Garnett girls day out

My Mum and Sister are both teachers so were off work last Friday due to the autumn half term. As I still had some holiday left before the end of the year, Mum suggested taking a day off work and all of us having a girls day. They decided to come up to Bournemouth so we could go shopping and have afternoon tea together. Dad must have overheard the conversation as I got a text later in the evening saying “are you going to be doing a trolley dash in John Lewis? Do I need to check the credit limit on Mum’s card hahaha” #dadlols!

It is a rare choice for Mum to go shopping, so my sister and I made the most of it! The last time my sister visited our flat everything she commented on was bought in HomeSense, so she was really keen to pay a visit. Being the shopaholic that she is, she loved it!

My bedroom at home at my parents’ house has just been decorated, so we picked out some new bedding and bits and pieces for it. For those that know my old room, the candy striped wall is no more! :(

"ohh but I really need another one Mum...!"

“ohh but I really need another one Mum…!”

After shopping we headed over to Harbour Heights Hotel for afternoon tea. This is my go to place for any visitors to Bournemouth, as the views across Poole Harbour to Brownsea Island are beeeeeautiful! Despite it being the last day of October the weather was lovely, clear blue skies and lots of sunshine. We sat on the terrace enjoying the view without needing to wear coats or scarves. Probably the last time we will be able to do that this year.

 

Our tea, sandwiches and cakes arrived not long after we ordered and it was all very yummy.

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

I need to learn how to use the camera Mike bought me for my birthday properly, the view was stunning, but I haven’t captured it very well!

Garnett girls day out Garnett girls day out

Back to the food! We had a mixture of classic English sandwiches – egg & cress, cheese & pickle, ham & mustard and cream cheese & cucumber. The cake selections consisted of macaroons, coffee & chocolate sponges and of course scones with jam and cream.

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

Jam or cream first?

Jam or cream first…!?

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

As I insisted we order an afternoon tea each, there was quite a bit left over at the end. The Garnett family are not ones to waste food so we asked to take the remaining cakes and scones home with us. It’s the first time I have had to sign a disclaimer from a restaurant to do so!

Garnett girls day out

Eat your cakes immediately or please sign here.

Eat your cakes immediately or please sign here.

As the sun was setting we left the hotel with full tummies and may or may not have gone back to the shops for a little more retail therapy!

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Brunch in Westbourne

Brunch in Westbourne.

After a long lazy lie-in, Mike and I got up and walked into Westbourne for breakfast. We decided to walk through the Chine so I could practise taking pictures for this blog malarkey.

'Casual' stroll mode.

‘Casual’ stroll mode.

Brunch in Westbourne.

Throwing a few maple tree seed helicopters was essential pre brunch activities…

Finding suitable helicopters.

Finding suitable helicopters.

Launch pad.

Launch pad.

We are very lucky where we live (in the ‘Treehouse’!) and Alum Chine is right on our doorstep. When you walk down into the Chine you are below road level and all you can hear are birds and all you can see are trees, it really is beautiful! Despite moving in to the flat in March we hadn’t walked this way through the Chine yet, only going the other way towards the beach. We learnt that Robert Louis Stevenson used to live overlooking the chine…. In good company!

Brunch in Westbourne. Brunch in Westbourne.

Alum Chine bridge,

Alum Chine bridge,

After walking the wrong way and delighting in the fact that if we walk through the Chine we are only a stones throw away from the Living Room (amazing breakfasts) we headed to Le Petit Prince – a family-run patisserie bakery and cafe on Seamoor Road in Westbourne.

Le Petit Prince.

Le Petit Prince.

Brunch in Westbourne. Brunch in Westbourne. Brunch in Westbourne.

You can tell what has been popular!

You can tell what has been popular!

It’s quite small inside and is always full but luckily some people left just as we arrived so we pounced in the empty table.

Mike and I couldn’t decide from the menu so got two different orders and shared half each. We went for ‘The Hungry Fox’ (Westbourne glory sausage, shropshire blue cheese, lime pickled onions and romaine lettuce) and ‘The Prince’s Tale Continued…’ (sweet chilli, sesame and lime crayfish tails with lime and avacado, thai mayo and lettuce leaves). They were both delicious! I can’t recommend the place strongly enough, the drinks were very tasty as well. I had lime and lemonade that disappeared quickly and Mike enjoyed his coffee so much so that we bought a bag of whole coffee beans to take home. A good excuse to test the coffee grinder my Mum & Dad got me for my birthday!

The menu at Le Petit Prince & some cheese straws whilst deciding what to have.

The menu at Le Petit Prince & some cheese straws whilst deciding what to have.

Brunch in Westbourne. Brunch in Westbourne.

Mike mid coffee.

Mike mid coffee.

Enjoying the fresh lime and lemonade.

Enjoying the fresh lime and lemonade.

Brunch in Westbourne.

It’s always good to go nearer the end of lunchtime, the last couple of times we have gone at this time, we have been given fresh cakes and bread to take home.

Freebies.

Freebies.

Important Saturday scores check.

Important Saturday scores check.

Westbourne Arcade.

Westbourne Arcade.

We meandered through Westbourne back towards home and then headed to John Lewis to buy a light for our Living Room. Both our families were kind enough to give us money towards a light for a moving-in present. Now it will probably sit in its box waiting to be out up for three months like the kitchen light!