Wednesday 12th December (Boxing Day)
First the photos of the 6 course Christmas dinner (although I forgot to take a photo of the tiny mackerel fillet for starters and the Strawberry coulis).
|A tiny cup of Pea soup was the first of the 6 courses. The pepper MIll shows the size.|
|Christmas dinner was sufficient and delicious. (but no sprouts or Yorkshire Pud)!|
|Set custard with chocolate ice cream and jelly (Cubes) for dessert. Yes, that is a teaspoon.|
|Tiny Mince Pie with coffee.|
|The waiter decided to get in on the photo (on the tray was the Pea soup)|
|Had to get Ian's jumper in the photo. It reads- Stuff the Turkey I'm off to the pub!|
Today's excursion was to Plymouth and most upset with the BBC weather as the overcast day forecasted, turned out to be wet and cold. A short break of about 40 minutes whilst at Plymouth Hoe with the hint of blue skies had us hoping the day would buck up but t'was not to be. I think Ian regretted not taking his coat, a thick cardi was his outer attire which, being made of wool, held the water instead of repelling it. Anyway, the Eddystone Smeaton Lighthouse
was open and a charge of £3.50 for concessions which we felt was most reasonable. Even had a guide thrown in, very informative, and all in all, a pleasant way to spend 30 minutes.
|Two beds for the lightkeepers. They must have been tiny people!|
|Views from the top. Check out the bad weather coming in.|
|Plymouth Hoe with Drakes statue and the war memorial.|
Another surprise awaited us. Leaving Plymouth the coach driver took us to Buckfast Abbey. What a magnificent building and one we would like to explore further. A trip in the motorhome next year should see us back for a second visit.
By the time we left to get back to the hotel, it was dark and quite late so changing for dinner wasn't an option as tonight another excursion had been planned. A trip to Babbacombe Theatre to see a variety show called Christmas Cracker
. Instead of a 6pm meal the earlier time of 5.45pm was necessary as the coach would be ready and waiting for 7.30pm. We managed five of the six courses but the coffee and petit fore had to be abandoned as time was marching on.
The show was a resounding success, I can't remember the last time I have laughed so much.Singers, dancers, magicians and comedians made the whole experience memorable and we have been assured that next years T&T at Thursford, Norfolk will also have a show during the 4 days. Needless to say we have booked for the trip already!
It's a free day tomorrow so we may well take the bus to Brixham. To be decided after the weather forecast has been listened to in the morning.