Left Hawkinge 1100hrs, heading for the "Runt in Tun" near Heathfield, one of our favourite stops. Friends of ours, Colin and Therese were meeting us there. There first trip in their newly aquired motorhome. We arrived at 1330hrs, in bright sunshine. Being Sunday the pub was very busy. We sat outside in the sun eating cheese and biscuits. The others arrived 1700hrs, I assisted Colin with his set up as it was his first time.
Colin and Therese had dinner in their van while Hazel and I adjourned to the pub for food, sadly they had been so busy most food was gone, we had to settle for scampi and chips.
After food and showers we all settled in Eevie for drinks. Therese got totally pissed and gave our Noddy a beating.
Awoke to more good weather. After breakfast we packed the vans, all going our seperate ways. We left at 1100hrs, heading for "Sandy Balls" in the New Forest, we both love the place but Hazel had no idea that was where we were heading. Arrived 1430hrs,
Hazel was well happy, checked in and it was only £15 per night, this including all leisure facilities. Its quite expensive weekends and high season but for us midweek and low season it's a bargain, in fact it gets as low as £10 per night.
Settled on our pitch which had water, electric hook up, TV aerial point, and hedged.
We walked up to the centre where there is a swimming pool, leisure centre, shop, cycle hire, Restaurant, pub and childrens play centre.
Had a couple of beers then back to Eevie, sat outside until the sun went down.
Another lovely day. We went to reception and booked one of their Pine Lodges for Christmas. We would have been happy to use Eevie but as Ma-in-Law and Hazels brother Julian and partner Viv were going to be with us it would have been to crowded. Then we set off on our bikes for a ride around the locality. I didn't produce a good one that time, very rough in places and lots of ups and downs. Finished up at the "Fighting Cocks" for beer. Hazel was pleased as we were greeted by 2 donkeys on arrival.
After a couple of beers
we cycled the short distance back to Eevie. Again sat outside until sundown.
Left site 0930 hrs, heading for Southsea. Arrived "Southsea Holiday Park" 1030hrs. What a difference, £35 per night, and the whole place run down.
We walked to "Portsmouth Historic Dockyard" to see the "Mary Rose", it was over 4 miles. Worth it though as we hadn't seen her since they'd turned of the water sprays. Lots of interesting history for sure.
This of course is a model, but helps you relate to things as you go round. The Gun Deck gives a good idea of the cramped conditions the crew lived and died under.
Anybody over 5 foot would have to stoop. The Galley was right at the bottom of the ship, just a large pot on a brick structure with open fire underneath.
I guess the cooks were adept at 1 pot dishes. Interesting though is the rations for each crew member,
note the beer ration, not like today, with random drink and drug testing. It was a truly interesting visit which went some way to compensate us for the campsite.
Got the bus back to Eevie, then settled down for the evening.
Left site 0915hrs and and got back to Hawkinge 1315hrs. had been a nice trip apart from Southsea.