Sunday, October 19, 2014
Sea views and pasties and beer round out trip to Dorset
Early in the afternoon we set off for lunch. On the way we passed Corfe Castle, a fortification standing above the village of the same name on the Isle of Purbeck in the English county of Dorset. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle dates back to the 11th century. In its first phase it was one of the earliest castles in England to be built using stone when the majority were built with earth and timber. The castle has a chequered history and was eventually demolished in 1645. Today it is owned by the National Trust.
By this time we had to start heading back to Bournemouth. We had a quick stop at Tesco, which is like a Carrefour and generally to be avoided. We did get some Battenburg cake but it was quite sweet. It was time for an early dinner so we stopped at a pub, which couldn't seat six of us because those tables were reserved. They didn't seem to think they could put tables together either even though te place was empty at the time. They didn't have espresso, since their machine wasn't working and hadn't worked for five days, all related in a very whiny tone. They couldn't make tea because they didn't have a kettle or I suppose a pan. At this we decided to leave. It was a bit Pythonesque. Who knows what would have happened if we had tried to order food? I did notice that there were no TripAdvisor stickers evident anywhere. So much for service!
Back in the car we found a much nicer place on the other side of the airport. Their espresso machine worked and they were happy to serve us. I think the highlight of the trip was when Patricia, who won't mind me telling you is 92, asked for the batter I had carefully taken off my fish. She loves batter and seemed to relish every bit of it. I might add that she is no stranger to salt, sugar and cream in large quantities. Good genes go far.
We had a lovely two days in Dorset. We said our good byes and once again boarded our Ryanair flight for home.