Portland Bill - this year's first sun burn.
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several eternities later, hav ing got stuck in tons of traffic, Crispy and I arrived in Portland. Suffice to say that we wil NOT be coming in summer! One sunny day and the entire population of the UK seemed to be heading South. Understandable - we were too - but golly I'd forgotten how much I hate holiday traffic!
So we were both relieved to see Portland up ahead.
Portland is in essence an island, connected to the mainland by a spit of land attatched to Chessil Beach. There are a couple of towns there, and the area maintains a sense of separation from the rest of the country. It's such bad luck to say "rabbit" there that the Aardman film Curse of the Were Rabbit had to be advertised with the name blanked out and replaced with the tagline "there's something Bunny going on", apparently.
Crispy and I like being near the sea a lot, and we also like being up high, and the isle of portland has the chance to do just exactly that. We went for a walk, first of all, at High Angle Batteries, which are on teh hillier north side next to the coast. There was a great view of Weymouth Bay and of a couple of gun metal grey ships in the Fleet Lagoon - either naval or - perhaps more likely, given the small size of one - coastguard. I don't know much about ships, so I'll be over the moon is someone naval looks at the photos and says, "oh, that's HMS blahblah, and she's a whatevership returning from service in wherever..." The batteries themselves were started in Victorian times, and were in use up until the mid twentieth century.
Once I was back in teh car I forgot about water and hats again, and went to Portland Bill itself.
Portland Bill - I think there was a cartoon called POrtland Bill when I was a very little Sarah indeed - is a lighthouse on the southernmost tip of the Isle. The parking was £1.60 for two hours and there is an entrance charge to the lighthouse - which was shut when I was there - I would strongly recommend doing the environmental thing and parking somewhere else and walking up, if I was going to do it again. With water, and some sort of windproof hat. It was very nice, though. The rosks are full of fossilised shells, the waves were impressive even on the mill-pond calm day that I was there, andthe lighthouse is very lovely. Of course, asking for donations on top of the admission and the car park was never going to impress me. But there we go.
I fully expect the rain to start the minute I've done that, and not to let up until september. I love England!