The first College term has ended – wow, those twelve weeks just flew by! Now we have a two week break for the holidays. This is the first chance that Deb and I have had a real chance to get out a bit further than a few miles from Chichester. So, we have planned a short trip to the southwest and will return to Chichester on Christmas day before heading to Scotland for New Years.
Our first stop has been a small seaside town of Swanage. The 1000 year old Corfe Castle is just six miles away.
The castle is well known – even if you don’t remember the name, there is a good chance that you have seen pictures of it.
It has a very interesting history and it was fun to imagine it when it was a functioning place. It is very easy to romanticize however, I am sure that life back then was pretty awful by our standards. The National Trust has done a nice job adding some Christmas themed signs around that were interesting as well as the normal museum-like informational signs.
We got to the castle on board a local train (the Swanage Railway) for the short trip. The story about the railway is quite a tribute to thousands of hours of volunteer time and it was a very fun way to get there. Follow the links if you want to learn more about the Castle or the railway.
Returning to Swanage, we had a nice leisurely stroll along the iconic south coast with some of the beautiful white cliffs visible (they’re not just in Dover). Albeit a little cold, the sun was out for a good part of the day – and who can complain about that in the middle of December.
We are missing the kids – it will be a different Christmas for us but still a blessed time that we will always cherish and, this Christmas season as we experience new adventures, we will say our prayers of thankfulness for all the gifts that we have been given throughout our lives – this certainly counts as a big one.
we’re glad that you can share this adventure with us,