To The Sunny South for our Autumn Break

As is customary at this point in our highly repetitive annual schedule, we enjoyed a few days last week with our friends Chris and Phyl, in Dorset.

Travelled down on Wednesday using the Scenic Route. Via Market Drayton, bypassing Newport and Telford, through Bridgenorth and Kidderminster, stopping for coffee at Waresley Little Chef on the A449; picking up M5 North of Worcester, then M4 to J18 and A46 South, pausing again at the Gorse Lane viewpoint just off the A420 for picnic lunch; continuing A46, avoiding Bath and using the Bathampton toll bridge to pick up A36 to Warminster; last leg, A350 to Shaftesbury then backroad through Melbury Abbas to Blandford and finally B3082 to Wimborne; arrived Broadstone in time for afternoon tea.

Thursday a leisurely day: taking Maisie for a walk on The Heath, before buying butties at Mollie’s and consuming them at the beach hut; then crossed to Studland on the ferry, and home via Corfe Castle and Wareham (pleasant half hour browsing Wareham high street).

Friday no more active: all four of us enjoyed taking the dogs on to the Heath again, this time including Rufus (and his ball — he moves surprisingly quickly when he wants to!); Mollie’s sandwiches again, this time by the boating lake in Poole Park; as usual, G&S in the evening (Pinafore), joined this year by Peter and Jan Connor.

Saturday, despite everyone telling us the forecast was lousy, we launched forth on the standard Joint Outing: this year, a circular walk from Osmington via Sutton Poyntz, up above the White Horse, where we enjoyed lunch with stunning views over Weymouth bay, and back down to Osmington (through a VERY muddy lane!). Weather was great throughout. Finished the evening with traditional curry.

Sunday dawned very wet but cleared up by the time we left, around midday (having spent a chunk of the morning tutoring Topher on his newly-installed Ubuntu PC). Home using the Easterly Route (A31, M27, A34, M40, then The Belfry, Lichfield, Rugeley, Woore) — mostly a good run, spoiled by closed road north of Bridgemere, causing a last-minute diversion through the countryside, to arrive home about 5.00

All-in-all and excellent time was had.

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