Our ‘Hermanfest’ Weekend in the New Forest

Friday 22nd June 2018

Well we are off again. At the moment I think our experience last year on our four week tour has encouraged us to take shorter more frequent trips – it’s working at the moment.

This weekend we are staying at the Camping & Caravanning club site at Roundhill in the New Forest. It is for a social meetup with campers who enjoy ‘YouTube’ videos – organised by ‘Herman the Hymer’ aka Ads & Zoe. Their YouTube channel is :-

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6puIl9U_iC4Z7jz0yaWSrQ

When we arrived (delayed unfortunately by Nigel’s Hospital appointment which was protracted but worth it as all is well) there were four vans in the area the friendly guy at Reception had told us to go to. By the time we had got ourselves pitched and levelled a couple more had arrived.

siteview

We spent a pleasant afternoon chatting about our adventures and swapping hints and tips. All dispersing to our own vans about 6pm to complete our setup and have some food. After a short trundle around the site (checking out the amenities and getting a Cycle Route map from Reception) we re-joined our new friends for drinks (mostly alcoholic – but I was good – having only 1 spritzer) and more story telling with much laughter and good will.

Saturday 23rd June 2018

We awoke today to a lovely sunrise and clear blue skies. Nigel had a go at flying the drone at 6.30 thinking it was a good time with there being few people around. Although his one is marketed as the quietist model available he still had a women come out of her tent and tell him to fly it at a ‘reasonable hour’. I’m not sure when that would be but hey ho – it takes all sorts.

site high

I dozed in bed while he did that – didn’t get up until gone eight when as he was still outside talking with Ads about video (file sizes and the like) – I put all the bedding away and prepped breakfast.

We couldn’t decide between Lyndhurst and Lymington for our day trip so thought we would ask at Reception for guidance on the quality of paths for both routes and go from there.

After a chatt about our respective plans for the day with the others we set forth – Reception were not able to give us a definitive answer so we decided we would go to Lymington (mostly because I like the sea) using the cycle ways where we could

Frst walk1

 

 

 

 

 

Nig phone
Have to check email & Facebook when we get a signal – the site is dark

 

 

 

and the tracks where we had to. In fact we ran out of both after a while (slight map reading errors) and used the B3054 from Beaulieu to Lymington for a few miles. It was quite a busy road but we found when we got to town that it was market day so that must have been why.

Train

We found a lot of people wandering through the stalls in the High Street (we went up one side, crossed the road and came down the other) decided not to buy any locally made Cup-cakes (for the afternoon ‘Tea & Cake’ session) as Nigel balked at the price of £5 for four.

At the bottom of the High Street we followed the throng of tourists across the road and down the cobbled street to the Town Quay.

 

 

 

Twn Quay

We sussed out where we might be able to get post cards and fridge magnet later and on the wall of the loos we found a free street map showing 3 ‘Town Walks’.

We used it to get to Grove Gardens where we ate the lunch I had prepared earlier before following one of the walks around the Yacht Haven (some lovely, very expensive ones)

 

 

 

the Sea water baths and saw the Isle of Wight Car Ferry dock. We stopped by the quayside for an ice cream (the only whippy one we had found) and then on past an old street gas lamp and the Bandstand.

Gas Light

Bandstand

Soon we were back to the Town Quay where we bought our souvenirs before progressing back to Voyager. We decided to return via lanes (not the busy road) and a ‘path’ shown on our map. The lanes were lovely

Pilley Donkeys

but the path was two miles of very rough track which did leave us a bit bone shaken by the time we had completed it. The warden had mentioned it earlier and he wasn’t kidding. Along it though we found this notice on a farm gate

Gate Adv

– funny folk down here in Hampshire.

When we got back it was just in time for Tea and Cakes at Bob and Jenny’s van (we took a few cakes we had brought from home – but there were so many they didn’t get touched). Their YouTube channel is :-

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZQ5DSOjFao4NcpDgyvX_3Q

Tea Cakes

Later Richard got out his new BBQ.     His YouTube channel is :-

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSHYLukUFvPMJQL1yH0Frcw

I was hoping to see that things had improved but alas it still seems that black burgers and sausages are the norm. We slunk off and had our own food back at Voyager, returning later for drinks and a lovely evening sitting in a circle swapping more stories. Bill and Jill were very entertaining with their stories of over 20 years of travelling holidays. There was a gorgeous sunset as well.

