Wednesday, September 04, 2013
The boys went home. I felt really sad waving them off. But my friend Mandy arrived later the same day. She was coming the day after her birthday for the weekend, so I wanted to 'treat' her. I'd planned all sorts of luxury's but as the weather was so amazing, I didn't need them. We spent some time sitting on the verandah catching up, then we wandered along to the beach.
Back to the lodge and time to get ready for Mandy's birthday meal. All I'd told Mandy was to bring something to wear for an evening out. Because she trusts me, she did as asked. Here she is sitting on the verandah waiting for our taxi.
The pic doesn't do her justice - she looked lovely. Another friend of ours who lives in Scotland, was by chance going to be in Bournemouth that weekend, so unbeknown to Mandy, I arranged that we'd meet with her at The Hotrocks Cafe in Bournemouth.
Obviously we indulged in some cocktails, before going into the gallery area of the restaurant.
I'm afraid I didn't take pics of all our meals but here's what the birthday girl chose.
All in all, we had a lovely evening out.
We weren't entirely drunken reprobates though - next day we got up around 7.30 am. Cereal for breakfast and out on the verandah to enjoy the glorious weather some more. Not for too long mind. Mandy went for a swim whilst I went in the fitness room. I didn't take a pic but here is one from the brochure. Sadly it makes it look even smaller than it was. In fact it had 2 x treadmills, rowing machines, cross trainers, exercise bikes. Plus one step machine, one bench, and two bench/weight/pulley things which were fun to use even if I don't know the proper name for them! All in all, during my whole stay, I found whenever I used the fitness room, it wasn't overly busy and I could get a good work out.
Back to the lodge for a cup of tea. A salad lunch followed by a walk.
Mushroom risotto for dinner - made 'cos I know it's one of Mandy's favourites. Glam'd up and off to the club where we stayed about an hour!
Monday morning more sitting on the verandah. A stroll to the beach. But all too soon it was time for Mandy to leave.
Enough for now.