Friday, 9 April 2010

Another Portland Promotion

After the shortest Spring on record, 5 days, Summer arrived with a vengeance today. Not that it brought any birds with it, and after a walk which took in the cemetery, Radipole, the full length of the Rodwell Trail, Ferry Bridge plus Barleycrates back to Victoria Square, the following were all there was of note. At the Radipole kissing-gate a sight I had not encountered before, a pair of Robins 'food passing' and a single Sedge Warbler singing its head off in a reed-bed.

I couldn't resist including this as 22 carat 'eye candy'. Sat in the hot sun with just a little cirrus cloud left in the sky. One of many wartime gun emplacements can be seen in the fore-ground, with the village of Fortuneswell peeking from behind the cliff. Beyond the curve of Chesil Beach, the National Sailing Academy (venue for the 2012 Olympic yachting), Portland Harbour and the start of Weymouth with Wyke Regis to the left.

Raven - UK's largest corvid (Crow) unusual to get one so obliging, it seemed to be suffering from the heat as it simply sat there with bill wide open.

Jackdaw - UK's smallest corvid both birds seen in close proximity of each other on the West Cliff, Portland.

The Spirit of Portland, an exceptional stone carving by Joanna Szuwalska

depicting representatives from the 2 main industries on Portland in days gone by

The Fisherman

and Stonemason (left click the images to full appreciate the fine detail)

A Stone Quarry Crane a throwback to when most tasks were done by 'hand'.

The Plinth simply signed JC Sellman, Sculptor and bearing his mark.

Quarrymen's tools

Lifting Chains and Hooks.

'Quiddles' (without the 's', a Portland word for Squid). My neighbour, Joy, has been waxing lyrical about me visiting this particularly eye-catching eatery perched on the edge of Chesil Beach at the promenade end of Chesil Cove. I had intended saving it for a day when a decent feed of seafood was required, but looking down from the stone sculpture, featured above, it looked too tempting to pass by. A slice of Walnut & Coffee cake (large enough to secure the Ark Royal alongside) and a cup of coffee sat in the sunshine, I made the acquaintance of a lovely lady Clair who's husband was serving on the RFA Argos. This was fortuitous as being the large ship I reported last week, with no pennant numbers, saying I would investigate and get back to you. I have since discovered the numbers are there but I didn't see them!

and probably only of interest to me, I do find the Statistics Counter intriguing, this is yesterdays result. It's fantastic to see so much interest still shown from many other parts of the world. Thank You All.

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Num Perc. Country Name

drill down44989.80%United KingdomUnited Kingdom
drill down163.20%EstoniaEstonia
drill down142.80%United StatesUnited States
drill down40.80%ArgentinaArgentina
drill down40.80%HungaryHungary
drill down30.60%NetherlandsNetherlands
drill down20.40%VenezuelaVenezuela
drill down20.40%CanadaCanada
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drill down10.20%Trinidad And TobagoTrinidad And   Tobago
drill down10.20%Korea, Republic OfKorea, Republic   Of
drill down10.20%FranceFrance
drill down10.20%ItalyItaly