On completion of a bottle of 1997 Opus One last night (Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe De Rothschild), undoubtedly one of the greatest wine of the New World, it was off to Hamiltons Restaurant on Weymouth seafront.
My Oil Rig friend Andy Lindsay and his lady Dawn Partridge had been spending a few days in Lyme Regis before extending their stay to pay me a much appreciated visit.
The first time I have met Dawn, and what a huge treat a lovely lady indeed.
After the meal we strolled the prom where it was almost inevitably that there would be some
drunk Grockles, a colloquial term for holiday makers. Later we met up with Bowie and Sheila Edwards for a nightcap in the William Henry where I 'forgot' (hic) to take a photie including them.
Andy looking a little concerned as we detailed him to pay.
The day was then taken up with my own version of a Cook's tour of Portland, which I would title The Island from an Open Top Bus, starting with the Sailing Village.
The view from the top of New Road looking down on Chesil Beach, West Bay, the village of Fortuneswell and part of Portland Harbour.
Olympic Banners now line the route.
Looking across one of several Portland Stone Quarries towards Easton village.
White Stones Cafe is something of a 'locals secret' as behind these cottage style doors lies a well appointed Art Gallery and an even more interesting garden - al fresco Sir?
The George Public house on the thoroughfare known as Reforne is steeped in history and is a meeting place for the Court Leet, a governing body on the Island.
The 'unique' St George's Church designed on the lines of St Paul's Cathedral, London.
Approaching Weston and the first glimpse of the English Channel above the houses.
and finally, images of the 2 new arrival Alpacas at Parley Court Farm which I omitted to post during my recent visit. There will hopefully be some similar photos to follow tomorrow. Off out to dinner again now!