Treasures

On the table outside
are memories we treasure
rocks and pebbles from Dorset
hold joy beyond measure

Some fossils, all lovely
some plain and some not
we love every one
and are pleased with the lot

And they're out there for purpose
to get wet in the rain
for then we can see them
as we found them again

Fresh, wet from the sea
with their lines and their form
which fascinated us then
and now our table adorn

Our treasures from Dorset
for us always to hold
displayed in our garden
and as precious as gold



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Photo – Jempics

A week of adventures

Concluding the Jemverse series ‘Down in Dorset’ (12 of 12)

We've had a week of adventures
but it's good to be home
full of the joy of
the pleasures we've known

We've had seven more days
of summer and sunshine
and although mid-October
the weather's been so kind

We've been swimming in sea
which wasn't that cold
and walking on beaches
so very old

We've been fossil humting
and found some to keep
and every bright morning
have awoken to sheep

We've shared meals we've each cooked
in a farmhouse sublime
in the heart of West Dorset
for a wonderful time

We've seen film sets for winter
and had ice-creams galore
so good was the flavour
we went back for some more

We've eaten chips on the Cob
looking out at the sea
and walked by the river
dogs, children and me

It's been a week of adventures
and we've loved every one
the Crouchers in Dorset
for frolics and fun


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Photo – Jem (of Jemverse) at Whitchurch Canonicorium, Dorset – October 2021 – Emily Rose Croucher

Last day in Lyme

No.11 in the Jemverse series ‘Down in Dorset’

On our last day we went back to Lyme
to look for fossils on the beach
heading westward from the town
to one in easy reach
And found them, oh I think we did
some massive ones at that
in boulders far too heavy
to take home and that's a fact

So I built a sculpture with flat stones
I found and balanced there
quite pleased with my achievement
took photographs to share
And the sun as it had been all week
shone down and warmed and beamed
as we sat down and rested
on the sand and looked and dreamed

For this was our swansong glory
so we wanted it to be
quite special to remember
down in Dorset by the sea
So after ice creams on the Cob
as by these words you'll tell
it has been all of that besides
and memorable as well

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Photo – stone tower, Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset – Jempics [The tower is about 4 feet high]

Fish supper on the Cob

No.10 in the Jemverse series ‘Down in Dorset’

A fish supper on the Cob
at Lyme Regis evening time
not so many people now
though the weather is still fine

Watched the fishing boats return
with flocks of seagulls there
watching out for morsels
or wayward fishes spare

And then a walk at sunset
along the ancient stone
braced against the cooler winds
before we headed home

A perfect end to perfect day
in Dorset here once more
and still were have a couple left
for adventures still in store

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Photo – The Cob, Lyme Regis, Dorset – Jempics

A morning hike

No.7 in the Jemverse series ‘Down in Dorset’

So we all walked back to Charmouth
early morning 'round sunrise
with mist in all the valleys
and a glow atop the rise

Took us about an hour
then we walked right back again
as the sun climbed higher brightly
in the east from whence it came

The splendour nature offered
all around was as a treasure
which all of us admired
good measure for good measure

And with dewdrop diamonds shining
we felt enriched beyond decree
in this really special place
where we wandered peacefully

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Photo – Jempics

Lyme Regis & Snow

No.6 in the Jemverse series ‘Down in Dorset’

It was snowing in Lyme Regis
except it wasn't, it was fake
Warner Brothers filming there
a new movie for to make
Willy Wonka 2 so we believe
and they'd made a winter scene
but although they'd finished filming
we could see where they had been

Lyme Regis was as I recalled
quaint and picturesque
fishing boats in the harbour
round the Cob and all the rest
Dairy ice-cream in the sunshine
lovely views along the coast
for another day of holiday
with Dorset playing host

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Photo – The Cob, Lyme Regis (with fake snow) – Jempics

Charmouth Jurassic

No.5 in the Jemverse series ‘Down in Dorset’

So we wandered down to Charmouth
beside the River Char
bathed in October sunshine
with views spectacular
around about three miles
so it didn't take us long
and it was really rather warm
as the sunshine was quite strong

Charmouth was still sleepy
and just as I remembered
from the many years since I last came
in August and September
A one-horse town, two pubs as well
both of which we sampled
as it would have been quite rude
not to visit for example

Then it was back down to the beach
on this Jurassic coast
for fossil hunting in the sun
we've looked forward to the most
And yes, we really found some
amongst the pebbles everywhere
which we'll take home and treasure
to remember our time there

The view up east to Golden Cap
was magnificent of course
although at this late time of year
it's devoid of yellow gorse
But it's no less quite spectacular
breathtaking there to see
on this our Dorset holiday
where we Crouchers love to be

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Photo – the view east to Golden Cap from Charmouth – Jempics

Exploring

No.4 in the Jemverse series ‘Down in Dorset’

Walked out for some exploring
early morning of the day
found the Five Bells atop the hill
saw sheep and lambs at play
the sun gleamed on the tower
of the church down in the village
as a big tractor passed me close by
avoiding country spillage

And down beyond the crossroads
found the Charmouth river trail
which I will follow later on
for more adventures to regale
Then it was back for breakfast
Croissants, coffee and some jam
here in our Dorset haven
where on holiday I am

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Photo – the tower of St Candida and Holy Cross, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset – Jempics

Wandering Tranquil

No.3 in the Jemverse series ‘Down in Dorset’

Before the Dorset sun retired
at the end of a fine day
we went for a small wander
down the lanes around this way
At the crossroads we went straight ahead
as it seemed the thing to do
passed by the Crooch Farm courtyard
'neath a cloudless sky of blue

The rays of golden sunshine
glinted precious through the trees
as down the lanes and twittens 
we wandered 'neath the leaves
squeezing into hedgerows
as a seldom car went past
this seemed a quaint existence
most refreshing change to fast

And we smiled a knowing smile
at the peace this place exuded
feeling quite at ease opposed
to anything excluded
Far from it, this was home from home
this Dorset countryside
as slow the sun sank in the West
to match our wandering stride

Conclusion fitting both we thought
as in unison we turned
to retrace our evening footsteps
with a new life lesson learned
For here was pure tranquility
with pace so far removed
from that which we had left behind
yet here with pleasure soothed

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Photo – Jempics

Courthouse Farm

Part 2 in the Jemverse series ‘Down in Dorset’

In Whitchurch Canonicorum
here at Courthouse Farm
we six came for adventure
in a big converted barn
Deep in the Dorset countryside
but not far from the coast
for a week of fun and frolics
of which we'll make the most

There were sheep in the back garden
and cows across the way
to greet us on arrival
when we got here yesterday
And the warm October sunshine
made the day the very best
confirming here the reason
why we came here for a rest

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Photo – Jempics

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