Siesta Key

We took a ride down to Siesta Key and had brunch with my sister Linda.  It was at the Sun Garden Cafe.  Nice place and worth the visit.  Very popular too !

Nice time, we sat outside and had a nice brunch.


Took a walk through the ‘town’ which has lots of interesting places, and eating places galore.  Ended up on the beach, which has beautiful white sand, and nice water (although it didn’t appear to have quite warmed up yet this early in the year).


Quick Visit up to Norfolk

Late March, went up to see my Dad and Pam which was nice.  Had a quick stop in Stansted airport, then up to Downham.  Headed out for a nice lunch at the Hare Arms near Downham Market (Stow Bandolph to be precise if my memory serves me correctly).

Good menu here, but I think I went for an old pub type favourite of gammon steak with chips.  Worth the visit.

Nice place.  Recently renovated, and interesting to see this guy walking around the car park, proudly showing off to all of us 😊

Claire and Matthew Visit

First part of March, Claire and Matthew came to visit us.  Due to a scheduling issue with Matthew’s studies, Claire had to come one day ahead of him, but it was ok.

We did some various local sightseeing trips with them, including taking Claire to Amberley Castle who decided that would be her wedding venue (we are not sure Matthew was involved in that decision 😂😂).

We went to Bolougne in France overnight as well.  We stayed again at an amazing bed and breakfast house in the old town, named Relais de St Jacques. Just a great place. We had a nice dinner in the town that evening, and the next day enjoyed visiting one of the World War II cemeteries (Canadian mainly) which was a great experience, and one I would recommend.

We were glad to take a walk around inside this beautiful cathedral.  The old town is certainly beautiful.

Its actually a really nice place.  People are pretty friendly (maybe thrilled to see us out of season ?).

We did our cheese and French bread shopping the next day before we headed back on the channel tunnel.

Later in the week, we took a drive around, visiting Arundel and the surrounding area, as well as a very cold and blustery Worthing ! In Arundel, we had lunch at a nice pub called the Black Rabbit.  It overlooks the marsh sort of area, but has a great view of Arundel Castle at the same time. The menu was pretty good, a little slow getting the food out but good food when it arrived.

Fun to have them both visit for a week.