11th August 2016
Good evening everyone,
Well I will start with the truth, I'm shattered. The Tesco Store in Petersfield is being refitted after it closes at 2200hrs and it felt like every half hour after I went to bed the contractors came out for a smoke break and mess obout on the cashiers chairs, it was probably a lot longer interval but that is what it felt like.
Needless to say it made for a very long day, I had two very expensive crumpets for breakfast in the Petersfield before pottering up the road to Bordon, I did however go via Greatham and the church had a little cafe, had a cuppa and a "comfort break" before heading to Blackmoor where I found an absolutley wonderful War Memorial, it was a cloister with tablets built in to it, just as special was finding a VC again, this one a Soldier and a teacher, I wonder if the children knew how lucky they were...
After getting the photographs at Blackmoor I headed for Tesco with the intention of dropping the trailer off and getting Bordon's Memorials and Graves done out of the way, I turned up and hunted for a plug socket - none outside, damn, stuffed up! I went and checked with staff, nope, the only one was in the lobby and was not a viable option. Time to have a look for another option, there was a Greene King pub in Liphook, a quick apologetic email to Simon at Greene King and he was on the phone, no answer, time to mildly panic. I headed to the Royal Anchor anyway and the Duty Manager allowed me to stop, there should still be an email somewhere out there to the pub ;)
Yesterday by contrast was an easier if frustrating day at times, I went to one school that was recoring as having a WW1 book or roll of honour and a tablet for WW2, they knew nothing about them or where they were! Back into Petersfield for a newspaper interview and pictures before I headed to Horndean and photograph the graves and memorials there. I headed out of town following a wonderful cycle track, well wonderful until it disappeared into a fence! No warning or anything that it wasn't completed, me being me and having an absolutley wonderful machine looked at the map, go back a bit and follow a track through the beeach woods and over the hill to the parking areas for the Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
All done I headed back along the route I took yesterday through the beech woods, it really is a wonderful run.
Tomorrow I head into Bordon get that out of the way and I'll get a couple of villages done to the north. Once this area is done I'll head back to the caravan site at Winchester to get some washing done before heading to the Fareham/Gosport area, that will be pretty much Hampshire done :)