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Roundabout Ringwood June 2019

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Dear readers

Suddenly warmer weather arrived and just in time for our Fanfare For Spring! This issue’s summery front cover photo is a June view of one of my favourite locations near Ringwood. It’s a photo taken through the undergrowth on the walk from Swanage to Durlston Country Park looking across to Peveril Point and Old Harry.

It was originally called ‘Durlston Pleasure Gardens’ in its 1887 Victorian heyday by its owner George Burt. But over the decades the path and open views across the bay have almost become obscured by a canopy of tall shrubs, weeds and trees.

We used to bring our children here 25 years ago to the similarly run down cafe and grotty pub at Durlston Castle. They were both a long way from being described as pleasure gardens……. until recently after receiving generous Lottery Funding!

The Castle has now been beautifully restored with a marvellous cafe and fantastic views across the bay to the Isle of Wight. And now after receiving further Lottery funding over the next three years, the ‘Durlston Pleasure Grounds’ Project will restore and enhance the Victorian landscape inspired by its Victorian owner George Burt’s vision for people to ‘Look round and read great nature’s open book’.

So if you want history, nature, the seaside, cliff walks or even steam trains then Swanage has something for everyone!

But of course if you want something a bit closer to home then check out our What’s On pages 26 & 28. Let’s hope that summer is here to stay now!

Roundabout East Dorset Villages June 2019

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Dear readers,

This issue’s cover celebrates the annual Wimborne in Bloom event when Wimborne enters the ‘South and South East in Bloom’, Wimborne in Bloom’ and finally the ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition which is judged on 29th July.

There are lots of fund-raising events throughout the year to help fund the operation. One of which is the Open Gardens on 30th June this year – details on page 6. A great opportunity to see what other people get up to in their gardens and to compare notes maybe!

Despite last year’s terribly dry summer our lawn seems to have more or less finally recovered and seems to be growing about an inch per day at the moment! Hopefully it won’t be quite so dry this year but so far it’s not looking good for us gardeners.

But ideal of course for parents and children! We have an article on page 26 with some ideas on budget friendly family fun. Paddling pools and waterslides are an even cheaper way to keep the kids amused on hot days although when ours were young our postage stamp sized lawn in south west London ended up as a permanent bog for most of the summer after my husband had the bright idea it might be a lot of fun! So be warned!

For lots of other ideas of what to do and where to go in the coming months in the local area check out our What’s On pages 22 and 24.

No doubt there are all those house and garden projects that you have been putting off until this time of year! Why not get it done properly by an expert AND help local businesses! Look in here first in the ‘Local Business Directory’ on page 34!

Roundabout Verwood & Three Legged Cross June 2019

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Dear readers,

A month from today as I write, it will be Midsummer’s Day so the nights will be drawing in very shortly! So is it just me or has it been a colder and drier spring than usual – windier too?

We had a pleasant country walk around Breamore a week or so ago and noticed that the fields were already pretty dry and cracked. So no doubt all you gardeners will be hoping for a decent amount of rain very shortly – but before the school holidays please!

This issue’s cover reminds us just how lovely the summer dawn in June can be and it also seems to have been the most important month in the calendar for thousands of years in the UK. The 5000 year old Neolithic monument of Stonehenge is the obvious midsummer icon especially on Midsummer’s Day! But June was also very important for the Romans, Anglo Saxons and also the month for many other momentus occasions. Signing of the Magna Carta, Battle of Waterloo, the Queen’s Coronation and D-Day to name but a few. The article on page 40 tells us more.

Even if June remains dry we can always look forward to a wet early July – because it’s Wimbledon week of course and page 32 gives us a few facts and figures with a fascinating potted history of tennis.

For more information on local events around your local countryside check out our What’s On pages 26 and 28 or our website.

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