Not far from the sea, in Dorset, lies the small, sad village of Tyneham. The village was requisitioned by the army in 1943, and its inhabitants have never been allowed to return. Today, it sits in the middle of the Lulworth firing ranges, but can be visited when the ranges are not in use for army training.
I found this neglected display on a windowsill there, and felt it encapsulated something of the spirit of the place.
Oh oh a bit late for #WildflowerHour
because Maria Callas was on telly.
Anyway, this week, i.e. yesterday, I was introduced to the fragrant-scented Winter Heliotrope, which a nice lady with a very good labradoodle told me was called Swanage Weed (yes, it was in Swanage, #Dorset , where it grows abundantly).
First air frost of the year at my station in #Dorset and we go straight in at -3.0°C!
#Forestofficer in #PooleHarbour #Dorset #England stumbles upon a 140 million-year-old #herbivorous #iguanodon #dinosaur #footprint.
36 feet in length
A formidable creature that once dominated the Earth with its bulky, three-toed body.
‘This is a prison’: men tell of distressing conditions on Bibby Stockholm | Dorset | The Guardian
‘This is a prison’: men tell of distressing conditions on Bibby Stockholm https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/oct/29/this-is-a-prison-men-tell-of-distressing-conditions-on-bibby-stockholm?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #Dorset #Immigrationandasylum #UKnews #HomeOffice
📢 This week we'll be screening for #Dorset Premiere of
Everything Must Change (1h 12 minutes) - 2023
Join us for a delicious #organic curry & a great film!
📽️🍲🧑🤝🧑 MMMM! Monday Movie, Meal & Mingling
🗓️ Mon 30 Oct, 6-9pm
📍 Chapel in the Garden #Bridport
🎟️ 🍲😋 Get tickets & pre-order food now!
First asylum seekers return to Bibby Stockholm barge https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/oct/19/first-asylum-seekers-return-to-bibby-stockholm-barge?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #BibbyStockholm #Immigrationandasylum #Dorset #UKnews
MPs have been serving the English parliament since 1593, & a good number died by execution.
But only one, MP for #Dorset in 1614, Mervyn Tuchet, 2nd Earl of Castlehaven (as Mervyn Audley) died not because of treason or for being a Royalist... but for raping his wife & "sodomy".
He was #beheaded.
The charges were brought by his own son & wife, who feared for their inheritance.
We've also got a really fantastic line-up of films for the rest of the year, including the UK #Premiere of "ALTER NATIVE: Building Possible Futures" & the #Dorset #Premiere of Reel News's #EverythingMustChange
Plus possibly the best film ever made!
See here for all the juicy details https://ud.coop/tasty
‘The Home Office has issued fresh guidance called Failure to travel to the Bibby Stockholm vessel, saying that support will be terminated for those who “fail to take up the offer of accommodation on the vessel”.’
That is not an offer; it is an instruction backed by a threat.
Dorset mayor in fresh legal challenge over Bibby Stockholm https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/oct/13/dorset-mayor-in-fresh-legal-challenge-over-bibby-stockholm?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #Immigrationandasylum #UKnews #Dorset #England
And finally, I stopped in Shaftesbury, the old market town that my family members would presumably have known well as it's just a few miles from their villages.
According to tradition, Shaftesbury was once known as Caer Palladwr in Celtic Britain; actual recorded history dates to the 8th century CE, by which time where was an important minster in the town. Alfred the Great built the abbey here in the 9th century and placed his daughter, Aethelgifu, there as the first abbess. The body of King Edward the Martyr ended up buried here after this murder in the late 10th century, and Cnut died here.
It was featured in the Domesday Book and the abbey continued as an important site until the dissolution of the monasteries. After this, Shaftesbury continued as a market town, but faced decline as industrialisation took hold in the country. Thomas Hardy wrote of it:
"Vague imaginings of its castle, its three mints, its magnificent apsidal abbey, the chief glory of south Wessex, its twelve churches, its shrines, chantries, hospitals, its gabled freestone mansions—all now ruthlessly swept away—throw the visitor, even against his will, into a pensive melancholy, which the stimulating atmosphere and limitless landscape around him can scarcely dispel."
