Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sleep well.

Eating two kiwi fruits one hour before bedtime helps people nod off quickly and sleep more soundly, scientists say.

According Prof Nathaniel Kleitman, at the University of Chicago:
If you fall asleep within five minutes of closing your eyes, you are severely sleep deprived
If it's within ten minutes, this is "troublesome"
If you stay awake for at least 15 minutes, you are fine
A simpler approach would be to set an alarm for 15 minutes, close your eyes, then see if you fall asleep before the alarm goes off.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Weekend On the Road.

Bindon Abbey-Moreton-Wareham-Winterborne Stickland-Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, southern England.

Bindon Abbey (Bindonium) was a Cistercian monastery, of which only ruins remain, on the River Frome about half a mile east of Wool in the Purbeck District, Dorset, England.

Bindon Abbey.

Bindon Abbey. The 18th century "gothick" gatehouse.

Bindon Abbey. Allotment or kitchen garden.

Bindon Abbey House is currently used by Bindon Abbey Wellness Retreat to provide a range of treatments and retreat days.

Moreton is a village and civil parish in Dorset, England, situated on the River Frome.

Anthriscus sylvestris, known as...cow parsley, wild chervil, wild beaked parsley, keck, or Queen Anne's lace...everywhere!
Summer has come!

Upright Spanish bluebell...It seems.


Moreton has become synonymous with the memory of T. E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia.
Following his death in 1935 he was buried in Moreton.


Moreton is also known for the windows of its church, St Nicholas.
But we are moving on...to Wareham!


Wareham is an historic market town and, under the name Wareham Town, a civil parish, in the English county of Dorset.
The town is situated on the River Frome...as well!


This is called..."Travel in style"!

Come and enjoy the River Frome from Wareham.
See the yachts, birds and wildlife that frequent this beautiful place.

Winterborne Stickland is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England.


Winterborne Stickland. The second part "Stickland" is derived from sticol, Old English for "steep".

There is more to discover about the past along the River Winterborne.

Many of the thatched cottages in the village are listed buildings.



Winterborne Stickland.
The parish Church of St Mary is a Grade I listed building.

Lytchett Matravers.
The name comes from the Brittonic litchet meaning "grey wood" and the Norman surname "Maltravers".
The Maltravers family held the village for about 300 years, until the Black Death reduced the population in the second half of the 14th century.
The surviving villagers deserted the original village, sited around the church and manor house, and resettled further up the hill.
In 2005 the Lordship of Lytchett Matravers passed to Hon. Geoffrey Beck, being one of the few remaining descendants of the de Carterets of Arundel, and a direct descendant of Renaud de Courtenay, Baron Okehampton (c. 1125 – c. 1190).

Lytchett Matravers, power line crossing.

Dorset garden: Little Bindon Abbey.

- Dorset garden: Little Bindon Abbey | Dorset Life - The Dorset Magazine:

- http://theweepingcross.co.uk/gothic_bindon.html

- http://www.dorsetlife.co.uk/2013/01/a-life-less-ordinary/

- http://www.planetpropertyblog.co.uk/2011/10/13/house-from-tess-of-the-durbervilles-on-market/
'via Blog this'

Sunday, May 7, 2017

On the way to T. E. Lawrence.



1. Purbeck Hills.

2.Fauna...

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8. Exotica...Lulworth Estate.

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10. Moreton. Dorset.
T.E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) lived nearby at Clouds Hill, Bovington and his last resting place is in Moreton cemetary.
The entrance to the cemetery is a porch consisting of four Ionic columns under a pedimented roof.
The ornate entrance to the village’s graveyard started life as the entrance to the kitchen gardens at Moreton House.
It was moved in about 1950.

11.In 1935 26 february, at the age of 46 he decided to retire from the military.
As he wrote to a friend on May 6, 1935, as he was settling into Clouds Hill permanently.
It would not be.
Precisely a week later, Lawrence had a fatal motorcycle accident near Clouds Hill.
On May 13, while returning on his motorcycle from the Post Office at Bovington Camp.
T.E Lawrence was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident in Dorset, close to his cottage, Clouds Hill, near Wareham.
The accident occurred because of a dip in the road that obstructed his view of two boys on their bicycles; he swerved to avoid them, lost control and was thrown over the handlebars of his motorcycle.
Only one man on the Isle of Purbeck rode such an expensive motorcycle - Brough Superior SS100...probably travelling far faster than anyone appreciated.
He died six days later on May 19.
Some sources mistakenly claim that Lawrence was buried in St Paul's Cathedral; in reality, only a bust of him was placed in the crypt.
His final resting place is the Dorset village of Moreton.

12. The gravestones - perhaps more overtly religious in tone than Lawrence would have liked - were chosen by his mother and his elder brother Bob.
On Lawrence's grave stone is carved these words: "The hour is coming and now is when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and they that hear shall live."
The headstone makes no reference to his exploits in Arabia but only to his connection with Oxford University; the open book at the foot of the grave displays the university’s motto.

13. The Walled Garden and Dovecote Cafe:

14. Russian Kefir Crepes - GastroSenses:

- The Enigma of Thomas Edward Lawrence:

Monday, May 1, 2017

Purbeck Hills.

May Day is a bank holiday in England.
We traveled along Purbeck Hills, also called the Purbeck Ridge, are a ridge of chalk downs in Dorset, England.

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