Back in August we visited Durlston Country Park in Swanage, Dorset. It was fortuitous that we embarked on a boat trip the day before as we would have remained unaware of the park were it not for the views offered from the sea. The park, and in particular Durlston Castle, were stunning. The views were spectacular. The renovations, following a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2008,  were both sympathetic and inspiring. Materials such as stone and glass are used to great effect in the art gallery affording the works on display an additional intensity. The cafe on the top floor not only confirmed the views but also provided simple yet delicious food.  When it comes to slurping beer I cannot pretend to be discerning, however, when I ordered a bottle of beer I was supplied with a glass that was chilled, tall and thin and which held exactly the contents of the bottle. I like that !

All that said it was something else that really held my attention at the park and it was presented to me on my arrival. Stone walls. I was in awe of the great skill and artistry needed in constructing them. I liked the strength and permanence they projected as well as the rustic contribution to the surrounding landscape. These walls are not appropriate for all surroundings but I would certainly love to learn how to build them for when the time and place arises.







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