Escape to the forest
After been stationary on our seasonal pitch in Kent while Nicola was doing some freelance work for a company in Sevenoaks we had severely itchy feet. The position finished at the end of last week so we wasted no time in getting back on the road again. Leaving Kent Sunday lunchtime we thought the roads would be reasonably quiet now that the silly season was well and truly over – WRONG! The removal of the hard shoulder in long stretches of the M25 to ease congestion seems to have been counterintuitive; broken down vehicles don’t have anywhere to pull over safely too, resulting in a broken down vehicle in the middle lane and its poor owner on the edge of the road with only a small barriers for protection. This is only extremely dangerous for the poor driver, but for all approaching traffic and results in more congestion and tailbacks. We also witnessed the emergency services struggling to pick their way through the nose to tail vehicles.
The journey ended up taking double what Mrs SatNav told us it would. Our first stop was Milton on Sea, we had been told that it was possible to park overnight in the overspill car park. What a stunning spot with beautiful views over the Solent towards The Needles at the foot of the Isle of Wight. Stuart headed off to the parking metre and was met by a very confusing sign – parking charges were in place 6am-10pm. You are allowed to park for a maximum of 20 hours but are not allowed to sleep. Who would park in a carpark for 20 hours and not sleep? As long as you pay the correct charges what difference does it make if a vehicle is parked with our without sleeping occupants – it still occupies the same parking space? After a quick brew and a walk (or hobble in Nicola’s case), we decided to head down the coast to Hurst Point, a beautiful spot where we had parked overnight previously).
Once parked up we headed to the beach with a couple of beers to watch the sunset – beautiful the chilly wind saw us retreat to Trinny before the sun had actually set. A chilled evening listening to music followed. Opening our blinds the following morning we were blessed with the view below, a perfect reminder of why we don’t feel the need to have a bricks and mortar home right now.
Nicola spent a few hours enjoying her guilty pleasure Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch followed by a stroll (hobble) along the spit towards Hurst Castle. Sadly the castle was a little too far for Nicola, but definitely on our list for a future visit. Stuart whiled away the following few hours watching the Singapore Grand Prix, with the delicious aromas of Nicola’s ginger cake baking in the oven. As space is always a premium in a motorhome we are always on the lookout for things that have multiple uses. Our Tefal Igeniou Saucepans are the perfect example as they double up as casseroles and also make great cake tins.
Late afternoon we decided to head on to the Green Hill Farm where we had booked a pitch for a few days. We settled onto our pitch and headed out to investigate our new surroundings. The site in acres of beautiful countryside on the edge of the New Forest and has both a family and adults only area. This time of year the site is very peaceful, although in the school holidays I guess it is slightly busier. The following morning we had an appointment with the site owner to discuss the possibility of us joining the site team for the 2019 season. Lorna introduced us to the assistant managers and gave us a site tour. We came away feeling that the site would be the perfect location for us to try out being site wardens. After a spot of lunch, we got the bikes out and went out for an explore of the local area. We were delighted to site is adjacent to several commons which are home to donkeys (Nicola was especially happy at this discovery), horses and cattle. We stopped off to rehydrate at the Rockingham Arms – very pleasant 🙂