Sunset

 

Sunday 24th June 2018

We awoke to another beautiful day but our little group is breaking up today, some have work tomorrow others the next site on their tour is booked. Our neighbours Bill & Jill had booked another night as they too don’t like to travel on a busy Sunday like us preferring a Monday afternoon.

We stayed around until those leaving had departed, had a light lunch and then set forth to Brockenhurst. Only a couple of miles away it is a lovely small village with a few shops

Brockenhurst 1

and a number of nice looking Pub/Restaurants.

Huntsman

Cottage

 

 

 

Apparently England are playing football somewhere (World Cup I think!) and one of the pubs had a lot of people in supporting the team very loudly. Nice to see but we left them to it. Passing by and heading further into the village centre we found a souvenir shop (postcards and fridge magnet) before finding a ford at the end of the road. I had to have a go and Nigel of course had to video it.

 

 

 

We spent a while looking around, had an ice cream before heading back to the camp site. A really nice afternoon.

 

 

 

When we were nearly back to Voyager a passing cyclist stopped to chatt. He was from Holland and his English was not too good. He told us he was a physiotherapist and that he was impressed that I didn’t let my physical restrictions stop me from doing and going where I wanted too – he was very nice – gave me a high five.

We had our evening meal and spent the rest of the evening with Bill & Jill. I must admit that the new bottle of Strawberries and Cream Baileys tasted lovely (the whole bottle) and by the end of the evening I was very merry.

Monday 25th June 2018

Home today and I’m feeling a bit fragile this morning – maybe it was something I ate?

Anyway the sun is shining again so after breakfast (just coffee for me) we did the usual emptying and packing away before saying a last goodbye to Bill & Jill and set forth for home.

Off again at the end of the week but got to get Dobby MOT’d first – most important.

Curtains for Voyager – Oh heck!

The last time we were away (Churchill weekend) we were pitched very close to the site Reception. This would not usually be a problem but this site has a very bright Security light that was on all night (usually these are movement sensor controlled) and it shone right into my window.

I have noticed before that light shines through the little holes in the window blinds

Blind holes

which can be a little irksome during the summer with dawn arriving about 4.30 – an all-night security light was even worse.

So it kicked me into making curtains that would cover the whole window. Sewing machine out and this is the result.

I still need to sort the tie backs though.


 

Nigel has also been busy. When away on a tour we have found that Laundrette driers are not very efficient (well for the money/time we want to use them for anyway). We have used the Truma heater area beneath the bench seat as our ‘airing cupboard’ which works well but there are a lot of other bits you need to be careful of in there.

So now we have an adaption of four Wilko’s ‘Baking Cooling Rack’s’ fitted so the clothes we put in there can’t get where they shouldn’t.

Airing

Just a few more things to do before we are off again – ‘Hermanfest’ meetup this coming weekend.

 

Churchill Classic Car Weekend

AKA ‘Dicing with death on the A361’

Saturday 9th June 2018

We are off on our travels again – this time to deepest Oxfordshire to a small place named Chipping Norton. We are staying at the Caravan & Camping site a couple of miles south of the town.

It’s a smallish site but well maintained and very clean.

There is no Motorhome service point on the site so filling and emptying is not as easy as usual – but we have had a chance to test the ‘wild camping’ solution Nigel has come up with. Two collapsible 20 litre water carriers and an electric pump to get the contents into Voyager’s filling hole. He’s hopeful that 40 litres per day should be sufficient for our needs most days.

The journey was uneventful other than Nigel ignoring the Sat Nav and taking us the wrong way. He’s not confident in it anymore – but this time it was right and he was wrong. A quick detour on a B road and we were back on track and arrived onsite only half an hour after our original guestimate of 1 PM.

After a quick spot of lunch we got out the 2 G’s and set forth for a trundle around the site – checking the facilities and points we can exit.

There is a pedestrian gate onto the main road with a sign indicating a Bridleway to Churchill (our destination tomorrow) so that looks promising. We checked out the rest of the site, stopping to chat with some of the other campers as we do – they mostly comment on the size of our scooters and the headsets we chat to each other with – breaks the ice nicely.

Nigel thought that would be it but as it was still pretty early (about 4ish) I decided that after the ice-cream from the Reception shop (expensive)

Icecream

we needed to explore more so we headed off in the direction of a Café & Shop sign that was just over from the site entrance.

