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Walking from West Bay to Golden Cap, Stonebarrow Hill, Charmouth and return……14 miles on the Southwest Coast Path in Dorset

What a day it was!  We woke at 5am and set off for the coast just after 6am for a 14 mile hike along the West Coast Path in Dorset, Starting from the fishing village of West Bay.

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The bright sunny skies that were forecast early didn’t appear until the turn around point of the walk, but it was a lovely temperature, perfect for walking.

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I had a feeling I was going to find this challenging as Steve has turned into a mean, lean rowing machine over the past months! training hard on his beloved rowing machine and although I have good hill fitness, walking Basil each day, it’s not a patch on the level of fitness of the ‘Bear Grills replica’ that was taking this photo.

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Yes, this is the man…..the lean mean rowing machine, the Bear Grills replica, who’s real name is Steve Clark!

So up and down cliffs we climbed and having lovely sunshine of the return leg was wonderful!  We passed a huge number of walkers on the way back, enjoying the sea air and warm sunshine.  I was right, I found this very challenging as the keen pace (mean pace is probably more fitting!) that Steve set, over the entire walk was not for the faint hearted.

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….off and racing….from West Bay….
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looking back after the climb from Eype’s Mouth
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Approaching the tiny seaside village of Seatown, dwarfed by Golden Cap in the background.
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The Anchor Inn at Seatown .has just undergone a 1 million pound refurbishment….not at all impressed with the outdoor terrace seating and the cliff side beer garden hasn’t been changed much at all.
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Leaving Seatown for Golden Cap
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We reached Golden Cap in record time!!!!!
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Steve at the ruins of St. Gabriel’s
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Looking back to the west on our way back……Lyme Regis in the distance
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looking back to the farm house we passed through after leaving Stonebarrow Hill….the house is the white one at the top of the shot
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We walked back through Seatown and through a mob of cows, calves and yes to my horror, a giant bull!!!!!!
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These cliffs were pretty tough, especially following the Bear Grills replica, who was still cracking a lean speed!!!
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What a pretty view of the sea…..walking down into Eype’s Mouth
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The last hill of the day and the lean mean rowing machine was not flagging!!
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Back at last, West Bay Beach in Dorset
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Steve enjoying fresh Cod on the beach at West Bay
I couldn't wait to massage my poor dying feet in the pebbles on West bay Beach
I couldn’t wait to massage my poor dying feet in the pebbles on West bay Beach

Well, I made it in one piece and feeling pretty good today, with no blisters or sore muscles.  A lot of stretching beforehand which I think helped my recovery and the hot bath last night was a dream.  Steve of course was right as rain!

 

Happy 53rd Birthday Steve Clark…….you don’t look a day over 30!!!

My honey is having a Birthday today and I will spoil him as usual….53 years old today and he’s looking pretty good for it I must say.

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Bring on the hills…..taking a breather while waiting for the photographer! climbing Ball Hill in Dorset

 

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‘On top of the world!’…….Melbury Hill in Dorset (our back yard!)

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‘Happy Birthday’ my honey, may you have many more to come……….I love you XXX

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Hi Birthday Trail Running shoes……… hasn’t had them off his feet!!!!!

 

We’re Back!

The lovely unspoilt Mermaid Beach, Queensland, Australia.
The lovely unspoilt Mermaid Beach, Queensland, Australia.

After a pretty hassle free flight from Orlando to Dallas, we finally made it on Australian soil after 16hrs straight onto Brisbane.  You little beauty!  Feeling a bit like a zombie but a run on the beach tomorrow will fix all this.  Great to be home!

I have to say Dallas airport is fantastic.  The best airport I have ever been through.  Clean, new, sleek and when we were there, extremely quiet.  By the time we flew in from Orlando, it was around 7 1/2 hours since we had eaten.  We found this great little pizza/wine bar close to our gate.  There were so many more eateries and bars to choose from. Fabulous…..and after whoofing! down a decent pizza with some great red wine, we didn’t need to have the supper meal on the plane.  Very smart move!

Jenny Kirwan (me!) at Dallas Airport.....Australia here we come
Jenny Kirwan (me!) at Dallas Airport…..Australia here we come
A couple of glasses of red and some pizza at Pizzavino.....we were ready for the 16 hr flight ahead!
A couple of glasses of red and some pizza at Pizzavino…..we were ready for the 16 hr flight ahead!
Stone baked pizza with field mushrooms, goats cheese and truffle oil was sensational at Pizzavino, Dallas Airport.
Stone baked pizza with field mushrooms, goats cheese and truffle oil was sensational at Pizzavino, Dallas Airport.
Jenny Kirwan (me) and Steve Clark, excited before arriving back in Oz.
Jenny Kirwan (me) and Steve Clark, excited before arriving back in Oz.

 

Happy 14th Anniversary to Us!

