The autumnal colours in ‘Old’ England this year have been splendid rich reds, golds and yellows. We have enjoyed scenery, long walks and of course the good company of family and friends during our shore-based break from Pipistrelle.
One day we dropped in for lunch at a favourite of ours – the Fisherman’s Bar of the Master Builder’s Hotel at Buckler’s Hard.
Buckler’s Hard used to thrive on shipbuilding. Located on Lord Montagu’s Beaulieu Estate in the New Forest of Hampshire, many old naval vessels were built in the 18th century from local timber at Buckler’s Hard. Some of Lord Nelson’s Trafalgar fleet was built there and the old grassy slips are still visible. But shipbuilding on the Beaulieu River declined a century later. Today there is still a ‘hard’ but part of the nearby modern marina and the area is a favourite summer tourist spot. An English idyll nonetheless.
Other favourites were the Chines at Bournemouth and Poole, with views of The Old Harry Rocks to the west and The Needles on the Isle of Wight to the East. Again on the coast, Hythe near Southampton and inland, Taunton in Somerset were just a couple of wonderful ‘dinner, B&B’ invitations extended to us. Thank you!