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Published: September 21st 2014
Lake Yard Marina – Poole.
What a truly amazing Oasis!! This marina is way up the end of the massive harbour, but I read that they offered moorings rather than marina berths. Most berths cost 35P and more a night, but we could have a mooring here for 18P per night. The first night we stayed on board, but went ashore in the morning to pay our fees and sign in. Loved the little bar and restaurant on sight and Seonagh (Bar Manager) and office girls were very friendly right from the start! After getting directions, we headed into town – a fair, but easy walk. Explored in there for the rest of the day. Dinner back at Lake Yard.
Next day we went back into town as we could get silver necklace for Phil and my charms soldered on to bracelet. Also had big lunch at Thai restaurant – excellent meal. Didn’t have dinner back at Lake Yard, but stayed for some drinks and met so many wonderful people. Met lots of patrons and by this stage and been befriended by Seonagh and the rest of the
bar/restaurant staff. Stayed well into the night (in fact were some of the last patrons). Phil met Jez..a retired Major in Royal Marines. Amazingly he had worked with Ian Dunn. Very small world. Of course this led to more celebrations and lots more talking!!!
Were going to leave today but chatting to Robin (owner) yesterday about their special haul out charges, we decided to say and haul out to fix a very worrisome ceased raw water intake for the engine. On high tide after Robin had put a boat in the water, we hauled out and stayed in the sling while we fixed the intake. Phil had needed to get some threaded pipe and when he asked Richard where he should go, Richard offered him to jump in his car and took him to the place. Everyone here is just so helpful!! Back in the water just on lunchtime and as there were no more boats to haul out, Robin said we could stay in that pontoon overnight.
Jez then took us out on a whirlwind tour - basically right around Pool Harbour. He has amazing historical knowledge about the surrounding towns, so it
was a real insight to the area. Back at Lake Yard, had dinner again....and then...back to boat until Chris (head chef) was free. By this time I was too tired, but Phil went back in as Chris had organised some oysters so that they could make oyster shooters. This had been arranged yesterday. Another late night.
Out of marina early on the slack tide and back onto our mooring buoy. Had arranged to take some of the staff out for a sunset cruise/motor, but by the time they finally got out to the boat, it was really too late to go. So had drinks and nibbles on stationary boat. It got later, and later and then finally I thought we were going to stay an extra night (we were planning to depart 0500 in the morning) as we were soo late by the time everyone left. (read after midnight!) The next morning someone woke up early and decided we would still depart. Oh blast!!
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