Ahoy! We’re Over The Solent to Bournemouth!

It doesn’t seem two minutes since we were on the Wightlink ferry to the Tonbridge Arts Festival, but here we are again. This time however we are doing our favourite crossing, from Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, to Lymington. The ferry left at 11.15 and you have to be at the harbour for half an hours before departure. Now when did we ever go by the book! We made the ferry by the skin of our teeth. In fact it could have been our own charter! It’s exciting. It’s busy. It’s not raining! Yeah!


 All on board for Yarmouth!

Going towards Lymington has so many happy memories for Carol as it is where she went to school. Well, in Pennington to be exact – Priestlands High.

It was one of the first comprehensives and lucky or unlucky as the case may be the children born in 1960/1961 were the first to sample the new schooling structure which was undertaken in the 1973 reorganisation of local government in Hampshire.

Priestlands School is now an Academy School in Pennington, Hampshire, England. with around 1230 students aged 11–16.The school is also a specialist Arts College.

We took the scenic route through Milford On Sea again to capture those childhood memories for it was where Carol lived from the age of 7 – 12yrs old. http://www.milfordonsea.org/

This is Carol outside her Junior school where she was head girl and captain of the house of Patrick – it wasn’t all good. She lost her ’Head Girl’ badge the first day she was presented with it and her ‘House’ always came last at the sports day. On one particular sports day she remembers running away, not wanting to receive the wooden spoon on behalf of Patrick House yet again – scarred for life, would they allow wooden spoons for losing teams in school these days?

And Carol’s best friend from them days and still in contact today 40 yrs later – Daniella Lazzeri – Pipi to her friends. And you will be seeing Daniella again on Thursday when we meet up once more.


We’re staying in a cute Guest House in Bournemouth that has been highly recommended to us, for two nights. It’s called ‘Our Living Room.’ It’s not far from the two Waterstones in Poole and Bournemouth locations and so the start of 11 am means there is no rush and we can have a look around the shopping centres first.  We’re getting the hang of the tours now. :-)


Our hotel – ~We were welcomed to The Living Room by Sarah and Anna with a complimentary cuppa. What delightful ladies. Nothing was too much trouble. We even did our telephone interview with Terry from Express Fm – 93. 7 http://www.expressfm.com/programmes/afternoon/ from their home phone line – and what a lovely guy he is too! Thanks Terry!

Each room is individually decorated with it’s own character and our suite is lovely and cozy. It has a real home from home feel.  What stuck me immediately about the place is the cleanliness and all the fitments, are all of quality. This doesn’t smell like a hotel smells, it smells like a home! Horray! We have mints in our room and ornaments! It is obvious to Bob and I that the owners Andy and Anna, have not just renovated this guest house with all it’s antique furniture, which is quintessentially English as a place for people to stay but as a labour of love, and a home for them and their two small children. The description of the residence on the internet is ‘ its a gem’ and it REALLY is…

Here’s some pic’s of inside – although they probably don’t do it justice – it’s gorgeous.

Just a corner of ‘The Living Room’ lounge area.

And another!

We went to Cafe Rouge in Westbourne where we had our evening meal! Staff were all from France and what a team they are! You don’t need to guess what Bob ordered do you? Yes, steak as usual, well done with french fries! The desserts were to die for – yes, I had to indulge in a waffle, warm pear, vanilla pod ice cream and warm chocolate sauce… mmm…


Night All!

Till tomorrow and our first book signing of the tour – We’re taking you to Poole in Dorset. :-)

C & B x



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