|Sketching at Southbourne watercolour 12.5x20cm approx ©2012 Lisa Le Quelenec|
The thing about having visitors from out of town to stay is that you get to behave like a tourist yourself. Last week we went on trips all around the local area taking in the New Forest, Tyneham Village, Exbury Gardens and Durlston.
Tyneham Village I especially looked forward to. I had wanted to go there ever since I had first heard about it. The whole village was commandeered by the War Office in 1943 to be used as a firing range to train the troops, whilst it was supposed to be a temporary measure it is still used for training now and can only be visited at certain times.
|School room window Tyneham Village|
Some of the buildings are just shells but a great job has been done restoring some of the farm buildings, the church and the school building. There are signs telling the stories of the families that lived there with their photographs. I loved looking at the school building with it's little row of pegs for the children's coats, their nameplate by it's side with a little drawing. It's definitely worth a visit if you are in Dorset and Worbarrow Bay is just a short walk.
I did manage a couple of sketches whilst out gadding about and having a lovely time. One of which was Anvil Point Lighthouse it was so windy I had a job keeping my sketchbook open. Halfway through His Nibbs got out his phone to take a picture.
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