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... England. We also went to one of Anne of Cleves' houses, who was one of Henry the VIII's wives.
Wednesday: We went for two walks on the South Downs.
Thursday: We went to Butser Ancient Farm, a farm where they do everything like Stone/Iron/Roman age people would. The we went to an outside house museum, where they were showcasing houses from the 15-1800s.
... and from
there it was an easy walk across the green to their house in Westgate. The
house was originally a farmhouse and dates from the late 16th
century. It fronts right onto the street but has a very pleasant sheltered
garden behind. Tim and Sue did not care for the decor ...
... around. She was so keen she was sitting forward in her seat and bobbing up and down. She must have realised when we turned around to go back because she went to sleep then.
We arrived back at the hotel at 5.00pm and went into the bar to have a drink. Emma woke up halfway through and entertained us. Matt, Melissa and Martin shared a jug of Pim’s which was pretty good, while I had a cocktail.
About 5.30pm we ...
... a two day long free festival was taking place.
The drive into Portsmouth was a quick one, something of a surprise because we have almost always hit traffic queues in the area before and we were soon parked a few minutes walk from the entrance to the waterfront area and with the sun threatening to shine a bit more we were starting to look forward to the afternoon. HMS Warrior is the first impressive boat that you encounter upon reaching the water's edge although ...
... not realised that secret agents had been trained in this area during WW2. SOE means Special Operations Executive but it was also suggested it referred to the Stately Omes of England because so many of them were used as training sites. There were 11 in this area, including Beaulieu itself, and agents at one house were unaware of the existence of the others. Locals did not know what the houses were being used for either. Over 3000 agents from 15 countries were ...