23 October

We went to Durlston Country Park with the art group yesterday. I started a painting of the globe but it poured with rain and washed off the blue of the sea that I had just finished painting. We retreated to the cafe so I finished the picture at home. The globe is 10 foot in diameter and weighs around 40 tonnes. It was made out of Portland stone in Greenwich in 1887 and brought to Swanage by sea. Wikipedia doesn’t tell how they got it from the ship to its position 136 feet above sea level but I suspect some heavy lifting was involved.

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