A memorable birthday 難忘生日的一天

A few years ago I booked a weekend away at Porlock Weir in the south west of England for my birthday. I figured if I didn’t do that myself I might be spending birthday with a last minute dinner reservation which has been the case for the past few years. Men!! Anyway, I wanted something special, so here’s the my view to kill room complete with a four poster bed. What do you think?

前幾年生日我訂了一家在英國西南部海灘小鎮的旅館度過一個週末。 這家旅館有14間房間, 而我訂的有全海景,房裏更有四柱雙人床,非常適合度過生日的周末。

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The place that I booked was a quirky 14 room hotel called Miller’s at the Anchor. The owner Martin Miller, was (he passed away a few years ago) the creator of Martin Miller’s Gin, one of England’s premium gin, so all the guest were treated to a gin and tonic welcome drink, made with their own gin of course. The hotel is located on the Porlock Weir Estate which is a beautiful harbour area owned by the same family for over 300 years. Next time I will show you around the outside of the hotel and the Estate. Today I want to share with you the memorable day I had here, though not for quite the reason I had expected , and to be honest I don’t know if in future I will regret talking about it …

在下一篇文章我會為詳細為大家介紹旅館和週邊,今次想先介紹這一天難忘的行程。 但不知道我事後會否後悔跟大家說這個故事。。

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My weekend started off with an traditional afternoon at a tea house in Porlock Village as it wasn’t time to check in yet.

到旅館之前,我們先在附近小鎮享用一個傳統英式下午茶。

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It wasn’t as refined and elegant as the one I went to last time at Castle Coombe, but afternoon tea, scones and cream are a must if you are in the south west of England so it seemed like a good way to start my birthday weekend.

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After we checked into the hotel, and did a little tour around we went out for a walk. Porlock Weir is a small inland village with a picturesque harbour and is situated along the south west coast path, a popular local walking trail. The hotel gave us broad directions for a one hour circular walk which would take us pass Culbone Church, England’s smallest church which sits 30 people only. Despite the lack of a map, the directions sounded pretty simple, so we left the hotel, walked across a bridge, and along the beautiful coastline as directed.

到旅館安頓好後,我們到附近散步。 職員跟我們說步道大概一小時,會經過全英格蘭足細小的教堂。

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This area goes back to the ancient times, and the walk is something that I’ve never seen before. Some section of the path have stone walls on both sides and I couldn’t work out what they are as there are no buildings on the other side. Then there are these archways, kind of weird but interesting, as they appear in the middle of nowhere deep in the woods.

步道兩旁有不少石建牆壁,但卻看不到有任何建築物,奇怪。 而且步道上還有幾個拱門,又不知道有何用處。

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A bit further on, we got to this quirky building by the road. It didn’t look very friendly as there were quite a few no entry signposts outside but that didn’t stop me from taking photos. I subsequently found out that this is the toll house as this is a private estate and you have to pay £2.50 to drive through.

之後我們到達這家很別緻有趣的房子。原來是收費亭,車輛經過這裏需要收取£2.5。

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We continued to walk along the path, and somehow seem to be walking deeper and deeper into the woods. I don’t know if we had missed a turning or took a wrong turning somewhere as there were no signposts anywhere. By this time we had been walking for about an hour which was suppose to be the time needed to go pass Culbone Church and back to the hotel, neither of which were to be seen. In fact other than deep woods, there was nothing or anybody around us.

我們繼續往前走,已過了大概一小時還看不到有任何教堂,而且好像走進森林裏。四周沒有任何建築物或人,又見不到海岸線。 似乎我們迷了路。

Suddenly, my tummy was aching, I think it must be the cream from the afternoon tea that didn’t agree with me. Shxt! And I mean literally! We were lost in the woods, there were no buildings to be seen anywhere, let alone a toilet I could use. What was I suppose to do? At this stage, all I can say is, if you’re desperate, there’s always a first time for everything. Let’s leave it at this.😥😱

突然間我覺得肚子開始痛, 可能是剛才下午茶的奶油在作怪 。 弊傢伙!!方圓三百里沒人沒物,哪裏找廁所呢? 情急之下,所有事情總會有第一次。。。😥😱

Eventually, we managed to find our way out from the woods, back along the coastline path, to the harbour and hotel. When we got back, there was the biggest rainbow that I have ever seen, with both ends extending out from the sea. I don’t know what was more memorable about this day, but at least it ended beautifully on a high.

幸好我們之後從森林走出來,見到海岸線沿著步道回旅館。 這時,天空出現一道我從未見過如此大的彩虹,兩邊從海裡伸展出來。超美! 我不知道這天的行程究竟是哪件事讓我覺得難忘呢?但至少這天完結是美好噢!

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