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Old 9 May 20, 01:22 PM  
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Bayous to Beaches Oct 19. Day 21. Can we cram any more in the cases? Ellenton and Dunedin

Monday 21 October

Yesterday is HERE

The weather was set to be not so good today - we had woken up to cloudy skies and the forecast was promising that rain would be around today but better days ahead the rest of the week



We decided to have a lazy morning - which translated to me doing a bit more packing while we watched tv and sorting out just one case for us to use the last few days. We kept an eye on the weather and the storm clouds rolled in mid morning and it got very windy.




As there was no prospect of beach time we thought that a trip to Ellenton would be a good idea after a stop at Perkins



We wanted to use the vouchers they gave us.



I went for these crispers as well



I had the pancakes to go so my plate looked a bit feeble



But they were breakfast the next day

Our bill ended up as $20 ish after deducting the vouchers



We finally headed for Ellenton at 1230 and were parking up just 45minutes after leaving Clearwater.



It was as always very quiet - like really quiet - so we had a good few hours nosing around and picking up some final bargains.



I was going to post the haul in a second post but that all feels a bit pointless in the current circumstances . I got quite a bit of stuff and remain living proof that it is indeed not possible to over purchase striped clothing

I was most pleased with this backpack ... for $40



We had a quick coffee stop in Starbucks where I considered the moon cheese but decided against it.



We had finished by 4 and thought it would be nice to take a detour to Dunedin on the way back. Itís a lovely place but our last visit here in 2018 had not ended well and I had vowed never to come back.

It seemed the odds were against us as the traffic was bad - stop start the whole way and we were tempted to give u but it didnt seem to be any better going in the other direction so we kept going.

We must have come in by a roundabout route because` it didnít t look anything like our memories of it and we didnt think it looked very nice at all until we were suddenly at the marina and the Olde Bay Cafe





No cocktails on the menu so a glass of rose for me





Cod tacos for Andy and a slightly crispy quesadilla for me



It was ok.
It was the view that was amazing ...



And the apple pie dessert





I left feeling we had dealt with last years demons !



We did have a chuckle as we drove back via the road that we had set off on last year in a bit of a strop



We had some of the wine and ciders that we had brought with us from the villa .. time is running out to consume it all

The next day is HERE

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Ooh lovely back pack, a nice bit of shopping after rearranging the cases good idea. The sunset looked lovely. A glass rose is an unacceptable alternative to a lack of cocktails I suppose

Seems like a nice lazy, laid back day of mooching about and taking it easy. You deserve a nice relaxed day. You are on holiday after all.
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What a brilliant day Amanda. I love love love that bag! Please do a post with all your shopping bought, I really enjoy looking at everyone's hauls, and no there are never too many striped items of clothing
Dunedin looks really pretty, that sunset is gorgeous. It would look great as a canvas on the wall! I'm glad this years visit didn't end up in the same argument as last year
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Been to Dunedin a couple of times. That view is amazing...sigh...
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It's a shame the weather wasn't on your side today, but it gave a good excuse for more shopping. I love your bag, and it sounds like you made some more good purchases as well.

Forgot to say on the last post - I like menu pics, I give them a quick glance over then read on to see what everyone chose to eat and then scroll back up to read those items properly on the menu. If a link is posted instead of the actual menu, I very rarely click on it, I much prefer the pics

Lovely sunset to finish the day.
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Originally Posted by Goldia View Post
Ooh lovely back pack, a nice bit of shopping after rearranging the cases good idea. The sunset looked lovely. A glass rose is an unacceptable alternative to a lack of cocktails I suppose

Seems like a nice lazy, laid back day of mooching about and taking it easy. You deserve a nice relaxed day. You are on holiday after all.
I was so excited with the backpack ... like I really need more bags I took it on our last trip as my hand luggage though so that makes it a useful and bargain purchase

We do like Ellenton ... itís such a nice peaceful shopping experience compared to the Orlando outlets. And we were pleased to make peace with Dunedin ... although lack of cocktails remains a black mark

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What a brilliant day Amanda. I love love love that bag! Please do a post with all your shopping bought, I really enjoy looking at everyone's hauls, and no there are never too many striped items of clothing
Dunedin looks really pretty, that sunset is gorgeous. It would look great as a canvas on the wall! I'm glad this years visit didn't end up in the same argument as last year
Ha ha. I will post at the end then Alicia. Prepare for stripe overload Dunedin is a very charming place. Just not St Patrickís Day ... but letís not go there

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Been to Dunedin a couple of times. That view is amazing...sigh...
It is lovely isnít. Very peaceful. It was a lovely way to finish the day.

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It's a shame the weather wasn't on your side today, but it gave a good excuse for more shopping. I love your bag, and it sounds like you made some more good purchases as well.

Forgot to say on the last post - I like menu pics, I give them a quick glance over then read on to see what everyone chose to eat and then scroll back up to read those items properly on the menu. If a link is posted instead of the actual menu, I very rarely click on it, I much prefer the pics

Lovely sunset to finish the day.
You know us Lynda ... any excuse to visit the shops.
It worked well though as the next day was glorious so it would have been a shame to be indoors. Today was not a sunbathing day .. very unsettled and cloudy.

Ha ha, thank you. I am always self conscious snapping the menu .. and some are so huge you need like half a dozen at least And they are all shiny with the laminate ..
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Originally Posted by WileyCoyote View Post
You know us Lynda ... any excuse to visit the shops.
It worked well though as the next day was glorious so it would have been a shame to be indoors. Today was not a sunbathing day .. very unsettled and cloudy.

Ha ha, thank you. I am always self conscious snapping the menu .. and some are so huge you need like half a dozen at least And they are all shiny with the laminate ..
Haha, yes glare can be an issue with the laminated menu pics. Thank you for your perseverance 🤣
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Haha, yes glare can be an issue with the laminated menu pics. Thank you for your perseverance 🤣
Might be a while before I get to do this again
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