Yep!  We are still in Florida, but fly out tomorrow (whew!) to head back to the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.  Steve and I are celebrating today, 14 years married and 24 years together!  Wow, I know!  It’s been a long rocky road, but we’ve made it through unscathed! and happy to still be together.  I love you Steve, thanks for being my best friend…….

jenny Kirwan and Steve Clark, 14 years married and 24 years together!
jenny Kirwan and Steve Clark, 14 years married and 24 years together!

Lenny Roth and Marina Jack in Sarasota……a winner!

The views of Sarasota Bay and the Marina from Lenny's appartment are sensational....
The views of Sarasota Bay and the Marina from Lenny’s appartment are sensational….

We visited a friend in Sarasota last night and as expected, we had another amazing time.  Lenny’s apartment is on the edge of Sarasota Bay, with views to die for….and his Margaritas aren’t bad either!

Looking out over Sarasota Bay from Lenny's appartment.
Looking out over Sarasota Bay from Lenny’s appartment.

This man sure knows how to entertain first class!  He made us the best Margaritas on this planet along with finger food of mature cheddar nachos with sensational authentic salsa, pate, pretzels and crisps.

Lenny Roth's Margaritas are the best Margaritas on this planet
Lenny Roth’s Margaritas are the best Margaritas on this planet

We were then chauffeured off to Marina Jack across the road.  This place to eat and drink has always been a special spot of mine.  Marina Jack  has spectacular views over the Marina, downtown, Sarasota bay, Big Pass and out to the Gulf of Mexico.

Views from Marina Jack are sensational.
Views from Marina Jack are sensational.
Jenny Kirwan (me!) dockside at Marina Jack, Sarasota.
Jenny Kirwan (me!) dockside at Marina Jack, Sarasota.

There was a band playing while we were there and I took a small film which I will post at a later date.  Steve and I felt we were back in the ‘land of the living’ after a rather lengthy spell, cooped up in Sun City Center!  Not long now though until we enter back into Australia…..you little beauty!

lenny Roth, Jenny Kirwan and Steve Clark, dockside at Marina Jack, Sarasta, Florida.
lenny Roth, Jenny Kirwan and Steve Clark, dockside at Marina Jack, Sarasta, Florida.

Happy Birthday Margarita Man!!

Steve Clark, the Birthday Boy!
Steve Clark, the Birthday Boy!

We are in Florida for Steve’s 51st Birthday and on a 31 degree day, we’ve been to the gym, gone for a swim and managed a little sunbathing!  The weather is superb at the moment, perfect for pre dinner margaritas!  One of Steve’s favourite drinks in a warm climate is the margarita.  It’s pretty easy to make as long as you have good quality ingredients….and an ice machine helps!

Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice or Margarita Mix with ice makes a sensational Original Margarita.
Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice or Margarita Mix with ice makes a sensational Original Margarita.

All you need is 1 part Cointreau, 2 parts Tequila, lime juice or Margarita Mix and ice.  Shake well and pour over ice.  Fantastico!

The bar is ready! Steve's very organized in preparation for 'margarita making!'
The bar is ready! Steve's very organized in preparation for 'margarita making!'
The perfect Margarita......it was gorgeous!
The perfect Margarita......it was gorgeous!

This was a wonderful start to a fantastic evening.  We had Roe join us from next door who we know and love well.  She is a lot of fun and extremely entertaining!  Poor Ken is still recovering from knee surgery and is in a fair bit of pain, but joined in with the celebrations.

Steve Clark with his mum Gina.....margarita making in full swing!
Steve Clark with his mum Gina.....margarita making in full swing!

 

Dr Ken Stephens, recovering from knee surgery was able to sip a margarita with us.
Dr Ken Stephens, recovering from knee surgery was able to sip a margarita with us.

 

The Guacamole Dip I made was a hit with the Margaritas!
The Guacamole Dip I made was a hit with the Margaritas!
Jenny Kirwan (me) sipping my second! magnificent margarita!
Jenny Kirwan (me) sipping my second! magnificent margarita!

We headed out to a great little pizza joint called East Coast Pizza.  They specialize in New York Style Brick Oven Pizza.  It was fantastic!

The lovely looking boys at East Coast Pizza working majic with their very capable hands!
The lovely looking boys at East Coast Pizza working magic with their very capable hands!
The New York Style Pizza at East Coast Pizza, Riverview, Florida.
The New York Style Pizza at East Coast Pizza, Riverview, Florida.

 

Jenny Kirwan (me) and Steve Clark at East Coast Pizza, celebrating Steve's 51st Birthday.
Jenny Kirwan (me) and Steve Clark at East Coast Pizza, celebrating Steve's 51st Birthday.

When we arrived back at the house, we sang Happy Birthday to Steve and he blew out some candles (impossible to fit 51 candles on the cake!!)  He had a fantastic Birthday and everyone had a great night. Can’t wait for my Birthday which will be celebrated on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia…yippee!!!

Steve's lovingly made Birthday Cake......
Steve's lovingly made Birthday Cake......
Roe had a ball!!.......Gina seeing Roe off after a fun night.
Roe had a ball!!.......Gina seeing Roe off after a fun night.