A few weeks ago we visited the Isle of Portland, in Dorset, as I wanted to see the Lighthouse at Portland Bill. I had a lovely surprise as there were three lighthouses, this lighthouse, the lower light, the higher light and the current tower light and whats more, not a rain drop in sight. I will post about each of them for my ‘Lighthouse Categories’.
The first lower lighthouse was opened on 29.09.1716, but has been rebuilt several times. The one we visited was built in 1869, although it has not been used as a lighthouse since 1906. The reason you can visit, on site as there is a wonderful bookshop, on all things birds, as the tower is now a bird observatory and field centre, also holiday accommodation. After decommissioning, the lamp room was removed and there is now an observation room. After visiting the bookshop and with a couple of books in tow, I had a quick look inside the hall of the lighthouse and I was so glad I did, as on the wall there were several photos of the lighthouse during its life span. So of course I took some photos of them, its not often you get to see the life of a lighthouse, and it was so interesting to see them.
This is how the lighthouse would have looked with the original lamp room.
The lighthouse as a tea room after the Great War.
The following are some of my photos that I changed to black & white.
Before I go, just a quick holiday up date, we were going to be in France for two weeks, but in the end it was only one, after our stay in Albi and visiting the wonderful Cathedral, the next day on our way to our next stop, we had a phone call. Our Kennels phoned us to say that Nipper was very very ill, his diabetes had taken a turn for the worse and he was in the Vets. Then the Vets phoned to say that he had acid in his blood again and his sugar levels were off the scale, and there was the possibly that he might not make it. Twice we have lost dogs when we have been away, its so horrible not to be able to see them before they go. My husband drove over a 1,000 miles, we couldn’t get on the train for the tunnel at 12.30pm, and next slot would be 8.30am next morning, so we drove to the ferry and got straight on the boat. We got to the Vets at 8.30 am and amazingly he had stabilised, we took him home in the afternoon and that was on Monday and at the moment he is doing well. They have increased his insulin, so fingers crossed it will make him a lot better 🙂