As you know from previous Tribby's Travels and other posts we absolutely love being on the New Forest. It's only a couple of hours drive from home and just about on the limits for Archie the dog's travel sickness. Unfortunately I can't actually tell you where we stayed as it's top secret.
This year we bought the BritStops book again, as well as signing up for the Caravan & Camping Club. To be honest BritStops hasn't really been worth the money as this weekend is the first time we've used it and it cost us a fortune at the place we stayed as we couldn't resist buying produce. Anyway, so all I can tell you is that the place we stayed is number 105 in the book.
The whole point of BritStops is somewhere to park up overnight which is safe and secure, either in a pub car park, farm shop and various other places which the publishers of the book Mandy and Steve Clarke have negotiated with the owners. You're not obliged to buy anything in return, although sometimes it is very difficult not to. This time (without giving away any information whatsoever as to the location) we bought food and alcohol, had a ploughman's lunch and Brunch the following morning. All we had to pay for at the "site" was £2 for electric hook up.
The whole secrecy thing is that most of the "sites" have limited spaces, in this case 2, so if a non Britstopper tried to use the site it would take away a space from someone who had bothered to spend £30 on the book.
After we'd eaten our lunch on Saturday I sat down to read some of my latest kindle book and Shaun was pottering about and playing with Archie. Unfortunately the effects of some cider I consumed happened soon after sitting down - while I slept Shaun went off for a wander through the forest with Archie. I had every intention of going with him, or even meeting him in the village for a spot of shopping but that never happened. We had a very lazy afternoon and after dinner and last dog walk I made up the bed and snuggled under the duvet and watched a DVD. There was a lovely sunset
The next morning when we eventually woke up was chilly and misty, while I was putting the bed away Shaun took off over the Forest again with Archie - I missed my chance again!
I never did get my walk or shopping, once we'd had brunch it was time to pack up and head home. We had what can only be described as a very lazy weekend, which I suppose is exactly what you need sometimes.
As I said at the top, we're not putting Tribby totally to bed just yet. We've got a sportive to do on Sunday (Indian Summer permitting) and another at the end of October (Pedal in Preston Park). It's quite possible we'll have to sleep in the campervan over Christmas too, after which Tribby will be going into "storage" at the in-laws whilst we travel round Australia in January. Hopefully Shaun's shift pattern will allow us a few more trips next summer, we really haven't had enough this year !!!!!