After a bit of a fiasco that involved my brand new cardigan being left behind in the hotel room. Not discovering that until after we’d paid the parking ticket we then only had 10 minutes to exit. Running back in, I grabbed the key from the bemused lady at reception, hiked upstairs, snatched up the cardi and ran back down again – we just made it out in time! We arrived early at the airport anticipating the usual palaver at the car rental place, which in fact didn’t go too badly. It seemed that our friends flight was arriving in early, so we grabbed a quick coffee before heading to the arrivals gate.
Finally, looking a little travel worn and weary, Michelle and Ralph came through the gate and it was our turn to hug our arrivers.
A new vacay tradition was born as Ralph mixed Moscow Mule cocktails for us and then committed himself to being our 6 o’clock drinks mixer for the rest of the holiday!
heading back down to the beach to grill up a delicious supper! Ralph and Carol were duty chefs, supplying us with some tasty food as we watched the sun go down on another wonderful day.
More big hugs were exchanged that evening when we met up with my cousins, Rob and Sonia, and the lovely surprise of my Aunty Lesley, who I hadn’t seen for probably 25 years!
Walking back down to the AirBnB I had to stop and capture this lovely view as we passed St Georges church just as the sun was going down.
Our last day on Portland was Iains birthday. We drove up to the county town of Dorchester where we did a bit of shopping before Michelle and I went off to the hospital where I had done my midwifery training and had worked before we left for Florida. Not only did I train and work there but Marcus had been in the NICU there after transferring down from London and seven years later, I had had Bethany there, so lots of memories came flooding back as we took a tour of the maternity unit. It was so nice to see familiar faces still there and two of the midwives who had mentored me way back when!
Then we were back for our final night on Portland before moving on down to Cornwall…..(coming soon)
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