This is a rarity amongst English summers; many weeks now of reliably hot, dry weather, and a long time since we in the south saw any significant rain. So we rounded off our New Forest weekend with a few more strolls on the dry heathland, and a wander through pine forests, saw three species of deer, squirrels, and untold numbers of the famous New Forest ponies. Bird wise, without even trying too hard we listed tree creeper, spotted flycatcher, snipe, linnet and mistle thrush amongst sightings, the weekend regularly punctuated with those lazy moments, laying with the hot sun on our faces, the air around us full of the buzz and hum of summer insects as we took on another layer of tan.
The Queen’s Head at Burley and The Railway Hotel at Ringwood rounded off the pub count, together with return visits to The Fish Inn and White Hart, the latter was where we stayed. The Fish is a great place for a riverside pint, The Railway has great beers and a sun trap garden, and you can’t help but be impressed by the business acumen of The Inn On The Furlong.
Travelling the World is wonderful, but decent English weekends with good beers are great to fit in between World trips.