Last week-end involved us taking a short break, hence the ability to enjoy this sunset over the sea on Saturday evening.
A swim in the sea was possible, stepping into the waves straight from the beach opposite the apartment we were staying in, so we could walk back for hot showers, wrapped in beach-towels.
Other delights of the week-end included drinking coffee, served with ‘petits-fours’, in a charming walled garden, featuring statues, terracotta pots, decorative iron gates and a large fig-tree.
The heavy canvas sun-shades kept the warm rays off our faces, as we sipped our Espressos.
Looking in to the dining-room, we could see glassware, linen cloths and sparkling glasses on tables set for luncheon through the open doors of the conservatory and more tables in the cool shade of the interior.
We did have to travel quite a distance from our north-eastern home, but not perhaps quite as far as you’d think and no flights were involved. Our coffee spot was at the Old House Hotel, Wickham in Hampshire (www.oldhousehotel.co.uk). On this one occasion we happened to be really fortunate to be the only people in the garden. We knew about the location due to a previous visit, when we had stayed at the hotel, and had a delightful room under the eaves. (If you look at photos on the web-page about the making of a wedding dress in dresses for weddings, the stitching of the lace applique shapes onto the skirt was carried out it that very room!) At that time we were also able to enjoy an evening meal (and indeed, breakfast) in the conservatory dining room.
The sea-bathing – and splendid sunset – were on the coast at Lee on the Solent, looking out towards the Isle of Wight. The water was lovely!