They spent a day in Dorset visiting family.
Stopping on the way at Shaftesbury,
walking up and down the famous Gold Hill and meandering along Park Walk,
Listening to 'Grandad's Jazz Band' playing Acker Bilk in the background!
They drove on ...
the chalk downs of Cranborne Chase,
a far reaching patchwork.
Walking through Cranborne village,
wandering the garden centre and sipping spritzers in the pub garden.
After dinner walk ...
the dogs - Pete, Bert and Monty - sniffing the earthy air, running excitedly.
Winter browns transformed.
A painted cloth laid over the landscape.
Bold, bright paintbox colours.
A child's stretched strokes, bold golden stripes.
Scents of green and yellow, heady and warm.
A cuckoo calling.
Watching the sun yawn over sentinel pylons.
Thanks V & G!
Little man is in Italy this week , exploring volcanoes ...
the house feels empty ...