Wednesday saw us take a trip firstly to the Shillingstone Station project. This is one of the stations that ran along the now disused part of the Somerset & Dorset railway line. The station is open to the public on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The old station platform and station building are still there, where there is a small cafe and gift shop. There is a sweet station garden there with a seating area where you can take refreshments if you have been walking the North Dorset trail which was our aim. The old signal box still remains and a small amount of track and an old wagon and coach – which I am sure they are hoping to restore. One of the buildings on the station also houses a model railway.
From Shillingstone Station we walked along the North Dorset trail to Sturminster Newton which is approximately 1 1/2 miles in one direction – not too far – however it was an extremely hot and muggy day so when we got to Sturminster we were all in need of some lunch and liquid refreshment. We came across a little gem in the form of the Minsturs Tea Rooms & Gallery. We were able to take our furry friends in with us as they had a delightful courtyard area where we enjoyed the sunshine and a very tasty lunch. I had to take some photos and even managed to get myself into one of them without meaning to.
Once lunch was complete we continued with our other objective of the day which was to look around the lovely fabric shop Hansons. There are rows upon rows of bolts of fabrics in all different colours and patterns you could imagine. There are also baskets full of fat quarters to choose from, rolls of ribbon, wool and other haberdashery items – another quilters haven. They also have craft demonstration days there so well worth a visit if you are in the area. I picked up a few more fat quarters which I will share with you another day but I tried to pick fat quarters that I thought would go with the ones I’d bought earlier in the week.
After browsing for a while it was time to walk back to Shillingstone and thankfully the station cafe was still open when we got back and so we were able to enjoy a refreshing cold drink. We then went back to our friends house and enjoyed a BBQ and later a game of Cranium – a wonderful time shared with great friends.