These holidays were with my mother's side of the family..My father's side of the family hailed from North London, specifically Radlett and we lived nearby in Harpenden. They had friends who owned a cottage in Swanage. Whatever the arrangement they had, we got to use it regularly. My memories of holidays there are so vivid. Perhaps it is my imagination, but I am sure we got longer holidays then than I have ever managed to take the children on.... and of course they were hotter and sunnier!!
The journey to Dorset was always a chance to eat home made ice cream at Corfe, home of the wonderful Corfe Castle...and certainly the best ice cream I ever ate in England. Have to say that New Zealand ice cream is probably just as good, but England offered watery icy stuff in those days and the contrast was something we all remember! We usually climbed the hill to check out the castle too....
Enid Blyton's The Famous Five, this is "Kirrin Castle" . More of you might remember "Five go Mad in Dorset..." and this area is where the stories were set.
In Swanage we stayed at Peveril Point in the Coastguard cottages. Last week, I did a random google for them and felt quite tearful and emotional when I found these pictures.Check out the great article at BBC on Dorset
My grandfather was an artist. He painted over 1000 oils, some of which you can see thumbnails of here and here.
Leslie Kent (1890-1980) - "The Jetty"
He painted pictures of the cottages, but I don't have a copy here at the moment - but I see it exists here!!!
Here are photos of our time there....
My mother in front of the life boat shed with the cottage up behind it.
Yes - the family... c 1965
More of the nearby coast.
Those were the days......