You may regret being so encouraging as here is the next post and it is another long one with lots of photos!
Thursday dawned bright and sunny and the forecast was showing big yellow suns all day. As I ate my breakfast in the sunny dining room at the B&B thinking how lovely it was that I could just leave the table and someone else would clear it all away and wash up etc I wondered what to do with the day which lay ahead of me. Had there been a bus I would have liked to go to Lulworth Cove and walk the Coast Path along from there but the bus which would have taken me runs only during the summer months and had stopped on 1 September - I was too late once again! So having had a full day on Wednesday I decided to have a more relaxing sort of day and to go back to Durlston Castle where I would soak up the sunshine for a while and then maybe a trip to Corfe Castle in the afternoon with perhaps a ride back on the steam train. One of the joys of traveling alone is that the decisions are one's own and can be changed on a whim if wished.
|Loved the trolleys loaded with old fashioned cases and trunks|
|The smell of the steam trains a real memory Lane moment|
santosha that will stay with me and hopefully be brought out in the chill of winter!
When I got back to the Guest House I freshened up and changed into a clean tee-shirt and my jeans instead of my walking trousers (not having my evening gowns with me!!) and with a bit of lipstick hoped I would do at the Ocean Bay restaurant just down the road which I thought might be a good place for my last evening meal. I sat overlooking the lovely view of the sea and beach and watched the colours gradually change. No longer turquoise the sea was a pearly grey in the early evening light and the sky a watercolour painting in shades of palest blue through peach, pink and yellow and as the light gradually faded the sea turned a deep blue and the horizon became indistinct until all was deepest midnight blue with only the odd lights of distant ships to be seen. The meal was delicious - Ratatouille stuffed sweet peppers topped with goat's cheese and grilled served with house salad and sauteed potatoes with a fresh fruit sorbet for desert and finishing off with a coffee and all for less than £20! - only spoiled by the man at the table behind me who had obviously no intention of paying for his meal and was complaining loudly about the lamb being frozen and the vegetables microwaved and the mackerel starter having bones in it and not being mackerel fillets - well it did say on the specials board WHOLE mackerel but maybe he couldn't read. He was one of those men who try to show off and throw their weight around and instead of quietly and discretely having a word with the waitress and asking to speak to the manager he spoiled the ambiance for the rest of the diners and finally left having paid the reduced bill with a very bad grace and leaving a tip of 5p apparently!! I have come across his kind in my working life and how I longed to tell him to shut up and clear off!!
When I got back to the Guest House I paid for my stay as I wanted to leave fairly early on Friday in time to get the 9.05 bus from town. Mr B&B very kindly offered to drop me into town so I would have plenty of time for breakfast an offer I gladly accepted as I didn't know how long the walk might take me with the backpack and whether it might be raining. So having refused Mr M's offer on Tuesday I did succumb to Mr B&B's offer on Friday!
Would I do it again? You bet! I had enjoyed a fabulous 4 days in amazing countryside doing what I like best and returned feeling on top of the world. I was glad I hadn't attempted to do every day carrying the pack though although it wasn't as heavy to carry as I thought just annoying especially when trying to negotiate toilets!! Mind you I wonder if it would have been quite such fun had it been raining all the time - I was just so lucky with the weather wasn't I? Where to next?!
I am so lucky to be living where I do with these wonderful places within reasonable distance and to have a bus pass with which to do the trips - I don't know what it would have cost had I had to pay all the bus fares. It's also something else I could never have done in France so yet another reason to be happy to be back where I belong.
More medals will be deserved if you've made it to the end of both parts! Thanks for your company.