We are home from a fab weekend visiting my sister and I could sleep for a week. I also wouldn’t thank you for another fast food meal! I’d like to say I’ll be eating healthy from now on but we all know that would be a lie.
As I previously said, the wi-fi in the hotel has been shocking so instead of updating you day by day, I have had to condense our holiday into 2 posts as it has taken a lifetime to connect. Here is part 2 of our family adventure which includes yesterday and today’s fun.
This was our favourite day of the holidays as we decided to go to Bournemouth for the day. It was such a lovely seaside town and definitely needs a revisit as there was so much more we could have done.
The day began with Toby waking up poorly with a chesty cough and generally feeling lethargic, but this didn’t dampen his spirits and he was still full of smiles throughout.
After a 20 minute drive, we arrived in Bournemouth. Once we had met with my sister, we had a nice little stroll through Bournemouth Gardens. Unfortunately, I did not get any photos of the park (I failed as a tourist!) but it was gorgeous. It’s somewhere I would love to go back to in the summer. There were water features, wildlife and even a hot air balloon ride! As well as this, you can find lots of little food and drink outlets for ice cream, coffees, etc. The one thing I found quite random, which might be normal in your neck of the woods, was the table tennis tables available to hire!
After the gardens, we headed along the sea front and went into the Oceanarium. I wasn’t really sure how Toby would take to this as he had not got as excited over the monkeys in Monkey World as I’d hoped. But, he was definitely more a lover of fish than monkeys. He was mesmerised by them.
Despite the Oceanarium being smaller than other sea life centres I’ve been to, there was still a variety of sea life to see. Toby loved watching the smaller fish swim around and looked on with awe.
He also enjoyed introducing himself to the penguins who were also very curious of Toby and came over for a closer look.
One area that Toby wasn’t so sure of was the glass tunnel. He wasn’t sure whether to be excited or scared of the large sharks and turtles swimming over our heads.
Whilst there, we also managed to catch a glimpse of the rare cleaning sponge in the jellyfish tank!????
Afterwards, we went for fish and chips, then a quick walk into town before heading home. Our plan had been to go out to Haven’s Rockley Park in the evening but as Toby was not himself we decided to call it a night.
Before setting off home, we made a detour to Durdle Door at the Jurassic Coast to meet up again with my sister, her husband and their pup, Logan. What a beautiful place it is!
There are two things I learned from the walk:
- Wear sensible footwear – my plimsoles did not do the job on the loose stones! Wrong attire = twisted ankles!
- I am unfit! – The walk back up to the car almost killed me! Slightly exaggerated but I was so out of breath. Knowing I was walking with 3 extremely fit people, one of whom is a Marine, I tried to “man up” and keep going. However, it was hard to hide how unfit I was with my gasps for breath!
Still, it was worth the exercise and I would walk it again. There are other parts of the Jurassic Coast you can stop off at and walk along but if, like me, you are unfit then expect a rough walk.
After a 7 hour journey, we are finally home, unpacked and tucked up into bed. Toby’s chest seems to be getting slightly worse and after a crying fit of frustration, he has finally tired himself out. Let’s hope he’s feeling more himself tomorrow!
Happy Halloween everybody!
– Tee ????