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I needed a trip to the bank in New Milton today. As it was a fine frosty morning we took a drive in the forest first and moved on to Friar’s Cliff for big breakfast brunches in the eponymous café.
On the way through Tiptoe we fell in behind a splendid horse and cart. After I had photographed hooves through the car windscreen, Jackie overtook the antique vehicle and stopped further down the road so that I could lay in wait for a full frontal shot.
Holmesley Passage, was bathed in both sunshine
as was the still autumnal woodland and the bracken covered moor.
The stream that runs under the road flowed fast over the concrete ford.
Wrapped up and back-packed walkers strode across the moor.
The Friar’s Cliff café was so full that many diners sat outside (remember the dog)
watching the sea, a canoeist kayaking by,
and dogs frolicking on the beach.
We are given a slip of paper containing our order number, and wait for the superb, freshly cooked, food. One couple didn’t touch their bottled water and crisps. They, too, were to receive a café meal.
A young mother clutched both her small son and his scooter as she made for the café. She didn’t drop either before she reached her destination.
We admired the patience of a golden haired dog ogling its owners’ bacon sandwiches without moving a muscle.
This evening we dined on fish fingers, chips, onion rings, and baked beans, with which I finished the cabernet sauvignon.