After leaving Mange 2 we went and got a Hydrofoil to Cowes and looked round the shops and had a lovely Cream Tea.
On arriving back in Southampton, we went back to Mange 2 and watched the filming of Jo Guest. Unfortunately we had missed the lady off the Clothes Show whom I had been hoping to see.
Then, we found another B&B for the night - Addenro House Hotel- again, this had been our next choice too. Watched tv and I kept discussing the day and thinking of things I should have said!
Michael - don't worry, I won't really put what happened next!
Saturday 2nd May
Was up early once again and after breakfast went back to Southampton as I had wanted to get a photo of Mange 2. After that we made up our way to Beaulieu. We stopped at a local Safeway on the way to get our packed lunch (did not see any comps in there though!) :O) Much to our pleasant surprise it was only an hour's drive to Beaulieu.
Then we had a lovely day going round the car museum, travelled on the Monorail, going on the Driving Experience which simulates cars through the ages.
We did buy some raffle tickets so if anyone from uk.rec.competitions goes down to Beaulieu before the end of October don't forget to buy a ticket in aid of the National Motor Museum Trust. It's only £1 and you could win a.......
A P&O Cruise or
A holiday to St. Lucia
Then we went for a look round the Abbey and the House and by now, it was time for lunch. After a quick go on the cars at Fast Trax it was time to make our way on to Lyndhurst where it was extremely busy.
Went to the Tourist Centre and got a local guide and then booked up at a B&B called St. Lawrence in West Wellows. Once again, the first one we chose had vacancies.
Then we had a look round Lyndhurst and after having a well-deserved ice-cream we tried to find our B&B.
|We found Wellows, the village, without any trouble and must have driven up and down the road where the B&B was about 5 times! After asking a lady we discovered, to our amusement, it was right at the start of the road!
A lovely old black dog came to greet us and a lovely lady showed us in. This was a very homely place with lovely rooms and we were made to feel at home straight away.
Mrs Valerie Rawlings recommended The Red Rover for dinner and as this was only 5 minutes walk away we could both have a drink or two......
Michael had a reasonably priced fillet steak and I had a lovely meal of vegetable en-croute which was also very good value for money. In fact there were about 8 vegetarian meals to choose from which was very good for a place which is not in the main part of the New Forest. As the 'New Forest Where to Stay 1998' states about St Lawrence :
Situated on the edge of the New Forest with two tastefully decorated comfortable bedrooms. Close to Bournemouth, Salisbury, Southampton, Portsmouth. Guests lounge. Good inns nearby. Beautiful garden. Conservatory.
We came home feeling full and I started doing Take A Break's Take A Puzzle
Michael even timed me how long it took to do a couple of crosswords and it averaged about 3 minutes on the Arrowwords and medium sized crosswords!
We then decided we would try to get to Winchester tomorrow so that's all for now......
Night night! :O)
Sunday 3rd May
Got up and had a very big, beautiful breakfast overlooking the lovely garden of St. Lawrence. We were so well looked after we did not want to leave.
However, time waits for no man (or Marina) and I wanted to visit Winchester Cathedral.......
|We attended the 10 o'clock service and had a brief look round the Cathedral as I had wanted to see Jane Austin's tomb. .|
Then we knew it was time to make our journey home - up the M3, onto the M25,and back to Colchester.
Picked up Astra from the cattery and then it was home. Michael managed to wait all of 5 minutes before turning the computers on!
So, that's it from me until our next trip!
Peace be with you all