Laying Pipistrelle up in August meant we could spend a whole month (and how short that is!) away from the Spanish heat, holidaymakers and return to the more temperate climes of the UK. Throughout July when we berthed at marinas, we would plug in to shore power and immediately switch on the air conditioning to be comfortable on board.
We had a great time settling in to our apartment in Poole and meeting a number of our neighbours at a garden party and being made to feel very welcome there. It’s a 15 minute walk from the beach where the promenade takes you to Sandbanks in one direction and to Bournemouth and Boscombe piers in the other. Westbourne is a 5 minute walk away. Seeing Elaine’s parents frequently and our friends in Weston Patrick and other places, also having visitors to our apartment and visiting old haunts was lovely. Alas, we didn’t manage to catch up with everyone – we’ll try to do better next time!
While we were in Poole, the Bournemouth Air Show took place, attracting millions of spectators over a four day period for a marvellous display by the Red Arrows, Vulcan, Tornado among many others. We watched from various vantage points on three days, all with different friends and can thoroughly recommend the event.
It was also great seeing Andrew and his fiancée Annie on a number of occasions before their wedding, as they only live 20 minutes away from Poole. Their wedding on 29th August was a really happy occasion, with the service taking place at St. Mildred’s Whippingham, which is the church that Queen Victoria used whilst staying at Osborne House, and the reception in a marquee at Appledurcombe House close to Ventnor.
After much thought, we also advertised and sold our fun Audi TT, and had a hire car for the last week before we returned to Spain. Following the wedding, we had 48 hours to clear up, pack, drive the car to Gatwick, spend the night in a hotel and catch the 06.10 to Almeria.