Thursday, 18 October 2012

A Gambol that Payed Off

Photo Copy: Maggie May

We have experienced some very wet and much colder weather so I was surprised when Harry made a decision to go to Weston Super Mare on the bus. He made the decision several days before he intended us to go and as he is far from well, not having gone such a long way for at least eighteen months, I didn't really think we would end up being able to do it.
The day before his intended journey, he was still so enthusiastic that we both decided we would definitely catch the bus from Bristol Bus Station and go, no matter what the weather was like, as long as we both felt well enough on the day.

So today, we both took a haversack each filled with warm hats, scarves and gloves and waterproof jackets and I took my walking stick and boarded the bus for the hour long journey and arrived well before lunch time and found the sea was calm. The night before on the local television news there were pictures of waves spewing over cars trying to travel along the sea front road, washing over the sea wall and through some open flood gates, flooding a couple of businesses. The tide had been exceptionally high and the strong wind had not helped the situation and this hadn't been expected
However when we arrived, the sun was out and the sky was blue and our skin soaked up the warmth and we walked quite a lot and browsed the shops and had little rests on benches and watched the people as they passed. 
After all this exercise, we worked up quite an appetite so we went into a little fish and chip shop and ordered Pensioner sized meals that were designed to meet with smaller appetites because we thought we ought not to eat too much fattening food.
When the meals arrived, they were on beautiful square plates and arranged appealingly and there were also two rolls with butter and two huge cups of tea. I thought we'd never get through all that food, as they turned out to be very generous helpings but we both tucked in and finished everything. The two of us agreed that it was the best meal of fish and chips that we'd ever tasted and believe me, we have had many a plateful in our lifetimes, which might account for our thickened waistlines.

We never needed to put on our woolly hats or the waterproof coats as the sun was warm and
after more walking and watching the world go by from benches, Harry said that he'd had enough and so we caught the bus home. As we neared our local area in the late afternoon, the rain fell down and it had gone cold, so once again, Harry had made the right decision to leave when we did.

Our gambol had payed off and we both felt really pleased that we took the chance and had had a really pleasant day. In fact both out moods lifted a lot.
Sometimes you really do have to go with an idea or impulse and take the chance, don't you?


 

27 comments:

rosaria williams said...

Oh yes! Get out and go explore anytime you feel like it, rain or shine! So glad you enjoyed yourselves, and the weather was pleasant too.

p.s. here too they have "senior" meals at some restaurants, usually smaller than the regular meals. We tend to order one regular meals for the two of us most times. If not, we end up bringing home lots of leftovers.

Brian Miller said...

smiles...love it when they pay off like that...and glad you were rewarded with such a wonderful day as well....yikes on the waves washing over cars....glad you missed that...

Leave It To Davis said...

Last minute excursions are the best kind. My hubby and I made one into the country on Tuesday and we also had the best time we had in a long, long time. I'm so glad yours turned out well. It sounded wonderful....especially the fish, chips, roll and tea! (I must be hungry!)

Irene said...

Sometimes you have to go with your instincts and in this case Haary's instincts were right. Luckily were you ended up, was a better place than the one you left behind and I imagined walking there with you and having lunch with you as well. It did sound awfully good and it's made me hungry for some food. I think I will eat now :o)

Secret Agent Woman said...

Yes you do! I'm so glad you went and had such a lovely time!

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh fish and chips ----------mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm could just eat a plate! xxx

dianefaith said...

You just made my day with this post about your outing! I'm so glad it turned out so well for you. And now, you've made me want to go, too.

Expat mum said...

Definitely have to seize the moment. x

Cheryl said...

I love when last minute trips turn out so well. It sounds absolutely lovely. Perfect for reenergizing the spirit!xxxxx

Dimple said...

I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves. Sunshine, good food, and relaxation are healing.

Blessings!

ladyfi said...

Sounds like a wonderful day out - invigorating and renewing.

Akelamalu said...

That sounds like the perfect day and what's more it did you both good! Well done Harry for perfect planning. :)

Jeni said...

A great way to spend the day, for sure. Glad to hear the weather was on your side for the bulk of your visit and the meal sounds delightful. Now, you've made me hungry!

Formerly known as Frau said...

I'm happy you had such a splendid day. Sometimes a change of scenery is all you need and a splash of sunshine too. Happy Weekend!

Celia said...

Wonderful daytrip. Fish and chips by the ocean, perfect. So glad you too made it away.

Mimi said...

Wonderful, delighted for you both Maggie!
You write the most wonderful descriptions! I can almost taste the fish and chips. *hungry now!*

Suldog said...

I'm a strong believer in following your instincts. I believe God speaks to us with gentle proddings of such a nature.

cheshire wife said...

Sometimes it pays to be bold. Pleased that you had a good day.

Ayak said...

Harry's instincts were right and as a result you had a lovely day. Very pleased for both of you xx

Sandi McBride said...

I am quite sure that the Good Lord arranged this most perfect day just for you...that others were able to enjoy the day was their good luck!
hugs
Sandi

CiCi said...

This is such a sweet post. Sounds like you and Harry had a mini vacation! Getting out together and taking a bus ride an hour from home was taking a chance for you both, and to have it turn out so well makes me smile for you.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Yes you do. If we relied on the weather to dictate when we go out, we'd never go anywhere!!

CJ x

Rose said...

Oh, this sounds like such a wonderful day! So glad that you and Harry took a chance and enjoyed yourselves.

Suburbia said...

Yes you do!

So glad it all worked out well :-)

Wendy said...

I love it when spontaneous outings work out well! And yours did. I'm so glad you and Harry had a good time. It's not always easy to hop on the bus and go somewhere and have everything (including the weather) turn out so lovely!
Hugs

FeltByRae said...

Sounds a wonderful day out, so glad you both enjoyed it

Which chippie did you visit? I'm after finding a good one in Weston, and especially one that does sensible sized portions!

Hilary said...

Those kinds of outings are the best. Following your instinct usually works out best. I'm so glad that you and Harry had such a lovely day.