Following a perilous crossing of the English Channel for the first stage of our journey, we took shelter in the bay of Weymouth for a second weekend of ‘waving off’ and general adventure partying. It was lovely to spend time with family and friends who travelled to the South Coast, especially my sister Clare and boyfriend Leighton who flew all the way from Dubai.
With friends scattered around the country it was a great chance to spend the weekend together and catch up. Friday night was spent old school ‘Butlins’ style at the Riviera Hotel complete with staff cabaret. This was followed by (too much) drinking and dancing at the legendary 24 hour Dorothy Inn on the seafront. Saturday we gathered at Ma and Da’s for a BBQ (five types of sausage no less) and stayed up until the small hours chatting around the fire pit in the garden under the twinkling lights and bunting in the gazebo. Sunday’s wouldn’t be complete without a big, fat traditional roast and we all headed to the Ship Inn, with lunch followed by an epic skittles battle, boys v girls. For those with stamina, the drinking carried on at The Spyglass followed by a blow-out curry back at the house.
We would like to thank everybody who made the effort to travel down and spend the weekend with us, it was a wonderful send off and we hope that over the next 800 days we will meet up with friends and family on our travels.