Its been quite a while since 'The Nobbies' got together
Born in Portugal and affectionately used to describe the group of Russ, Lynne and Us, the term Nobbies springs from many impromptu tekky talks that Russ & I have had over the past few years
From Solar to toilets, waste gate valves to the quality of Alentejo wine, you name it we've disected it!
The good guys at South Lytchett Touring Park rearranged our weekend so that we could spend a couple of days down in Poole so off we trotted
No photos here but drama awaited of course!
Having assured us that they could take RVs easily I was agast as I parked up outside their entrance gate..
You're kidding me right?
"No worries, where's the tradesmens' entrance?"
"This is it Sir"
Amusingly we are now blocking the short approach drive to the site off the busy Poole road and a guy with an Autotrail MH towing a car insists he's gonna bend it around the front of our van and wind it through the opening at an acute angle
I watched as he narrowly missed ripping off the back of his van by just the one inch!
How I wanted the Prat to come unstuck!
Out comes one of the wardens and is so relaxed its unreal
I assure him there's no way we'd fit through there chum...
He assures me they've had several RVs through it and after he's doctored my mirrors all will be well
I'm a little agitated at this stage as he sets about altering the offside mirror with some allen keys he's produced. Didn't I just say its a non starter mate?
Oh well, go with the flow...
(not me I know)
A few minutes later and I am being cautiously led through the opening after the guy has scaled the ironwork to declare I have a foot spare up top
Mirrors are readjusted once they clear the gate and I see I have a mere 2-3 inches clearance either side of the RV and I'm watching the overhanging canopy metalwork the whole time
Phew! We get through and plonk ourselves on the big pitch next to the shower block and are instantly the source of much attention
This is something we are going to have to get used too I'm afraid
After many years touring we prefer to park up out the way and keep a low profile but there's no where to hide now I guess and I will have to work out a cheerful patter when confronted with the now familiar obvious questions
Russ & Lynne are called and they soon turn up to get the party started and Nobby gets his guided tour
Next day they return in 'Bertie" and take us out for the day which is bright, sunny and very cheerful
A stop off at Corfe Castle sees us buying pasties and strolling around the tiny village
The local train station on the Isle of Purbeck is a great find
Straight out of a Sherlock Holmes movie this station at Corfe had been lovingly preserved and is in full use today
We are blessed with the arrival of the steam train that runs this route several times a day
A lunchtime drink (or two) are spent at The Square and Compass at Worth Matravers and we take in the stunning views of the Dorset coastline
We have our walking shoes on and off we trot over the downs to the shore
The old Winspit quarry right at the sea's edge has us all amazed at how the guys extracted the stone from here years ago and didn't get buried in the process
Only the guys would dare enter the caves
Makes you think doesn't it?
A lot safer than hanging around inside me thinks
What a great day!
After another watering stop looking out to the estuary at Poole we are driven through the delights of Poole Marina after having taken the chain link ferry at Sandbanks
Russ reckons this is the fourth most expensive real estate area on planet Earth and we can believe that easily as there are many vast mansions that look too expensive for footballers tbh....
A hearty meal at the nearby Saint Peters Finger hostelry with complimentary wine courtesy of the touring park rounds off a lovely day spent with very good friends
As its not far from the RV garage in Somerset we make a note to visit this area again in future years as its just beautiful and there's lots to see