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Ok - have arrived back in wonderful RW, and it is hot, hot, hot! Although we have had some heavy thunderstorms too ............. quite cloudy this pm, and very humid. Lets hope things settle over the weekend .... looking forward to 3 weeks of sun (altho don't mind the odd rain shower to cool us down!).

Did some gardening today, and then off to Walmart to buy another bike (hated those ones with loads of gears ...... wanted something simple!) ............ hitting the cycle path in the morning, armed with coaster bike and helmet .....!

Went to Frosted Mug at El Jobean for quick bite this evening - good atmosphere and a live band playing! $1.25 draft beers ...... good deal! Food ok - certainly filled the spot!

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Hi Rosie,

Have a great trip, and keep the reports coming , i shall log on every day now, Cant wait for the next one,

Debbie

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Hi Rosie,

Please keep your updates coming. I am arriving in Rotonda in a weeks time (its my first visit to Florida - your updates make it sound really great!).

Please keep posting, particularly about the weather as all the google predictions shows are thunder storms which is slightly worrying!.

Thanks anyway for taking the time to do this,

Ruth.

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Ok ladies ... update for the last few days.

Saturday was extremely hot - up in the mid 90s! Very little rain today - just a few scattered thunderstorms around, but didn't hit us! We went off to Punta Gorda and had dinner overlooking the water at Harpon Harrys - nothing flash here, but great water views and sunsets and some good honest food! Very popular on the weekend. Then back to Port Charlotte, had a quick look in the shops in the Mall, and then off to Chillis for some drinks and cocktails - absolutely great - always happy hour at Chillis - got two Strawberry Daiquris for the price of one! Great.............

Today (Sunday), well after a lovely leisurely cycle around the Lakes, off out for Breakfast - went to Country Hound - really good food here. Gets really busy on the weekend! Then we hit the beach! Off to Englewood Beach armed with the brolly, chairs and the all important cool box! Boy was it hot, but it was gorgeous! Clear blue aquamarine sea - and just like a hot bath! Never seen the beach looking better - no seaweed in sight. So today will be the first of many visits to the beaches! Then off for a drive along Manasota Key and after an ice-cream at Sprinkles on corner of Sunnybrook we headed back to the Villa to jump in the pool!! Really gorgeous afternoon - well into the mid 90s! Don't forget your sunscreen....

Now just relaxing with a glass of wine and thinking about where we can all head for casual dinner ......... will keep you updated with next posting!!

Love,

Rosie

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Ruth,

Don't worry about the thunderstorm predictions - yes you will get some thunderstorms, but they are so wide-ranging you may not even get one - it might be in Englewood, while a few miles down the road in Rotonda you will be fine! But believe me it is so hot here right now that you won't mind the odd little downpour!

Rosie x

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Oh Rosie sounds like you are having a great time. The weather here has been very wet so make the most of that sunshine.

Keep the reports coming in it is great to read them.

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Sorry ladies - have been very slow at doing my reports ....... was just relaxing! Monday was spent doing some gardening and some more sunbathing. Temps were high - around early 90s and very humid, but the odd dip in and out of the pool and spa keeps you cool. Feeling lazy today, so we got a take out from China Wok - and a few glasses of wine. Everyone was tired today after the beach and the hot sunshine, so it was an early night for most of us!

Tuesday ... well we did some more sunbathing, some shopping and cycling around the Lakes. Very very hot - around 95-96 degrees, but feeling more like 100 degrees plus! Went for dinner to Outback Steakhouse in Port Charlotte for dinner - very good and also good value.

Today (Wed), well we did a little shopping, picked up our tickets for the baseball game and then back to the house for some more relaxing sunshine. Very hot again today - around 95 degrees. Tonight we went off to the Charlotte Stone Crabs v Fort Myers Miracles ........... and in a raging thunderstorm! But it all passed in about an hour and we sat down for the game. And we sat, and sat and sat for a total of 4 hours, in fact we didn't leave until nearly midnight ......... and the damned game was still going on - haven't a clue who won - think it might have been the Stone Crabs, but being from Ireland, didn't really have have much of a clue about what baseball was all about. But nevertheless, it was a good night out and it was good fun! Would recommend to anyone who is coming - there are at least 4 games coming up in the next 10 days, so any of you who are visiting during this time, make sure you take one in! You never know - you mmight even see us there! Just bring a rain coat with you ............ and a cushion!

So off to bed now after a quick dip in the Spa - and what a beautiful night - full moon and starlit sky - it was perfect!

Keep tuned for the next edition!

Rosie x

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Hi there,

On Thursday headed 30 minutes up the coast to St Armands Circle in Sarasota. Absolutely beautiful and a very nice place to stroll around for an hour or so and have some lunch/drink. Then off over to Longboat Key, Bradenton Beach and finally to Anna Maria Island. What a lovely beach - white sand, and lovely clear blue water. Had dinner at Sand Bar - right on the beach. Seafood is excellent!

All in all a very enjoyable day .......... and whilst Anna Maria Island was beautiful, I have to say that my favorite barrier island still has to be Boca Grande. Ready to hit Boca Island sometime next week.

So today we are doing a bit of a side trip, we are heading to Washington DC for a 2 night trip - got a great deal on Expedia, so just couldn't resist. Back on Monday to tell you all how I got on.

Just heading out to the sun lounger ....... it's a hard life!

Rosie x

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Hi Rosie,

Have fun in DC, looking forward to your next report,

Deb x

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Hi Rosie

Hope you had a great time on your trip. I have now been in RW for a couple of days and it is completely beautiful. Have visited Boca Grande and Stump Pass beaches both lovely. Going into Venice today for a look round. Thanks for your reports (and previously) as they were spot on about the area.

Enjoy the rest of your holidays.

Ruth.

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Hi Ruth,

Glad you are enjoying RW. Hope you are enjoying Venice, and not getting the thunderstorm that is raging at the moment!! Ah well, will keep things green and us cooled down!!! Should also make way for nice sunshine this afternoon ........... make sure you hit one of the beaches for sunset .... you might even see us there! Look for 3 girls - one blonde, one redhead and one brunette!!!!

Speak soon,

Rosemary

PS - Make sure you try the White Elephant at Englewood Beach - beautiful setting right on the waterway - gorgeous ...... good food too!! Server was also nice eye candy!!!!!!

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