Around Dorset

Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
Trip End Jul 07, 2009

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Today we had a lazy start to the day enjoying each other's company and the boys swapping jokes yet again. Sue has been wonderful, driving us around everywhere and today she rallied to the cause yet again. After some light overnight rain the sun came out to shine yet again for us. Our first stop was to a little place nearby where Pete and Sue often like to picnic called Knowlton , which is in fact a very old archaeological site dating back to 250BC. There now sits the ruins of an old church there dating back to 14thC which was built over the original settlement. The scenery from this spot is wonderful and incredibly peaceful. From there we drove through more typical Dorset countryside to visit Alderholt Mill. Although closed the kind owners allowed us to wander around the very pretty garden setting that typified the classic country house and garden – a place I would quite happily spend idling my days away.

Our next stop was the old Roman archaeological dig at Roxbourne. In blisteringly hot sun we spent nearly 2 hours wandering around the remains of a Roman villa. Andre and Pete swapped knowledge of Roman history whilst Sue and I struggled with translating the guide map with what we were actually looking at. This was a thoroughly interesting place and for a surprisingly small dig we were fascinated with the details of daily life in the Roman era within the UK.

As it was nearing 4pm by now we decided to stop at a pub to wet our whistles. We headed to a secret location that Sue was heading us to. This meant driving through the 'New Forest’. This is a unique area of open scrub and trees and where animals have the right to graze where they wish. To me it seemed that the horses and cows then felt that the best place to be was on the road! They congregated on the edges of the road in groups with absolutely no intention of moving away for any car that may be passing by.

After a cool drink we stopped a short way in to the forest and stood by the Rufus Stone that commemorates the place where King William II was killed by Sir Walter Tyrell. By now it was getting quite late so we headed to the supermarket for a quick restock of supplies (beer) and some items for the BBQ. Once home we filled our glasses, stoked the fire and relaxed outside on the patio until the wee small hours of the morning. A great way to end a great day.
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