Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Swanage And Corfe Castle.

Today was yet another fine day, so it was off to the site entrance to catch the number 40 bus in the opposite direction for a day out in Swanage. Again, due to the weather, it was quite busy, but no problem for us as we arrived by bus and didn't have to find a parking spot,

There is a Punch and Judy show on the beach. This very same show was here back in 1985, the last time we were here with our (then) young family.

Above is for comparison purposes only, for the 1976 photo I posted yesterday in the same area. This is what 38 years doing an uphill paper round does to you. The only thing that is the same is the watch. If you look at the 1976 image on yesterday's post you will see it is the same one - bought by my parents for my 21st birthday in 1975.

Also not to be missed while visiting here is the Purbeck steam railway, which terminates at Swanage Station.

With stunning countryside and Corfe Castle on the journey to and from our destination today.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs And Bournemouth

Today was another glorious day from the start, so we decided to make full use of another Day Rover bus ticket for me, at £4.10. First off from the caravan site entrance was the number 40 to Poole bus station, where we disembarked straight into the queue for the number 52 from the same stand 15 minutes later. This is the direct bus to Sandbanks, which features heavily in the current TV programme Harbour Lives with Ben Fogle, which of course is all about Poole in general.

Above, behind Margaret is what has always been called "millionaire's mile", and has been home in the past for 60's singer Anita Harris, John Lennon's Aunt Mimi, which was bought by him as a gift for her. Past residents of the nearby area include Max Bygraves and Tom Jones. Current famous residents have included Harry Redknapp. Back in the 60's there were "out of this world" houses. These days they have all been replaced by equally expensive apartments, but more of them on the space available.

Above is Sandbanks Hotel. It backs right onto one of the most beautiful beaches in the UK, and is the location of one of the best holidays our young family had in the 80's, as it is, (or was) very family orientated. This is also the place I stayed when I travelled alone for a summer holiday in the 70's, complete with Fletcher power boat and Ford Capri, where I met up with other friends from my Lake Windermere water ski club. I remember I quickly became popular with many of the young waitresses, who helped me celebrate my 22nd birthday in style while I was there.

OK you can have this laugh on me! Me in July 1976!

This is Canford Cliffs promenade. We decided the large house on the cliff top was somewhat out of our league. Then we thought some more and decided the beach huts were probably the same! This is the stretch I spent many a happy holiday as a child, always renting one of the beach huts for the duration.

Above is millionaire's mile from the beach.

Margaret tells me the blue flowers are Agapanthus. I thought they were as soon as I saw them 😂

Above we have now arrived in Bournemouth having taken the number 50 bus from Canford Cliffs. Bournemouth has always been a cosmopolitan town, and obviously still is, as we noted dozens of different languages being spoken. Not one of our favourite places due to its commercialisation, but it still has to be visited during any trip down here.

Time for lunch in the always good value no matter where you are - Weatherspoons.

A most unusual "ride" from Central Park - not my cup of tea.

Lastly Bournemouth Beach, and to be expected in such beautiful weather, was very busy. It was then time to catch the M1 bus directly back to Poole bus station, where, on arrival, the number 40 bus was already in the stand awaiting passengers to Lytchett Minster, (us), en-route to Swanage.

A great day out for £4.10, and of course free for Margaret.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Poole Quay And Old Town

Today we woke to yet another glorious warm sunny day, and our plan was to visit Poole. There is a bus stop just outside the site entrance and the number 40 is the hourly service into town, with a day rover ticket being cheaper than a return for me at £4.10. Margaret of course used her granny pass.

From Poole bus station the rover ticket can be used to explore the beaches at Bournemouth, Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs if you wish.

The town is of two halves, one dated looking I would guess built in the 1960's, the other dating back to the 17th century and beyond as you approach the quayside, which was once a thriving sea port, but still very much in commercial use today as a Channel ferry port.

Poole is also the home of Sunseeker Yachts. Unfortunately, these days they are the reserve of billionaires, way out of reach of regular boating enthusiasts.

No trip to Poole would be complete without a visit to the world famous pottery on the Quay. Very much reduced to just a sales room these days, although a small amount of bespoke pottery is still hand made on site.

Back to the site for a relaxing beer by mid afternoon.

Monday, 28 July 2014

New Camp In Dorset

After a lovely family weekend, we have now travelled to Lytchett Minster in Doset for another week's camping. I have got the scoot out this time and just used it to explore a lovely thatched pub just down the road for my usual Coke when driving. Margaret, who is pedalling, (and enjoying it), was able to indulge in a half of draught cider.

South Lytchett Manor Park seems like another pleasant place, but not a Caravan Club site this time, I found it on the internet. A fully serviced pitch, with both water and waste, and free wi-fi too. There is a bus stop to all areas, the nearest being Poole, just at the entrance.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

A Celebration Sunday Lunch.

Another cause to celebrate for us this month so we gathered the family together for Sunday lunch at Shawhill golf club and hotel, Chorley, followed by ice cream all round at Frederick's ice cream parlour.