I didn't feel any melancholy, I have to say - even though I arrived at the end of a grey day at the tail end of September, after the abbey had closed for the day. I'd have liked to spend more time there.
The next stop on my genealogy mini-tour was the village of Motcombe, just over the border into Dorset, where my 3x great-grandfather's family came from.
I didn't find any direct ancestors in the graveyard, but I did find some not-so-distant cousins - I almost missed this great slab of a memorial, because I wasn't looking for anything this big and grand. One branch of the family, at least, seem to have been yeoman farmers rather than landless labourers like my branch. I think this may also have been the oldest gravestone in the churchyard, the only one I saw with dates back to the 18th century.
In tonight’s #Covid #taste and #eating #food adventures: Wee Comrie #cheese from #Perthshire is a really nice Brie like cheese. Wookey Hole aged #cheddar from #Somerset & #Dorset triggers extreme coughing fits with my still tender throat - aarrgghh! Best of all a wee bottle of house #Chardonnay #wine from Sainsburys tastes like wine, unlike earlier this week when it was like watery grape juice. And a dark #chocolate #KitKat tastes like strong dark chocolate not weak milk. Mixed bag but progress!
A couple from last Sunday when I was at the #RSPB site at #Arne in #Dorset. I was there for a rare bird, and also saw reptiles and dragonflies. But still a couple of nice plants - Bell Heather and Common Centaury. The butterfly on the heather is a Small Copper. #WildflowerHour #Bloomscrolling #botany #plants #flowers #wildflowers #plantscience #photography
September was the warmest September in my series from 2009 by a country mile, beating 2016 by 1°C. It was also warmer than July (by 0.3°C) and August (by 0.2°C) which has never happened before in my records.
I also recorded my record highest dew point of 22.8°C on the 7th.
September was a wet month with around130% normal rainfall for east #Dorset and produced the wettest day of the year, 35.6mm on the 20th.
#weather #ukweather #meteorology
🌳 A #rewilding project has led to the return of a number of bird species that are in critical decline.
The charity said it had logged more than 1,600 species on the nature reserve - 300 more than last year.
📢 Our fortnightly film & food night is back!
Join us! 🙂
Todays offering for #FensterFreitag takes us to Moreton, in Dorset, where all the windows of St Nicholas Church are decorated in this unusual, etched style.
The decorations were carried out over a 30 year period by Laurence Whistler, the poet and engraver, who was also the brother of the celebrated muralist, Rex Whistler.
This is in portrait format. Enjoy.
August 2023 was a rather disappointing and uninteresting summer month in east #Dorset, with average temperatures compared with local 1981-2010 data, and slightly more rainfall than normal. The main point of interest was the exceptionally low pressure of 983.8 mb recorded on the 2nd, which was an August and summer record here (data from 2009).
UK gov’t under pressure after refugee deaths in English Channel
But oh, it gets worse, as #Refugee charity, #Care4Calais is now reporting the government did NOT inform #Refugees about the presence of #Legionnaire's disease on the #BibbyStockholm prison barge, or immediately move them off once they knew it was there.
Worse, there is the possibility they were still moving refugees onto the barge even once the problem was known.
Heathland in late summer splendour, dominated by purple heather. Lots of bees , dragonflies chasing smaller insects, sand martins flitting above the cliffs, Sandwich terns screeching and fishing along the coast.
Hengistbury Head, near Christchurch, Dorset
...And it ends with this total kicker.
"Oxford-based GP Dr Dominik Metz said that he was concerned about risks to #AsylumSeekers, after one of his patients who was being treated for latent #Tuberculosis was told he was being moved to the barge."
The slowest of slowclaps now ensues. Also, note the use of 'migrants'.
"But test results showing traces of the bacteria came back only after migrants had moved to the barge..."
UK moves asylum seekers to barge despite humanitarian concerns
UK migrant policy: Hundreds to be housed on barge despite outcry
For this weekend's photo, I thought I would share another Landscape photo from my trip to the Dorset coast. I would have liked a more interesting sky but the weather was not playing ball on the day. It's still a nice view though.
Exciting discovery of a Neolithic polishing stone ('polissoir') in the Valley of the Stones, Dorset.
These stones were used to polish stone tools to a fine finish. There are two in the Avebury landscape, but they're very rare in England.
