Category: Beaminster

Hunting pink in my village

Never mind the rain, when the local hunt meet in the village all gather and life goes on.

Morning walk

It’s that time of year when the trees are silhouettes that let the light through the branches, the mist hovers over the fields, the sunshine tries to break through. Time to wrap up and hear the ground crackle under the walking boots.

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Beaminster Big Day

Fun in the sun for Beaminster Big Day 2013

Beaminster Big Day is the last day of Beaminster Festival. It is held every other year, alternating with Dancing in the Square another Community event celebrating the beginning of the Festival. 2013 was a scorching day enjoyed by many.

Rampisham mast coming down

A few months back I went to see one of the last BBC Worldwide masts being taken down on Rampisham Downs. They were used them for 70 years until digital came along and the massive metal monsters became redundant.

A little video of the last days of the Rampisham Masts.

January 2013, a winter to remember?

Went down to Beaminster this morning, few people around but all said “hello” in a cheery way.

“Isn’t it beautiful?” they said.

Julia, Beaminster Square
Julia, Beaminster Square

“I remember the winter of 1963” said an old boy. Does make me wonder, come Monday will we feel the same?

Hilltop, drift and horizontal snow
Hilltop, drift and horizontal snow

It was easy enough to get down, carefully. Driving back up however, was a different story.

Driving back up?
Driving back up?

So the car got left at the bottom of the hill, and the shopping was carried up.

Carrying shopping
Carrying shopping

Well it is beautiful and lots of fun was had by many today. I just went around with the camera…

Winter woods in West Dorset
Winter woods in West Dorset

and loved every minute of it!

snow settles in a triangle
snow settles in a triangle

Hope you’re all enjoying your winter walks.

Rampisham masts, I will miss you

How weird will it be when we drive to Maiden Newton and there are no masts to tell us we’re nearly there?

One by one the Rampisham masts are being taken down.

Rampisham mast coming down

And to the ground they fall and crumble.

Rampisham mast taken down, January 2013.

A tiny pile of metal where once stood a giant.

A tiny pile of metal

Tall and proud they broadcasted British ways around the world.

Tall for a while

No longer needed, down they must come,

Fallen mast in Rampisham

and to pieces they must be torn,

Rampisham mast being torn to pieces by a crane

as a scavenger would a carcass.

crane taking a BBC worldwide mast to pieces in Rampisham

They stuck out like a sore thumb in the West Dorset heavenly countryside,
Equally were a stunning otherwordly man made addition come rain or shine.

For miles around, West Dorset views will never be the same.

Rampisham masts, I will miss you.