Monday, 10 June 2013

.....making a quick getaway......

....we didn't go far....


....just down the road in fact....


....but it felt like a million miles away...


...a husband's birthday 
and a well timed night off prompted this 
happy little jaunt to dorchester...


..the town is undergoing some major new development....
...upcycling on a massive scale!


just a stones throw away from the high street
the old, beautiful brick industrial buildings
are being given a new lease of life...


...with a modern twist...
...clever architecture linking the old 
with the new....
....creating a lively new heartbeat...


...we sipped frascati as our children
skipped in and out of the fountains...


..oh yes...it wasn't just the children...
(how many glasses of frascati?)


...this looked amazing as it got dark...
...and they changed colour too...


...there was quite a bit of this...
(oops sorry diet!)

...and it felt really quite cosmopolitan
sitting here with coffee and antipasti..
....a real treat and just a little bit exciting too....


.... we stayed overnight at the
 spangly new 'premier inn'....
...allowing for more pootling around town..
....more coffees...


...and a hop around my favourite
for some lovely lucky finds...


...we had such a fun time...
...and i am looking forward to the completion of this challenging development...
..a new arts centre, a large hotel, shops
and more residential buildings...

...of course there are worries for 
the old town...
...but i can't help thinking it will
be a wonderful addition to the whole area.

p.s.
....just thought i'd pop these vintage buttons
on at the end to share with you...
...i'd forgotten i'd bought them...
...so was doubly pleased to open them
when they arrived!

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21 comments:

  1. Haha so familiar. I can see it from my bedroom window! We shall be off to one of the restaurants for Mr Jam's birthday next week. I think I may put on a stone or two having this lot on my doorstep!
    Ellie
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    1. ...we said what a fantastic place it would be to live there...we couldn't believe how good the rail connections are too......surprised you didn't see/hear us squirrels this weekend!x

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    2. hmmm, I wondered what all that chattering was (is that the right word for squirrel noises?)x

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  2. A Grand Day Out! Looks like fun! :) x

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  3. It all looks splendid it's been a while since we went in to Dorchester on our jaunts down South will have to pop in next time we're in that part of the world. The buttons are so sweet... are they going on Etsy? Sarah x

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    1. ..you really won't recognise the place....well worth a visit! The buttons are probably going to be used for some crafty projects .....so they might appear in the etsy shop in another guise!X

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  4. oh my that looks like you had a wonderful time, the photos create a lovely atmosphere, so exiting...I would have been in the fountains too! Emmax

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    1. thank you....it was really fun (and fattening!!)X

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  5. Oh those buttons.....and carluccios in the same post too too much...I shall have to sit down and plan a visit.....wanna come???
    dx

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    1. ooooh yes yes yes please......of course!x

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    2. Knock on my door if you're passing! x

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  6. Love those fountains ... what a great day out ... Bee xx

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  7. We were at Carluccio's just last week. Our little man had his scooter with him and loved scooting through the fountains! Loving those buttons. M x

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  8. Oh what a lovely blog, I'm so glad I stopped for a visit.
    I wouldn't have needed a glass of anything to be in those fountains, looks like you have a fantastic time....I love the buttons they're fab.
    Emma x

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  9. Looks like you had a wonderful time! Carluccio's..... I love it!!! Now I'm going to daydream about yummy Italian food all afternoon.....
    Carly
    x

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  10. ~ Wonderful days out like these are just the best! Most especially people watching with a nice glass of some thing special in ones hand.....Great buttons too! With kind thoughts...Maria x

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  11. looks amazing! I had no idea all that was going on in Dorchester! Must visit again soon..will be near there in July as doing the Poundbury Textile fair....Lizzie x

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