We set off south to Winchester and stayed here at The Royal Hotel.
Then on to The Haven at Sandbanks in Dorset. This is a hotel we've seen as we've left Poole Harbour on the ferry to France and as we've used the chain ferry to Studland on our way to Swanage. The Haven stands on the bit of headland at the chain ferry.
The next day was still fine and we headed off to Torquay. We had planned to stop at Lyme Regis for lunch but the car parks were full, the pavements were overflowing onto the streets and all the cafes were bursting at the seams. We drove on through. Obviously the fine weather had brought everyone out. We are so used to the ease of driving around the north-east that it was quite a shock to our senses.
The next day we took off for Slapton Sands. The place where the Sherman Tank was found by a couple of locals fishing just off the beach. Its exposure forced the Americans to admit to a dreadful WW2 catastrophe and the deaths of nearly 1000 men in these beautiful blue waters. They were rehearsing for D-Day and along came some German E-boats out of the blue and sent them all to the bottom
Yesterday we went to see the new baby...Billyboy. He can now be picked up and cuddled and doesn't seem to mind it.
It's a long blog! Time for coffee now