If I had to reach 50 years of age then I was going to have fun doing so and booked two cottages at Langton Matravers, Isle of Purbeck so that I could share the occasions with some special friends.
We headed to the Kings Arms, the local pub and thanks to the fine waiter Chris were able to enjoy a splendid meal prior to heading back to the cottages for cake, drink and games. Over the course of the time together we played variations of a game where you had to sing part of a song and the rest of your team had to guess the song. Repeated with words, humming and whistling with varying degrees of success. Clearly the girls won the vast majority of the games due to our higher level of skill!!
We attempted one major walk to Dancers Ledge and then to the lighthouse alone the coast path. It was slightly damp under foot, but I really didn’t see the footpath closed sign by a slight landslip until it appeared in Facebook a couple of days later, but we all made it safely down, despite a few worried faces! As the walk progressed there were a few slips and slides and one of us managed actual falls and a bit of muddiness. Apparently when you get to 50, you don’t fall over anymore , you have a fall!
We split up during the walk as the South West Coast Path proved too slippy and treacherous for some, so when we reached the light house, the more intrepid walkers rejoined the others in order to slide back to the cottages.
Other activities partaken included pool with both a doubles and singles competitions. Special mention should go to Chris who managed the fastest pot of the black, but unfortunately not before the other balls had been posted. The other misfortune was that he was standing in for the final as John has had to leave. His partner Jackie wasn’t impressed!
We also managed a visit to the wonderful Corfe Castle and the opportunity to abseil a teddy from the top to the bottom, a lovely walk along the Purbeck ridge which was bracing and dry, swimming, including an individual medley try out and lots of laughter. We visited Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, found a fantastic Fair Trade shop in Swanage where I purchased some fantastic trousers, completed the Dancers Edge walk by walking from Durleston to the lighthouse and back, and played bar billiards, darts, table tennis, table football and tennis. A fantastic time.
Thank you to my lovely friends for the fun, laughter and silliness. A birthday to remember.