Friday 22nd July 2016
Friday morning was pretty much like every Friday morning: grocery shopping followed by Jez’s hydroptherapy. The only difference was that this week Linda came with me. In the afternoon, however, while Chris took the dogs out, Linda and I went down to Poole Quay in order to take a boat trip around Poole Harbour. This sailing ship was moored up against the quay when we got there.
As you can see, it was a beautiful, hot day. At first we thought we were going to be unlucky as we had just missed one boat, but then we found that one of the Brownsea Island boats goes out to the island and then on round the harbour. This was ideal as it also gave us the option of getting off at Brownsea Island and having a short walk around.
Linda bought our tickets and the boat trip was soon underway. I took this photo of Poole Quay boat haven as we passed.
And here’s one of the Brownsea Island ferries returning to the quay.
We were sat on the top deck of the boat in the sun and the breeze, so it was a lovely trip.
As it was such a lovely day there were lots of boats out in the harbour, both sail…
At Brownsea Island, where Baden Powell held the very first Scout camp, we made our way to the viewpoints. Here you can see the chain ferry that goes between Sandbanks and the Studland Peninsula.
And here is a panorama of the Studland Peninsula.
We didn’t have time to walk too far but in the end walked around for over and hour before we made our way back to the National Trust shop and bought an ice cream before catching the last boat (at 5pm). As we left we passed the old castle entrance. The castle, which is now a private hotel, was built by Henry VIII as a defensive fort in the 1540s.
The trip around the harbour was lovely and there was an interesting commentary. This was Newton Bay.
The problem was the light and direction of the sun wasn’t great for photography, so I scrapped most of the photos I took. Here we are coming back towards Poole Docks and the Quay.
And here is Poole Quay.
I also have a very nice photo of Linda.
We eventually got home around 6.30pm. Linda had thought I’d overdone it when I bought a 4 hour car park ticket, but we needed all 4 hours of it. It was a bit late to start cooking when we got in, so Chris went and picked up Fish & Chips, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Before that, though, there was time for Linda and I to raise a glass of fizz.
A year ago today
We were at Wareham Forest, and there were some big black clouds.