A trip to Dorset today with a couple of friends, to see what was about. At least 50 Little Tern was a good start - smart birds - and then another favourite, Little Owl. We ended up seeing three of them.
📷 Little Owl
📷 Oystercatcher (adult and young)
🚱 UK river now ‘ecologically dead’ after sewage spills triple in a year
A previously thriving river in Dorset has “shocking” levels of E-coli coated with “a layer of brown sludge”
Hi, I’m Ken, I’ve been on the Fediverse for a couple of weeks now. It seemed silly to introduce myself to nobody when I first started this instance, although I did fill in my bio. I’m a #writer from England who joined the Fediverse to publicise my work and maybe try to #getfedihired. I’m still feeling my way around the social aspects of this though, I don’t just want to use this as an advertising platform.
Looking back over my statuses for the first fortnight, so far I’ve mostly boosted things I found funny or beautiful. I replied to a few other posts including some responses to #SillyCuratorPrompts and #DesignChallenge – two drawings and a silly poem. And early on I posted another poem, largely to push past the anxiety I felt about the whole social media thing. The last thing I put up was some photos of spring flowers.
I already have a blog at https://kenhutton.uk or https://kenhutton.uk/atom for your rss/atom reader. You can find more information about my book ‘Social card games’ there if you’re interested and I plan to post some stories and poems there soon, perhaps some essays too. No promises about when though, as I’m job hunting right now and not putting pressure on myself to do too much else.
#RaspberryPi #BlackAndWhite #photography #seaside #Charmouth #Dorset
I have just taken delivery of a Raspi camera V3, wide-angle, NOIR (infrared sensitive). Intended use at night but I put it in my Brownie (as per my avatar) and went out & about in daylight. Set to monochrome I was getting some pleasing images.
Next I want to add a visually opaque filter so that we only see the IR image.
Pictures below are IR & visible spectrum,
Today we are going to be talking about the enigmatic St Wite (aka Candida/Gwen/Blanche) of #Dorset (feast day of 1st June)
This #saint is venerated in both the Catholic and Orthodox traditions under her latin name "St Candida", but within the Anglican communion she is known as St Wite -- patron saint of Dorset.
This seems to be a reoccurring theme when it comes to the saints I speak about: Although we don't know a lot about her, her story has been passed down through the centuries though oral traditions. This history has been recorded by the local people Whitchurch Canonicorum (The village is named after their local saint)
Local tradition says that she lived as a hermitess on the rocky cliffs and would light beacons to guide sailors safely home. She was martyred by Danish #Vikings while defending the people of Dorset and #KingAlfred himself.
The Viking cut off the saint's head which rolled down the hill. When the head came to a stop, a miraculous spring appeared.The waters were said to cure blindness; the well (St Wife's Well) is in Morcombelake.
King Alfred built the church of St Candida in honour of her. It has the distinction of being one of only two in England to still have it's original shrine and holy relics still intact after #Reformation
Inside the shrine is a lead box with the inscription of Hic Reqesct Relique Sce Wite (Here rest the relics of St Wite)
Setting up https://dorset.social (mastodon server) was more work than I expected 🤯 but it's now live and registration is open (all be it moderated for now).
The idea is to create a new federated space for Dorset (people, businesses, services, news, events etc.) — so if you'd like to register (or transfer an existing account), please do — the only real rule is that you should ideally be based in Dorset 🙏
A vist to Knowlton #Neolithic henge in #Dorset with later #medieval church symbolising a visual transition from pagan to Christian worship. The church was built in 12th century & was in use until 17th century, serving a now vanished hamlet by riverside. Its construction helped protect henge dating between 3000 to 2000 BC from plough damage. The surrounding earthworks were less fortunate, but are visible in aerial photographs. A perfect #archaeology mashup for #MedievalMonday & #NeolithicNovember
Hello I'm Harry. Ageing metal fan and guitarist. I'm originally from Manchester, but now I live in a rural #Dorset village having spent a few years in London and Essex. I've been a #singleparent and #widowed. Now I'm bumbling along as a dad of three teens and as a husband to a vicar. I work in the web/social media field. My interests include #Guitar #Photography #HeavyMetal #Videogames and sleep.