Here is my Facebook diary entry for 5th May 2012:
Two goldfinches and a wren were also spotted in the garden before we departed for The Firs, Elizabeth’s home in West End, near Southampton. The day was brighter by then, the journey enhanced by fresh plumage on the trees since last weekend, and the countryside coverlet now lit up by fields of rape.
Bikers were beginning to congregate at their cafe at East Meon, as we drove up the winding hill which sports loads of signs saying ‘Think Bike’. If you ask me it’s bad enough having thinking computers and mobile phones without having cerebral Harley Davidsons.
On the outskirts of Bishops Waltham we sat behind a steam engine bringing back memories of a childhood in Raynes Park as it crawled along blowing clouds of steam into the air and frustrating modern motor cars in a hurry.