry……a very different but quite beautiful Christmas lunch back at Compton Abbas in Dorset
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Pheasant Wellingtons, oven ready on Christmas Day
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Basil called in to say hello…….
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Pheasant Wellingtons, just out of the oven…….
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A red wine, game jus was all that was needed to accompany this plate for Christmas day lunch…….
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Basil had a long day………!

 

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Boxing Day….time to walk some of the unwanted calories off……..around Compton Abbas in Dorset
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Boxing Day…..looking down into Melbury Abbas on our chilly, sunny walk

Magical Christmas Tree…….

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This year we have bought a 10 foot Christmas tree and it looks so amazing, standing tall in the barn at Compton Abbas in Dorset.  It is adorned with glass snow flakes/stars and the fairy lights and tinsel give it a silvery glow….we love it!

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Let the decorating begin!…..Steve pictured here with our 10 foot Christmas Tree and some of his home made glass decorations.

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Steve’s beautiful fused glass star adorns the top of our Christmas Tree.
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Basil the Labrador loves our tree too!!…..too much as he started eating the branches!!
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Steve’s glass snow flakes cover the entire tree……

 

Compton Abbas, Fontmell Down, Dorset

My dear dad would be so very happy for me that I am now living in such a beautiful part of the world, Compton Abbas in Dorset.  Dad, I feel your presence at the Air Field, every time I see a light plane take off.  You would love this place, just as I do.  Your body may have passed away, but your spirit will live forever.  I love and miss you so very much.

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Dad holding dear baby Harry…..he was a proud Grandfather of all his beautiful grandchildren
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Fontmell Down, Dorset……we are so lucky to live in this beautiful part of the world
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Steve taking a welcome break for the photographer, Fontmell Down Dorset
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A world war two plane preparing to leave Compton Abbas Air Field by two gorgeous brothers.