Blogs from Shaftesbury, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Shaftesbury June 23rd 2018

If you grew up in England during the 70's and 80's like I did then you would remember Britain's favourite advert.. Hovis. Ridley's Scotts famous advert set around the 1930's with the young boy pushing his bike up a cobbled steep street with a basket of bread, the street lined with quaint old homes then having dropped off his bread riding back down again with his legs splayed, was filmed in Gold Hill Shaftesbury. All the years I lived in England I had never been and the Hovis advert was part of my childhood so I just had to visit. We first stopped in Reading to visit Go Outdoors and Decathlon to buy some things before heading over to Shaftesbury in Dorset. Go Outdoors cost us a 100 pounds more than we planned as we had ... read more
Gold Hill
Gold Hill

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Shaftesbury May 2nd 2018

We woke up early in preparation for our loooong drive from Whitby south down towards Salisbury. It was anticipated to take 6 hours and we dreaded any repeat of our drive from London the first day. However, it was a bright sunny day and we made it in time and as planned. We had filled up the car the night before (about £75!) so we only made one stop for lunch and bathroom breaks. It was also a gorgeous drive down. We went along the west side of the country, through Birmingham and down through Bristol. We drove right through Bath, which while very congested, was also quite lovely. Next time.... We found our next cottage, The Barn, easily enough. The first place still was unbeatable but this was a close second. Lots of room, fresh ... read more
Long drive
Old Wardour Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Shaftesbury September 12th 2017

I31st August to 4th September End of the Road festival is new to me though I've often been to Larmer Tree festival, which is held on the same site. I should know the site well, but it's a different layout which has confused me all weekend. More of the woods are available with different activities going on, and by wandering around I eventually found the cinema tent and the ship disco, and a secret site with John Horn from Incredible String Band singing with his daughter, who had a beautiful voice and is a whizz on the piano. A quick flurry of rain on Thursday showed the limitations of my makeshift awning, which became a water storage bag. Some adjustments helped and the relentless rain on Sunday didn't collapse it. I was working a 5-hour a ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Shaftesbury April 11th 2015

SATURDAY 11TH APRIL 2015 - 3.30PM All three teams and two cars were welcomed back home today to a hearty chorus of cheers and applause. I am sure they will look back with pride and fond memories of what an awesome feat they have accomplished. A total of 14 days on the road with countless ups and downs, but they soldiered on and reached their goal together - THEY MADE IT FROM SHAFTESBURY TO MHAMID!! They have raised a whopping £10,381.95 for the charities to date and donations are still coming in! Smashed it! We are all so immensely proud of the lot of them and grateful to each and every one of you who have donated and supported them. There will be a final fundraiser at 19.30 o Saturday the 18th of April at East ... read more
checkered flag
Sally - happy to be home
Welcome home!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Shaftesbury March 30th 2015

SATURDAY 28TH MARCH 2015 (AM) - The three teams assembled at the Shaftesbury Town Hall with their cars at 10am. The crowd were entertained by the Stig and had the chance to make donations, buy raffle tickets, send good luck messages via balloon and sign the bonnet of one of the cars. They were joined by the Sturminster Newton Town Crier and the Shaftesbury Town Band, who with the Stig, led the procession out of town at 11.30am to start their epic adventure!... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Shaftesbury July 16th 2012

Today, we should visit in the morning the Stourhead Gardens. In the afternoon we should visited Shaftesbury. Because we were travelling in a group, our day program was known before. However, it sounded a little bit boring. However, the Stourhead Gardens was not boring at all! We left early today, after breakfast. However, it was starting to rain (not that hard), even when we arrived. Typically English weather. After buying the tickets, we could enter the gardens. Now it stopped to rain, at least for a while. The garden is known about its temples bridges and tunnels, which you also could visit. Even for disabled people there was a hike trail. And you also could choose a small and large hike trail. We choose to hike the largest trail, of 2 miles (3 km). However, the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Shaftesbury December 29th 2011

Hello, so I thought that I would post a short blog just before we leave. WE CANNOT WAIT TO GO!!!! The next 11 days cannot go quick enough, although we have lots and lots to look forward to before we shoot off, Dorset coastal walks with friends, New Years Eve and family parties. It is difficult to remember that we are coming home though. I made the mistake of getting rid of a lot of clothes a few months ago to get some extra cash for this trip and have now realised that I would quite like some of them back, haha. However I'm sure that I can survive in the same clothes for a few weeks at a time. I know Sam will have no problem with that! Everything is sorted for travelling now, all ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Shaftesbury October 1st 2011

After our trip to Paris we went down to Kington Magna near Gillingham to visit friends for the day. We went via Stonehenge which the mob were disappointed with as they thought it looked a lot bigger in photos. The narrow lanes with high hedges around Kington Magna fascinated them as they worried how two vehicles could pass each other. They loved the 17th century cottages which have been renovated but kept all their period charm. The 14th century church on the top of the hill behind the village set the stage for a lovely day in the english countryside & we were lucky the weather was kind. The aussie mob were blown away by all the memorabilia our friends have accumulated over the years & how it all blends in with the low ceilings & ... read more
Black faced sheep
Pleck Cottage
Inside Pleck

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