Days Out in Dorset

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Days Out in Dorset

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Famous people like Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen, J.M. Turner, John Constable and John Fowles have all been stimulated by the Dorset magic of which I am always newly aware each time I revisit one of these places.

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Joy Parsons
84 Pages | over 50 b/w illustrations

210x148mm, Paperback
9781897887301

Famous people like Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen, J.M. Turner, John Constable and John Fowles have all been stimulated by the Dorset magic of which I am always newly aware each time I revisit one of these places.
It seems incredible to me that 21 years have melted away since this little book first surfaced and sold out, was reprinted and sold out again. Then, for some reason it disappeared from my horizon and memory. It has now been suggested to me that it should reappear and so with the help of my publisher, here it is again, refurbished and enlarged to act as a courier from the Dorset countryside.
So many changes have occurred in the world – some better, some undoubtedly worse. In December 2001, however, the spectacular Dorset and East Devon coastline acquired World Heritage status – England’s first Natural World Heritage making the Jurassic coast equivalent to the USA’s Grand Canyon and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The coast records 185 million years of the Earth’s history through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of geological time. It also has outstanding examples of geomorphology such as Durdle Door . Of the 46 known species of Jurassic fish, 35 of them are only found on the Dorset and East Devon coast.
As the idea of beauty lies in the beholder, all this book can do is to act as a signpost and leave you, the traveller, to form your own impressions and nostalgias for a particular place. Every county has its own type of charm and the works of Thomas Hardy certainly enhance but are not the origin of this special magic they merely add a fillip to a day’s outing, be it a corner of old Poole, an outlying hamlet, a trip to Portland to gaze upon and wonder at Chesil Beach or a wander and a wonderment amongst the rolling hills. Within the boundaries every taste is catered for: painters, historians and archaeologists, ornithologists, children wanting sea, sandy beaches and amusements or folk in search of rural retreat. It matters not the starting point or the season; when the golden corn is glowing in the summer sun or when the hedgerows are sparkling with hoar frost and the blackbirds showing up starkly in a temporary fairyland. As life is made up of strong contrasts so it is with Dorset, from the harsh and jagged coast of St. Aldhelm’s Head to the delicacy of the Chalk Hill Butterfly.
The ideal thing, of course, is to explore on foot but in this age of the car most of the spots I pinpoint are accessible or nearly so, by this means. The nooks and crannies you will find for yourself so once again I wish you ‘Happy Days Out’.

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 21 x 15 x 1 cm

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