Had a good run down through Devizes and Andover, finding the site easily. The site is on two levels, and seems to be rather strangely laid out with the pegs that you pitch up to being in strange positions.
We opted for pitch 25, on the top field tucked away in a corner. Then we discovered that there was no internet access!
We rose comparatively early on Friday and set off to Beaulieu to visit the Motor Museum. We had an excellent day there, as you will see from the photos that follow.
|One of the land speed record cars|
|Even I remember these|
|Early series one|
|New Forest Pony|
On Saturday we were meeting Graham and Kim for lunch at 2pm, so we had a lazy morning. Some excitement though as a car and caravan leaving a pitch near us became detached! lots of noise as the caravan crashed to the ground. Fortunately no apparent damage. Then as we were setting off to meet Graham and Kim, a Car and Caravan leaving the lower site also became detached! Obviously no breakaway cable attached as the caravan careered backwards, demolishing the exit barrier and writing itself off! Careless hitching up was the cause in both cases I would think.
Anyway off down to The Golden Lion to join Kim and Graham. We had an excellent lunch, despite there being a wedding reception in the same room. They had come inside as the marquee they should have been using was leaking.
|Lizzie enjoying pudding!|
After lunch we all went back to the caravan for drinks.
Sunday we had earmarked for a trip on the Watercress line that runs from Alresford to Alton. We enjoyed the journey, even though much of the journey was through cuttings. The railway though was well presented and very tidy. We were pulled by Lord Nelson, then a class 37, with Cheltenham bring up the rear.
|Lord Neson. On loan from the National Railway Museum|
|A very tidy station|
|The Engine Yard|
|Class 37 Diesel|
|An Austin A40 rally at the station|
Winchester was our destination for Monday, so it was in there for coffee and a good wander round. It certainly has changed a lot since I was a student there.
Cleared up on Tuesday before departing for home. We popped the caravan back to storage as we will not be away now for about 10 days.