Isle of Portland and various things – some curious

Portland seems to me to be a strange place, in a rather different and pleasant way. It is technically an island and feels like it, once there; but the road and Chesil beach disguise this and make it seem completely connected to the mainland. It is becoming a favourite place of ours to wander. It has interesting wildlife and industrial architecture, and provides some spectacular views.

Chesil Beach and Portland harbour seen from the imaginatively named "The Heights"

Chesil Beach and Portland harbour seen from the imaginatively named “The Heights”

There are plenty of reminders of the 2012 Olympics events held in Weymouth/Portland and this is one example

On "The Heights"

On “The Heights”

There are quarries everywhere on the Isle, and no less than 3 lighthouses.  But the island is criss-crossed with footpaths and they make for some very pleasant walks. Visitors should be aware that for some obscure reason it is considered grossly bad luck to use the word ‘rabbits’ on the Isle. Some speculation has it that this is because rabbits destabilise cliffs and quarry faces and these lead to rock falls and injury, or loss of life, to quarrymen.

My new header photo is of the Osmington white horse. Dating from the early 1800s, it depicts King George III, a frequent visitor to the Weymouth area. It was controversially renovated in 1996 for a “Challenge Anneka” TV programme. More recently, and apparently more sensitively, it was renovated in 2012. There appear to be many theories about the origin of the figure (http://www.bowleazecove.co.uk/white_horse.htm) one of which is that it commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, as mentioned in Thomas Hardy’s “The Trumpet Major”.

Having moved house, we find several things in our new house that we do not want, so I have been using Gumtree quite a lot. Whilst browsing there I came across an ad for a “Brand new double glazed widow” quite a catch for a windower perhaps. Also quite amusing was this sign spotted on a walk along the beach near Bowleaze;

Photo-0007a point well made, I thought.

Yesterday my blog passed the minor landmark of 5000 visits, something that I never thought I would achieve and also something I did not think I would feel a sense of achievement about! Thanks to all for looking in.

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