Snow in Lordswood

We had over 6 inches of snow in Lordswood on 02 Dec 2010. Quite unusual. Here’s a video showing it.

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Beaulieu to Buckler’s Hard

This was made on an iPhone and stitched together by the Autostitch iPhone App.

The walk from Beaulieu to Buckler’s Hard is a well known 4 mile stroll. It starts off in Beaulieu in the car park, wanders past shops and pub in the village and then sets off down well marked broad path through fields and woods. At one point you have the choice to stick to the wider path or go down to the river where a lot of the walk is along wooden planking. Views of the river are lovely. At Buckler’s hard walk up to the pub have a pint or coffee then set off back seeing the views from a different angle. A pleasant afternoon with Ben and Kathy.

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New Years Day Walk

The McQueen family ventured out on our traditional New Years Day walk in the New Forest with others from our housegroup. Dave C took us to Acres Down. Lovely views, lovely weather. Afterwards we had to readjust as The New Forest Inn was packed so we went to The Swan instead.

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D-Day Baby is 65

Had a great time at a family gathering in Cambridgeshire. it was my cousin Christine’s husband’s 65th Birthday. Mick was 65 last Saturday. born on D-Day he celebrated in with a do at Slepe Hall in St Ives followed by a BBQ around at their home in Woodwalton.

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Mottisfont in May

Had a great afternoon on Bank Holiday Monday walking around Mottisfont Abbey gardens. Having a NT membership helps ‘cos you don’t feel you have to rush around to see everything as you can always come back. Roses are pretty fab but may be better in mid-June.

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Canoeing on Purbeck

Old Harry and his wife

Chalk cliffs off StudlandI have just come back from a few days camping and canoeing on Purbeck. Weather was great and I had an amazing time canoeing round Studland including seeing Old Harry and his wife.

I also had a trip up the River Frome from Wareham and across Swanage Bay. Walking was less successful because I had intended to walk from Kimmeridge to Lulworth Cove but the range walks were shut. Instead I wandered around Kimmeridge.

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Colin’s paintings

I quite enjoy painting. Here are scans of some of my efforts.

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Meander Round Mottisfont

Went for a lovely meander round Mottisfont to see Bluebells in the Spearywell Wood. The walk is from the AA website.

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Odd holiday

Here in leafy Hampshire our Local Authority has deemed it sensible for us to have a school Spring Break instead of an Easter Holiday. It’s just about to start and Spring has also begun. I’m not sure if I like it or not but hey ho! Trouble is with my new(ish) job I don’t get school holidays anymore 🙁

But don’t you just love Spring? Catkins, daffodils, bluebells, sunny but not too warm, seedlings to plant into the allotment. A new start. Here’s to the new real year!

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