An early start saw Sue and I negotiate icy roads to reach Center Parcs by 9.30 for our annual visit organised by Robert and Lyn, who were joined for the whole weekend by Roger, Stuart, Louise, Jim, Peggy and Chris. Our other Center Parc postings can be viewed here.
Badminton, Table Tennis, Wildlife Photography, Squash, Watercolour Art, swimming under the big dome, and Pool in our private games room, preceded an in-house sauna (for some) followed by a steamy roll in the snow.
At some point, we enjoyed a fireworks display, recorded very amateurishly on my cheap digital camera:
After an excellent meal prepared by Chris, our ‘Walking in South Africa’ slide show concluded the evening. (Well, the traditional long walk back to our car with all the slide show gear actually concluded it – very cold!)
An excellent day out, after which a short drive to snowy Mansfield took us to a spacious Travelodge room hired for the princely sum of £10.
This meant that instead of a late night drive home in the dark, we could enjoy a tasty croissant before a scenic drive home through the Peak District in temperatures down to minus 13C in mid-morning. The hoar frost was thick and pretty – it was a truly beautiful journey.
Those who attended the Center Parcs trip may gain some amusement from viewing this photo album….?
I don’t know what happened to the Table Tennis photos; it’s a mystery.