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Aaron needed a few more boards for the front of his compost bins. I therefore accompanied him this morning to Mole Country Stores (known as Scats because that is what they used to be) to buy them. These make removable slats for ease of accessing the mature soil. As is customary, our friend, of AP Maintenance, also built the fence against which they stand. I made prints of these images for the portfolio he is building up.
Although the day started with fine weather, the afternoon grew more and more overcast.
As we drove through East End we discovered that the house in Rowes Lane with the most unappetising name, that has been up for sale for a while, seems to have found a courageous buyer. Either that, or the vendor has given up.
As we approached The Drift Inn in ‘the heart of the forest’ the sun made sporadic appearances.
Moorland stretched into the distance on the opposite side of Beaulieu Road.
This establishment describes itself as being a family and dog friendly traditional pub.
Family and dog friendly it is.
The rest is open to interpretation. Real log fires are described on the website. Real logs were piled up behind a net
beside the fireplace
which bore this notice.
The proprietors had perhaps striven for a certain ambience that was rather lacking.
The beer was OK.
After filling up with petrol at New Milton’s Tesco’s we continued in search of a sunset at Barton on Sea. A little early for that,
we found one over Roger Cobb’s farm in Downton Lane.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s chicken breasts wrapped in bacon on a bed of sautéed mushrooms, peppers, and onions, served with her savoury vegetable rice. I drank Casillero del Diablo cabernet sauvignon 2016.