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2023 December Calendar

December Calendar Day 4 (12 Day: 2): Inspiration & Reveal

Kingston Lacy Kingston Lacy is a country house and large estate near Wimborne Minster. The original house was built by Ralph Bankes between 1663 and 1665, with various additions and alterations being made over the years. The current house was created between 1834 and 1855. The estate remained in the family until the death of Henry John Ralph Bankes. Upon his death in 1982 the estate was donated to the National Trust. The Bankes family originally lived at Corfe Castle… Read More »December Calendar Day 4 (12 Day: 2): Inspiration & Reveal

December Calendar Day 3: Inspiration & Reveal

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens are situated in a sheltered valley on the east coast of Dorset, between Weymouth and Bridport, and leading to Chesil Beach. The microclimate of the area means delicate plants which usually require greenhouses to grow in England can be grown outside. The gardens have gone through many evolutions, the most recent beginning in 1990 after the great storm of 1987 destroyed many of the plant specimens. They are now known worldwide for their magnolias… Read More »December Calendar Day 3: Inspiration & Reveal

December Calendar Day 2 (12 Day: 1): Inspiration & Reveal

Bournemouth Gardens Bournemouth is the largest town in Dorset. It is situated on the South East coast. Bournemouth Gardens cover a wide area from Bournemouth Pier towards Poole. Created in the nineteenth century and now Grade II listed, they follow the River Bourne and contain many significant landmarks such as the Town Hall and the Pavilion Theatre. While there are many interesting features contained within Bournemouth Gardens, the colour which inspired me for today’s yarn came from Bournemouth Aviary, located… Read More »December Calendar Day 2 (12 Day: 1): Inspiration & Reveal

December Calendar Day 1: Inspiration & Reveal

Tyneham Tyneham is a small village in the south of Dorset which was abandoned in 1943. It was requisitioned by the by the War Office for use as firing ranges for training, and all residents given 28 days to leave. The village was supposed to be returned at the end of World War 2 but has remained in use ever since for military training. Tyneham, and the nearby coastline at Worbarrow Bay, is now only accessible when the Lulworth Ranges… Read More »December Calendar Day 1: Inspiration & Reveal