Good afternoon everyone,
Yesterday was a nice run out for the most part, a few new/unrecorded memorials were found along the way. The weather was also a lot more pleasant after the heat of last week! A bit of a problem arose last night, a lady came in with a Golden Labrador and it went to pich the cats food not realising they were on the chair, a quick battering by the cats and it had a hurt, bemused look on its face and didn't come near them again.
Today was an interesting and educational day for me, I've always had an interest in maps from my early teenage years, in those days it was all paper based and a frightening thought, if I needed to carry paper maps for this part of the trip (I use 1:25000) how many would I need - hundreds! Thank goodness for digital maps and tablets. Without maps doing what I do would be almost impossible. I had to find and photograph a memorial at the Ordnance Survey offices on the edge of Southampton, Chris, the security guard took me to it and then showed me the history wall, 1983 Ordnance Survey partnership with the Royal Engineers.
I managed to get a bit done today before rain stopped play as it were, I did have fall in the Hollybrook cemetery, not a bad one, a hole was hidden in the long grass and I immitated a proverbial sack of spuds! Sore but no serious damage as usual, there is a lot to be said for a military cemetery, the grass is always short...
An unexpected find today was "Ernie, the fastest milkman in the West", Benny Hill, saw the name and the images and music of girls running round came straight to the front of my brain, made me smile.
I suspect I still have two, maybe three days left at the Monks Brook before I head towards Portsmouth, because of the way my licences have been issued I need to jump to Portsmouth then Havent and then back to Fareham and Gosport. Tomorrow I'll head back and try to finish Hollybrook Cemetery and some more memorials in Southampton.
A reminder: if you are in the Portsmouth area on the 5th of August there is the start of Rally for Heroes at HMS Victory, more details can be seen here rallyforheroes.com