A Happy Outing – BUT

Things didn’t go entirely to plan!

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The weather has been so good lately and I suddenly realised that I had no commitments this Wednesday and so it would be the ideal day for an outing before the weather broke. I fancied going to the beach. So I got things together and set off.

(1)

I had put my beach mat in a carrier bag but I hardly got down the road when the bag started to disintegrate and I had to try and manage with it sticking out of my rucksack.

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I arrived at the station in plenty of time to catch the 0951 train that, mistakenly, I thought would get me to Hinton Admiral without having to change.

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When I had bought my ticket I saw that there was an 0930 train to Hinton Admiral and I asked the guy at the barrier if that would get me to Hinton Admiral sooner than the 1051. (this was the one I should have aimed for.) He ummed and ahhed and obviously didn’t have a clue! but it delayed me enough that I missed this earlier through train by seconds. 😦

Luckily the other railway employee who asked me for my ticket on platform 3 was much more clued up and he told me I would have to change at Brockenhurst when I got the 1051 from platform 4.

So I went to platform 4 and got out my crochet. I had thought how pleasant it would be to sit on the beach and crochet and I could do some on the train as well.

(3)

But where was my crochet hook? Had I left it at home or had I dropped it. I looked round me and emptied out my bag – but no! – no hook.

I was aiming to go to the beach near Highcliffe castle where I had taken my children for many happy summer days in the eighties. So I got out my phone and tried to do an internet search for a wool shop in the area and found one in Christchurch.

I wasn’t sure if Christchurch would be walking distance. The conductor on the train told me it was 7 minutes by train from Hinton Admiral so I decided to look for a bus. (I have since discovered that it was about 3.5 miles so I could have got there as quickly if I had walked).

I found a bus stop and a friendly women who I chatted to for about half an hour till the bus came and who told me when to get off to find the wool shop.

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It was quite an amazing wool shop and I bought myself the 3.5mm hook that I needed and the 5.5mm knitting needles that I haven’t got as the prices were very good – better than John Lewis!

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I could have spent hours browsing their wools but this was a day on the beach wasn’t it? so I tore myself away to go and find a bus to get to the beach. Only 3 miles as the crow flies but almost 30 mins on the bus.

Well I found Highcliffe castle and was surprised to find how much things had changed.

Years ago when I came with my children Highcliffe castle was a charming ruin. That’s my younger daughter standing there.

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Now it is restored

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with guided tours on Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays. ( I don’t know the cost – this was a day on the beach, remember and I had wasted enough time already.)

I did stop for a much needed cup of coffee in their fancy tea rooms.

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Then at last down to the beach for a picnic lunch.

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I was surprised to find their fancy new path.

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All so much more civilised than when we used to come. I am not sure I really prefer ‘civilised’. The whole point of Highcliffe was that it was away from the crowds at Bournemouth.

But if the tea rooms were bustling the beach was not.

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In the past we had favoured this sheltered nook back from the beach

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but it had obviously now got overgrown.

I settled down after lunch to do some crochet.

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Then later went down to the sea for a paddle.

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Back on my mat getting my feet dry while I did some more crochet, I gazed around at the yachts in the distance and the Isle of Wight.

(These next two photographs were taken at a crazy magnification and needed a bit of TLC to look their best) but I was happy to see

this boat with red sails.

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and The Needles.

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I will leave you with this close-up of an urn of flowers back at the castle.

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I thought it looked so bright and happy. And I was happy as I licked my blueberry ice cream while making my way back to the station.

 

 

 

 

 

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27 thoughts on “A Happy Outing – BUT

  1. What a lovely day, despite the setbacks. I live only a short bus ride away from the seaside but I’ve never just taken my crochet down to the beach. I really must do something about that!

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    1. You must! Now I no longer have children to take to the beach, I have found it hard to know what to do when by the sea, which I love. Crochet seems to be the perfect answer. something to occupy the time but still plenty of time to gaze at the waves and listen to the sounds of the sea.

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  2. The moment I saw the first picture I thought, I know where that was taken!! We stayed near there on our recent trip to Dorset. And when you set off to hunt for the crochet hook I thought I know where she needed to walk. So thanks for the memory.
    Meantime that was quite an adventure, glad you got your paddle and a crochet. Amazing how places change,sometimes I prefer them pre done up!!
    Thanks for sharing your day out.

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  3. This absolutely sounds like my perfect day out. I grew up on the North Wales coast in Llandudno and spent many summer days on the beaches of Anglesey.
    Such a wonderful post to read over my sandwich.

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      1. I think so 😉 I lost my needle on the train on my way to a course I had to take for work… And did the exact same thing 😉

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  4. Sounds like a lovely day despite all of the unexpected delays. I think your views on the situation made it a great day. You could easily have given the day up at any point. Thank you for sharing your story and your photographs. 🙂

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