20th July 2014: A catch up in the New Forest

We both had a good night’s sleep and woke refreshed. Sarah kindly made breakfast for us before we said our goodbyes and left. We had remembered that a friend from the Wirral, Hazel, who we knew from our geocaching days, now lived in the New Forest where we planned to spend the day. I sent a message and, luckily and unexpectedly (because it was last minute), she was free so we arranged to get together.

We met up in Beaulieu and, after a coffee and a cake, Hazel’s better half Matt (aka the tall guy) drove us around the new forest to find New Forest ponies and baby donkeys. I’d been looking forward to seeing all the ponies wandering freely, but the cute baby donkeys were a bonus!

We then moved on to Calshot beach where we wandered along the shore looking at the colourful beach huts, before sitting down to enjoy the sunshine, the views, and Hazel and Matt’s company.

The day flew by and soon it was time to get something to eat and make our way to Portsmouth to get the ferry to Bilbao. We arrived at the port in plenty of time and had to wait quite a while for boarding. However, being relatively close to the front of the queue paid off because, once the traffic starting moving, we didn’t have to wait long to board. We quickly got settled in our cabin before going to the bar, where we found free seats right by the window and are now supping a beer and mojito, ready to watch the lights of Portsmouth disappear into the distance.

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