Since it was Angeline’s birthday on Saturday we thought that the ideal way to celebrate was to spend the night in a deserted Pub car-park!! *
* It’s quite possible that only fellow Motorhomers will understand that this is an acceptable way to “treat” your Wife on her birthday.
We decided to have a nice meal, with our daughter and her Fianceé, at a pub we really love, The Bush Inn, Ovington, Hampshire. We stayed there in June (>>See Here<<) and knew we’d return fairly soon. It’s the ideal Friday night get-away. It’s accessed from a quiet country lane and in its own cul-de-sac, so no passing traffic. You feel very secure there.
The meal was superb, as usual. It’s not cheap but I think you get what you pay for, it’s on the “gastro” side of things without being extreme. “Posh Pub Grub” describes it really.
Saturday July 28 – The Birthday
The goal was to find a campsite near shops, so we could have a nice day out in town, shopping and having a nice meal. Winchester was an obvious choice as we know it well (it’s 20 miles from home) but we rarely see it as tourists.
I booked a night at Morn Hill site (Caravan & Motorhome) and headed over. It took all of 15 minutes to get there and we had to wait an hour for reception to open at 12 noon.
Motorhomes are just perfect for this “flitting about” lifestyle. All I did was drive onto our pitch, put the handbrake on, turn the engine off, and that was it. No set-up time, no filling water barrels, no hook-up required, no waste container to slide under the wheels, we were camping 20 seconds later. This is a bigger advantage when the weather is poor, as it was this weekend. The long hot spell had ended very suddenly in high winds and horizontal rain.
An hour later we were on the #64 bus to Winchester. There’s a bus stop 5 minutes walk away from the site and it’s a 5 minute ride to the City centre.
It was lunch time and starting to rain so we headed up to Jewry Street to find a nice restaurant, something Winchester isn’t short of. All the TV Chefs seem to have a place in town (although Jamie’s Pizza place has gone I notice). We opted for Brasserie Blanc and weren’t disappointed. Great service, nice food, well presented.
We spent the afternoon browsing shops, getting a coffee and generally killing time. It was nice to see the City as a tourist rather than as a shopper in a hurry. I’d like to go back for a few days just to photograph the place more.
After coffee we headed back to the 64 Bus (every 30 minutes).
Angeline had brought some Chocolate, Strawberries and (lots of) Sauvignon-Blanc so, after some alchemy, she produced a heap of Chocolate-dipped Strawberries for afternoon “High-Tea”. It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it.
Our afternoon pigging-out session was interrupted by a knock at the door. That’s odd! I just assumed I’d contravened Caravan & Motorhome site rules by parking 4mm too far away from the ‘sacred white marker post’ (Some of you will know what I mean), but no, we hadn’t broken site law. It was Andy & Hil(ary)…..a couple of new Hymer owners who follow us on Youtube* and recognised us. They’d come over to say hello. Something I highly encourage.
Since we were down to our last 100 or so Strawberries (I exaggerate slightly) we invited them in for a glass and a berry or two.
They had the same questions about ‘Vanlife’ that we had ourselves a year or so ago so we answered as many questions as we could and told plenty of “war stories”, I think it’s like the Hitchhiker’s Guide though, “Don’t Panic” is all you really need to concentrate on. The rest comes with time. Eventually you stop leaving fingerprints in the steering wheel and relax your grip, the oncoming Petrol Tanker will probably move over slightly.
It was great to know that the Blog, and Youtubes, are reaching some people out there.
We popped round to Andy and Hil’s on Sunday morning or a look at their lovely new Motorhome and to see how “Bling” they were in 2018 compared to 2008. (Was that today? It seems an age ago already).
The weather had turned foul. It was raining sideways and the trees were taking a beating from the wind. We said our goodbyes (Hello Again Andy and Hil by the way) and headed home (which took 20 minutes).
Another lovely break. I think it’s these spontaneous short breaks, with a change of location or two, that make Motorhoming so fantastic. It’s just so effortless to “change the view”. I loved our Conway folding camper (huge trailer tent) but effortless short breaks in horizontal rain really weren’t its natural habitat.
We’re already bored and looking at our next chance to get away.. but the annual MOT is calling, our house needs selling, an apartment needs buying, my employment status could be changing……it could be about to get super busy.
See you on the other side…whenever that is
Lee & Angeline Humberto