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Sunday, 12 June 2011
That was the week that was!
Cliff top - West Bay (keep away from the edge!)
What a week we have had - good times and bad times all mixed! I haven't been to visit your blogs as often as usual so apologies if I have neglected you!
Cliff path - West Bay
Last Sunday we had to take Thomas to the vet as he was very unwell and being sick etc and I didn't know if it would wait till Monday. Sunday rates of course - but he's worth it!
Decent into the hamlet of Eype remember this little house form an earlier post seen from the other directionhere?
To cut a long story short he ended up back there on Tuesday and stayed there for a couple of days. At first diabetes was considered then his glucose levels dropped to normal and a tumour was thought a possibility but an ultrasound scan found nothing. He was on a drip as he was so dehydrated and not eating - he is home again now looking a little the worse for wear with bald patches where he had the drip and blood tests and a bare tummy from the ultrasound scan but he is beginning to pick up and now he is eating better is less like a bag of bones I am happy to say - phew!
Meanwhile I was preparing for a visit by our French friends who arrived on Tuesday afternoon - after the trip to the vet we set off for the airport to collect them.
They are such easy guests and fit in like family, are easy to please and very appreciative of everything (they can come again!) They had a dog which died recently after a long and happy life so my friend understood what I was feeling when the calls were going back and forth to the vet's! She also made a fuss of him when he came home and spoke gently to him in French - "Comme tu es mignon" and so on and he lapped it all up and really took to her!
We were lucky with the weather on Wednesday and were able to go to West Bay for an outing . We did a walk along the cliffs before lunch - we introduced them to English fish and chips eaten from the bag in the open air and luckily although the wind was chilly the sun was bright and warm. Followed the fish and chips with a cup of tea in Sladers Yard sitting in the sunshine sheltered from the wind before setting off to Abbotsbury.
The cost of visiting the gardens there was higher than any of us wished to pay especially as it is not an English garden but a sub tropical one and our friends are keen to take back to France ideas from English gardens so we pottered round the plant centre in the sunshine and had a look in the shop before continuing to Chesil Beach which I hadn't visited for many years.
Chesil Beach is part of the World Heritage Site known as the Jurrasic Coast and is an 18 mile long strip of land consisting of 180 billion pebbles - I am not sure who actually counted them and there are a few less now that we have picked up one or two to bring home!!! Isn't this view amazing?
The remainder of their stay was lacking in sunshine although we did manage an outing to Hestercombe on Friday - I'll show you the photos of that later for those who are interested. Our visitors went on to London yesterday morning and we are missing having their company, I am still thinking in French some of the time!