Finally Arrived in the Kingdom of Heaven

And so to Lundy for some serious chill …

Tuesday we travelled down to Poole, after a morning spent in final packing, using the leisurely rural route: to Newport, then Bridgnorth (avoiding Telford) and Kidderminster, joining the M5 at Worcester; M5/M4 to the outskirts of Bath, then Warmister, Blandford and Wimborne; arrived Broadstone just after 5.00pm. a little over five hours including a couple of stops.

Next morning spent in frantic re-packing after a trip to Sainsburys for final provisions. One of our bags initially weighed in at 42lbs, way over the maximum individual bag weight, with the second not much better. Fortunately we had brought an empty bag (anticipating problems) and could do some rearranging. C&P had four bags, bring the group total to seven and quite a few pounds over our joint baggage allowance — fortunately they never check!

Arrived Lundy yesterday via an easy, if rather early sailing from Bideford, having overnighted at the Travel Lodge in Barnstable. Very pleasant lunch at the pub. Met up with several old acquaintances and settled gently into Lundy Mode.

Cold and very windy today, but that’s OK — we’ve lit the fire mid-afternoon and settled in for the rest of the day, after a very invigourating stroll this morning, up to the Old Light. (Very strong wind from the WNW: almost enough to knock you over.)

Now approaching G&T time …

[ footnote: the Kingdom of Heaven a reference to the island once having been owned by a certain Revd. Hudson Heaven — spendid name for a parson! ]

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