the 8th we took a train to Lymington, reason to visit Offshore
Powerboats, from whom we'd purchased Sylvania, they agreed to take
over the sale.
Last entry mentioned "excellent Harbour Side Hotel". We made another
visit on the 11th of this month, amazingly I'd only 'phoned them two
days previous on the chance they might have a room - it is the middle
of August!, so was surprised they did, room no.1 again same as
last visit. Purpose of visit to agree with broker who had our boat for
sale, if we could let "Offshore Powerboats" at Lymington take it over.
Yes, They were really good, so we parted on excellent terms.
Unmentioned above, but my spell
recovering from the broken femur meant we had to cancel a cruise to
Germany, partly to compensate, we booked another to Norway. This was
good in several ways. I had been moving around outside the house with
the aid of what I term a 'trolley', this helps "take my weight", and
also steadies me. But I reckoned
a ship was not much different to inside a house, so planned on not
relying on my 'trolley'. I'd have walls and handrails near me, and
should I fall, as in a house, it would be onto a carpet. Excellent
ideal!. This trip really improved my 'getting around'. Should mention
that our ship the "Balmoral" sailed from Newcastle, so we had to travel
up there by rail, a four and half hour trip, but no changes, apart from
Bristol Parkway. We enjoyed Newcastle, we'd booked a room for two
nights either end of our cruise, so had time for a 'good look around'.
Unfortunately, most of the time in Norway, the weather was not good at all. It was twenty years ago
1996, that we took our first visit to Norway, again we had to travel to
Newcastle were we caught a ferry to transport us and our car, to
Bergan. Cannot recall much about it except for the tunnels we had to
drive through, plus the ferries to cross the fjords. Main thing I never
forgot though was the distance travelled in our car: 625 miles!
were interested in the waterside habitations and farms, any bit of land
that could grow a crop would be used, though we did pass some farms
which had been abandoned. Some stories we were told on our first visit
we where "really pressed to believe", such as roping children to the
hillside. However we heard this story at least three times on this trip
- No comment! Note the waterfalls - Norway is famous for these. All
'photo's indicate the poor weather, and general darkness, the final one
an indication of one view, a vast vista of mountain which filled to
should mention the four days we spent in Newcastle. The "Royal Station
Hotel" must be the oldest and most interesting hotel we have ever used
It was opened by Queen Victoria in 1858, but is as ' up to date' as
could be expected - card keys to the rooms for example. Worth a stay
for the experience! Could not have been closer to the station, as the
rear doors lead onto the platforms!
& 13th of September, two more nights at the "Harbour Side" hotel in
Brixham. We needed to check 'Sylvania', and arrange to try and get it
in order for it to be "skippered" over to Lymington. In so doing, took
it out for what I expect to be my final "spin" with it, however not
quit as far as I had intended, as we got out of the protection of the
break water, and were force to turn back, due to the roughness of the
water. Really rough it was
|We drove down to Devon on 17th
of October, purpose to stay at the Inn on the left. Why, well it is a
member of the "Marstons" group, and I had purchased a few of their
shares, bit surprised when I'd done so to receive a letter from them
enclosing a 'privilege' card which allowed anyone using it to 20%
discount when presented. Took the risk of not prebooking. They did have
a room, but only for the one night, and we had the intention of a
longer stay. In a way I regarded this as good news though, though they
had 18 rooms. so obviously this firm is doing well!
I recall driving past this place many years ago, and considered it
attractive, due to its location, the River Exe flows next to it.