My wife and I had a nice visit to the seaside while I was attending a union conference. Bournemouth has an interesting combination of beaches and the usual British coastal amusements and a very hilly terrain which for someone more familiar with Great Yarmouth was a bit of an adjustment.
We stayed at the Hilton which we found very welcoming and convenient especially as it has its own parking. We had a meal at a lovely southern African restaurant called Zimbraai which my wife enjoyed as a “taste of home” and took our other dinners in the hotel’s own Schpoons and Forx restaurant which had lovely attentive service and a really friendly manager who is from Italy. The room was large and clean and had both a fridge and a spacious safe that was large enough to store laptops, etc.
The Observation Wheel is directly in front of the pier on Bournemouth Beach. Tickets are £6, or £5 for seniors, and the views are good making it a nice little addition to the seaside visit.
There is a land train which runs both east and west along the seafront from Bournemouth Pier and which stops also at the Boscombe Pier. An all day adult ticket is £6.50 and does allow some easy and inexpensive transport along the attractions on the beach.
The Bournemouth Oceanarium is one of those attractions which I guess makes the seaside the seaside. This aquarium has a number of exhibits and sports such things as clown fish, sharks, and penguins. It costs £14.50 (adults) or £12.50 (seniors), family ticket are also available.
Add in an ice cream on the beach, and I think we have a complete seaside adventure (I will write about the boat trip to Poole in another post).
The prompt words an interesting mix. You have these seven words or phrases to work with: tropical, peacock, baby’s breath, bright idea, lotus, pomegranate, and hermit crab. I’ll only require you to use four, but let’s see who rises to the challenge of using them all.
“It looks like it’s had better days,” Deidre said as she looked at the peeling paintwork.
“It don’t look much, but I assure you the timber’s sound,” the old fisherman said. “Been storin’ my nets and tackle her for right near fordy years. Only selling-up cuz I’m retirin’.”
“Only 1200, you said?” Deidre asked.
“Yessum, and twenty a month for wharf access if you’re wantin’ it.”
“Okay, when can have your nets and things out?” she asked the old fellow.
“Well all the best tackles been sold already,” he replied. “What’s left goes with the hut.”
Deidre looked at the assortment of net fragments, old floats, and a well rusted boat anchor, and said, ” Okay. It’s a deal. My lawyer just wants you to write 1200 here,” she said pointing to a place on a crisp contract, “and sign here and here.”
Thus Deidre acquired the Bayside Studio for Maritime Art. A few licks of varnish over the peeling paint was all it took to capture the rustic appeal. As for those odds and ends inside they quickly were incorporated into her first commission for an up-market couple from Boston, who said it was “Just perfect to remember their romantic seaside getaway.”