To Chad

To Chad View

A couple of miles down the road we found the village of Chadlington – not the most picturesque we ever seen but nice and friendly. We did manage to find the Café which seemed to double as a general store as well – bit Arkwright like – where although we couldn’t get a post card we did find a locally produced greeting card – with village views.

The 2 G’s were very good as there were some taxing hills to go up and down on the route and both our Power meters where down a little by the time we got back to site – evening meal of Sweet chilli rice and prawns then a good relax in front of the TV.

Sunday 10th June 2018

Today is the Classic car Show – the reason for our weekend here. Our first look out of the window showed a cloudy start with quite a wind – oh well – but at least it’s not too cold.

The show started at noon so we left site just after 11.00 crossed the main road and through the gate onto the Bridleway.

Bridleway L

The path was OK at the start – just a little lumpy with tree roots – but as we progressed deeper into the woods we encountered a few very muddy patches. Most we could pass with a little forethought and positioning but one required Nigel to clear some tree debris from the edge and get through on virgin ground.

Shortly after that we emerged from the woodland as the path progressed alongside a farm field – and the sun had managed to burn through the cloud – so the rest of the path was much better – still lumpy though.

We only met one couple walking their dogs and a couple of chaps riding horses. Apparently they had never met Mobility Scooters before and were a bit spooked – we just sat quietly and let them pass in their own time.

Now onto a road we descended a bit of a hill before starting the climb up to Churchill. The 2 G’s did there thing and got us to the village admirably. It was starting to get busy with cars heading for the marked parking and folk making their way to the entrances.

We negotiated the former and queued with the latter to get into the show ground.

It was well worth the entrance fee (£7 each) and we spent a good few hours looking around the vehicles and exhibits.

We bought sandwiches for lunch which we ate sitting under a large tree on the edge of the show ground – idyllic (although a glass of white would have made it perfect). Sadly the ice-cream we had later was not so good – small scoop of ‘Supermarket Value’ product – Oh well they can’t get everything right.

It seemed to be getting more crowded by the time we decided we had seen enough (all of it).

We found that there were still loads of people coming in as we left the site and that the roads of the village were gridlocked with even more trying to get into the full car park. All possible parking places on the roadside were taken (and a few people had made bad decisions as usual). It’s the only time we have been in a traffic jam on our scooters with both the road and any pavements blocked.

Eventually we progressed although it did take a women passenger of one car getting out and turning into a traffic cop. We decided to return to Voyager using the main road (avoiding the bridleway mud). I told Nigel we should rename this blog as ‘Dicing with death on the A361’ as it was busy – but not as bad as yesterday.

Back at the campsite we got out the leisure chairs & I sat sewing while Nigel did his camera stuff.

We had a Tapas style alfresco meal with a glass of vino as the early evening sun shone down on us – very Mediterranean. After which I had a late siesta.

Monday 11th June 2018

Well today we were meant to be going home but the weather was glorious and we didn’t want to leave. Over breakfast we decided to stay another day and go for a trundle into Chipping Norton. Nigel went and sorted it with Reception and I made a packed lunch (so avoiding the need to buy shop sandwiches) although we would need to get a few things we had run out of.

We expected to have to stay on the A361 road all the way

 

but after a couple of hundred yards we found a roadside path

it was a bit overgrown with grass and nettles which because we were wearing shorts led to us being stung a few times – but overall it was safer than the road.

Chipping Norton is a small town with a few shops (mostly independents) and Antique centres. The Town Hall, Museum and Theatre are notable buildings but other than that there was nothing remarkable.

We did our bit of shopping in a small Sainsbury’s and found the local Recreation ground where we had our luncheon.

After making use of the disabled facilities in the car park Nigel spotted a local map which showed an outdoor swimming pool – I quite fancied having a bit of a paddle –

Lido Closed

but it was closed for maintenance. I did get chatted up by one of the workmen though so it was worth a visit.

The trip back was uneventful and we spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the sun.

For tea I fried up chicken bits with spices and made a Mary Salad (that’s with anything I’ve got thrown in) – Lovely.

Tuesday 12th June 2018

We are definitely going home today as the weather is on the turn – Cloudy and cool with a touch of drizzle in the air.

Looking forward to next time – only a couple of weeks away!!