Saturday, August 27, 2011

NEW FOREST: Calshot & Lymington

Calshot beachThis morning’s walk was along Calshot beach. Munson and Merlin swam in the Solent while we strolled up and down past the colourful beach huts. The Solent is a very popular water for canoeing, dinghy sailing and windsurfing. There weren’t many boaters out today, which is a shame as I’m sure Munson would have swum out to them. When Bondi saw canoeists on waterways in Seattle I would cry out “Get the stick” and watch them paddle away furiously with Bondi in pursuit.

Calshot beach - Michael in Cymru rugby top

Munson drying out post-swimLymington

After lunch and yet another walk through some of the woodlands around us in the New Forest, we drove to Lymington for fish and chips. The harbour, painted Georgian houses and cobbled streets make the town a bit of a tourist magnet: it was so packed with visitors today, we had a challenge to find somewhere to sit near the quay.

Lymington Quay - Truly Scrumptious - Munson meets a husky
I was wearing a red Cymru rugby shirt that I’d picked up in Llanfairpwll on Wednesday. As we threaded through the crowds around the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang-evoking cake shop Truly Scrumptious, a man looked me in the eye and recited Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, smiled supercalifragilisticexpialidociously at my lack of hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia and strode off.

It’s a month today since we set out from the Farm.

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