Wednesday, 29 August 2012

A Colourful Historical Morning! - Capture The Colour!

A Right Rainbow of a Day!

I was tagged by my very dear friend and extremely talented blogging Mum, Sonya from The Ramblings of a Formerly Rock n Roll Mum to enter the Travel Supermarket truly great competition 'Capture The Colour!' to incorporate colour into your blog, I have looked at some amazing entries with fabulous photos! You can enter too if you are very quick by seeing the comp page.

I had every good intention of entering this competition days ago with an array of brightly coloured pictures from my past travels. Things in my life NEVER go to plan and all my good intentions go out the window; often. So instead I planned to explore a town in my own area and go in search of colour with my son, Evan and see what we could find and maybe learn something new too!

So today is the closing date and I know I'm late as usual but I thought what the heck I'll still have a go and I am so glad I did. Evan & I had a brilliant morning learning and having fun and travelling around in the pouring rain. Colour is so taken for granted in our daily routine, I can honestly say I have never knowingly noticed any of the colours; especially of buildings that we found today. Think about it; if you picture your local High Street can you tell me the colours of the lampposts, drainpipes, windows or doors of shops? 

When I was at Sandford Middle School we did The Wareham Town Trail which was a historical walk around my local town and I remembered really enjoying it. Today I packed up a bag with various T shirts for Evan to put on and we set off in search of colour!

We first went to the Library to pick up a town trail and to my dismay they don't do them anymore!

This really saddened me as I have such great memories of travelling with school to various towns and learning hidden facts, it made it so much more 'real' than learning it from a book!
The very helpful librarian kindly directed us to some very well price guides that would do the same type of job so for £2.19 (cheap day out!) We came out with these:

Green is the Colour, Torture the Game!

Ev is a huge fan of Horrible Histories so the first place on the map for GREEN had to be the Bloody Bank! This is the West side of the Wareham Walls - 4 high grass banks which surround (or at least used to) the town.
Bloody Bank was used by Judge Jeffries (The Hanging Judge) to torture and execute the five Assizes and it was here they were hung, drawn and quartered EWWWWW their heads then displayed in the market place!
Evan thought this was excellent and loved acting it out with his sword! 

Blue is the Colour, Writing the Game!

We actually stumbled upon this house by accident. Dinah Craik as the sign says wrote her most famous novel here.
A leading writer of her day and published many novels and poems. You can read her story HERE

Yellow is the Colour, Film is the Game!

This was the one colour we thought would be hard to find but as luck would have it The Rex Cinema is YELLOW!
Originally the Oddfellows Hall and built in 1889 . Over the years with the help of the Friends of the Rex the cinema has managed to stay open and yet keep all it's unique characteristics.

We were rather wet by this point so headed off to Harry's for Lunch and actually found the entry for red!

Red is the Colour and Poppies are the Game!

I love Harry's and frequent it often during my breaks away from caring for my Mum. It has free Wi-Fi excellent meals and a very friendly atmosphere. 
All that time I never actually noticed the ceiling is decorated to look like a poppy! I really do need to be more observant!

Now at this point I must state that Harry himself tried to muscle in on the act and get himself in this post as the White entry but after a few pieces of toast Evan told him he would need a good bath first! Harry was having none of that!

So finally we braved the wet and headed off to our final destination in search of WHITE. 

White is the Colour and Water is the Game!

The South Bridge over the River Frome was a stone bridge with 7 arches a style from the Norman Conquests. It was rebuilt in 1777 with 5 arches and then in 1927 to the present day 3 arches due to traffic increases.

We enjoyed our day so much! I often feel guilty that Evan has never had a 'proper' holiday abroad as my circumstances can't reach to it, but travelling doesn't have to be miles or cost much. Today we had a brilliant time and Evan learnt some really interesting facts about his local town, we were outside and together! That is my pot of gold at the end of this rainbow!

I am passing my colourful torch over to the very talented: