So………… to use common parlance, we got back to Winterborne K with a couple of days to prep up for the arrival of our friends Tanou and Jean-Pierre. We tended the garden and I shopped for provisions. I had brought back meat from France and other goodies but we needed to have fresh fruit and vegetables as well as English cheeses. With the kitchen stocked we were ready to receive our guests.
During the three full days they stayed with us we were able to offer them some of the best that our county has to offer. On Tuesday we drove over to Chesil Beach to brave the wind on the prom by the Cove Inn, then up to the Bill for a quick stroll to watch the seas pounding the cliffs. On the drive down we stopped to show the classic view bird’s eye view of the Chesil Bank and the Fleet then drove west to West Bay. I think this location will forever be known also as Broadchurch, the setting for the popular TV series which has travelled with great success to France. We ate fish and chips in The George then walked along under the now famous cliffs with the seas adding natural high drama to the setting. We wrapped up the afternoon with a very agreeable visit to Canterton House where Tanou and Jean-Pierre were in thrall to the English garden that Paul and Viv have created. A cup of tea and coffee and walnut cake were enjoyed with P and V and their own guests before we headed back to Winterborne K.
The following day our original plan had been to visit Abbotsbury gardens however Tanou and Jean-Pierre were keen to visit the Garden Centre where I had bought some globe garden lights. They spent a good hour and a half browsing. We called in at The Countryman for lunch before driving into Dorchester for a short shopping trip. It was a low key day but our guests seemed pleased with their purchases.
On Thursday we drove across to Lulworth in the morning and walked over to Durdle Door in sunshine. On our way back from the cove we called in at the fish shack and bought a fine brown crab for a fiver. Nick cooked omelettes for lunch after which siestas were taken before we drove over to Maiden Newton to have tea with Maddy and Andrew. We ate supper at The Greyhound.
And so we found ourselves on Friday morning with an early afternoon departure for our guests. Nick and Tanou dressed the crab which we ate with salad at lunchtime. Nick set off for Cholsey to collect our next guests, and I took the Lerminez to the ferry terminal. On the way home I called in at Lidl and was amazed at the range and quality of goods for sale. I completed a replenishment of the larder and fridge and had just enough time to unload and stow before JACS tumbled through the front door.